High-Level Virtual Roundtable on CBNRM Policy in Southern Africa

In June 2013, USAID’s Capitalizing Knowledge, Connecting Communities hosted an online High-Level CBNRM Policy Roundtable with policy-makers and influencers in Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Namibia to share the results from the 4-year CBNRM stocktaking assessment process and to discuss the potential for integrating CBNRM approaches into national development strategies, plans and policies.

Lost Freetown, a film by Nazia Parvez Lost Freetown, a film by Nazia Parvez

LOST FREETOWN: A 30-min documentary unravelling the environmental disaster in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The film shows how urban migration and displacement caused by the decade long civil war have resulted in a doubling of the population of Freetown, stretching the city resources beyond capacity. One interviewee extrapolates that up to 90% of Freetown residents live in what can be described as slums, according to the UN Habitat definition of a slum or informal settlement.

Without Borders - English Without Borders - English

“Without Borders” is a 30 minute documentary film exploring the environmental context of the Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem of West Africa. Cinematographer Nazia Parvez reveals how mining, bushmeat trade, urban migration, slash & burn agriculture, displacement due to conflict and an unprecedented demand for land, water, fuel, building materials and food cause severe degradation manifested through mass deforestation, soil erosion, pollution and poverty.

Sustainably sourced raffia: community-based conservation in Madagascar Sustainably sourced raffia: community-based conservation in Madagascar

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to build climate resilience, improve sustainability practices and raise incomes in communities reliant on raffia for their livelihoods. Empowering rural women with environmental knowledge and market intelligence is the key to giving them a voice in community-based natural resource management. It enables them to source, manage and trade their produce locally and internationally, thus generating additional income for their communities and improving livelihoods.

Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge: Grand Prize Winners

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge rewards science and tech innovations that fight wildlife crime. The Challenge is thrilled to announce four Grand Prize Winners, who will share more than $900,000 to advance their exceptional innovations.

Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Prize Winners at the IUCN Congress

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge is a global competition that called on innovators around the world to share their science and tech solutions to combat terrestrial and marine wildlife crime. An initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, the Challenge rewards innovations that help combat wildlife trafficking.

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