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Southern Africa

Human migration and marine protected areas: Insights from Vezo fishers in Madagascar

Human migration may negatively impact biodiversity and is expected to increase in future, yet the phenomenon remains poorly understood by conservation managers. We conducted a mixed-methods investigation of a contemporary migration of traditional fishers in western Madagascar, a country which has been expanding its protected area system through the establishment of both strict and multiple-use sites, and critically evaluate different models of marine protected area in light of our findings.

The Role of Young Entrepreneurs in the Transformation of Agriculture and Food Systems in Zimbabwe

This article describes the role of young entrepreneurs in the transformation of agriculture and food systems in Zimbabwe. The role was in response to Innovation Baraza, a novel initiative by Udugu Institute, and an emerging platform for entrepreneurs in Africa. Our featured idea recognized the need to focus on agriculture and food systems as well as energy access in order to redress poverty and hunger problems in Zimbabwe. Food security and energy access were the core components in the idea, which is premised on establishing linkages between agricultural and industrial development.

La Cogestion

Pour assurer le bon déroulement du domaine de Cogestion en collaboration avec les communautés riveraines des aires protégées ou AP. Les communautés locales participes avec les gestionnaires des aires protégées aux activités comme le patrouille des AP, lutte contre les feux... Le système de Cogestion est un type collaborative en création des Comités Locales du Parc ou CLP. Les CLP pratiques des GPS lors de l'activité de patrouille. Le GPS Data logger est une nouvelle technologie utilisée au niveau des aires protégées.

Presentation on Trans-border Conservation in Southern Africa

Attached presentation explains that trans-boundary protected areas are increasingly viewed as an important new tool in enabling broad landscape-level conservation. They are also increasingly valued for their role in fostering sustainable cross-boundary resource management, promoting regional economic development, and enabling regional climate change adaptation. As a result, there is an increasing global recognition of the importance of transboundary natural resource management.

Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) - Equator Initiative Case Study

Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre works on the ground with farmers living in Chongwe and Rufunsa Districts of Zambia, where agriculture is the primary livelihood. In recent years, these districts have experienced massive deforestation, driven in large part by demand for firewood and charcoal. As a result, firewood is scarce. Poor agricultural practices and long term intensive use of synthetic chemical inputs, such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides, have severely degraded soils and reduced agricultural yields.

The politics and economics of community-based natural resource management in /Xai/Xai, Ngamiland, Botswana

This study examined assumptions surrounding the issue of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) projects in southern Africa. Data were drawn from the village of /Xai/Xai in Ngamiland (North West District), Botswana, a multi-ethnic community consisting mainly of Ju/’hoansi San and Herero located on the Botswana-Namibia bordering the northern Kalahari Desert. The /Xai /Xai people formed the /Xai/Xai (Cgae Cgae) Tlhabololo Trust in 1997, the first of its kind in Botswana.

GEF - SGP Project : Biodiversity conservation through protection and sustainable use of wetlands in Gulathi and Ntunjambili villages under Ward 15 of Matobo District

Summary: The action seeks to promote conservation of biodiversity through protection and sustainable use of wetlands for improvement of livelihoods in Ward 15 of Matobo district in Matabeleland South province. The key environmental problems to be addressed by the project include the current wetlands depletion as a result of unsustainable utilization and land degradation in the area.

Community Gardens, Community Gains: Women and men working together in Zimbabwe

Small Summary: The Government of Zimbabwe invited the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to join them in supporting Dangarandove Cooperative – and 825 other community gardens like it across the country. In total, FAO provided seeds and fertilizers to 42,698 farmers (90% of whom were women).The project – run by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, with the technical support of FAO and funding from the European Union - enabled the women farmers to expand, diversify and improve their crops.

Gender Dynamics in Conservation Agreements: Biodiversity and Redmeat Initiative in Namaqualand, South Africa

Summary: Conservation South Africa (CSA) is implementing a conservation agreement with members of the Leliefontein community, in the Kamiesberg Municipality of Namaqualand. The strategy centers on negotiated agreements between CSA and individual farmers, with the overall objective of improving livestock and ecosystem management in this fragile environment.

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