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The Uunguu Rangers of the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia employ participatory methods, collaborate with scientists and use modern digital GPS-enabled handheld computers to monitor marine turtles according to the directions as set out in their community-based Healthy Country Plan.

Participatory Monitoring and Management, and Citizen Science

CEESP member Rod Kennett and colleagues Finn Danielsen and Kirsten Silvius recently published an article in the prestigious journal Nature on the relationship between participatory or community-based monitoring and management initiatives and the emerging phenomena of Citizen Science. The article addresses the differences between the recent phenomena of Citizen Science, and millennia old resource participatory management practices of Indigenous and local communities.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

A community interview in Beetsha village, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Ecotourism and protected areas in Southern Africa

Sue Snyman’s (CEESP member) current research argues that at high end ecotourism sites in southern Africa good relationships with local communities are not merely a normative ‘good thing,’ but are a likely prerequisite for the long-term viability of both natural resources and the economic ventures that depend on them.  Communities are thus active participants in both conservation and tourism.   …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Forests are being cleared for farming in the Albertine Rift Region, Uganda.

At the Expense of Democracy: Payment for Ecosystem Services in Hoima District, Uganda – A Newly Published Responsive Forest Governance Initiative Study

An estimated 70 percent of the forests estate in Uganda is owned by private individuals and institutions, referred to as “private forests”. These forests face high degradation and deforestation rates (about 2.6 per cent annually), as they are converted into farmland.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Climate change induced migration assessment in the Shyamnagar Upazila area Bangladesh (Village people shift by boat from vulnerable area for migration).

Climate Change Induced Migration in Bangladesh

About 15 million people in Bangladesh alone could be on the move by 2050 because of climate change causing the worst migration in human history. There is no specific definition for environmental migrants. But the working definition which is now widely accepted across countries asserts that those who have been forced to leave their traditional habitat temporarily or permanently because of marked environmental disruption that jeopardize their existence and seriously affected the quality of their life are identified as environmental migrants.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Chapter of "Macroeconomic Policies and Environmental Sustainability" by Alejandro Nadal published in the new Handbook on Ecological Economics.

The new Handbook on Ecological Economics has just been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. It is edited by professors Joan Martinez-Alier (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and Roldan Muradian (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil) and includes a chapter on "Macroeconomic Policies and Environmental Sustainability" by Alejandro Nadal, Chair of the Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI) and a working group of the Commission on the Environment, Economics and Social Policies (CEESP). This Handbook provides an overview of major current debates, trends and perspectives in ecological economics.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

White-naped cranes (Grus vipio; IUCN Vulnerable) in the Central Highland's Cheorwon Basin. Photo by: George W. Archibald

Transfrontier Conservation For Enhanced Political Relations And Stability

For contiguous states to work towards a transfrontier protected area – and in good time achieving that aim –  will contribute not only to success in the yet to be realized adequate protection of biodiversity, but at the same time to the elusive achievement of a reasonable level of more widespread political amity. As we know, the peoples of the world have divided themselves into 195 or so often intensely sovereign states.  Those many states – which now interact within levels that vary between amicability and animosity – are separated by some 250,000 kilometers [155,000 miles] of land boundaries of which over half remain ill-defined and contested.  Then there are the additional thousands of kilometers of maritime boundaries of which more than two-thirds are similarly contested.    

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Shane Mahoney, Vice-Chair CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, announces the launch of the Wild Harvest Initiative at the 2015 North American Deer Summit in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7, 2015.

THE WILD HARVEST INITIATIVE: Examining the role of recreational hunting and angling in food security, nutrition, land management, and conservation in Canada and the United States

 The non-commercial harvest of fish and wildlife remain crucial to the diets, economies, cultures, and livelihoods of many people around the globe.  However, quantifying the significance of this food has seldom been attempted at a national scale.  A new project launched by Shane Mahoney, Vice-Chair of the CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, aims to accurately measure the biomass, economic value, and ecological replacement costs of the current annual harvest of wild protein in Canada and the United States.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Use of Lantana in Furniture Making in India

Weed to Wealth: Use of Lantana in Furniture Making in India

Lantana camara is infamous weed shrub spread to more than 50 countries as an invasive species. Lantana is a nuisance in the forest, agriculture lands and pasture lands. This rapidly growing weed is a threat to the biodiversity of any region because it grows very fast and covers open ground very quickly so it hinders the regeneration of species. Lantana often out-competes other important species, leading to a reduction in biodiversity.   …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Taro corms during the Taro Festival.

Mesei: Restoration, Development and Management of Taro Fields Landscapes.

From July 2014 to July 2015, a one-year Taro Fields Project in one of Palau’s states, Ngarchelong, was conducted with a theme, Mesei: Restoration, Development and Management of Taro Fields Landscapes. The project was funded by Global Environment Facility, the Project focused on land degradation, food security, community development, economic and health matters. Multiple workshops were conducted throughout the year on various subjects from traditional agriculture systems, knowledge and skills, climate change effect on food production; and traditional and western solutions to climate change, watershed management, health and nutrition and value-added on local food products.   …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Members of a leading Tanzanian CSO, the Ujamaa Community Resource Team, facilitate community land use planning discussions.

The need of improving support to African environmental organizations

“African organizations working to improve natural resource management have made great gains, but face serious challenges that limit their efforts to grow and sustain their impact”, claimed in a recent report entitled – Strengthening African Civil Society Organizations for Improved Natural Resource Governance and Conservation (co-authored by Maliasili Initiatives and Well Grounded).   …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

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