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Women in Ohiamatu Simpa, Ghana, discussing the future of their landscape

Listening, talking and working together to manage Ghana’s forests

Multi-stakeholder dialogues, or MSDs, are a useful way of bringing together different interest groups towards the common goal of sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. When IUCN first started working to reduce illegal logging in Ghana in 2005, it realized that none of the groups concerned were speaking to each other. IUCN brought the government, civil society, the private sector and the forest communities to the same table for the first time and has been having success ever since, in reducing conflicts, enabling sustainable natural resource management and improving local livelihoods in Ghanaian forested landscapes. Wild Talk speaks to Wale Adeleke, IUCN REDD Project Coordinator in Ghana, to learn more. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio

6ème réunion du Groupe Sangha

The 'Sangha' Guidelines for Landscape Approaches

The Sangha group is an informal network of managers and researchers working in the Tri National de la Sangha. The Sangha Guidelines will be used as a starting point for an international effort to develop more broadly applicable Guidelines for landscape approaches in other areas.
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31 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

La restauration des paysages forestiers en Afrique

La restauration des paysages forestiers en Afrique

Dans le souci de partager les expériences et développer une stratégie pour la restauration du paysage forestier en Afrique, le Ministère des Ressources Naturelles du Rwanda, l’UICN en collaboration avec l’OIBT et Helpage ont organisé du 8 au 12 juin 2009, un atelier intitulé, «Atelier sous régional sur la restauration du paysage forestier en Afrique». …  

31 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

Guidelines for forest restoration in Ghana

Guidelines for forest restoration in Ghana

To introduce the concept of FLR in Ghana, the Government of Ghana supported the establishment of a National Working Group on Forest Landscape in 2004 to develop a National Plan of Action on FLR and encourage innovative restoration efforts. In addition, a National workshop on ITTO guidelines for the restoration, management and rehabilitation of degraded and secondary tropical forest was held in Ghana in 2006. …  

31 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

Map of landscape options, Liberia

Understanding diversity: a study of livelihoods and landscapes in Liberia

"Community forestry is high on the forest policy agenda in Liberia. However, relatively little is known about the diverse variety of customary forest management institutions and arrangements. Similarly, while the importance of forests and forest products in rural livelihoods is generally acknowledged, there has been little systematic study and analysis of just how forests fit into rural livelihoods. There is a danger that community forestry policy will be based on a false assumption that there is some sort of vacuum of
institutional arrangements in rural areas and that standardized models of community forestry management will be developed and imposed on diverse existing community forestry management practices..." …  

30 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

Discussion on Scenarios in Ohiamatu simpa- Ghana

The Role of Participatory Modeling in Landscape Approaches to Reconcile Conservation and Development

"In this paper, we examine several case studies where participatory system dynamics modeling was applied to environmental management challenges, and explore how it contributed to promoting a landscape approach. The case studies are drawn from landscapes where conservation and development goals were mutually sought. More specifically, we examine whether participatory modeling helped in conceptualizing the landscape and its dynamics, in exploring possible interventions, and in facilitating discussions among multiple stakeholders. We also present lessons for using participatory modeling..." 

30 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

Climate change workshop photo

Workshop on Developing Monitoring Mechanisms of Climate Change Impacts

 On 24 July 2010, IUCN B organized a consultation workshop on developing monitoring mechanisms of climate change impacts on eight major sectors of Bangladesh. The workshop was part of IUCN B’s current engagement in climate change research in Bangladesh with funding support from DFID and Danida. The workshop was held at the BIAM Multipurpose Hall and was one of the first of its kind in Bangladesh hoping it will lead to a giant leap in climate change research in the nation. …  

29 Aug 2010 | Event

IUCN’s alarm call for Eurasian steppes

Growing threats to Euroasian steppes such as overgrazing, afforestation and climate change will be the focus of an international conference organized by IUCN from 9th to 12th September in the Hustai National Park in Mongolia. The meeting will be attended by experts on natural grasslands but also by politicians and people that rely on steppes in their everyday lives, such as pastoralists. …  

27 Aug 2010 | News story

Forests in Svaneti, Georgia

Georgian government signs forest governance agreement

An agreement of cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia has been signed to improve governance and transparency. On August 17, 2010, in Tbilisi, IUCN signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia. IUCN is implementing activities under the ENPI FLEG program and will provide technical assistance to the newly established Forest Agency of Georgia to help increase the Agency’s communication capacity. The overall goal of the cooperation is to improve governance in forestry sector and raise awareness on forest issues. …  

24 Aug 2010 | Article
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Mariners Cave, Vava'u group

IUCN welcomes Tonga as new State Member

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the Union’s Statutes, becoming the 84th State Member of the world’s largest and oldest environmental network. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has been designated by the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

24 Aug 2010 | News story


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