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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information (deforestation)
File Bolivia Ecotourism Assessment by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 24, 2013 01:27 AM
Strategic assessment of ecotourism in 4 areas of Bolivia. Effects on job creation and biodiversity conservation.
File Bolivia Ecotourism Assessment by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 31, 2013 10:06 PM
Task Order No. 823 Contract No. PCE-I-00-96-00002-00 February 2002 Prepared for USAID/Bolivia Prepared by International Resources Group Team Members William J. McLaughlin, Regional Tourism Planner, Team Leader, IRG Alberto Abastaflor, Tourism and Pasto Grande Specialist, IRG Jose Courrau, Protected Area Management and Human Capacity Building Specialist, IRG Andy Drumm, Ecotourism Specialist, Ecotourism Director, The Nature Conservancy Steve Edwards, Ecotourism Specialist, Americas Region Manager, Ecotourism Department, Conservation International Peter McFarren, Private Sector Business Analyst, IRG Barbara Rossmiller, Business Management Analyst, IRG Ryan Taylor, Site Design/Small Business Specialist and Community Development, Associate Director, Peace Corps/Bolivia. Region: Latin America and the Caribbean; Task order: Bolivia Natural Resources Valuation and Socioeconomic Opportunities; Tech area: Land Use Management and Eco-Zoning; Sustainable Tourism
File Designing Integrated Conservation and Development Projects by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:08 PM
21. Directed at policy makers, practitioners and donors interested in understanding the value of Integrated Conservation and Development projects (ICDPs), this publication explains what ICDPs offer, how they can be designed and carried out, and how conservation efforts and development projects ca be effectively integrated to achieve the goals of both. Date: 1995. Author: M. Brown and B. Wyckoff-Baird. Program: Biodiversity Support Program
File Safeguarding the World’s Water: 2008 Report on USAID Water Sector Activities by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jul 30, 2014 09:01 PM
This report summarizes USAID’s fiscal year 2008 investments and programs in safe drinking water and sanitation supply projects and related water management activities around the world through March/April 2009. The report describes all of USAID’s water management programs that help ensure water security and sustainability with equity. Featured Sep, 2009 in News: USAID RM Portal Featured Stories.
File Renewable Natural Resources: Practical Lessons for Conflict-Sensitive Development by Anna Woltman — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:58 AM
This 2009 study, “Natural Resources Management: Practical Lessons for Conflict‐Sensitive Development,” was researched and written by consultant Sandra Ruckstuhl for the Conflict, Crime and Violence Team of the Social Development Department (SDV), Sustainable Development Network, World Bank. The study was overseen by Per Wam, SDV. The study was financed by the Multi‐Donor Trust Fund for Research and Knowledge Work on Fragile States.
File Manuel de mesure, notification et verification (MNV) de la REDD+ version 2.0 by Leif Kindberg — last modified Jun 10, 2015 03:25 PM
La réduction des émissions résultant de la déforestation et de la dégradation des forêts, de la conservation des stocks de carbone, de la gestion durable des forêts et du renforcement des stocks de carbone forestier (REDD +) est devenue un élément clé des négociations internationales sous l'égide de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC). Les Parties de la CCNUCC reconnaissent le potentiel des actions axées sur les résultats sur la REDD +, qui sont intégralement mesurées, notifiées et vérifiées, dans le cadre de l'effort mondial pour limiter les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) et améliorer les réservoirs de carbone.
