Population, Health and Environment Approaches and Benefits for Conservation

Presentation made at the ABCG PHE webinar on Population, Health and Environment Approaches: Benefits to Conservation, August 19, 2021.

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Population, Health and Environment Indicator Reference Sheet

ABCG recognizes that human population growth contributes to biodiversity loss in sub-Saharan Africa, and at the same time there are positive human health and well-being impacts resulting from biodiversity conservation. In November 2019, the ABCG Population, Health and Environment (PHE) working group convened an expert group to explore the definition of integration with respect to PHE, the various ways to measure integration and approaches to promote integrated PHE successes. Building on the findings from that meeting, this PHE reference sheet is designed to help conservation teams test assumptions and measure progress of integrated PHE projects over time. This tool can also help with potential project design and implementation of integrated cross-sectoral PHE projects.

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Translating Projects to Policies: Lessons Learned Applying the FW-WASH Advocacy Strategy Methodology in South Africa and Uganda

This report provides lessons learned garnered during the twelve-month period of implementation of the advocacy strategies developed for South Africa and Uganda. Based on key informant interviews with in-country implementation teams and workshop facilitators, the authors identified the following seven overarching lessons from the implementation of the advocacy strategies in Uganda and South Africa:

  • The advocacy process requires flexibility and openness to emerging opportunities
  • Advocacy leads should understand the formal and informal decision-making structures
  • Reaching the target audience requires careful preparation
  • Evidence and data bolster the advocacy process effectiveness
  • The need to implement can manifest itself at any moment
  • Constantly revisit the strategies, adjust, and get better, and
  • Work with multisector partners to reach your goals.

These lessons underscore the importance of carefully crafting clear, useful, and creative messaging as the fundamental first step to improving conservation and health policies. African conservation, health, and development practitioners are encouraged to unite and collectively design messaging and activities to urge donors, policymakers, and colleagues to safeguard African biodiversity and human health.

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ABCG CGI Climate Change Response Survey, Kilombero Valley, Tanzania

Summary of the ABCG Global Change Imapact thematic area climate change response survey, carried out in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania in 2017. 

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ABCG FWWASH Tools Review and Adoption Workshop held in Uganda January 2020 – workshopreport

Highlights of the Report on a Workshop to Adopt Drafting Guidelines and Tools to Integrate Environmental Conservation into Fresh Water WASH Activities in Masindi District, Uganda on January 31, 2020. 

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Population Health and Environment Expert Workshop Summary

ABCG Population, Health and Environment Expert Workshop Summary held in Washington DC, November 21, 2019.

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ABCG Freshwater Conservation (FW) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Advocacy Strategy Planning Training, held on July 22-25, 2019, Kampala, Uganda.

Presentation made at the ABCG Freshwater Conservation (FW) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Advocacy Strategy Planning Training, held on July 22-25, 2019, Kampala, Uganda.

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Four African Case Studies Exploring How to Incorporate Biodiversity into Land Use Planning Using Spatial Prioritization and Scenario Analysis – report

A synthesis of methodologies, lessons learned and recommendations from the development of methodological approaches for scenario analysis, and guidelines for Land Use Management applied in four countries: Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Madagascar.

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20170927_StatusofLUP_Tanzania_NLUP – report

Status of Land Use Planning, Land Tenure and Biodiversity Conservation: A Focus of Udzungwa-Magombera-Selous Landscape and Mngeta Corridor in Kilombero District. This report, documents the land tenure status, socio-economic and biodiversity profiles in the Mngeta Corridor and Udzungwa-Magombera landscapes. Author, National Land Use Planning Commission, Tanzania, September 2017. 

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Community Natural Resources Management In Tanzania – policy review

Tanzania has progressive land and natural resource management policies and laws, which provide a comprehensive framework for enabling local communities to varyingly administer, manage and sustainably utilize their land and natural resources.

This paper provides an overview of these laws and analyses how effective these laws have been, particularly over the last 15-20 years when most were promulgated, in enabling communities to secure tenure over and sustainably manage their common property resources – principally grazing, forests and wildlife.

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