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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…

Governing Africa's Mangroves: A Sustainable Future

"Despite their widely recognised socioeconomic and ecological value, mangroves are among the world’s most threatened vegetation types. More than a fifth of the world’s mangroves have been lost over the past 30 years alone, and many surviving forests…

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa An Analysis of Smallholder Agriculture, Policy-Making And Advocacy In Ghana

"On October 2009, the Government of Ghana pledged to fulfil the commitments laid out in the Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy (FASDEP II) and Sector Plan agenda in a new Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) compa…

Preventing and Resolving Future Climate and Natural Resource-related Conflicts in the Zambesi Basin: A Study of Bulawayo and Chinde Districts

"Long-term changes in climate are likely to increase a range of risks to human security, including the risk of violent conflict. The city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and Chinde district in the Zambezia province of Mozambique have been identified as ar…

Conservation and Sustainable Development Linking Practice and Policy in Eastern Africa

"Our development depends on nature, and if development in our region is to proceed it must be based on sustainable management of the ecosystems that support life. Although this simple fact is well accepted, achieving sustainable development in pract…

Note sur la Gouvernance Fonciere a l'Aune de la Nouvelle Politique de Decentralisation et d'Amenagement du Territoire au Senegal / Note on Land Governance Against the New Policy of Decentralization and the Organization of the Senegalese Territory

The rural economy is based on the revenues from natural resources. The population of rural communities exercise customary land rights. Therefore, any reform that seeks to question this deal will be subject to disapproval from the local people as was…

Governance: Linchpin of Dryland Natural Resource Management

"Drylands cover approximately 12.5 million km² (61%) of the African continent and 60% of Africa’s people live in them. Forests and woodlands underpin sustainable land management and livelihoods in dryland regions. They are important for risk managem…

Conflict-sensitive Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa

Whether natural, or caused by humans, it is becoming clear that climate change is a reality that will affect the entire globe. Our concern should be for the poorest Africans, many of whom are highly dependent on natural resources for their living. I…

The IEA Petroleum Transparency and Accountability Index: The PTRAC Index 2012 Report : Tracking Transparency and Accountability in Ghana's Oil and Gas Industry

The management of natural resources such as petroleum can be a blessing or a curse for developing countries. Ghana is fortunate in the sense that in anticipation of being an oil producer, it has learned lessons from countries that have managed thei…

Confronting the 'Oil Curse': State-Civil Society Roles in Managing Ghana's Oil Find

"Ghana discovered large oil deposits at Cape Three Points, on its western coast, in 2007. With the discovery of additional oil it is anticipated that the oil sector will significantly boost the economy, which in turn will have a positive development…

Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa From Concept to Practice

"This book attempts to summarize the experiences of farmers, researchers, and development workers, and policy and decision-makers who have interacted with AHI on the theme of Integrated Natural Resource Management in the humid highlands of eastern …

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…

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 …

Kenya's Natural Capital - County Decision 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 …

Climate Change Awareness and Adaptation in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

"Climate change is a major issue around which global development policy is being framed over the past few years. Because of low adaptive capacities and the projected impacts of climate change, a consensus has emerged that developing countries are m…

Natural Resource Management and its Implications on National and Sub-Regional Security: The Case of the Niger Delta

"The focus of this paper is poor resource management and the impact on the political, economic and environmental situations. At the root of most of the violent conflicts in history has been the competition for territory and resources, and specifical…

Dialogue of Theory and Empirical Evidence: A Weighted Decision and Tenurial Niche Approach to Reviewing the Operation of Natural Resource Policy in Rural Southern Africa

"Considerable research has been conducted on community-based natural resource management in rural southern Africa. Many interesting insights have accumulated from the literature on the research issues of earlier generations. The challenge is to brea…

Natural Resource Management in Sub Saharan Africa: Consequences and Policy Options for Africa

"The complexity of harnessing natural resources aside, it has to be done for the benefit of countries in Africa and their citizens. It is this realisation of the central importance that can be played by harnessing natural resources for growth that …

The Impact of People-centred Approaches to Natural Resource Management on Poverty Reduction

"Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is often promoted by governments, NGOs and donors as a means of reducing poverty in rural communities, particularly through income-generation from various natural resource-based activities. CBNRM …

A Social Coastal Fisheries Policy for South Africa? Subsistence Fisheries Co-management for Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation

"The Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) is the custodian of South Africa’s natural marine resources. Management and allocation of this resource had always had a strong scientifi…

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