File Guatemala: Assessment and analysis of progress towrd SO5 goals in the Maya Biosphere Reserve by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:08 PM
KEYWORD: Community-based Natural Forest Management, Central America. Central America, Guatemala, community forestry, forest enterprises, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, biodiversity, buffer zone, conservation, protected areas, forest concession, institutions, land tenure, NGO, policy, population growth, evaluation, project report. SUMMARY: In 2000, specialists from Chemonics International assessed SO5 activities to provide USAID/Guatemala with recommendations for a new program strategy and framework for assessing results of project efforts. Another team from International Resources Group, through the EPIQ IQC, conducted a separate assessment of Guatemala's environmental policy and protected areas system. The resulting complementary analyses were coordinated and posted together in this document. Project achievements include the establishment of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), reduced deforestation within MBR, strengthened coalitions between government and NGOs, initiation of NGOs, and establishment of forest concessions. Forests in the multiple-use zone remain intact and are producing benefits due to effective management; however, concessions do not yet act independently. Concession programs are not effectively evaluated and reported to USAID. The authors find that program implementation has been hampered by: Indefensible protected area (PA) borders; Uneven allocation of resources within the PA, Lack of baseline for evaluation, Buffer zone does not act as a buffer and is an area of intensive settlement and use Inappropriate sustainable agriculture program; Land titling difficulties; Local population growth. The authors recommend that MBR expand local stakeholder participation and the National Council for Protected Areas should be a coordinating body. They further note that international NGOs have become unnecessary ‘middlemen’ for funding while local NGOs still need strengthening. They find that all types of project information and planning need improved management and suggest that sustainable forestry activities should be further promoted. The authors suggest that the future actions focus on the MBR rather than expanding the conservation program to other areas. Furthermore, they suggest that MBR focus should be on 1) conservation of biodiversity in core areas, 2) consolidation of community forestry concessions, 3) integrated development of service corridor, and 4) improved policies. Lastly, the authors note that the method of evaluating project results is not functioning, making it impossible for project managers to know what the actual successes are and where improvement are needed. Suggestions are given for improving this process.
File Guatemala: Assessment and analysis of progress towrd SO5 goals in the Maya Biosphere Reserve by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:11 AM
In 2000, specialists from Chemonics International assessed SO5 activities to provide USAID/Guatemala with recommendations for a new program strategy and framework for assessing results of project efforts. Another team from International Resources Group, through the EPIQ IQC, conducted a separate assessment of Guatemala's environmental policy and protected areas system. The resulting complementary analyses were coordinated and posted together in this document. Project achievements include the establishment of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), reduced deforestation within MBR, strengthened coalitions between government and NGOs, initiation of NGOs, and establishment of forest concessions. Forests in the multiple-use zone remain intact and are producing benefits due to effective management; however, concessions do not yet act independently. Concession programs are not effectively evaluated and reported to USAID. The authors find that program implementation has been hampered by: Indefensible protected area (PA) borders; Uneven allocation of resources within the PA, Lack of baseline for evaluation, Buffer zone does not act as a buffer and is an area of intensive settlement and use Inappropriate sustainable agriculture program; Land titling difficulties; Local population growth. The authors recommend that MBR expand local stakeholder participation and the National Council for Protected Areas should be a coordinating body. They further note that international NGOs have become unnecessary ‘middlemen’ for funding while local NGOs still need strengthening. They find that all types of project information and planning need improved management and suggest that sustainable forestry activities should be further promoted. The authors suggest that the future actions focus on the MBR rather than expanding the conservation program to other areas. Furthermore, they suggest that MBR focus should be on 1) conservation of biodiversity in core areas, 2) consolidation of community forestry concessions, 3) integrated development of service corridor, and 4) improved policies. Lastly, the authors note that the method of evaluating project results is not functioning, making it impossible for project managers to know what the actual successes are and where improvement are needed. Suggestions are given for improving this process.
File Guatemala: Assessment and analysis of progress toward SO5 goals in the Maya Biosphere Reserve - Final Report by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:31 AM
This report analyzes various aspects of SO5 goal attainment in the Maya Biosphere Reserve and provides recommendations for improving success rates.
File Environmental Policy Lessons Learned by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 05:48 PM
August 2002 Task Order No. 17 Contract No. PCE-I-00-96-00002-00 Report No. 21 Environmental Policy and Institutional Strengthening Indefinite Quantity Contract (EPIQ) Partners: International Resources Group, Winrock International, and Harvard Institute for International Development Subcontractors: PADCO; Management Systems International; and Development Alternatives, Inc. Collaborating Institutions: Center for Naval Analysis Corporation; Conservation International; KNB Engineering and Applied Sciences, Inc.; Keller-Bliesner Engineering; Resource Management International, Inc.; Tellus Institute; Urban Institute; and World Resources Institute. Region: Centrally Funded Activities/ Latin America and the Caribbean Task order: Technical Advisory Group II technical area: Biodiversity Conservation
File Findings that well-managed natural forests and protected areas assist in provision of a high-quality water supply to urban areas: Report by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:53 AM
This report presents findings that well-managed natural forests and protected areas assist in provision of a high-quality water supply to urban areas.
