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ABCG Career Opportunities: Consultant and Coordinator positions now available! May 2018 by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 10, 2018 10:01 PM
African Wildlife Foundation Deputy Chief of Party; Jane Goodall Institute Deputy Director; The Nature Conservancy Program Coordinator, Kenya Country Program; WCS Coordinator, Law Enforcement and Governance; WWF Development of East African Community Forest Policy and Consultancy; Conservation International Consultancy to Prepare the Project Document for a Medium Sized GEF Project in Rwanda; ZSL Country Director, Kenya; IUCN Online Courses on Protected Areas and Conservation.
USAID Unveils Field Guide to Combat Pangolin Trafficking by Christin VanZant — last modified Feb 17, 2018 05:32 AM
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is marking World Pangolin Day on February 17 by unveiling a new guide to help law enforcement officers identify species and origins of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, in a bid to curb the illegal trade in wildlife.
Illegal Trade Hammering Critically Endangered Sunda Pangolin Stronghold by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 13, 2018 09:23 PM
Jakarta, Indonesia, 21st December 2017—Indonesia, one of the last strongholds of the Sunda Pangolin, has lost up to 10,000 pangolins a year to illegal trade despite significant enforcement success, finds a new TRAFFIC study.
ABCG Career Opportunities mid-January 2018 by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 13, 2018 09:14 PM
WCS-Project Officer, WCS-Project Director, Kahuzi-Biega Landscape, The Nature Conservancy-Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, The Nature Conservancy-Regional Managing Director, IUCN-Consultancy to review the effectiveness of Multiple-use Programme in Mount Elgon National Park, IUCN-Consultancy to support the National Forestry Authority to review the Agoro-Agu Sector Central Forest Reserves Management Plan using a landscape planning approach, IUCN-Consultancy for field studies on the status of pangolin trade in Cameroon and between Cameroon and China
Saving Lives at Birth Round 8 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 13, 2018 08:13 PM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K.'s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) invite global problem solvers to answer their eighth call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.
New Books in the USAID Library by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 13, 2018 06:51 PM
New titles have been added to the Library’s eBook collections with topics including a modern history of South-East Asia, a textbook on global issues in the developing world, poverty and inequality in middle-income countries, women’s activism in Africa, and visualizing data using dashboards and Tableau.
Be Inspired: 10 of USAID’s Best by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 09, 2018 07:33 PM
Here’s how our actions, ideas and passions helped empower people and expand opportunity around the globe this year.
ABCG Career Opportunities December 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 09, 2018 06:10 PM
Conservation International-Communications Director, Elephant Protection Initiative, Conservation International-Director, National Elephant Action Plans, WCS-Finance Director - Cameroon Country Program, WCS-Regional Business Manager, Sudano-Sahel Region, WCS-Program Director, Niassa National Reserve, WWF-Transboundary Leader, The Nature Conservancy-Deputy Chief of Party, Endangered Ecosystem
ABCG Career Opportunities Mid-December 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 08, 2018 06:37 PM
The Nature Conservancy-Regional Managing Director, WWF-Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Wildlife Connectivity, WCS-Regional Business Manager, East Africa & Western Indian Ocean, WCS-Deputy Project Director, BSB Yamoussa Project, WCS- Project Officer, Environmental Incentives-Senior Associate, Knowledge Management & Learning, IUCN-Programme Officer, Global Drylands Initiative, IUCN-Technical Officer for the Protected Areas Observatory, BIOPAMA Programme
USAID and Forest Trends Sign $15 Million Agreement to Scale Up Green Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 08, 2018 05:20 PM
On December 6th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) committed $15 million to support scaling up green infrastructure, the natural ecosystems that provide key services like regulating water flows and preventing erosion, as a measure to manage water risks in Peru. The commitment comes in the form of a cooperative agreement signed with Forest Trends, an international non-governmental organization that works to innovate and scale-up finance for conservation, to implement the Green Infrastructure for Water Security project.
Graduating from Assistance: Africa Food Prize Winner Exemplifies Self-Sufficiency Through Smart Development by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 16, 2017 06:39 PM
Coulibaly received support from USAID’s Mali Agriculture Value Chain Enhancement Network (MAVEN) program (implemented by ACDI/VOCA and Winrock International). From 2010 to 2015, six Winrock Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers worked with Coulibaly on improved seed production, processing, packaging, organizational development and hybrid seed production, which can result in a 25- to 40-percent increase in yields.
