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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 back...
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'...
CBNRM

CBNRM in Southern Africa

Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) has been implemented in several southern African with various degrees of success. While the form in which CBNRM is implemented also varies from country to country, three main components to the conceptualization of CBNRM in southern Africa can be identified (Jones and Murphree 2004): 1. In order to take management decisions, communities need...
from poachers to caretakers

From Poachers to Caretakers

From Poacher's Son to Conservation Leader Defending Namibia's Community Conservation StoryBy John K. KasaonaThese are our animals, says John Kasaona, Executive Director of Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) in Namibia, in this great article. He takes us on a journey explaining how #traditional hunters became labelled as 'poachers' and his journey from being a...
community leaders network

Community Leaders Network is established

The Community Leaders Network A Community Leaders Network (CLN) has been established, bringing together over 50 representatives of local communities engaged in Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). The initiative spans nine southern African countries and ensures the voices of millions of people are heard in regional and international debates about rights and natural resource...
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