ABCG Integrated Freshwater Conservation-WASH Community of Practice: Integrating WASH and Water Resource Management in Kenya – webinar recording

The Watershed – Empowering Citizens Programme is an initiative that aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations to lobby for evidence-based WASH and integrated water resource management. As one of the strategic partners behind this effort, Wetlands International is implementing projects using this approach in Kenya’s Kajiado and Laikipia counties.  
This presentation explores how working with civil society can mobilize communities to claim their water and sanitation rights and empower them to participate in decision-making.

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Community Adaptation to Climate Change: the Indirect Impacts on Biodiversity Across Africa – webinar recording

A major oversight of most climate change assessments to date is the inadequate consideration of indirect impacts on biodiversity. The Global Change Impacts working group is documenting how human communities are being impacted by changes in weather and climate, how they are responding, and how their responses impact biodiversity.  

Working across 21 sites in Africa, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group members are interviewing rural communities to gather this data, analyze it, and develop solutions that help communities adapt to a changing climate while minimizing impacts to biodiversity. Members will present the preliminary findings from this study, as well as provide a brief overview of the next steps.

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It’s All In Our Heads: Protecting Biodiversity with Behavior-Centered Design – webinar recording

In his November 28, 2017 presentation titled It’s All In Our Heads: Protecting Biodiversity With Behavior-Centered Design, Kevin Green, Senior Director of Rare’s new Center for Behavior & the Environment, posits that in spite of all the compelling reasons to protect biodiversity for our own well-being, we are still facing the “sixth extinction.” He talks about why the same strange features of our uniquely human psychology that have gotten us into this mess are the key to getting us out.

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Piloting New Approaches for Securing Tenure in Three Critical Ecosystems in Africa – webinar recording

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group’s Land and Resource Tenure Rights (LRTR) working group is developing and testing tools that place greater land and resource management authority in the hands of local resource users, thus creating incentives for them to exercise their authority in ways that are consistent with biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of renewable resources. Members are piloting new approaches for securing tenure in three critical ecosystems: Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Tanzania; Kilombero Valley, Tanzania; and Kabobo Reserve, DRC.

The LRTR working group will share interim results from studies aimed at strengthening rights and securing tenure, especially over community lands managed as common property. The findings and outcomes of these pilot studies will have important implications for other communities and conservationists working across the continent.

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Advancing an Integrated Vision that Incorporates Health Outcomes into Biodiversity Conservation – webinar recording

Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation Task Area Population-Health-Environment (PHE) presentation.

Members from the Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation working group will present on year two progress toward objectives in implementing pilot activities in Western Tanzania and Southeastern Cameroon, and sharing recommendations for integrating nutrition and food security interventions into existing PHE projects  from a comprehensive literature review entitled Exploring Cross-Sector Linkages between Population, Health Environment, Nutrition and Food Security: A Review of Best Practices and Lessons Learned.

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One Health: A holistic approach towards Freshwater Conservation – webinar recording

Nolubabalo Kwayimani from Conservation International South Africa provides an overview of the “One Health” framework that integrates WASH activities with freshwater conservation, improved livestock farming, and restoration efforts for improved outcomes in the Mzimvubu Catchment. The project draws on ABCG’s FW-WASH integration guidelines and monitoring and evaluation framework to measure the added value of integrated freshwater conservation and WASH programming.

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More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya – webinar recording

More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya
Joanna Elliott, FFI’s Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships presents the current land and wildlife management context and the challenges Ol Pejeta faces, including in helping local people and wildlife to weather extreme drought, safeguarding its rhino population against a well-armed and organized poaching threat, and building a commercial model that can respond to these challenges and enable the conservancy to expand its impact.

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Conflict: the fourth “C” in Liberia’s forest management? – webinar recording

Vaneska Litz and Leif Kindberg, Tetra Tech, will explore the viability of the “three C’s”: conservation, community and commercial forestry conservation strategy in the face of competing pressure for communities to engage in commercial logging activities in some of the last remaining tracts of the Upper Guinean forest.

They will further examine the potential for conflict that could arise from these complex pressures and rights, and provide insights into the complexity of these issues that must be properly understood in order to develop viable interventions that will not contribute to instability and conflict in the region.

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Balancing Africa’s Economic growth, Food Security, and Conservation using “Development by Design” – webinar recording

Webinar recording for the presentation made by Anne Trainor, TNC Smart Growth Director for the Africa Program on May 22, 2017 at the World Wide Fund, Washington. 

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