ABCG Career Opportunities November 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 13, 2017 07:50 PM
WCS-Executive Director, Conservation Finance Alliance, WCS-Technical Advisor Biodiversity Action Planning Central Africa, WCS-Marine Technical Advisor, WWF-Law Enforcement Advisor, IUCN-Senior Programme Officer, IFAW-Chief of Party, Civil Society Environment Fund-Fundraising Consultant Kasanka Trust,
USAID Celebrates International One Health Day by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 13, 2017 07:40 PM
On November 3, the world is celebrating international One Health Day. This year’s ongoing outbreak of Plague in Madagascar, the looming influenza season, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa remind us that human health is inextricably linked to both animal and environmental health. Through the One Health approach, multiple disciplines work together to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. When considering that 60 percent of existing human diseases are zoonotic in nature (originating in animals) and that nearly 75 percent of new and emerging diseases are caused by pathogens that originate from animals or animal byproducts, the rationale for a One Health approach is unquestionable.
Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity Tetra Tech is Helping Grow the Agriculture Sector in Uganda by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 10, 2017 08:10 PM
The Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity in Uganda, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), focused on increasing the production of maize, beans, and coffee through the appropriate use of high-quality agricultural inputs and decreasing the prevalence of counterfeit agricultural inputs, like mislabeled seeds or diluted fertilizers, in the market. To achieve these objectives, Tetra Tech worked with agricultural-input wholesalers and retailers in target districts to strengthen their capacity to provide high-quality agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, agro-chemicals, and equipment to farmers.
Water from the Sun - How a Solar Irrigation System Supplies Vital Irrigation to Small Farmers in Nepal by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 10, 2017 07:26 PM
Things began to change for Gurung’s village two years ago when it started working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN) project. KISAN field staff helped Gurung and other smallholder farmers make the transition from subsistence to commercial vegetable farming by helping implement new techniques and technologies – including the use of plastic houses and raised beds – that replaced less effective traditional cultivation practices.
Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia Helps Address World Hunger by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 10, 2017 07:09 PM
A genetically improved farmed tilapia breed known for fast growth and high yield is helping address world hunger and reduce poverty.
Release: P4G Initiative Launches to Accelerate Sustainable Growth Through Innovative Partnerships by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 10, 2017 04:58 PM
Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G)– led by governments of Chile, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam, along with leaders from business and international organizations – will be launched at the United Nations headquarters.
Wild Tigers to Return to Kazakhstan 70 Years After Going Extinct There by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 10, 2017 04:14 PM
September 8, 2017, Astana – The Republic of Kazakhstan today announced plans to bring wild tigers back to their historical range in the Ili-Balkhash region, and signed a memorandum with World Wildlife Fund to jointly implement a tiger reintroduction program.
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Career Opportunities October 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 10, 2017 03:57 PM
African Wildlife Foundation-Project Assistant, African Wildlife Foundation-Community Officer, IUCB-Programme Officer - Protected Areas Management, WWF-Conservation Manager, Wildlife Crime Prevention-Detection Dog Unit Technical Advisor, UD Forest Service-Micro-zoning and Land Use Planning Intern, US Forest Service-Central Africa Communications Intern
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Upcoming Events October 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2017 07:20 PM
Balancing Science & Traditional Knowledge: Community-driven Conservation in Tanzania & Technical Cooperation with the US Forest Service; Transhumant Pastoralism in Africa's Sudano-Sahel: Emerging Challenges for Human and Wildlife Security; More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya, 45th Anniversary STPF Story Collider and Resource Fair; Conservation South Africa's One Health Initiative; Piloting New Approaches for Securing Tenure in Three Critical Ecosystems in Africa; Community Adaptation to Climate Change: the Indirect Impacts on Biodiversity Across Africa
USAID Lending Assistance to Storm-Ravaged Barbuda by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 02, 2017 07:42 PM
PRESS RELEASE:-The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing assistance to the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda following the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Working in partnership with Antigua and Barbuda’s Red Cross, the United States Government will provide US$100,000 in immediate disaster relief for essential relief items including mattresses, bedding, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, kits, and clean-up equipment.
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Career Opportunities September 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 02, 2017 07:27 PM
USAID-Development Outreach and Communications Officer, PRB-Policy Analyst (People, Health, Planet), Chemonics-Country Director, Chemonics-Senior Procurement Advisor, Chemonics-Track and Trace Manager, Abt Associates-Nguriza Nshore Chief of Party, Abt Associates-Administrative Assistant, SAS-JMP Discovery Summit Presenter
USAID Commits More Than $38 Million to Global Entrepreneurship by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 02, 2017 07:05 PM
Washington, D.C. - Today at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced four new investments totaling more than $38 million that will help mobilize the power of global entrepreneurs and innovators in the fight to end extreme poverty. These investments will connect innovators around the world with investors and capital to increase access to energy and expand food security in developing countries.
