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Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Quarterly News Digest July 2017

by Christin VanZant last modified Aug 04, 2017 04:36 PM
Contributors: Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group
Recent Publications, News Highlights, Upcoming Events, and Past Event Resources
Recent Publications
As a component of ABCG's Global Health Linkages task area, this comprehensive Literature Review documents best practices for integrating nutrition and food security interventions into existing Population, Health and Environment projects and presents recommendations for incorporating cross-sector indicators.
ABCG's 2017 interim report to USAID shares initial achievements on our expected year two outputs. This report also includes  challenges, successes, and lessons learned from ABCG's five thematic working groups and their partners.

ABCG's annual report to USAID shares our first year progress towards realizing our 2015-2018 objectives, and our overarching mission to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

News Highlights 

As components of ABCG's activities under the Global Health Linkages thematic area, Conservation South Africa and The Jane Goodall Institute recently completed gender analyses in South Africa and Uganda, respectively, to strengthen their program impact and improve conservation and human well-being outcomes. On March 27, they met virtually to discuss lessons learned from their respective experiences assessing the roles of men and women in managing freshwater resources and implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects.

On June 5th, the world celebrated World Environment Day. 2017's theme was "Connecting People to Nature". ABCG works to secure land tenure and enable communities to protect and benefit from living in harmony with nature.
Upcoming Events  
ABCG Seminars

Thursday, July 27, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT / 3:00 PM EAT East Africa Time

The Jane Goodall Institute will provide an overview of their work on integrated Freshwater Conservation and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in northern Uganda. This program is one of the pilot sites currently applying the ABCG Freshwater Conservation-WASH Integration Guidelines in a context where population growth poses a threat to local watersheds and vulnerable megafauna.
Conflict: the fourth "c" in Liberia's forest management?

August 24, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Leif Kindberg, TetraTech, 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. He 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.
Partner Events

July 20, 2017
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Past Event Resources
Unable to join the event? View presentation slides and listen to the webinar recordings of past ABCG speaker series.

Despite increased resources being directed towards protected areas, corruption and mis-management continue to thwart real achievement. On June, 27, 2017 Luis Arranz, World Wildlife Fund, discussed his experience in Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, Central African Republic, and Garamba National Park in DRC, and proposes a new strategy for combating these ongoing problems.

Anne Trainor, The Nature Conservancy's Smart Growth Director for the Africa Program described a science-based spatial planning approach known as "Development by Design" on May 22, 2017. The Development by Design approach, through smart planning, is empowering governments to achieve economic growth while prioritizing sustainable use of natural resources in Zambia and Kenya.

Biodiversity in African savannas is increasingly threated from extensive habitat loss, grazing, resource extraction and agriculture. A team of researchers and educators from The University of Florida, The University of Swaziland and The Organization for Tropical Studies discussed how they are addressing these issues at this ABCG seminar held on May 9, 2017.

Franck Chantereau, founder of the JACK Sanctuary shared how, through interventions such as education, advocacy and law enforcement, his team has managed to end the trade of chimpanzee trade in southern DRC. April 25, 2017.

On April 11, 2017 ABCG hosted a seminar at Conservation International in Nairobi where Alice Ruhweza Executive Director, Africa Field Division, at Conservation International presented on the Vital Signs program. In the presentation, Alice shared results of the Vital Signs program first phase of implementation and invited opportunities for collaboration for the second 5 years phase of the program.

Rebecca Goodman | Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group | Email | Website
ABCG is supported by USAID to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.
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