Exploring Cross-Sector Linkages between Population, Health, Environment, Nutrition and Food Security: A Review of Best Practices and Lessons Learned – literature review

This comprehensive literature review documents best practices for integrating nutrition and food security interventions into existing Population, Health and Environment (PHE) projects and presents recommendations for incorporating cross-sector indicators.
ABCG, through its thematic working group, Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation, provides methodological guidance to advance a vision that incorporates health outcomes into biodiversity conservation and sustainable development by employing PHE guidelines to identify and develop synergies between critical ecosystem services, and human health and well-being.

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Human Response to Climate Change: Interview Data

Database of key informant and focus group interviews.

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Human adaptation strategies to Climate Change – Literarure review

Database on the analysis of peer-reviewed and grey literature on research and anecdotal evidence of unplanned responses to climate change.

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USAID & ABCG – Integrated Indicators for Freshwater Conservation & WASH Workshop Report

Full workshop report held at AWF, July 15 – 17th 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya

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ABCG Freshwater Conservation and WASH Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators Table

Workshop participants reached a consensus on a draft M&E framework and indicators for integrating Conservation and WASH programming. This document presents a comprehensive table of indicators, including their intermediate results (IR) and rationale.

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ABCG Freshwater Conservation and WASH Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Indicators – workshop summary report

Workshop participants reached a consensus on a draft M&E framework and indicators for integrating Conservation and WASH programming.

The Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group 1(ABCG) to produce an initial report titled, “Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Experiences from sub-Saharan Africa” (June 2012). The report found numerous projects in sub-Saharan Africa integrating ad-hoc WASH and biodiversity conservation on a disparate and disconnected basis. It called for guidance on how to integrate the two disciplines under different scenarios, ecoregions and climates. Building on the report, in 2013, ABCG members collaborated with a number of development organizations specializing in WASH to develop guidelines for the design and implementation of integrated projects to improve freshwater conservation and human well-being.

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A Systematic Approach to Incorporate the Human Response into Climate Change Conservation Planning – summary report

For the past three years ABCG members Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and World Wildlife Fund have collaborated to bridge existing knowledge gaps in adaption. Building on the work conducted by the group in recent years where activities highlighted the central role that human livelihoods played in the conservation adaptation work that all member organizations were engaged in, the activities in 2013 focused on the integration of the human response to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments. Conservation vulnerability assessments often focus only on the direct impact of climate change on biodiversity (e.g. range shift in response to higher temperatures or altered rainfall regimes). This narrow focus means that we may only be partially accounting for the true impact of climate change. Human populations are also responding to climate change and will continue to respond to reduce their vulnerability and take advantage of new opportunities that climate change creates. The impact these changes in human behavior have on biodiversity are the “indirect impacts” of climate change, and understanding them is essential to identifying effective and appropriate conservation interventions. The goal of the work is to mainstream the incorporation of the human response to climate change into conservation climate adaptation planning through worked examples.

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Freshwater Conservation and WASH Integration Guidelines: A Framework for Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa – report

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have traditionally been seen as incompatible with biodiversity conservation. But this perception has been sustained by the lack of a comprehensive approach to integrating the two sectors, not because of insurmountable factors. A coalition of ten NGO’s have signed their names to a joint statement expressing their commitment to bridge gaps in establishing technical programs, investing in watershed protection, policy development and advocacy (including a paradigm shift of the conventional funding model), and awareness raising on integration.

This report provides guidance to health, development, and conservation professionals in sub-Saharan Africa on how to plan, coordinate develop and achieve mutually supported WASH and freshwater conservation projects outcomes.

The perception of substantial barriers including few common objectives, stovepipe donor mentality, poor integration monitoring indicators, etc. holds little water as portrayed with this seminal document.

Also included is the full webinar recording (screencast): Click here.

For a press quality version of the report, click here.

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Climate Change in the Western Indian Ocean: A Situation Assessment and Policy Considerations – full report

Led by a WCS consultant, the document assesses climate change in the Western Indian Ocean and summarizes regional, national and WIO-C member interventions in the field of climate change adaptation. The report undertakes to review existing national and regional climate change strategies prepared by countries; review existing climate change strategies and plans of the WIO-C members; prepare an inventory of ongoing national and regional Climate Change programs in the region; identifying important gaps in regional climate change programs.

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