At New York Climate Week, Businesses Meet To Address Climate Change by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 22, 2017 01:35 AM
The United Nations General Assembly is convening in New York this week, and so are hundreds of leaders from the business and conservation communities – communities that traditionally battled over the world’s forests, but that increasingly find common cause in their preservation. Here’s what to watch.
ADB to Help Reduce Rocky Desertification in Guizhou by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 22, 2017 12:26 AM
BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (20 September 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $150 million loan to help the Guizhou provincial government reduce its rocky desertification areas and improve people’s livelihoods through water resources conservation as well as environment and ecology restoration.
After the Arab Spring: Learning to Love Nature Again by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 14, 2017 04:12 PM
From “protect by punishment” to “protect by involving people”: read about the peaceful revolution that is changing nature conservation in North Africa and the Middle East
A Good July for Elephants, as Japan E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Shuts Down Ivory Sales by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 14, 2017 03:49 PM
In a major victory for wildlife, Japanese giant Internet retailer Rakuten announced on July 6, 2017, that it was banning the sale of ivory on its site, with trading to be phased out over the next month. Rakuten Inc., valued at $16.48 billion on July 7, 2017, was in 2014 named the world’s largest seller of ivory online by conservationists.
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Career Opportunities Late July 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 05, 2017 07:53 PM
African Wildlife Foundation-Senior Enterprise Officer, Conservation International-Country Director & Director, Climate Change, The Nature Conservancy-Terrestrial Conservation Manager & Chief of Party Endangered Ecosystems of Northern Tanzania, The ICCF Group-Senior Programs Officer, IUCN-Project Manager - Combating Wildlife Crime
A Thriving Business Creates Opportunity in Tajikistan by Christin VanZant — last modified Jun 01, 2017 01:47 PM
Hamrohkon Toirova’s barber shop has only been open since last fall, but she already has a regular clientele that covers her expenses and provides her family with 20 percent more income that they used to have. With her newfound economic power, she has also earned more influence in family decisions and priorities. But just a short time ago, Toirova’s life looked very different.
Five Provinces and National Agencies Join Forces to Protect and Conserve the Verde Island Passage by Christin VanZant — last modified May 31, 2017 01:45 PM
Batangas City, 6 April 2017 - Five provinces along the Verde Island Passage and national agencies today committed to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will strengthen the protection and management of what is considered as the global epicenter of marine shorefish biodiversity.
6 Things You Need to Know About Mangroves (but never thought to ask) by Christin VanZant — last modified May 31, 2017 01:44 PM
“I love mangroves.” That’s a phrase you’ve probably never heard anyone say. Mangroves don’t inspire awe and wonder the way coral reefs, rainforests or wide-open grasslands do. In many parts of the world, they’ve long been frowned upon as dirty, mosquito-infested tangles of roots that stand in the way of an ocean view.
Sustainable Tourism, Development the Focus of New AWF Partnership by Christin VanZant — last modified May 31, 2017 01:42 PM
In recognizing the need for genuine partnerships to ensure that sustainable tourism development is in harmony with and compliments conservation of the environment, wildlife and wild lands and the utilization of the natural resources in a modernizing Africa, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have signed a memorandum of understanding.
A Trade Solution to the Food Security Challenge: Surplus Grains Worth $83 Million Now Available to Countries in Need by Christin VanZant — last modified May 16, 2017 03:45 PM
A food security milestone was achieved this month with the signing of contracts to sell 279,000 metric tons of food grains from areas of surplus in East Africa to areas of need. The 58 contracts to sell staple crops from Ethiopia to its drought-stricken neighbors were executed at the first multilateral grain trade facilitation forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The sales totaled approximately US$83 million and included deals for maize, beans, soya, chick pea, sorghum, millet, rice, and sesame.
Cocoa Industry Announces Cooperative Initiative to End Deforestation by Christin VanZant — last modified May 16, 2017 03:44 PM
Hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, leading chocolate and cocoa companies commit to develop cooperative, multi-stakeholder framework to address deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa supply chain
Faces of the Value Chain by Christin VanZant — last modified May 16, 2017 03:43 PM
How a groundbreaking USAID program is bolstering both Nepal’s agricultural ecosystem and those who depend on it
Battling a Virus to Save Saiga by Christin VanZant — last modified May 16, 2017 03:41 PM
Saiga, an ancient, critically-endangered species of antelope, are facing a catastrophic plague. These animals have been dying over the last two months in alarming numbers in the Great Lakes Depression of western Mongolia. WCS scientists working at the site with Mongolian and international partners believe around 2,500 saiga have died since December 2016—25% of the total estimated population.
