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Collection: International Conventions, Treaties, Protocols and Agreements

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File A Bibliography on Transboundary Natural Resource Management in Sub-Saharan Africa by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 24, 2013 01:19 AM
This document proposes to serve as a bibliography on Transboundary Natural Resource Management (TBNRM) issues under Biodiversity Support Programme. The document focusses on the TBNRM in sub-Saharan Africa. It also includes TBNRM-related references from other parts of the world that might be applicable for Africa.
File A Conceptual Framework to Support Development and Use of Environmental Information in Decision-Making by Michael Colby — last modified Jan 02, 2014 07:08 PM
Prepared for the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, this paper was a refinement of the OECD's "Pressure-State-Response (PSR) Framework" for environmental information systems, adding an "Effects" category for attributed relationships between two or more Pressure, State, and/or Response variables, resulting in the “PSR/E” framework. Human driving forces of environmental change, and pressures of non-human origin are also included in the framework. Distinctions are made in terms of specific sub-categories in which the State of the environment can be measured, and the types of entities making Responses.
File A Decade in Forest Management and Planning in Cambodia: A Synthesis of Forestry Reviews and Supportive Studies by Shreya Mehta — last modified Feb 20, 2013 01:38 AM
The forestry sector in Cambodia has undergone a number of reviews over the past decade. The sources of these reviews have been many and diverse, ranging from large donors, through forestry and natural resource management organisations and projects, to NGOs and research institutions. Findings and recommendations reflect common themes of forest land classification and allocation; forest governance; poverty reduction and socio-economic development; financial and human resource mobilisation; and future management options. Recently, the Royal Government of Cambodia adopted the National Forest Programme concept to guide the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forest. A major step is to establish a comprehensive understanding of the sector and its relations and linkages to other sectors in the context of national development, and to identify key issues and priorities for further action. This document aims to contribute to this process by presenting a broad, objective synthesis of the main findings and recommendations of forest sector reviews, backed by specific supportive studies. It outlines the current national environment for forest sector development, and presents the common themes within reviews and studies. It highlights linkages between the two in order to assist decision makers to identify openings to be explored and gaps to be addressed in future forest management planning, and the further development of the National Forest Programme. Significant challenges for forest sector development include the rationalisation, classification, demarcation and delineation of forest lands and areas under protection; improved forest governance; and increased forestry contributions to poverty alleviation. A number of additional points are raised for discussion that also form elements of the National Forest Programme, such as a clear mission statement, and appropriate strategies; preparation of capacity development and investment programmes; and considerations of regional and international obligations.
File A landscape approach for reviewing USAID Uganda activities in the southwest by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:14 PM
This program-planning document for USAID/Uganda reviews USAID supported activities in southwest Uganda (1986-2001) and proposes a landscape approach for future Uganda program development. USAID funded protected area conservation, institutional strengthening, and community co-management programs in southwest Uganda during this period. The author finds that USAID investments in developing institutional relationships between communities and government bodies have created conditions for stronger local governance, improved livelihoods, and decreased environmental degradation. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Forestry Department are devolving management authorities, responsibilities and benefits to communities surrounding protected areas. Community economic benefits are generated from tourism and protected area fees in co-management programs. USAID support of protected area management has led to decreased agricultural conversion, hunting, and illegal logging in target parks and reserves. The author recommends a landscape approach to future program design for rural development and NRM to properly respond to biophysical and socioeconomic dynamics. Other program recommendations include: Promote community co-management of natural resources; Support joint-ventures between communities and the private sector; Strengthen agreements and accountability between local groups and government; Increase the capacity of government NRM institutions; Provide training for community natural resource and enterprise management; Develop and extend technologies and systems that increase productivity, diversify household economies, and reduce natural resource degradation.
File A Landscape Approach For Reviewing USAID Uganda Activities in the Southwest by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:16 PM
Results from the Mission's investments in biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture in southwest Uganda (SW) over the last 12 years are impressive. They have helped to conserve populations of endangered species and their habitats, improve and diversify the livelihoods of thousands of producers, mainain and enhance critical ecological services, reduce soil degradation, strengthen governance through decentralization, and foster people's abiliities to plan, organize, and control activities that address their needs.
