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USAID FRAMEgram: Looking Back: 10 Years of Sharing Knowledge for Better Natural Resource Management across the Globe

by Portal Web Editor last modified May 19, 2015 04:16 PM
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In conceiving FRAMEweb, USAID envisioned a platform that would foster knowledge sharing between practitioners regardless of where they are-in the field or in a central office-enriching development efforts with new avenues for collaboration. In its 10th year, FRAMEweb has come to connect practitioners in even the most remote areas, particularly those affected by global environmental challenges such as natural disaster, food security, and climate change, allowing them to mutually learn on-the-ground solutions to similar environmental drivers. In this issue we celebrate its achievements as well as explore other opportunities and resources for sharing knowledge around NRM.

Reflections from the Architects of FRAMEweb

FRAMEweb was conceived by a few key players at USAID and IRG back in 2002, including Tony Pryor, Tim Resch, Mike McGaughey, Denise Mortimer, Walter Knausenberger, and a few other KM for development pioneers. This year, we had a chance to sit down with three of the original initiators of FRAMEweb as they reflected on the beginning of FRAMEweb, how its evolved, and what it has meant to the Natural Resource Management Sector.

Today, collaboration around the community is steadily growing, with over 2,900 members, living and working in 120 countries around the world.

Over the past year, FRAMEweb's publications and webinars have covered emerging topics peacebuilding, water cooperation, geospatial information technology, and connecting NRM to national policies. USAID partners have included the African Biodiversity Conservation Group, Environmental Law Institute, RARE, WWF, and the University of Washington in Seattle.

"One of the things I'm proud of as part of USAID, is its commitment to FRAMEweb over the longterm to build its strengths, and, I think among partners, to look at FRAMEweb as a full site for information sharing," says Tim Resch of USAID Africa Bureau.

By building communications and networking around the strengths and expertise of its members, the community of practice platform has expanded the possibilities for global participation, building consensus around shared goals for today's most pressing NRM challenges and ultimately helping to bring local solutions to scale.

Discussion Spotlight

Here are some of the issues FRAMEweb members are talking about:

What have other countries done to formally incorporate co-management principles in their legal framework for protected area management?
Re-Drafting of the protected areas management Bangladesh is now re-writing its protected areas management Act, with support from our Project. In the process, we'd like to have more information on such questions as: What have other countries done to formally incorporate co-management principles in their legal framework for protected area management. We have the Guatemala co-management law. We also have the Madagascar protected areas Code, as well as PA laws from India, Pakistan and Nepal, but these do not explicitly include co-management as a principle. Are there other compilations of co-management as a legal principle in PA laws?


What is the most effective way to advocate for CBNRM?

The consolidated CBNRM report and its 5 associated policy briefs all target policy- and decision-makers who may not be aware of the actual and potential contributions of CBNRM to rural development. The briefs can be used by CBNRM practitioners to promote and advocate for CBNRM. They may be used in tandem with personal meetings with policy- and decision-makers. Are there other ways to drive home the potential of CBNRM to those who may not know of its positive benefits?

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How have household adapted to food shortages and what roles have NRM investments played in preventing the impact of drought?

I would like to invite participants of this forum to share their thoughts on the recent events in Niger.  I have written a background document that I hope you have had the time to read.  I hoped that we could begin the discussion by exploring the following two questions: 1) How have household adapted or responded to chronic shortfalls in food production? 2) What has been the role of NRM investments in preventing or reducing the impact of drought, food shortages and related crises?

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Take a Look

There's a robust set of resources on the internet these days. Here are just a few environmental knowledge management applications that FRAMEweb has had the chance to work with over the past few years.

SEA Change: An Asian Community of Practice for Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate
Change Interventions

With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and technical and logistical support from Pact, SEA Change is a maturing virtual Community of Practice (CoP) focused on the monitoring and evaluation of climate change interventions in Asia, and beyond. Where the community was initially focused on Southeast Asia - hence the 'SEA' in SEA Change - the focus now includes the entire Asian continent in its widest definition.

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GOXI - Sharing in Governance of Extractive Industries
In June 2009 the World Bank Institute and partners, including
the African Development Bank, began a series of consultations with extractive industries practitioners from government, the private sector, civil society and think tanks to assess the current reality and capacity needs in terms of strengthening governance of the sector. In the process, practitioners pinpointed the need for a standing forum for innovation and collaboration across stakeholders groups, countries and initiatives. In response, GOXI is a space for dialogue and platform for innovation and collaboration serving those actively working on governance issues in the extractive industries.

USAID Learning Lab

Learning Lab is a collaborative space where USAID staff and partners jointly create, share, refine, and apply practical approaches in order to ground our programs in evidence and adapt quickly to new learning and changing contexts, maximizing development outcomes. This online community is designed to generate collective learning for the ultimate goal of increasing the relevance and sustainability of our programs.Learning Lab features key tools for USAID staff and partners to share their experiences and support each other's efforts to develop a more dynamic approach to programs.

Click here to access the lab

World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal
The CCKP provides a web-based platform to assist in capacity building and knowledge development. The aim of the portal is to help provide development practitioners with a resource to explore, evaluate, synthesize, and learn about climate related vulnerabilities and risks at multiple levels of details. Using climate science research results to inform the decision making process concerning policies or specific measures needed to tackle climate impacts, or even to understand low carbon development processes, is often a difficult, yet crucial, undertaking.


To check out other USAID-specific Knowledge Management Portals, visit

New on FRAMEweb

Coastal Sustainable Landscapes Project in Ghana's Western Region

As a part of ongoing conservation efforts along the coasts of Ghana, the US Forest Service (USFS) is working with the Government of Ghana and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to design and implement a coastal forest landscape conservation project in the six coastal Districts of the Western Region of Ghana. This Sustainable Landscapes (SL) project will contribute to moving Ghana into a low greenhouse gas emissions, high carbon sequestration development pathway in the land use sector. The project will be embedded within broader and multi-partner food security, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and environmental governance efforts along the western coast of Ghana. Activities under this program will be strategic and transformative and contribute to the Ghanaian national strategic process that is currently addressing climate change. The new community will develop on FRAMEweb as the project takes off in the latest part of 2013.

Experts on FRAMEweb

Find a colleague who shares an interest or expertise knowledge management and learn more about your network.

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Featured Member

FRAMEgram features a member in the newsletter who has been exceptionally active! This section will also give you a chance to learn more about other FRAMEweb members. This Edition's Featured Member is...

I am currently studying for a PhD assessing the governance and policy lessons from community based natural resource management projects in Zimbabwe for more successful implementation of future natural resource management projects. My background is in environmental policy and human geography with a strong research focus. I graduated from LSE with an MSc in 2009 and have since been working on various projects to do with adaptation and climate change in developing countries, including as a capacity builder with VSO in Nigeria. I hope to dedicate my career to researching and further understanding the complexities of poverty, climate change and the politics inherently involved in development and conservation projects.

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