Bayesian Networks for Modeling Conservation Impacts by Christin VanZant — last modified May 14, 2017 04:55 PM
The application of alternative modeling approaches could be expanded to help bridge the social and biological strengths of the IUCN to help promote both conservation and livelihoods. By combining the features of several participatory procedures into a customized conversational process, expert knowledge can be used to generate the relationships between variables of importance along the impact pathway and parameterize them. A workshop for testing such methods took place in Uganda.
New Guidance Pushes Transparency, Collaboration To Scrub Forest Loss From Palm Oil Supply Chains by Christin VanZant — last modified May 14, 2017 04:53 PM
Palm oil, the huge commodity hidden in products on just about every aisle of the grocery store, is driving deforestation in some of the world’s most biodiverse and carbon-rich forests, but it doesn’t have to be this way, environmental groups say. And today, some of those groups are launching reporting guidance pushing raw transparency to help companies take the deforestation out of their palm oil purchases.
Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project by Christin VanZant — last modified May 14, 2017 04:51 PM
US Ambassador Jackson calls on Fisher folk in Ghana to Allow Children to Grow in their Home Environment and Develop Well
Good Nutrition Campaign Puts a Dent in Indonesia’s Child Stunting by Christin VanZant — last modified May 14, 2017 04:49 PM
More than 8 million children in Indonesia suffer from stunted growth caused by undernutrition. That translates into a lifetime of missed opportunities as stunting increases a child’s risk for infections, delays brain development, and reduces academic achievement and earning potential. Chronic undernutrition in young children is often due to poor maternal health during pregnancy, insufficient nutrient intake, frequent childhood illness, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. But a concerted effort is underway to promote behavioral changes that can reduce stunting.
Adapting to New Challenges in the Tian Shan Mountains by Christin VanZant — last modified Mar 28, 2017 11:24 PM
Today, the people and animals of the Central Tian Shan mountain range face a new threat: climate change. Increasingly erratic precipitation, unseasonal and extreme snowfall, and melting permafrost are transforming the landscape and making sheep herding more difficult, creating new risks for wildlife and livelihoods.
Kenyan Microfinance NGO Unveils Plans to Reach 1 Million Women by 2021 by Christin VanZant — last modified Mar 28, 2017 11:22 PM
Kenyan social enterprise Joyful Women Organization (JOYWO) recently announced an ambitious five-year strategic plan, which was developed with the support of the Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) project, led by DAI and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
New Partnership to Address Resilience Data Gaps in Asian and Latin American Cities by Christin VanZant — last modified Mar 28, 2017 11:19 PM
Brussels/Washington (January 12, 2017) – Climate change is a global phenomenon and cities are on the frontlines, but climate impacts and risks will be felt differently across neighbourhoods and populations due to differences in geography, culture and infrastructure. Cities must understand the shocks and stresses to neighbourhoods and how to address these vulnerabilities – especially in areas with a high proportion of informal settlements. To this end, Cities Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to work on Urban Community Resilience Assessments (UCRA) in three cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Surat, India; and Semarang, Indonesia.
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Career Opportunities March 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Mar 16, 2017 05:02 PM
The Nature Conservancy - Chief of Party Endangered Ecosystems of Northern Tanzania The Jane Goodall Institute - Associate Director of Operations, Vienna HQ The Jane Goodall Institute - Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Vienna, Virginia African Wildlife Foundation - Project Manager, Tsavo, Kenya WCS - Niassa National Reserve Law Enforcement Advisor, Mozambique WCS - Madagascar Marine Scientific Advisor, Madagascar USFS/IP - Central Africa Communications Specialist, Kinshasa, DRC IUCN - Wildlife Trade Data Analyst, Pretoria, South Africa
Calculating A Fair Deal For Brazil’s Coffee Farmers by Christin VanZant — last modified Mar 16, 2017 04:52 PM
Brazilian coffee farmers earn a wage that keeps them above the poverty line, but still just below the region’s living wage benchmark, a new report has found.
