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ABCG Quarterly News Digest October 2019

by Portal Web Editor last modified Oct 25, 2019 12:14 AM
Contributors: ABCG
A roundup of our latest news, conservation news highlights and upcoming events.

News Highlights

The Value of Collaboration in Securing Land and Resource Tenure Rights in Tanzania

Four leading conservation organizations working together through the ABCG collaboration and in partnership with stakeholders and the Government of Tanzania are supporting local communities to secure land and resource tenure rights in Tanzania. Tanzania's rich, diverse, and distinct terrestrial and marine ecosystems that play a pivotal role in sustaining livelihoods, as well as contributing to the country's economy is facing rising pressure due to an increase in human activities, in part brought on by an increasing population. The organizations - The Nature Conservancy, the Jane Goodall Institute, the African Wildlife Foundation and World Resources Institute are working in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, in Western Tanzania and in the Kilombero cluster in southern Tanzania to protect these ecosystems. This collaboration has enabled greater conservation impact than a single organization could realize working alone.

Why is Advocacy Key to Natural Resource Management?

A good advocacy strategy is an important component of a project and key to its success. Advocacy is important in ensuring that proposed actions are taken up by stakeholders and in influencing decision making to support the development of appropriate policies. Since 2015, ABCG members - Conservation International its affiliate Conservation South Africa, and the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda have been piloting projects on FW-WASH integration. ABCG partnered with IRC, a Dutch-based WASH NGO, to adapt their advocacy training materials into a Training-of-Trainers Methodology for projects that integrate freshwater conservation and WASH. Through the use of advocacy, ABCG intends to advance the adoption of FW-WASH approaches that are critical for the health of humans and freshwater conservation.

6 Tips for Achieving Greater Results in Community Engagement Activities

Six factors to consider when working on integrating freshwater resources conservation and WASH for influencing policy and attain greater results.

  1. Get your facts and data
  2. Get buy in
  3. Engage with your stakeholders
  4. Create awareness and educate
  5. Test
  6. Advocate for smart policy

A New Opportunity to Reverse Nature Loss: First Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was held at the United Nations offices in Nairobi, Kenya, from August, 27-30 2019. This meeting marked the formal start of discussions towards a new global biodiversity framework post-2020, with the current strategic plan (2010-2020) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) coming to an end next year.


Conservation News Highlights

1. Forests for Life: New Global Partnership Targets Planet's Great Forests for Urgent Protection: As the planet continues to warm and wildlife species vanish at an unprecedented rate, five leading environmental organizations have come together to target the world's greatest undervalued and unprotected solution to the climate and extinction crises - forests. The organizations - Global Wildlife Conservation, Rainforest Foundation Norway, United Nations Development Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society and World Resources Institute-announced the new Forests for Life Partnership during an event celebrating the role of Nature-based Solutions at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York.

2. 2020 Bonn Challenge Deadline: What Does the Barometer Say?:The first Bonn Challenge milestone year is barely five months away. Launched by Germany and the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2011, the challenge is a global commitment to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

3. NEW TOOLKIT: Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA) - Methodology manual for GAPA facilitators: IIED has published a guide to a stakeholder-led methodology for assessing the quality of governance at protected areas and other conserved areas. The manual, titled Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA). Methodology manual for GAPA facilitators, includes background information and definitions of key concepts and provides a step-by-step guide to the GAPA methodology. It also includes a set of templates for users.


Upcoming Events

Scaling Up Community Conservation in The Greater Mara Ecosystem

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Daniel Sopia, CEO Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

African Landscapes Dialogue, Arusha, Tanzania

November 12-15, 2019

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