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Cash for conservation: Do payments for ecosystem services work?

Cash for conservation: Do payments for ecosystem services work?

As far as conservation strategies go, payments for ecosystem services (PES) are based on a relatively simple concept — perhaps deceptively simple. The idea behind PES is, essentially, to pay landowners to protect their land in the interest of ensuring the provision of some “service” rendered by nature, such as clean water, habitat for wildlife, or carbon storage in forests.

So it becomes very important to protect the right ones, and to kind of guess what the right ones are,” Sven Wunder, a senior economist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), told Mongabay.

 


Forest Governance and International Partnerships in the Congo Basin

Forest Governance and International Partnerships in the Congo Basin

The Congo Basin is home to the world’s second-largest mosaic of tropical rainforests. These forests are essential to local populations for their livelihoods, and they matter to the international community for harboring biodiversity and potentially contributing to climate change mitigation.

With a specific emphasis on scientific training, the Ecole Régionale Postuniversitaire d’Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrés des Forêts et Territoires Tropicaux (ERAIFT), in Kinshasa, DRC, trains a cadre of regional graduate students in integrated and interdisciplinary forest management approaches. Since its creation in 1999, ERAIFT has graduated approximately thirty master’s and doctoral students from some ten African countries each year. Operating under the aegis of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ERAIFT has created a community of environmental ambassadors who work with forest administrations, communities, national park services, and donors. ERAIFT models diplomacy for science; it was sparked by a regional need for forest experts, receives funding from a host of bilateral and multilateral donors, and partners with similar research institutions in the Amazon Basin. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) leads comparable training at the University of Kisangani in the DRC. Similarly, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is active in the Republic of the Congo and DRC, providing policy-design mentoring in the field of integrated land-use planning through its Strengthening Central Africa Environmental Management and Policy Support project funded by CARPE.


Espèces protégées : Le filet de la FAO

Espèces protégées : Le filet de la FAO

Lancé le 10 octobre à Rome, le programme d’aide à la lutte contre la chasse non durable des animaux sauvages réunit plusieurs pays des régions Afrique, Caraïbes et Pacifique (ACP), dont le Gabon. Une initiative de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO).

Le programme s’appuiera sur l’expertise du Centre pour la recherche forestière internationale (Cifor), du Centre français de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (Cirad) et de la Société pour la conservation de la vie sauvage (CWS).


Partnership internazionale per frenare la caccia, conservare la biodiversità e migliorare la sicurezza alimentare

Partnership internazionale per frenare la caccia, conservare la biodiversità e migliorare la sicurezza alimentare

La Fao ha annunciato oggi l’avvio di «Un programma di 45 milioni di euro, che coinvolge diversi partner, che cercherà di aiutare i paesi dell’Africa, dei Caraibi e del Pacifico  (Acp) a fermare la caccia alla fauna selvatica, conservare il patrimonio naturale e rafforzare i mezzi di sostentamento e la sicurezza alimentare delle popolazioni.

Si tratta di un programma finanziato dalla Commissione Europea che durerà 7 anni e che finnzia un’iniziativa del gruppo di Stati Acp. Guidato dalla Fao, si baserà anche sull’esperienza del Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), del Centre français de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) e dalla Wildlife Conservation Society  (WCS).


Marak Ekspansi Pemodal Asing, Pengusaha Mebel Jepara Resah

Marak Ekspansi Pemodal Asing, Pengusaha Mebel Jepara Resah

Pemerintah Kabupaten (Pemkab) Jepara diminta lebih serius dalam memberikan perlindungan terhadap keberlangsungan industri mebel dan kerajinan kayu yang ada di daerahnya. Perlindungan yang dimaksud dalam hal pemberian izin kepada pemodal asing yang akan membuka usaha pengolahan kayu di wilayah Kabupaten Jepara. Sejauh ini, Pemkab Jepara dinilai masih terlalu longgar dalam hal ini.

 


Central Africa: integrating wildlife into food system management

Central Africa: integrating wildlife into food system management

Hunting has traditionally been a vital source of food and income for many rural families in central Africa. However, growing population pressure and demand for meat from secondary towns and cities have resulted in increased, unsustainable hunting of wild animals. A project on sustainable management of the fauna and wildmeat sector in central Africa conducted in response to this threat to conservation and biodiversity, food security and local means of subsistence served to lay the foundations of participatory management of hunting by villagers. The project, which was led by the FAO and involved CIRAD, ran for five years and was recently completed.

At the end of the project, CIRAD, the FAO and CIFOR co-published a synthesis entitled Communautés locales et utilisation durable de la faune en Afrique centrale . It included recommendations for decision-makers, wildlife managers and donors based on the experience acquired and the lessons learnt during the project. “In particular, the book highlights the need to work in central Africa to promote territorialized meat supply systems centring on provincial towns as instruments of a new form of food system governance integrating both domesticated and wild meat”, Daniel Cornélis points out.


Menengok Hebatnya Pengukir-pengukir Cantik Asal Desa Petekeyan Jepara

Menengok Hebatnya Pengukir-pengukir Cantik Asal Desa Petekeyan Jepara

Pengukir kayu di Desa Petekeyan, Kecamatan Tahunan, Jepara didominasi oleh kaum perempuan. Sebanyak 60 persen dari total 38.000 Kepala Keluarga (KK) di desa itu kaum hawa.

“Di sini jumlah pengukir perempuan ada 60 persen. Sedangkan yang lelaki adalah tukang kayunya,” ujar Musodiq Ketua Kampung Sembada Ukir Petekeyan, Selasa (3/10/2017) sore.

 


Kisah Perempuan-perempuan Andal di Balik Mebel Ukir Jepara

Kisah Perempuan-perempuan Andal di Balik Mebel Ukir Jepara

Para perempuan di Kabupaten Jepara, Jawa Tengah ternyata punya kemahiran mengukir yang mumpuni. Mereka menjadi bagian mendunianya ukir Jepara tersebut.

Guru besar Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) yang juga leader di CIFOR, Herry Purnomo mengatakan, peranan perempuan di Jepara sangat tinggi dalam menentukan kualitas produk mebel dan furnitur. Perempuan di industri mebel juga mewarisi semangat Kartini.



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