ABCG Career Opportunities January 2017 by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 12, 2017 03:48 PM
In this issue -Dir of Fin & Admin - WCS; Dep Wildlife Practice Leader - WWF
Success Story - Invertebrates are a Boon to Aquaculture in Tanzania by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 06, 2017 08:37 PM
Aquaculture in Tanzania has mostly been relegated to rural areas, where fish are grown in small ponds as a secondary activity for farmers wanting to supplement their income and diet. This type of small-scale aquaculture is often not economically sustainable due to a number of factors, including high production costs. Perhaps the most significant barrier to growth of the aquaculture industry in Tanzania is the high cost and relative scarcity of quality fish feed. There is competition between agriculture sectors for protein sources, such as fishmeal, that are necessary to produce quality feed. Consequently, high-quality fish feed is often hard to find and expensive when available.
USAID 'LIFE' Project Discusses Gender Equality by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 06, 2017 08:35 PM
In the framework of the USAID-funded Lebanon Livelihoods and Inclusive Finance Expansion (LIFE) project, LDN’s President Amin Nehme, Senior Researcher Dr. Guita Hourani and Project Assistant Jasmin Diab met with Atethemis team - the Palladium Group supporting entity - formed of the Lead International Gender Specialist Clara Gomez Hernandez and Local Gender Analyst Nour Kuzbari to discuss the project’s specific gender action plan through the gender analysis conducted.
Community Leaders Work to Protect Papua's Forests and Fight Climate Change by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 04, 2017 05:34 PM
Alex Waisimon is on a mission to inspire them to support the approach that he, WWF, and others are starting to use to save Papua’s forests—which are some of the largest remaining intact forests in Southeast Asia, but are increasingly at risk of being destroyed to make room for palm oil plantations, as well as mining and industrial logging operations. The forests are part of the island of New Guinea, which WWF has identified as one of the 11 most threatened forest regions in the world.
Uniting Tajikistan’s Farmers to Fix Broken Irrigation Systems by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 04, 2017 05:33 PM
When the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Family Farming Program (FFP) embarked in 2010, its top objective was clear: assist the farmers and government to fix their irrigation systems so farms could eventually yield more crops, create jobs, and promote more nutritious diets.
Statement: Indonesia Expands Protection of Carbon-Rich Peatlands With Update to Government Regulation by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 04, 2017 05:31 PM
JAKARTA (December 5, 2016)— Today the Government of Indonesia issued a revision to Government Regulation No. 71/2014 regarding the protection and management of peatlands, wetland areas that are a major source of carbon emissions when drained or burned.
USAID and Coca-Cola Announce Up to $22 Million for Second Phase of Water and Development Alliance by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 24, 2016 12:30 AM
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations announced a combined investment of up to $22 million in the next five year phase of their sector-leading Water and Development Alliance (WADA), providing safe water access and sanitation services to communities in developing nations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
USAID Announces $4 Million to Solar Start-Ups for African Off-Grid Energy by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 24, 2016 12:29 AM
Marrakesh, Morocco - At the 22nd session of the UN Climate conference (COP 22), Power Africa Coordinator Andrew M. Herscowitz announced $4 million in new investments to eight companies that are revolutionizing household solar power across Africa through the Scaling Off-Grid Energy: Grand Challenge for Development. The Enterprise Awards are expected to create up to 120,000 additional connections in off-grid communities.
United States Announces $92 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Nigeria by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 24, 2016 12:27 AM
The United States announced today nearly $92 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.
One Simple Action with a Profound Impact by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 01, 2016 03:02 PM
On November 11th, the Forest Stewardship Council launched a new campaign to engage consumers, in partnership with WWF, HP Inc., International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Video FSC: One Simple Action by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 01, 2016 02:59 PM
Help protect the health of forests for all, forever. When you choose FSC, you help support principles and actions that protect our air, water, and overall quality of life. Learn more at http://onesimpleaction.fsc.org/.
Following Private Sector Advocacy, Kenya Repeals Law That Deterred Foreign Investment by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 01, 2016 02:57 PM
A 2015 Kenya law that required 30-percent Kenyan ownership of businesses registered by foreign firms was recently repealed after successful advocacy by the business community with direct support from an economic growth program led by DAI.
RELEASE: National Governments Partner to Ensure Climate Action is Fast, Effective and Ambitious by Christin VanZant — last modified Dec 01, 2016 02:53 PM
Co-chaired by Morocco and Germany, the NDC Partnership offers unique platform to empower developing countries to achieve national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and related sustainable development goals
Pact and Qualcomm Expand Collaboration to Address Child Labor in Mining in Africa by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 21, 2016 11:29 PM
This week, Pact and Qualcomm Incorporated expand our collaboration to tackle critical issues facing mining communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The additional support from Qualcomm will bolster efforts to address child labor in mining, building on the existing Watoto Inje ya Mungoti (Children Out of Mining) project, which works in and around Manono town in the southeastern region of Katanga.
