This month's FRAMEgram focuses on sustainable landscapes, land use and land management.
Learn more about USAID's efforts in land management by watching our webinar featuring the LandPKS program. Explore the resources developed in preparation for the Global Landscapes Forum later in the newsletter.
Our featured community this month is the Program in Environmental Governance in Guinea. Originally funded by USAID/Guinea, PEGG seeks to help Guinea maintain its biologically diverse habitats and environmental services, while supporting democracy and governance, sustainable development and economic growth.
We also have shared some helpful resources on land use, including a report publication and its associated webinars. We also feature photos from the winners of our FRAMEweb photo contest and recent resources posted on FRAMEweb.
The Land Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) is a program that aims to increase access to global and local land potential knowledge. The program develops innovative mobile data collection and analysis methods and tools. These methods and tools support local land use planning and to optimize design and the implementation of food security, land restoration, climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation programs. USAID's Office of Land Tenure and Resource Management is working with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to support LandPKS development and field testing.
Jeffrey Herrick, LandPKS Global Lead, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Adam Beh, LandPKS Global Coordinator, USDA Agricultural Research Service Jornada Research Unit
Ioana Bouvier, LandPKS USAID Agreement Manager, USAID/E3/LTRM
FRAMEweb Photo Contest
FRAMEweb hosted a fall photo contest to celebrate our members and our collective work in natural resource management!
We are showcasing our members’ work in pictures with the larger NRM community. We asked for photos of the areas in which you live or work, of projects and efforts being implemented to protect natural resources or of communities working towards more sustainable livelihoods. A big thank you to our members who submitted photos! See more photos on FRAMEweb's blog.
First Place Winner
Fisherman Bringing in the Catch, Green Island, Palawan, Philippines (Photo Credit: Anne Usher)
USAID partners have spent the past year building a hybrid renewable energy plant on Green Island, off the island of Palawan in the Philippines, that runs on solar, wind and biogas, the latter taken from coconut husks. Before, two dirty diesel generators had sent limited power to some of the island’s homes. The clean energy produced by the plant is electrifying nearly all homes and the school - and producing ice. Elioterio Mircader is among the island’s fishermen, who are now able to substantially boost their incomes by immediately putting their catch on ice instead of traveling to the mainland to do so — an activity that is dangerous during the storm season. This photo was submitted by Anne Usher, Communications Specialist for Training Resources Group and USAID ECO Project.
Global Landscapes Forum
The Global Landscapes Forum, held alongside the UN climate negotiations on December 6-7, 2014, creates a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development. It is the biggest event during the UN CFCCC COP20 talks and aims to foster cross-sectoral approaches in land use. Read more about the forum here.
The Concept Note describes the aims behind the second Global Landscapes Forum on December 6-7, 2014. It introduces the event as well as presents objectives, outcomes and themes. The publication includes a draft agenda and the forum's outreach and communications approach.
This publication, available in French, Spanish and English, is a tool to help understand land use under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). The guide aims to increase understanding of how land use is treated for reporting and accounting purposes under the UNFCCC.
Authors: Peter Iversen, Donna Lee and Marcelo Rocha
Date of Publication: May 2014
The Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) project and its partner GRG Management Institute produced a four-part webinar series with the authors of the Understanding Land Use in the UNFCCC guide. The first webinar was a high-level look at the guide, while the rest of the webinars focused on specific topics. These webinars were presented in October 2014.
FRAMEgram is a periodic newsletter with news and resources for the global Natural Resource Management (NRM) community. It is associated with FRAMEweb, a network website designed to facilitate knowledge sharing among NRM professionals through online discussions and the sharing of documents and other resources.
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