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Creating Synergies between CBNRM and the UNCCD

by Carmen Tedesco last modified Jan 10, 2013 04:20 PM
Contributors: B. Schuster, C. Steenkamp

This paper provides a synthesis of key findings and lessons learned from five case studies of successful CBNRM projects in the Southern African Region. These included case studies from Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. (Arntzen et al. 2007a, Grossman & Holden, 2007, Jones & Mosimane, 2007, Mauambeta et al. 2007, Taylor & Murphree, 2007). The case studies were carried out as part of a USAID funded by IUCN/FRAME ROSA (Regional Office for Southern Africa) initiative. The initiative focuses on knowledge management for biodiversity conservation and the mainstreaming of CBNRM in the implementation of the UNCCD. Of special interest to both FRAME and IUCN ROSA is the need to improve cross-sectoral information sharing and coordination. This will help to maximize synergies between CBNRM and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs) and to develop linkages with poverty reduction, environmental governance and related programs. These studies demonstrate various UNCCD-related environmental, socio-economic and institutional / policy benefits derived from CBNRM initiatives. They further demonstrate the link between the UNCCD response strategies, as expressed through NAPs and national reports, and the CBNRM initiatives in the individual countries. Also highlighted are opportunities for greater alignment between the UNCCD and CBNRM implementation.

Author(s): B. Schuster , C. Steenkamp

Publication Date: 2007

Location: Southern Africa

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