Ecological infrastructure refers to naturally functioning ecosystems that deliver valuable services to people. Ecological infrastructure is the nature-based equivalent of built infrastructure and is just as important for providing services and underpinning socio-economic development. It’s not only an under-realised asset for cities and their hinterlands, but also one whose potential could be relatively easily unlocked.
UNDP is supporting the government of Comoros to establish an expanded and functional system of protected areas in three of the country’s islands: Grand Comoro, Moheli and Anjouan. All efforts go to creating national capacity to manage a system that both representative of the country’s biodiversity endowment and which has good prospects for a sustainable future. Comoros is a jewel in the Indian Ocean, when it comes to biodiversity, natural beauty and the uniqueness of its cultural expression.
The Government of Mauritius through the National Parks and Conservation Service (NPCS) of the Ministry of Agro-industry and Food Security is working with partners in the Government, NGO and private sector to expand protected area coverage and enhance PA management effectiveness under the UNDP-GEF Protected Area Network Expansion Project (the Mauritius PAN Project). One of the key elements of these efforts is the involvement of the private sector in protected area management.
I am involved in the process for preparation of the latest South African NBSAP and would be interested to hear which other plans in development, or prepared, from comparable middle income countries or emerging economies we might engage with to learn from; whether it be inspiration, leverage, insi
This presentation reflects on the role played by the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area in building resilience at the local level for both people and the environment, through existing governance systems. It then introduces the changes in such governance systems that are in process and which may better support community participation and direct benefits.
This presentation is based on the work carried out by the International Coordinator of the GLTFCA in the past year.
This presentation stems from the knowledge derived from the past decade of fieldwork in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, in all the three countries party to the TFCA, and specifically with local communities in and around the Protected Areas. It discusses the root causes for the supply side of the trade in wildlife, which has resulted in the depletion of rhino populations in Kruger National Park and highlights the need for a more inclusive participatory process for the direct benefits of communities from conservation.
The Animal and Human Health for Environment and Development in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area network is a convening, facilitative mechanism, working to create enabling environments that allow different and often competing sectors to literally come to the same table and find collaborative ways forward to address challenges at the interface of wildlife health, livestock health, and human health and livelihoods.
Dr. Lucille Blumberg is the Deputy-Director, Head of Division of Public Health, Surveillance and Response, and Head of Travel Health of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.
Suzi Malan is a PhD candidate from the University of British Columbia (Canada), of South African origin.
Her research has utilised a combination of methods to understand and evaluate governance systems in the Transfrontier Conservation Areas of Southern Africa. In this presentation, she summarises the findings of a 4 year work and proposes improvements to current processes that are more inclusive and aimed at achieving all the objectives of the TFCAs in the region.
Amanda Mugadza is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of North West University (Potchefstroom Campus).
She is conducting a study on the existing legal framework for participatory and inclusive sustainable tourism development in Southern African Transfrontier Conservation Areas and the application of such framework to ensure TFCAs fulfil their rural development mandate. This presentation is a condensation of the findings from her first year.