This month's FRAMEgram concentrates on recent events in the development world.
First, we highlight events coming up in the new year. Next, we present recaps and resources from the World Parks Congress, Global Landscapes Forum and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. We also provided a selection of related resources on the topic of sustainable landscapes.
Finally, we feature a recent community topic formed on FRAMEweb, Innovative Knowledge Systems for Land Management, as well as recent resources posted to FRAMEweb.
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World Parks Congress
USAID hosted a successful session on the new Biodiversity Policy at the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney. A standing room only crowd gathered on the final day of the Congress sessions to learn about the elements of the Policy, its implications for USAID biodiversity programming and steps in implementation. After an overview of the Policy, a panel of USAID partners presented lessons and experience from conservation programs that illustrated key conservation and development linkages: enterprise development and conservation in East and Central Africa by Daudi Sumba of African Wildlife Foundation; engaging local communities in conservation planning in Peru by Patricia Fernandez-Davila, Executive Director of Centro de Conservación, Investigación y Manejo de Áreas Naturales in Cordillera Azul (CIMA-Cordillera Azul); and measuring the social impacts of marine protected areas in Indonesia by Mike Mascia of Conservation International. A lively discussion followed, focusing on both policy and technical questions stemming from the presentations. Finally, the short film Conservation is Development was screened. USAID will follow up in early 2015 by posting the presentations and hosting additional dialogues on the Policy.
The Congress also featured USAID's Central African Regional Program on the Environment (CARPE). The CARPE session brought together USAID and partners to present important concepts and tools being implemented in CARPE Phase Three, which started in late 2013. CARPE is USAID's largest conservation program, currently spanning three countries and eight landscapes. In addition to the site based work, it also comprises a crosscutting policy and monitoring component. Diane Russell from USAID/Washington's Forestry and Biodiversity Office opened the session with a brief history and description of the program. Crystal Davis from World Resource Institute/Global Forest Watch described how forest monitoring, which has long been a key feature of CARPE, is set to become an important policy tool for government ministries and other stakeholders. Daudi Sumba talked about how the African Wildlife Foundation's people-centered approach to conservation is being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while Kirstin Siex, Andy Plumptre, Emma Stokes and David Wilkie of the Wildlife Conservation Society presented exciting new monitoring and management tools for spatial planning, wildlife monitoring, governance and human well being assessment. These presentations will soon be available on the CARPE site. Kirstin Siex moderated the Q&A, which generated an overall impression that the audience was highly impressed by the depth and breadth of CARPE approach.
New Requests for Proposals from the Governors' Climate and Forests Fund
This month the Governors' Climate and Forests Fund launched its second Request for Proposals at a special reception on the sidelines of COP20 in Lima, Peru. GCF Fund Executive Director Rosa Maria Vidal made the announcement alongside notable guests including governors, GCF Fund board members, the Brazilian Ambassador to Peru, and a number of other valued stakeholders.
Proposals are now being requested which will strengthen the ability for GCF members to monitor, report, and verify changes in forest carbon stocks, enhance alignment with national level efforts to reduce tropical deforestation, and address key gap areas in the design of jurisdictional programs to promote sustainable low emission rural development. The call is a part of the GCF Fund's wider and ongoing efforts to support multi-stakeholder programs which enhance GCF member capacities to reduce deforestation while improving rural livelihoods. Supported by a generous grant from the United States Agency for International Development in conjunction with the United States Department of State, the GCF Fund is now inviting stakeholders and GCF members to collaborate and develop proposals for submission to the GCF Fund.
Proposals are due January 24th, 2015 for projects which will be implemented before March 31st, 2016. For more information on the Request for Proposals and to review application materials, please visit the GCF Fund's website: http://www.gcffund.org/requests-for-proposal/
Global Landscapes Forum 2014
The Global Landscapes Forum was held alongside the UN Climate Change Conference on December 6-7, 2014. More than 1,700 participants from the government, civil and private sectors to discuss land use in a new climate agreement.
Watch a quick summary video produced by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
The forum produced a wealth of resources that are available for practitioners after the forum’s end.
Community Topic Spotlight: Innovative Knowledge Systems for Land Management
The Innovative Knowledge Systems for Land Management community topic is a new collection of resources on FRAMEweb. It was created to continue the conversation captured on October 21, 2014 for the ECOLinks webinar of the same name. Speakers from USAID and USDA presented the Land Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS), which aims to increase access to global and local land potential knowledge. USAID's Office of Land Tenure and Resource Management and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service jointly support LandPKS development and field testing.
FRAMEgram is a periodic newsletter with news and resources for the global Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) community. It is associated with FRAMEweb, a network website designed to facilitate knowledge sharing among ENRM professionals through online discussions and the sharing of documents and other resources.
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