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The United Nations World Water Development Report 3: Water in a changing world

“UNESCO has introduced ‘water-box’, a conceptual scheme for water management that integrates political, managerial and socials actors, and is aimed at coordinating goals and strategic decisions for sustainable development and the preservation of water resources. The study analyzes a future with more water-related emergencies because climate change is transforming the natural cycle of water.

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Trans-border tourism parks expected to promote regional stability, environmental conservation, and development

In an innovative move Southern African countries have charted out a trans-border tourism park in the hopes of creating increased stability, environmental protection, and development.

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SA Node April 2011, pgs. 4-5
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SANode_April2011.pdf#page=4

Source: http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/economia/2011/3/17/Angola-avails-000-
square-kilometres-land-for-tourist-project,b98cfa94-66c9-469c-b43d-0cd251b90e3b.html

For more information about the Okavango/Zambeze, aka Kavango/Zambezi (Kaza) project:
http://www.peaceparks.org/tfca.php?pid=27&mid=1008

For more information about the Wildlife Management and Tourism colleges.
http://www.peaceparks.org/story.php?pid=100&mid=28

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Community Based Sustainable Management projects in Bangladesh replacing top-down approach to conservation

Tanguar haor (wetland) in Bangladesh, covers an area of about 10,000 hectares and is suffering from poor environmental management. “Tanguar haor, located in the northeastern part of Bangladesh, is an important wetland supporting more than 56,000 people in 88 villages around its periphery. Around 30-40% of the population lives below the poverty line and rely directly or indirectly on the local natural resources.

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Strategic Foresight Group, May 2011, pg. 8:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_May2011.pdf#page=8

“Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor Program2.” Amader Madhyanagar Blog. 12 April 2010.
<http://madhyanagar.blogspot.com/2010/04/community-based-sustainable-management_12.html>

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UAE's coastal atlas may change the story of their ocean, we hope

Faced with increasing ocean pollution within many Middle Eastern countries due to desalination plants, the creation of man made islands, oil wells, among other contributors, the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) has come up with a novel solution. Utilizing near real-time online information gathering on the coast, EAD may change the way their community thinks about the ocean through a digital feedback loop, and consequently the way they interact with it.

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Strategic Foresight Group_Middle East Monitor, June 2011, pgs 2-4:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_ME_June2011.pdf#page=2

“Abu Dhabi unveils Online Coastal Atlas.” Gulf News. 16 June 2010.
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/environment/abu-dhabi-unveils-online-coastal-atlas-1.641680

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ECOWAS new policy framework on West African Forests

A new policy framework from ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, encourages national and local policymakers to look toward forests as sites of community building and long-term planning, as opposed to the slash-and-burn, single-use approach which has lead to so much deforestation in the past centuries and especially the most recent decades:

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 11:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=11


www.nants.org/.../ECOWAS%20Forestry%20Policy%20Paper%20_Final_%20REV%20Jun.pdf Www.unep.org/roa/docs/pdf/DialogueForests-BiodivSummary.pdf

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Loss of medicinal herbs in Ghanaian forests

Loss of forests is having a significant impact on accessibility of traditional medicines in Ghana:

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 7-8:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=7

http://www.grin.com

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Certified sustainable timber on rise in Ghana

Ghana has made a concerted effort to improve forestry practices by guaranteeing that timber for export to Europe be sustainably harvested:

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 6:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=6

Http://www.businessdayonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3952:the-need-tocheck-deforestation-in-west-africa&catid=117:news&Itemid=349
http://www.cepf.net/Documents/final.guineanforests.upperguineanforest.ep.pdf
http://www.profor.info/profor/sites/profor.info/files/publication/2009-PROFOR-progressreport-part1.pdf http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/west_africa/Pages/default.aspx#indepth
Http://ipsnews.net/africa/nota.asp?idnews=37198

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Oil creates poverty in Nigeria (Resource curse)

Nigeria experiences a resource curse perhaps worse than any other nation. Oil exploration has enriched corrupt leaders and done deep and sustained harm to local communities for decades:

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Woman fights back with civil disobedience against logging, new policies needed

This case of civil disobedience demonstrates the desperation of many women confronted with the possibility of losing access to their forest resources:

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 3-4:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=3

The Double Damage: Gender and Deforestation in West Africa
http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ogunlade/pakistan%20journal.pdf http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN06339904 Http://laazotenegra.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/top-3-myths-about-women-climate-change-its-a-great
big-bad09/
Http://www.afrol.com/features/10278
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