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Agricultural Expansion and Water Pollution: The Yin-Yang in the Quality of Natural Water Resources

"Global increased agricultural productivity aims at meeting the food and commercial demands on agriculture. This boost is associated with agricultural expansion practices including irrigation and use of fertilizers, which could increase negative env…

The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya

"The purpose of this paper is to highlight specific activities of brokers in the biotechnology regulatory process and to report on and critically examine their emergence in relation to what this might mean for a renewed pro-development debate spu…

Solar PV for Enhancing Electricity Access in Kenya: What Policies are Required?

"Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country’s economic development; and yet globally over 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people are without clean cooking facilities. More than 95 pe…

Oyola and Wakesi in Kenya: Locals Adapting to Effects of Climate Change

Adaptation has become part of the discourse of global warming and is now widely recognized as a fundamental and necessary response to the threat posed by the climatic changes that will occur, or are already occurring due to past and present carbon e…

Lived Experiences: Adaptation to Climate Change in Gogonyo Sub-County, Palisa District, Uganda

"Climate change has become a local phenomenon just as it is global. The magnitude of climate variability is now being felt at almost all scales and in all regions with extreme events such as drought, excessive rainfall, cold and heat waves as well a…

Communities and Climate Change: Building Local Capacity for Adaptation in Goromonzi District, Munyawiri Ward, Zimbabwe

"This paper begins with a background to the study area in Domboshava. This is followed by an examination of the climate change -related problems experienced by poor and vulnerable communities in Munyawiri Ward, their adaptive responses to these cha…

Farmers Moving Towards Resilience Suid Bokkeveld Case Study on Climate Change Adaptation, South Africa

This case study describes some aspects of development processes underway in the Suid Bokkeveld in recent years, and focuses on the adaptive aspects. The Suid Bokkeveld was a pilot site for this project, and the on-going adaptation processes withi…

State of Environment Rapid Assessment (SoERA): Development of a Tool for Framing and Managing Urban Environmental and Social Challenges

"This paper sets out a cost-effective solution to one of the key challenges facing developing urban centres around the world, namely how to manage a seemingly vast array of environmental and associated social issues in an integrated, technically va…

Foreign Investment in Land and Corporate Social Responsibility: An Investigation for Africa

"Land acquisitions, emerged about 10 years ago, are an important issue for sustainable development in many countries in the South of the world, especially in Africa, which has experienced a diffused phenomenon of large scale acquisitions of agricul…

Balancing Extractive Activities and Biodiversity Conservation in the Congo Basin: Opportunities for Green Growth

"The Congo Basin forest is the second largest intact tropical rainforest in the world and also contains mineral deposits of economic importance. This paper discuss challenges and opportunities for balancing extractive sector activities and biodivers…

A Circular Economy Approach to Agro-Biodiversity Conservation in the Souss Massa Region of Morocco: Project Case Study

"The article discusses the prospects of the Argan (Argana spinosa) Biosphere reserve conservation under the scope of the 2012 National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development. The rate of degradation of the Argan ecosystem and the unfair…

Exploring the Agency of Africa in Climate Change Negotiations: The Case of REDD+

"Emerging climate change regimes such as the mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are increasingly aiming to engage developing countries such as those in Africa in sustainable development through carbon …

Policy Coherences between Global Climate Change Rules and National Sectoral Policies: The Case of REDD+ in Kenya

"The aim of this paper is to analyse the implementation of global REDD+ rules within Kenyan policies and identify sources of coherences and conflicts between REDD+ design rules and existing sectorial policies and local socioeconomic settings. The …

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will meet in Paris to conclude the 2015 Global Climate Agreement (GCA). In a departure from previous attempts, such as the Kyoto Protocol, where climate targets were ‘prescribed’, countries will be submitting their self-determined climat…

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will be meeting in Paris, France in December 2015 to agree on a new global climate ‘protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force’ to go into effect in the year 20201. This will be a culmination of negotiations …

Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities of Generating Biogas From Water Hyacinth in Ndunga Village, Kenya

"Recent studies show possibilities of producing bio-energy from water hyacinth thus generating avenues for research, technological development and marketing of its energy products. As the search for alternatives to clean energy sources intensifies i…

Orchestrating Environmental Sustainability in Regional Trade Agreements

"With environmental sustainability gaining traction, it is imperative to assess its integration in Regional Trade Agreements. In this context, this paper sought to assess the integration of environmental sustainability in Regional Trade Agreements i…

Conventional vs Ecological Economics Perspectives in Valuation of Ecosystem Services in East Africa

"Ecosystems provide a range of services that are of fundamental importance to human wellbeing, health, livelihoods, and survival. In the last two decades, environmental science and policy have made increasing efforts to value ecosystem services in …

Establishing Human Rights Safeguards for Foreign Investment in Africa: Redefining Rights to Promote Gender Equality in the Natural Resources Sector

"Human rights have become a Trojan Horse, conscripted to spread a particular economic agenda founded on individual property rights. The attainment of the right to own cannot be understood as a sufficient means to level the playing field for rural w…

Kenya's Natural Capital - National Policy Makers

"Kenya is endowed with rich natural capital and biodiversity. Its diverse landscapes range from the Chalbi Desert in the north to the snow-clad peaks of Mt. Kenya, from the white beaches of the Indian Ocean to the shores of Lake Victoria, and from …

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