Participation of CECOSDA in the National Committee and IUCN Secretariat meeting

As a new member of IUCN and a member of CEESP, the Center for Communication and Sustainable Development for All (CECOSDA Cameroon) attended its first IUCN National Committee and Secretariat meeting of Cameroon on 4th September 2015. Nine other organizations attended the meeting are: Young Volunteer for the Environment Cameroon (JVE-C), “Forêts et Développement Rurale” (FODER), “Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement” (CARFAD), Cameroon Environmental Watch (CEW), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Secretariat, CAFER, CIPRED, OPED, and CHAIR.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Group Photo of Lead Authors for IPBES 2b – Regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Asia and the Pacific.

First Authors meeting of IPBES Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment

On 17–21 August 2015, United Nations University-IAS hosted the first meeting of nearly 140 nominated experts to launch an Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment-a critical evaluation of the state of knowledge in biodiversity and ecosystem services - conducted by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).   …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Cory Whitney with a specimen of Millettia in the mountains of Laos.

Presentations at the 38th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology

CEESP Member, Cory W. Whitney (PhD Candidate at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, and Scientific Staff at the Rhine-Wall University, Germany) presented two papers at the 38th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE) – The Many Faces of Ethnobiology in Santa Barbara, CA. The SoE promotes the interdisciplinary study of the relationships of plants and animals with human cultures worldwide, including past and present relationships between peoples and the environment. SoE’s mission is to promote the understanding of the past and present relationships between humans and their biological worlds. Research into the conservation ethic of indigenous peoples leads the society toward the promotion of localized endogenous solutions to conservation issues. …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

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

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