In a previous newsletter we had indicated that, as co-chairs, our priorities for 2013/14 were the special issue of Policy Matters and the establishment of a process for developing the Human Dependency on Nature framework. In this issue of the newsletter, we would like to provide an update on the progress of those two projects.
We had a favourable response from TSL, SULi and other CEESP members who submitted articles for the special issue and others who agreed to act as peer reviewers. The proposed title for the special issue is “Elinor Ostrom’s Work on Common Property and its Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management.” The editors of this special issue represent the partnerships between CEESP and The International Association for the Study of the Commons and included: James Robson, Iain Davidson-Hunt, Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Alyne Delaney, Lapologang Magole and Gabriela Lichtenstein. We completed the peer review process, selected a total of nine papers from authors and cases representing multiple regions of the world and a myriad of resource types. We are now in the final editorial process and we expect the special issue to be published by early 2014 at the latest.
The development of a process for the Human Dependency on Nature Framework (HDNF) has had slow but steady progress. Supporting the HDNF process was identified as a priority for TSL at the spring 2013 meeting of the CEESP Steering Group. At that meeting it was agreed that the development of the framework would be done using the One Programme approach passed at the WCC in 2012. As such a preliminary steering group was made up of theme co-leaders who expressed interest in the HDNF, Secretariat personnel and members of IUCN. A drafting team developed a preliminary concept note that was circulated to the steering group for discussion. As part of this process we also worked with two CEESP members to undertake a review of existing approaches, conceptual frameworks and projects relevant to the HDNF. Members of TSL and SULi were contacted for their input to this process. During August 19th and 20th the steering group will meet to discuss the preliminary HDNF and desk review to develop a draft concept note to be circulated for review by IUCN constituencies. We trust that circulation of the draft concept note will generate input, interest and participation from TSL and CEESP membership.
As a final note, we have been discussing with Conrad Steenkamp the possibility that he would act as a TSL representative for submissions to the CEESP newsletter. In particular, we are hoping to generate submissions, notices of conferences/events and publication of particular relevance to the Theme of Sustainable Livelihoods. So, we are hoping we will have this in place prior to the next newsletter.