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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…

Desilting set to Camouflage River Bed Mining in Odzi River: Nenhohwe-Odzi Subcatchement Area.

"The project that was awarded to Stromspice Trading to desilt and extract minerals in Odzi River is mired in controversy. The project comes at a time when government has already in acted statutory instrument 92 of 2014 of environmental management ag…

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…

Estimating Land Prices and Opportunity Costs of Conservation in a Megadiversity Country

We used data on 174 land purchases to estimate two aspects of opportunity costs across Western Cape Province, South Africa; (i) that of complete loss (acquisition cost), and (ii) and partial loss of benefits of land ownership, the latter due to biod…

Not Beating Around the Bush: Understanding China and South Africa's Illegal Wildlife Trade

"The illegal wildlife trade is emblematic of the underlying complexities that exist in bilateral relations. There is a discrepancy between diplomatic and unofficial spaces, and between supply and demand countries (as in the case of China and South …

To the Ends of the Earth: Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty and South Africa

"One of the most effective global governance regimes of the post-World War II period that has received very little attention over the years is the Antarctic Treaty.The Treaty provides for inspections and stipulates, inter alia, that Antarctica shoul…

Is Community-based Natural Resource Management in Botswana Viable?

"If Botswana is to continue its success story as an African anomaly, it will have to manage its transition to a less diamond-dependent economy skilfully. Until alternative and new sources of economic growth can be found, eco-tourism will be the k…

Promoting the Integrated Governance of South Africa's Coastal Zone

"The effective management of the coastal zone is linked directly to the long-term development and wellbeing of coastal populations. Its importance warrants a dedicated management approach to balance its development, use and protection. Integrated…

Greening Uganda's 2016: General Elections Key Issues for Political Parties and Political Leaders to Address in their Manifestos

Different measures were put in place by the Ugandan government in order to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the environment and natural resources. Much remains to be done to address the current challenges. The general elections in 2016…

Saving Africa's Vanishing Wildlife: How Civil Society can Help Turn the Tide

"Conservation in Africa is failing. An upsurge in poaching and wildlife trafficking has made headlines, but comparatively little attention has been paid to the wider, systematic decline of many large mammal populations across large areas.1 There …

The Timber Trade in Africa's Great Lakes: Implications for Uganda and the Region

"Most of the timber traded in Africa’s Great Lakes originates in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and either ends up in Uganda or transits through Uganda to the region. This trade is set to expand, largely driven by a growing regional and i…

Timber Trade in Africa's Great Lakes: The Road from Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda

"The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-sid…

Poverty Environment and Livelihood along the Gradients of the Usambaras in Tanzania

"This study will provide some insights that will contribute towards bringing about a balance on the views of the relationships between poverty and the environment. But beyond this the juxtaposition of mountains and plains like that found in the Usam…

Household and Plot Level Impact of Sustainable Land and Watershed Management (SLWM) Practices in the Blue Nile

"Land degradation and water shortages are major issues in developing countries, contributing to reduced economic output, lower growth potential and increased poverty. The immediate trade-off between short-term welfare and long-term agricultural deve…

Commons Governance in Southern Africa

"This Policy Brief is based on synthetic studies undertaken by participants in the Cross Sectoral Commons Governance in Southern Africa (CROSCOG) project between 2007 and 2009. The objective of the project was to share existing research and experie…

Outcomes of Community Engagement in Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programmes

"This policy brief examines the efficacy of the community concept in explaining outcomes of planned intervention in general and CBNRM more specifically. The primary aim here is to illustrate the point that a development project involves the interact…

Land and Resources in a Transfrontier Setting: The Case of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project

"Amongst the many initiatives in legislative and policy change affecting land and common property resource management in southern Africa today, transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) seem particularly prominent because of their massive scale, huge…

Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: An Analysis of Budget Allocations and Revenue from the Environment and Natural Resource Sector in Karamoja Region

"This study explains the causal relationship between governance and environmental accountability in the Karamoja region. In essence, this particular study provides a baseline description of the ENR budget in the region. The overall objective of the …

Community Conservancies in Namibia: An Effective Institutional Model for Commons Management?

"Common property resources (CPRs) remain of great significance for livelihoods among rural and poor communities of the world. CPRs are particularly important because in many contexts they remain resources of last resort since they provide grazing, …

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