IUCN Oceania regional forum, Suva, Fiji 114-15 July 2015

Chair's Comments: Aroha Te Pareake Mead

The series of IUCN Regional meetings have started. I participated in the IUCN Oceania Regional Forum organised by the ORO regional office in the Great Council of Chiefs Hall in Suva, Fiji, 13-15 July. …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

The customary leader, or Ondoafi, of Papasena 2 village

Indigenous communities can do more for large-scale conservation than protected areas: New study of CIFOR

Ignoring indigenous practices is a missed opportunity, experts argue.  Indigenous communities are highly effective at protecting natural resources and can ‘fill the gap’ over vast regions where formal conservation authorities are absent.   …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

Peruvian “Chaccu” in Huaytara Andean Community

Vicugna: Perspectivas socio – económicas desde la zona de mayor población a nivel mundial

Como Pierina Benites Alfaro (miembro de la CEESP) informa, la vicugna es el camélido sudamericano de mayor relevancia a nivel mundial. La fineza de su fibra y la historia precolombina de su aprovechamiento la convierten además en un valioso recurso que aún requiere protección para su conservación. Por ello, el comercio de la fibra de la especie se encuentra regulado a través de la Convenio sobre el Comercio Internacional de las Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flores Silvestre – CITES, debido a la caza indiscriminada de la cual aún es propensa. …  

17 Jul 2015 | Article

Young girls processing shrimp, before they are sold to the market- Laem KLat village- Trat Province, Thailand

MFF and CEESP’s role in gender equity

Gender discrimination is one of the main causes of poverty, and a major obstacle to equitable and sustainable global human development.” (SIDA 2005) ‘Mangroves for the Future’ (MFF) is one of the largest partnership-based initiatives of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that promotes and attracts investments in coastal ecosystems that support sustainable development. MFF aims to guarantee equality of outcomes for women and men in the management of natural resources and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in coastal communities as one of its cross cutting themes. Since its inception in 2006, the MFF has undergone considerable change in its strategic implementation and now, in its third phase (2015-2018), it aims to focus on ‘generating commitment of the leadership/ management’ as well as ‘building the technical capacity of field level practitioners’ for gender integration. CEESP focuses on providing a platform for experts all over the world to connect with one another and explore, promote and provide insights into nature-based solutions to current social and economic problems. As stated in the mandate, the commission’s ideal is to create a world in which “equity is at the root of a dynamic harmony between peoples and nature, as well as among peoples.”

16 Jul 2015 | Article

Local community members placing priority dots on a generated list of concerns and/or problems that need to be addressed with conserving and managing this critical wetlands region in Yacuambi, Ecuador.

Preserving Ecuadorian Wetland through a Community-Based Natural Resource Management Approach

As a leading researcher, James Gruber (CEESP member) provides update of their project of preserving Ecuadorian wetland. As he points out, protection of a major Ecuadorian wetlands region in the southern high Andes is a significant concern of three local indigenous communities, local governments, NGOs, and the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL). The land under consideration for designation as a Ramsar Convention Wetland is adjacent to lands occupied by the Saraguro, Shuar, and Mestiza people. This region can be considered an IUCN Category-6 Landscape. …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

EC-ACP Capacity Building Project on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAS Project) – A report from Jallow Ndoye Fatoumata (CEESP member)

In answer to developing countries concerns, including those in Africa, to develop their capacities related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) the African Union Commission (AUC) with support from European Union (EU) established the EC-ACP Capacity Building Project on Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs Project) in 2009, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the overall facilitator. The MEAs Project has as main objective to strengthen and enhance the capacity of African ACP countries to effectively implement MEAs and related commitments, leading to sound management of the environment and natural resources. The Project focuses on supporting African ACP countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) through capacity enhancement exercises in the fields of; negotiation and implementation; enforcement ; mainstreaming; development of tools, guidelines and legislation on MEAs and MEAs-related issues; promotion of ratification and implementation of conventions; awareness creation; and reporting and information dissemination and exchange. Activities formulated under these areas are implemented in collaboration with relevant partners in the interest of synergy. Since 2009, the Project has registered remarkable achievements in all the above areas. …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

Réunion de concertation pour la création de zones villageoises de conservation dans le village de N’Gambi (Togo- périphérie du Parc National Oti Kéran)

Capitaliser des expériences de gestion locale des ressources naturelles en Afrique de l’Ouest

La conservation des espaces naturels en Afrique de l’Ouest est historiquement réalisée à travers des parcs nationaux et réserves, gérés directement par les services étatiques. Avec les réformes en faveur de la décentralisation mises en œuvre dans plusieurs pays, elle s’ouvre progressivement à de nouveaux acteurs. …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

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The Political Economy of Africa’s natural resources and the ‘Great Financial Crisis’ – Research conducted by CEESP-TEMTI (Theme On The Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment)

By Bram Büscher - “Boom-and-bus cycles of interest in Africa’s natural resources have signified the continent’s place in the economic world order for well over a century. That is, Africa’s political economy from the outside. Africa, after all, is a huge and incredibly diverse continent, where societies and livelihoods are transforming extremely rapidly and extremely variedly. Despite these rapid and varied transformations, (Sub-Saharan) Africa’s place in the capitalist world system continues to be conceptualised in two rather simplistic ways: as an ‘outcast continent’ where the market ‘has not worked its developmental magic’ or as a rich source of useful resources, to be consumed by outsiders for the good of the outsiders and the African poor". …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

Exploring the Wild Trade Sustainability Nexus

Earthmind and Francis Vorhies (CEESP SULi members) are building a pilot open access online library on wild trade. It should be launched by September 2015. The aim of the library is to provide case studies, assessments and guidance for wild trade practitioners and policy-makers. If successful, the library will stimulate further dialogue and research on the wild trade sustainability nexus. CEESP members are welcome to propose materials for the new website. Please email …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

The first E-news of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released its first E-news on July 1st, 2015. IPBES E-news provides information to all interested stakeholders on progress in the implementation of the first IPBES work programme. …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

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