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CBNRM

CBNRM: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

CBNRM: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone by Dr Shylock Muyengwa​ Do community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) programmes help rural communities in southern Africa?There is a long-running disagreement over just how much CBNRM contributes towards the welfare of communities, in terms of health, jobs, poverty alleviation, etc. Working in rural communities throughout...
Trade bans and wildlife

Are CITES bans driving up demand for wildlife products?

An in-depth feature in Knowable Magazine  by Natasha Gilbert reports that scientists and wildlife trade experts worry CITES bans may be backfiring by driving up demand, arguing  the convention is  meant to help ensure wildlife trade meets people's needs while also safeguarding nature. Two examples of trade bans on wildlife and one on a plant species that saw an increase rather than decrease of...
COVID-19 impacts

COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’ threatens conservation in Africa

COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’ threatens conservation in Africa A new report calls for rapid collaborative global action to ensure Africa's wildlife survives COVID-19's devastating impact on tourism,  threatening jobs and livelihoods for some of the most impoverished communities. It stresses the importance of adopting more resilient conservation models that benefit humans and wildlife for...
African conservation

Bold leadership required for conservation in Southern Africa

Bold leadership required for conservation in Southern Africa by Steve Johnson​ How long must this go on! Those involved in community-based natural resources management or CBNRM, have continued their mantra of the need for devolution of rights over land and natural resources for more than 30 years, with no change! It seems like we are going nowhere despite all our efforts in this direction.Way...
save the sepik human rights

Human rights, heritage and habitats threatened by the Frieda River Mining Project in Papua New Guinea

Human rights, heritage and habitats threatened by the Frieda River Mining Project in Papua New Guinea "Plan for largest mine in Papua New Guinea history 'appears to disregard human rights', UN says" is the headline for an article in The Guardian on October 7, 2020. "The plan for the largest mine in Papua New Guinea’s history carries a risk of catastrophic loss of life and environmental...
CBNRM Anabeb

CBNRM Success Stories: A Namibian rural community’s historic choice of wildlife over cattle

CBNRM and a Namibian rural community’s historic choice of wildlife over cattle Published in The Chronicle, Zimbabwe on October 16, 2020, this article by Johannesburg-based journalist, Emmanuel Koro is a success story about CBNRM in action as Namibia's Anabeb community's choice to switch from cattle production to wildlife hunting has uplifted lives and restored natural resources of the...
community livelihoods and COVID19

COVID19, Community Livelihoods and Sustainable Wildlife Trade

In the COVID19, Community Livelihoods and a Sustainable Wildlife Trade This in-depth feature, by writer Wendee Nicole was published by Ensia, a media outlet of University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focuses on alternative ways to meet communities' basic needs and secure community livelihoods in the face of COVID19.The article quotes @dilysroe on wet market ban undermining food...
area based conservation

Area-based Conservation in the 21st Century

In the Area-based Conservation in the 21st Century "Adequate protection of the world’s biodiversity will require conservation areas in the right places, the involvement of indigenous peoples and local communities in decision-making and management, ecologically connectivity between protected areas, and much more financing."In an article in Mongabay, writer Liz Kimbrough reports that area-based...
African conservation

African conservation: a wake-up call

In this opinion piece, Richard Maasdorp calls on Africans to challenge the idea that international organisations or donors have solutions to the continent’s conservation problems that are in some way superior to our own. Diverse situations requiring unique solutions, writes Maasdorp, adding that fixed and polarised attitudes to African conservation remain a major impediment to robust,...
LEADERS PLEDGE FOR NATURE

UN Summit on Biodiversity 2020: Leaders Pledge for Nature

Leaders' Pledge for Nature recognizes local community rights Commitment to the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in decision making and recognition of their rights, as acknowledged in relevant national and international instruments (2c) is among pledges made by political leaders ahead of the September 2020 UN Summit on Biodiversity. .  Read the Leaders'...
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