File ICT as an Enabler for Smart Water Management by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 15, 2013 02:35 AM
The rapid change of the telecommunication/information and communication technologies (ICT) environment requires related technology foresight and immediate action in order to propose possible ITU-T standardization activities as early as possible. ITU-T Technology Watch surveys the ICT landscape to capture new topics for standardization activities. Technology Watch Reports assess new technologies with regard to existing standards inside and outside ITU-T and their likely impact on future standardization.
File West Africa USAID-USFS: Biodiversity Analysis and Technical Support for the STEWARD Program; Mar 08 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:57 AM
USAID Biodiversity Analysis and Technical Support for the Sustainable and Thriving Environment for West Africa Regional Development Program (STEWARD) An Assessment of Environmental Threats and Transboundary Development Opportunities in the Upper Guinean Forest Region
File Multiple forest use through commercial sport hunting: Lessons from a community-based model from the Petén, Guatemala by Michael Colby — last modified Oct 07, 2013 03:51 PM
The “Proyecto Pavo” is a project dedicated to the conservation of the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) through sustainable use of the species in multiple-use, community-managed forest concessions of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Petén, Guatemala. Since 2000, the project has conducted selective turkey harvests, performed related research, and promoted the conservation benefits of managed sport hunting for this species. Field activities of the project feature providing high-quality Ocellated Turkey hunts to sport hunter clients. Participating concessions benefit directly from harvest revenues of a resource that was not previously exploited commercially and indirectly from affiliated project activities. The project began operations in a single concession on an experimental basis and evolved into a commercial enterprise operating in multiple concession units. The project has overcome numerous development and operational challenges, including compatibility issues with timber and NTFP extraction. Under proper circumstances, carefully designed sport hunting programs can offer profitable and sustainable forest product diversification alternatives that are highly compatible with tropical multiple-use management and forest conservation objectives. [This peer-reviewed journal of Forest Ecology and Management paper provides a 2011 update on the 2008 TransLinks paper on the same topic.]
File Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 08, 2014 08:06 PM
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the ‘how' rather than the ‘what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors.
File Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 11, 2015 12:15 AM
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the ‘how' rather than the ‘what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors.
File Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 11, 2015 12:16 AM
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the ‘how' rather than the ‘what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.8: Democracy, Rights and Governance by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2017 07:21 PM
Chapter 4.8 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the intersection of biodiversity and conservation with democracy, rights and governance. Section 4.8.1 focuses on governance while Section 4.8.2 focuses on conflict and peace building. Many practitioners are increasingly realizing the importance of governance in biodiversity conservation programs. Integration of such basic principles as transparency and accountability can lay the foundation for more equitable, positive, and sustainable results.
File Manual de Participantes: Taller de USAID sobre Buenas Prácticas de Agrícultura Climáticamente Inteligente by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2014 08:02 PM
El Manual de Participantes es un instrumento del taller que ha sido diseñado para ayudar a los participantes a identificar, recolectar, organizar, y documentar los hallazgos de las presentaciones, visitas de campo y estudios de caso durante el Taller de Buenas Prácticas de Agricultura Climáticamente Inteligente.
File Is the Best the Enemy of the Good? Livelihoods Perspectives on Bushmeat Harvesting and Trade - Some Issues and Challenges by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:11 AM
This paper makes a case for bushmeat as a theme of interest to development policy. Drawing on a range of secondary sources, it argues that there two are principal reasons for development assistance to address the issue of bushmeat management: its importance in the livelihood strategies of the poor, and its relevance to wider issues of public governance in forest-rich areas. However, in view of what is known about the present levels of the trade on the condition of the resource, it is judged unlikely that the trade could play a primary role in rural transformation. Considered from a livelihoods perspective, the balance sheet is much more positive than has often been assumed. These positive livelihoods dimensions have tended to be discounted in conservation strategies. Recent research is reviewed which supports the view that the poor benefit significantly from the trade. A livelihoods perspective is also indicated when considering issues of forest governance. On the one hand, the favoured instruments to improve forest governance, such as timber certification and associated codes of conduct for forest industry may not be well adapted to the realities of resource use in the humid tropics, and to the tenurial contexts in question. At the same time, there are growing indications of the principles which must be applied if bushmeat is both to be actively managed and to contribute to broader improvements in public governance.
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