Spring Additions on FRAMEweb

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Since the new FRAMEweb, there’s been a lot more community involvement in our community of practice, and in recognizing it, we’d like to let members see more of each other.  In getting there, we’ve kicked off a PHOTO CONTEST. Send us pictures of your work so we can share it with the community!

As for what’s been going on with the community, let’s just say spring looks good on FRAMEweb, and here’s why…

Discussions

  • In the Land Management Community’s Miombo Network, Tom Erdmann continued the discussion around the question “How can agricultural expansion -- one of the main threats to the Miombo woodlands -- be addressed?” Dr. Isla Grundy of Bio Innovations Zimbabwe brought up a good point about the implications of tobacco crops to which Tom followed up with a question about examples of NTFP values and revenue generation from natural products that could be held up and publicized for Miombo Woodlands stakeholders in Zimbabwe. Log in and join the discussion here.
  • In the Southeast Asia CBNRM Community, CK2C’s Philippines stocktaking exercise considered the question of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). At present, much information on CBNRM in the Philippines is anecdotal and data is not standardized. An associated geo-spatial data base is also lacking, making it difficult to know where CBNRM is happening. However, it will be costly to establish a more systematic and comprehensive M&E system for CBNRM. Is such a systematic and comprehensive system necessary to advance and promote CBNRM? Why or why not?
  • I don’t normally delve so far in the past in these monthly updates, but the upcoming FRAMEgram will be about ICT and Conservation. In keeping with the theme, I thought it would be a good time to bring up a brief discussion we had two years about how communities can use ICT to better adapt to climate change. As we all know, a lot’s happened in two years, and I wonder if some of our members wouldn’t mind sharing some up-to-date ideas. Log in and revisit the discussion here.

ICT for Development Community

  • Speaking of ICT, last month we added The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action for a Low-Carbon Economy. Based on interviews, case studies, and supporting material from more than 20 leaders and experts, the report aims to raise awareness on how ICT, particularly broadband networks, can help creating a low carbon economy of the future, and highlights the importance of public private partnerships in accelerating change.

Climate Change Community

  • As part of the UNFCCC, compensation from REDD+ would be estimated in relation to national performance but how these incentives will be channeled within countries has not been specified and there are concerns about how the benefits will be shared among different stakeholders. The paper Splitting the Difference proposes positive incentives and a way to possibly share the benefits from REDD+.

Biodiversity and Conservation

Community-Based Natural Resource Management

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of user guides to support the design of pro-poor programmes and policies in ways that consider social diversity. The aim of the tools is to help practitioners better target and adapt programmes to address gender, ethnicity, age and disability, factors that can contribute to poverty, vulnerability, exclusion and powerlessness. The tools are part of a publication, Social Analysis for Agriculture and Rural Investment Projects.

Land Management

Water and Drought Issues

  • For the water and drought experts, Yuko Kurauchi has added a few documents including the most recent newsletters:
  • Carter Ingram from Wildlife Conservation Society also added proceedings that summarize major discussions held in Kigali from September 13-14, 2011 at the workshop on "Managing and Modeling Watersheds". All of the presentations and reports from the meeting can be found on the RM Portal.

Faith and Conservation

  • ABCG has added Working With Faith Communities as Real Partners in Conservation after a two-day workshop organized by the Alliance for Religions and Conservation (ARC) in Nairobi in 2011. Here, representatives of the 20 faith groups said they had a "God-given duty" to protect creation, and committed their resources, energy and faith to developing new action plans on the environment.
  • A successful story about faith-led tree planting and land management along with a long list of resources can also be found in the most recent FRAMEgram.

African Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG)

Kamweti wa Mutu was our featured member last month and has been hard at work uploading some useful content including these views from the field:

  • Among the Reports from the Field, Ewaso Lions is a grassroots project in northern Kenya whose mission is to promote the conservation of lions through applied research and community-based outreach programmes. Here is their report. Wildlife biologist Shivani Bhalla, a Kenyan national, also provides her own overview on the Ewaso Lions Project.

  • Until recently, very little was known about the status of wildlife in Equatorial Guinea, although it was clear that changes brought about by the oil boom, such as increased commercial bushmeat hunting and rapid infrastructure development, would likely have long-term negative impacts. CI recently completed the first nationwide census for apes and elephants.

Extractive Industries

A couple months ago, FRAMEweb hosted The Costs of Mining webinar. As such, since then a few resources have been added by ABCG and WRI’s Anne Gaelle Javelle:

Check out ABCG’s Mining and Conservation topic for more resources.