Virginia Tech Researcher Sounded Alert on Nigeria's 'Tomato Emergency' by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 21, 2016 11:27 PM
The invasive pest Tuta absoluta, also known as the South American tomato leafminer, caused crop losses in Nigeria that created a surge in pricing and inspired the term "tomato emergency."
Climate Change Dramatically Disrupting Nature from Genes to Ecosystems – Study by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 21, 2016 11:25 PM
Gland, Switzerland, 10 November, 2016 (IUCN) – Global changes in temperature have already impacted every aspect of life on Earth from genes to entire ecosystems, with increasingly worrying consequences for humans – according to a new study co-authored by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Climate Change Specialist Group (SSC CCSG), published today in the journal Science.
Yawanawa Indigenous Leaders Tell Their Comeback Story At TEDWomen 2016 by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:21 AM
The Yawanawa tribe of the Amazon rainforest are in the midst of a rebirth, one that involves access to education, leadership roles for women and economic projects that sustainably utilize forest resources. The Yawanawa people’s journey back from the brink involves a life plan that guides them in preserving their territory and traditions, and fighting climate change in the process. At a TEDWoman talk today, the Yawanawa people tell their story.
Deadly Shade of Green: New report reveals scale of threat to environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Latin America by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:19 AM
Latin America is, by far, the most dangerous region in the world for environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs). The murder of campaigner Berta Cáceres in March reverberated worldwide, but a new report by ARTICLE 19, CIEL, and Vermont Law School, A Deadly Shade of Green, reveals this to be only the tip of the iceberg, documenting an atmosphere of violence and physical threats, as well as surveillance, spurious charges, and arbitrary detention, across the region.
Improving Malaria Diagnosis and Care in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:17 AM
The Ivanhoe-Fio Project, sponsored by Ivanhoe Mines, is a collaborative initiative introducing new, leading-edge technology in the Democratic Republic of Congo to improve the quality of malaria data and diagnosis.
Making Blue Swimming Crab Fishing Sustainable in Vietnam by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:40 PM
Many locals rely on fishing for these crabs as a source of income. But, as one fisher noted, it’s grown more and more difficult to earn a living this way in recent years. As international demand for the meat from this crab grows, so too does the number of box trap and bottom-gillnet fishers swooping into the region from other provinces to get a share of the profit. And without proper regulations and detailed data, overharvesting the crab population is a very real threat.
East Java communities show the power of working together by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:38 PM
Communities in the mountains and rainforests of the East Java regency of Probolinggo are forging ahead in Indonesia’s battle against deforestation and destruction of natural forests.
Release: Degraded Land in Latin America Could Yield Billions if Restored, Shows New Report by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:37 PM
New analysis shows that restoration of degraded and deforested land represents a major investment opportunity for governments, investors, farmers and landowners.
Of Milk And Money: How Agroforestry Is Reshaping The Kenyan Countryside by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 30, 2016 08:50 PM
Consumer-facing companies like Danone and Mars have pledged to slash their greenhouse-gas emissions, in part by purging deforestation from their supply chains – a process that requires helping hundreds of thousands of farmers change the way they grow their crops. In this series, we’ll take a deep dive into the Kenyan milk market, and see how the revival of agroforestry is restoring soils – and may slow climate change.
Fishing Communities in Ghana to Benefit from Micro-Insurance by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 30, 2016 08:47 PM
The micro-insurance product, called the Fishers’ Future Plan, is designed for the 200,000 fishermen engaged in fishing and the 27,000 women involved in fish processing and marketing in Ghana.
Katoomba (14th) Meeting on Payments for Ecosystem Services by Mike Colby — last modified Oct 26, 2016 05:43 AM
This was the first of several Katoomba activities to be co-sponsored by USAID's Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade Bureau/Office of Natural Resources, under the 5-year TransLinks program led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and its 2009 Standing Forests Conservation Markets Initiative co-led by partner Forest Trends.
Excess capture requires measures to protect Southern Brazil’s tainha (mullet) stock by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:54 PM
Study conducted by Oceana in collaboration with top experts in the field concluded that tainha (mullet) fishing in coastal areas of Southern and Southeastern Brazil needs new limits for the stock to be protected.
CSU helping to establish electricity in East Africa by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:52 PM
CSU has assembled a team including engineering, agriculture, business, social science and economics to tackle more than just electrification, but electrification coupled with holistic development of these remote rural communities. CSU is engaging heavily in Rwanda to make these solutions a reality, including shared laboratory facilities and a cross-disciplinary R&D program.