File A landscape approach for reviewing USAID Uganda activities in the southwest by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:17 PM
SUMMARY: This program-planning document for USAID/Uganda reviews USAID supported activities in southwest Uganda (1986-2001) and proposes a landscape approach for future Uganda program development. USAID funded protected area conservation, institutional strengthening, and community co-management programs in southwest Uganda during this period. The author finds that USAID investments in developing institutional relationships between communities and government bodies have created conditions for stronger local governance, improved livelihoods, and decreased environmental degradation. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Forestry Department are devolving management authorities, responsibilities and benefits to communities surrounding protected areas. Community economic benefits are generated from tourism and protected area fees in co-management programs. USAID support of protected area management has led to decreased agricultural conversion, hunting, and illegal logging in target parks and reserves. The author recommends a landscape approach to future program design for rural development and NRM to properly respond to biophysical and socioeconomic dynamics. Other program recommendations include: Promote community co-management of natural resources; Support joint-ventures between communities and the private sector; Strengthen agreements and accountability between local groups and government; Increase the capacity of government NRM institutions; Provide training for community natural resource and enterprise management; Develop and extend technologies and systems that increase productivity, diversify household economies, and reduce natural resource degradation.
File A Landscape Approach For Reviewing USAID Uganda Activities In The Southwest by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:18 PM
A Landscape Approach For Reviewing USAID Uganda Activities In The Southwest
File A Platform for Action for the Sustainable Management of Mangroves in the Gulf of Fonseca by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:04 PM
By Manuel Benitez, et al, 2000, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), 2000 There are multiple stakeholders with diverse interests in the use and transformation of the mangrove ecosystem in the Gulf of Fonseca. Although these stakeholders may compete for the ecosystem goods and services there is also potential to harmonize their interests in order to secure the sustainable management of the ecosystem. 3-37.pdf
File A strategic assessment of USAID/Malawi’s natural resources program: Adjusting Priorities by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 12, 2013 09:03 PM
This report summarizes the findings of the strategic assessment of USAID/Malawi's natural resources program, strategic objective (SO) 2. SO2 aimed to increasing the sustainable use, conservation and management of Malawi's renewable natural resources. The major funding vehicle SO2 was the five-year, $40 million Natural Resource Management and Environmental Support Program (NATURE). The purpose of this assessment was to reexamine USAID's SO2 activities, with an eye toward determining if it is appropriately positioned to achieve its intended results, particularly given underlying demographic, economic, market, environmental and political trends in the country. The findings and recommendations of this assessment provided guidance for USAID and the Government of Malawi (GOM) for re-orienting program and project activities.The report recommends the following changes in program focus: Increase emphasis on implementing national policy reforms in ways that positively influence the incentives and behavior of local resources managers; Strengthen local level NRM initiatives; Balance of capacity building efforts down and out: down from the central to the district and local public sector; out from the public sector to the private economy; Increase relative program emphasis on NRM practices by smallholders on individually managed lands, while retaining attention to communal management of common property resources; Establish and focus resources on three to five local target zones to test market based approaches to smallholder natural resources management on individually-managed lands; Build long-term, structural linkages with East and Southern African sister institutions to help transfer lessons from similar NRM experiences elsewhere in the region; Build targeted operational linkages with other USAID Strategic Objectives (especially SO1) and with other Government of Malawi and donor-supported programs relating to rural production. Finally, the report presents a modified results framework, which includes some of the most significant changes that should be considered. It is also analyses SO2 program activities in 7 areas: policy reform, environmental monitoring, agroforestry, community based natural resources management, endowment fund, performance based budgeting, and institutional development.
File ABCG Capacity Building Meeting by Anna Woltman — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:57 AM
On 5 February 2001, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) held a meeting on “Capacity Building” at the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). Kate Newman of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) chaired the meeting. Meeting participants included: Nancy Bell from ABCG, Katie Frohardt and Michael Wright from AWF, Judy Oglethorpe, Harry van der Linde, Jamie Shambaugh and Laurent Some from Biodiversity Support Program (BSP), Mari Omland from Conservation International (CI), Graeme Patterson from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Peter Veit from World Resources Institute (WRI), and Shaun Martin of WWF’s Education for Nature Fund. Published 2003
File Accessing opportunities in scientific, academic, volunteer and educational (SAVE) tourism in the north coast and bay islands, Honduras by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:53 AM
This report presents findings on the potential for attracting scientific, academic, volunteer and educational (SAVE) tourists to the North Coast and Bay Islands areas of Honduras.
