A platform across African Great Lakes for community testimonies on environmental challenges and solutions fostering accountable and participative natural resource management

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Sustainable Cross-Border Management of Lake Edward’s Aquatic Resources

Cross-Border Management of Lake Edward’s resources is not an easy task. Many of these transboundary resources are often source of conflicts, arrests, looting and seizure and destruction of equipment in the detriment of fishermen of both neighboring countries. For many years, cross-border management of fisheries resources of Lake Edward has been a problem for the regional stakeholders. . In order to address this challenge FECOPEILE, mobilized to set up a space for exchange at the sub regional level. Bringing participants from… [Read more]

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Regional stakeholders united in the sustainable management of transboundary Lake Edward Fishery Resources

As part of the activities that are implemented between stakeholders of both neighboring countries (Uganda and DR Congo) the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Rural Development in DRC and the Federation of fishermen Individual Committees of Lake Edward, FECOPEILE-ONGD with financial support of IUCN-NL organized a regional workshop of stakeholders geared at the sustainable Management of cross-border Fisheries Resources of Lake Edward in Kasindi-Lubiriya August 11, 2015. Many of these transboundary resources are often source of… [Read more]

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Our Virunga: Promoting Dialogue for a Peaceful Cohabitation between Parc and Communities

Virunga campaign under the documentary “Virunga Yetu ‘: It is the first time that communities have been involved in such a way with Virunga. All participants have indicated that communities are prepared to protect the park, they are now aware of its value! Captions . No. 0031 and 0057: Participants (Students and Police targets) are closely following the documentary Virunga Yetu before a debate! No. 0098’s team CREDDHO and partners learn to assemble and install… [Read more]

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Why should we protect Lake Edward in Virunga national park, Democratic Republic Congo?

A Fisherman’s Perspective Summary Lake Edward is situated within Virunga Park, in eastern DR-Congo. On its shores live 200.000 people in 12 fisheries villages. Annual fish production is 18.000 tons, tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and bagrus (Bagrus docmak) representing the two most important species in the landings. The fish contribute significantly to local diets, livelihoods, food security and overall poverty alleviation.   As a result of its exceptional location within a national park, participatory monitoring systems… [Read more]

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Afiego: Focus on Exploiting Renewable Energy for Development

By Samuel Okulony When Sir Winston Churchill once said Uganda is the pearl of Africa, it’s indeed true with the abundance of several natural resources in the country derived with its potential for development. Renewable resources for the generation of electricity like wind, solar, geothermal, hydro energy are some of the typically most abundant and practical energy sources for development in rural areas. It creates an opportunity for rural electricity utilities that are at a… [Read more]

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Community Land Documentation: A Condition for Peace and Development in Liberia

Ali D. Kaba and Chelsea Keyser The Government of Liberia has a long history of granting large tracks of land to foreign investors at the expense of the livelihoods of rural populations. As early as 1926, when other Sub-Sahara Africa countries were agitating for political freedom, the Liberian government signed a concession agreement with Firestone, an American owned rubber company, that transferred 1 million acres of the country’s land. This concession agreement left the customary… [Read more]

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Building Peace and Advancing Development in the Great Lakes

United Nations Development Programme’s latest publication on Building Peace and Advancing Development in the Great Lakes regions offers new insights on how leaders in the GLR can boost confidence, rebuild their economies and provide new opportunities for millions of people by encouraging economic activity and improving lives and livelihoods in border areas. The Great Lakes Region, encompassing Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, north-eastern DRC, and north-western Kenya and Tanzania, has witnessed some of the worst conflicts on… [Read more]

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The Management of Resources Across Borders: Unitization Agreements as a Solution

By Violette Tournier The exploitation of natural resources such as oil and gas is a major strategic and economic issue because of our dependence on raw materials. This issue becomes geopolitical when these resources straddle state borders, whether by land or sea. Resources may be claimed as territory by both countries and become the object of rivalry, which can eventually escalate into active conflict. To avoid unilateral grabbing, close cooperation between countries sharing the same… [Read more]

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Oil in protected areas: Ecotourism provides alternative to oil exploration in Virunga

Virunga National Park in DR Congo is at a crossroads: should the Congolese people choose to invest in sustainable development, or in oil exploration? In a newly launched video, produced by IUCN NL, local communities and park management weigh the pros and cons. Emmanuel de Merode, director of Virunga, believes that sustainable development offers much more perspective for both nature and people than oil exploration. De Merode:   Virunga is the most valuable park in… [Read more]

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Fishing problems: Solutions from the lake

Fishing nets with too-small holes, unprotected and polluted deltas… Burundi’s fishermen have their fair share of problems. But they also have some ideas on their solutions! In December, with the help of the Association for the Conservation of Nature in Rwanda (ACNR) and the Association for the Protection of Nature – Burundi (ABN), they worked together with a delegation of their Rwandan homologues to draw from the experiences of the Lake Tanganyika fishermen  some lessons… [Read more]

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