RELEASE: Secure Land Rights in Amazon Brings Billions in Economic and Climate Benefits, Says New WRI Report by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:48 PM
Analysis of Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia finds land rights for indigenous communities key to sustainable economic development, slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.
ABCG Career Opportunities October 2016 by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 19, 2016 05:37 PM
A list of ABCG career opportunities.
Afghanistan Holds National Gender Summit by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:53 PM
A national summit on gender equality was recently held in Afghanistan that brought together activist and civil society groups to set priorities and establish coalitions.
Saving Cambodia's Ecosystem — One Click at a Time by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:47 PM
A complicated digital tool is about to be unveiled. It was planned and tested for months, was carefully conceived and designed with detailed stakeholder feedback and consultation. It could make a real difference in the health of Cambodia’s fragile ecosystems. The internet performed, and the tool wowed the crowd. Every day for a week of rigorous meetings and training sessions, the instrument was put through its paces. And everyone from Cambodian government ministers to students to representatives of NGOs learned to use it — passing their final exams with scores of 80 percent or higher.
Study Finds Fiji’s Fishing Communities Struggling In Wake of Cyclone Winston by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:44 PM
NEW YORK (October 5, 2016) – Fishing-dependent communities in Fiji experienced decreased food security and loss of livelihoods in the wake of Cyclone Winston, according to a post-disaster survey conducted by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
The Asháninka People Of The Amazon Are Saving The Forest, And Doing It Their Way by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2016 09:34 PM
A quarter-century ago, the Asháninka people reclaimed a portion of their ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest and embarked on a journey toward self-rule and sustainable development – sparking in the process the creation of an indigenous ecosystem services protocol that could have repercussions for indigenous people across the Amazon.
Capacity Building for Mongolian MEGDT: Biodiversity and Conservation in the southern Gobi Desert by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2016 09:27 PM
The Mongolian Gobi region is part of the largest steppe ecosystem in the world that supports its historic wildlife assemblage, including long distance wildlife migrations, as well as traditional nomadic pastoralism. The region currently supports 33 animals listed as nationally threatened or endangered, including the world’s largest remaining populations of Khulan (Equus hemionus), Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), Goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa), wild Bactrian camel (Camelus ferus) and Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica).
China’s Hongmu Consumption Boom by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2016 09:20 PM
Last month, Bloomberg published an article on China's demand for furniture produced from illegally sourced and highly endangered rosewood, highlighting Forest Trends’ work on illegal deforestation and associated timber trade flows. The article is based on the Chinese Customs data which Forest Trends has been compiling and analyzing as a key element of Forest Trends’ work program.
Fighting Wildlife Crime With Science And Technology by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 30, 2016 11:53 PM
It’s hard to imagine a world without majestic wildlife roaming Africa’s savannahs. More and more, however, the unimaginable seems to be taking root - and it is unsettling beyond belief.
RELEASE: Kenya Commits to Restore 5.1 Million Hectares of Land Based on New National Opportunity Maps by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 28, 2016 01:33 PM
Through global initiatives like the Bonn Challenge and regional initiatives like the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), Kenya is now the 13th African country to commit to bringing over 46 million hectares of land into restoration by 2030.
Borlaug Fellow Tackles Post-Harvest Loss in Ghana by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 27, 2016 11:54 AM
Post-harvest losses “represent a huge mass of food that could be made available for resource-poor people without additional use of land, seed, labor, water and other inputs,” Sugri explained. Nearly half of the estimated increase in food needs between today and 2050 could be met immediately through improved storage and handling techniques.
Illegal Traders Using Social Media to Sell Protected Birds Arrested in Indonesia by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 21, 2016 08:57 PM
MN began selling protected animals through Facebook and Blackberry messenger in 2015. According to the WCU’s investigation, he was an active supplier to buyers in Java of protected species such as knobbed hornbill, cockatoos and lories, and of protected animal parts.
To #EndHunger, Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteers Support Feed the Future Initiatives in Bangladesh Through Technical Expertise by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 21, 2016 08:54 PM
In Bangladesh, the Farmer-to-Farmer Program engages skilled American volunteers to provide training and technical assistance to support youth entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector and to strengthen agricultural education and training institutions. Six Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers have supported four Feed the Future projects in Bangladesh.