File Across portfolio learning in integrated coastal management: Summary of workshop proceedings. by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:30 AM
Across portfolio learning in integrated coastal management: Summary of workshop proceedings
File Across Portfolio Learning in Integrated Coastal Management: Summary of Workshop Proceedings by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:59 AM
2001. Across Portfolio Learning in Integrated Coastal Management: Summary of Workshop Proceedings. May 2001. Block Island, Rhode Island USA. University of Rhode Island, Coastal Resources Center. Narragansett, Rhode Island USA. 14pp.
File Adapting Environmental Education Materials by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:04 PM
By Center for Field Assistance and Applied Research, 1999, U.S. Peace Corps This is a companion volume to Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program that Works. It focuses on how to adapt materials to local contexts and includes six examples of the adaptation process. Additional readings are provided for those interested in learning more about the adaptation process. 4.8.pdf
Adaptive Management - Resources by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:47 AM
File Adjusting Priorities A STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT OF USAID/MALAWI’S NATURAL RESOURCES PROGRAM by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:42 PM
Task Order No. 14 Contract No. PCE-I-00-96-00002-00 By Glyvyns Chinkhuntha, Michael Furst, John Griffin, Christopher LaFranchi, Laurel Abrams Neme, Barry Rands Asif Shaikh, and Robert Winterbottom In collaboration with: Anthony Pryor and Paul Bartel June 5, 1998 For USAID/Malawi and AFR/SD/PSGE Region: Africa, Task Order: AFR Bureau NRM Activities (Nexus, ENCAP II, Information Systems, Web-OPS-Lite & Urbanization Study), Technical area: Environmental and Economic Growth Linkages; Policy Assessment, Analysis and Evaluation & Strategic Planning, Policy Performance Monitoring, Environmental Institutional Strengthening - Government
File Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 30, 2014 06:33 PM
This report puts forward recommendations for how the US government can better address climate change through its policies on global agricultural development. It argues for the United States to rally international resources and deploy its agricultural research enterprise—its universities, research institutes, and agrifood businesses—to gather more information about how climate change will affect the global food system and develop the innovations to manage its impacts. It presents evidence that by enhancing the public sector’s partnerships with businesses and civil society, solutions that benefit populations around the world, from farmers in Africa to those in the United States, can be found. Featured July, 2014.
File Africa Environment Outlook 2 – Our Environment, Our Wealth (UNEP Report) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:44 PM
UNEP report profiling Africa’s environmental resources as an asset for the region’s development. The report highlights the opportunities presented by the natural resource base to support development and the objectives of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The report underscores the need for sustainable livelihoods, and the importance of environmental initiatives in supporting them. Emphasis is put on what should and can be done with existing (remaining) environmental assets, in the context of identified constraints (issues), rather than focusing on what has been already lost.
File African Seeds and Biotechnology Programme by Stanzin Tonyot — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:50 AM
The programme will focus on germplasm management and development, crop research and variety release, including farmer testing/selection activities, dissemination of varieties, and production and supply of seed and planting materials through local and formal systems. The programme will also support development of improved disaster preparedness. It will pursue an integrated approach to enhance capacities for seed policy development and implementation, strengthen linkages between informal and formal seed sectors, ensure further adherence to international norms and standards, stimulate transfer of seed and biotechnology and encourage public-private partnerships to promote development of local seed enterprises.
File Ag-NRM Research Priority - Desktop Study by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 01:49 PM
A 2005 "desktop" review study that gives a partial overview of current thinking by key donors, universities, and research organizations on development and research priorities in agricultural and natural resources management. It is intended to assist USAID in identifying the priority topics that would warrant Agency support in order to achieve the greatest impact on smallholder-oriented agricultural growth and rural development. There is an emerging consensus within the donor community that research on agricultural and natural resources management problems should play a key role in helping to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
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