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The 2016 World Conservation Congress: Exploring a Win-Win Agenda for People and the Planet

"The World Conservation Congress (WCC), one of the world’s largest environmental gatherings, is convened every four years under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to find collaborative solutions to conser…

State of Community-based Natural Resource Management in Southern Africa: Assessing Progress and Looking Ahead

"Since the 1990s the development–conservation paradigm in the Southern African region has shifted from an approach that emphasised centralised management and wildlife protection, to one that better incorporates socio-economic development and promote…

Re-thinking the Application of Sustainable use Policies for African Elephants in a Changed World

"Despite increasing calls to recognise the intrinsic value of biodiversity, the need to incentivise people to choose conservation as a competitive form of land use through a sustainable use (SU) approach remains the de facto and de jure reality acro…

Ensuring Elephant Survival through Improving Community Benefits

"The demand for ivory products exceeds the available supply of elephant tusks, resulting in the extensive illegal killing of elephants. It is therefore imperative that demand-reduction campaigns help consumers to make the link between elephant po…

Analysis of Existing Institutional Arrangements and the Policy Environment for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Madagascar

Agriculture forms the livelihood of the overwhelming majority of Malagasy. The main staple crop is rice, occupying about two-thirds of all the available cropland. Malagasy agriculture is dependent mainly on small-scale subsistence farmers cultivatin…

CITES Alone cannot Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

"The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will address the growing threat from illegal trade at its forthcoming Conference of the Parties (CoP17). CITES is a regulatory treaty that is neither self-e…

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.5 Forests and Biodiversity in Africa

This infographic is the no.5 issue in the series called Natural Resource Governance. The data presented is on African forests and biodiversity. The statistical data presented depicts land areas covered with forest, visual material on the Congo rain…

Summary on the Theme: Natural Resource Governance in Africa - 6th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa 22-23 April 2017, Ethiopia

The 6th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, is set to take place on 22-23 April 2017. The theme will mainly focus on “Natural Resource Governance in Africa”. In many ways, this will reflect the centrality of natural resources, both in his…

Balancing Coal Mining and Conservation in South-West Ethiopia

"Ethiopia is confronted by the challenges of a growing population and a diminishing natural resources base. The country’s economic growth has relied heavily on agriculture, but progress in this sector has been hampered by the lack of access to agri…

Managing Natural Resources: an Attempt to Clarify the Debate

The Management of natural resources is a matter of great importance, both politically, socially, environmentally and economically. The subject is, though, vast and varied and sufficiently legitimate to clarify the terms of the debate. Since it obvio…

Safeguarding Tanzania's Coral Reefs: The Case of Illegal Blast Fishing

Tanzania is the only country in Africa where blast fishing, (fishing with explosives), still occurs on a large scale. Besides killing and injuring fish, these blasts cause irreversible damage to coral reefs, destroying the habitats of many reef s…

Governing the High Seas: Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Marine genetic resources hold significant potential for a range of commercial applications. Appropriate institutional and regulatory mechanisms for these resources are needed as part of a broader effort to support the conservation and sustainable us…

The Nexus Between Prosperity in the African Maritime Domain and Maritime Security

At the centre of ocean governance are the undefined concepts of ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘maritime security’. The AU has undertaken significant work in developing policies and strategies that address both these concepts, which deal with human interaction …

Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience: Capacity Statement

Agriculture accounts for around 30% of Africa’s GDP in low-income countries, but over 58% of all Africans are engaged in agriculture. In many countries this jumps to over 80%. Over 70% of poor Africans live in rural areas, and food production is cen…

Improving Forest Governance in East Africa's Eastern Arc Mountains

The Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania and Kenya are an ecoregion of great ecological and socio-economic importance. The global significance of this ecoregion is manifested through its role as a carbon sink and as a habitat for a number of endemic an…

From Plunder to Prosperity: Resolving Resource-based Conflict in Somaliland

After decades of political upheaval in the Somali region, land tenure systems in Somaliland lie in grim disarray. Years of civil war steadily eroded traditional systems of managing land and resources and resolving conflict, the Somaliland governme…

Small-scale Fisheries in a Modernising Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in Mozambique

"Mozambique is in a period of rapid transition. Since the end of civil war in 1992 sound governance, infrastructure investments and support from the donor community have helped to boost commerce and tourism. However, it is the recent discovery of si…

From Vulnerability to Resilience: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in Niger

"Challenging climatic conditions, limited arable land, intense population pressures and a history of political upheaval have undermined Niger’s development prospects – 60% of its people live on less than $1 per day. For decades, Nigerien farmers cle…

The Case for Evergreen Agriculture in Africa: Enhancing Food Security with Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Zambia

"Since the mid-1990s, Zambia’s Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) and the World Agro-forestry Centre have been pioneering “evergreen agriculture” solutions to address these perennial problems. Evergreen agriculture is defined as the integration of part…

NEGOS-GRN : Rapport final Etat des lieux du cadre juridique et institutionnel de la gestion des ressources naturelles et foncières au Sénégal / NEGOS - GRN The Final Report State of the Legal Framework and Institutional Management of Land and Natural Res

"The launching workshop of the project is entitled: Combating desertification and decentralized management and negotiation of natural resources and land in Sahelian Africa. It was held in Ouagadougou during April and May 2009. It concluded with the …

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