Pact and Chevron launch integrated program to fight HIV and AIDS in Nigeria by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 13, 2016 12:41 AM
In 2012, at any one time in the impoverished, flood-prone Niger Delta of Nigeria, about 100,000 women were pregnant and most of them did not know their HIV status. Pact and Chevron launched PROMOT I, working toward a sustainable, community-based, government-supported PMTCT outreach program in Baylesa State that would help turn the tide against the disease.
Largest Gorilla Subspecies Declared Critically Endangered by IUCN Red List by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 13, 2016 12:39 AM
Announcement made at World Conservation Congress currently meeting in Hawaii. Data released earlier this year by WCS and FFI showed a 77 percent collapse due to illegal hunting and civil unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo. Fewer than 4,000 Grauer's gorillas remain. Conservationists hopeful that new designation will raise profile of imperiled ape.
ADVISORY: Kenya to Announce Restoration Commitment and Launch National Opportunity Maps by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 06, 2016 05:39 PM
Landscape restoration is a great opportunity for Kenya’s people and lands, and builds on the tradition of the Green Belt Movement. Trees play an important role in landscapes, helping to provide multiple ecosystem services such as stabilizing soils, providing important habitat for wildlife, as well as keeping soils fertile for agricultural use. By introducing more trees into landscapes through landscape restoration, whether as natural forests or as mixed agroforestry systems, and through better land management practices, degradation can be reversed, reestablishing restoring productivity and resilience. Kenya is the first African country to do a comprehensive national restoration opportunity assessment that was then used to inform their commitment to the Bonn Challenge and AFR100. The assessment is reflected in the National Opportunity Maps that will launch at the event.
New School Will Teach The Ways Of The Water Fund In Ecuador by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 06, 2016 05:37 PM
Nature and Culture International is establishing Ecuador’s first water school, an institution created to train municipal water workers in the skills required to join and administer a water fund. The water fund model continues to experience success in managing Latin America’s stressed water resources and the school is meant to help scale up its use.
ABCG Updated 8-29-2016 Career Opportunities by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 02, 2016 07:38 PM
A list of ABCG career opportunities.
Expanding Access to Land Services in Zambia by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 30, 2016 02:52 PM
Tetra Tech, through the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project, is adapting and extending the existing information system and tools used by the Zambia Ministry of Health and community health officers to promote the expansion of access to land services to the village level by leveraging a tool the community has experience using—mobile technology.
Keen-nosed Canines In Tanzania Help Nab Poacher With Elephant Ivory by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 30, 2016 02:51 PM
Under the guidance of WCS and Wagtail UK Ltd., the newly deployed team of specially trained dogs and handlers from Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA) can detect a variety of illegal wildlife products, arms and ammunition.
Education in South Sudan: Breaking down barriers, building safe spaces by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 30, 2016 02:48 PM
Winrock International is working to provide more than 800,000 children in South Sudan with access to safe education. Through the USAID-funded Room to Learn project, we have established community advocacy groups to support and mentor girls, and help them achieve their full potential.
ABCG Career Opportunities Mid August 2016 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 17, 2016 11:34 PM
A compilation of ABCG career opportunities.
Tech Industry Leaders Join Forces against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Online by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 17, 2016 10:53 PM
On World Elephant Day, online companies unite against wildlife cybercriminals by adopting measures to fight illegal wildlife trade
ABCG Jobs & Career Opportunities August 2016 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 11, 2016 10:17 PM
A compilation of career opportunities
New Report Urges African Governments to Increase Sustainable Agricultural Practices by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:41 PM
According to the report, the impacts of climate change pose a high risk to African food security and economic growth. Agricultural activities employ between 60 and 90 percent of the African workforce and account for as much as 40 percent of total export earnings. The millions of smallholder farmers, who own less than one hectare of land, are especially vulnerable to increases in temperatures and extreme weather events. Authors warn that hunger and child malnutrition could increase by 20 percent by the year 2050, effectively reversing the gains of the Millennium Development Goals efforts and jeopardizing the success of the Sustainable Development Goals, COP21 commitments, and the Malabo Declaration.
RELEASE: World Leaders Meet in Bonn to Inspire Global Action on Forest Landscape Restoration by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:39 PM
The Council is meeting on July 20 and 21 in the neighborhood of Bad Godesberg in Bonn. Its members are internationally prominent and renowned public figures. Among them are the former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, the human rights and climate change activist Bianca Jagger and the Chairperson of the African Green Belt Movement, Wanjira Mathai. The Council is working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) to achieve the international goals for forest restoration.
RELEASE: New Champions 12.3 Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:37 PM
30 CEOs, government ministers, global institution executives, and civil society leaders will increase political and social momentum to achieve Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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