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The Pro-poor rewards for environmental services in Africa (PRESA) project at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has been instrumental in providing evidence on the effectiveness of the Payments for environmental services (PES) initiative which aims at rewarding communities that protect /provide essential environmental services. PRESA  has been operating in eight sites in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Guinea since […]

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International workshop on ecosystem management and environmental justice: Mapping the linkages, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 12-13 October 2015. The workshop explores how environmental justices and injustices result from and/or influence ecosystem management, i.e. ‘justice as effect’ as well as ‘justice as motive’. It calls upon researchers to go beyond understanding justice as […]

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By Judith Nzyoka Farmer’s Life, a for profit company in Partnership with ICRAF (PRESA) is piloting a conditional low-interest microfinance approach with farmers in Sasumua watershed as  an incentive to plant grass strips to reduce soil erosion and maintain agricultural yields.  Grass strips planted at intervals appropriate to the gradient of farm land have been […]

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By Judith Nzyoka Africa is the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world. The number of mobile phone subscribers has grown by 18% per year for the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa, while the number of internet users in Africa grew 9 times faster than in Europe over the period 2003-2013. These developments provide a whole new […]

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By Judith Nzyoka Women play a vital role in food production, making up the majority of the agricultural work force in many developing countries. Moreover, women farmers are often seen as the potential game-changers for sustainable agricultural land management and overcoming food insecurity. Yet this means little when women continue to face significant hurdles in […]

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 By Judith Nzyoka Ecosystem degradation in Guinea has been attributed to anthropogenic activities such as uncontrolled logging and clearing land for farming, coal mining, and other unsustainable forest exploitation. This has been further exacerbated by policy gaps and weak policy enforcement, especially regarding trans-boundary or cross-sectoral natural resource management. The Balayan Souroumba and Pencely forests […]

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Jul 31, 2012 By J. Nyongesa edited by Judith Nzyoka The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Kenya Country office) in partnership with CARE – Kenya has been implementing the phased Equitable Payment for Watershed Services (EPWS) scheme in within Naivasha where the third payment was done on June 21, 2012. The project in the Lake Naivasha […]

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Jul 11, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka The one of representative from Pro-poor Rewards for Environmental Service in Africa (PRESA) was given a chance to show the programme’s initiative as part of RIO+20 negotiations focused on how to shift to a sustainable, green economy. One way of shifting to a green economy is to “ place an […]

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Jul 4, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, are recognized internationally as one of the world’s most bio diverse ecosystems and conservation efforts, they face an ongoing threat from clearing for smallholder agriculture. As many remaining fragments of forest lie on farmers’ properties, often in the form of modified agroforestry systems, a potential means […]

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Jul 3, 2012 posted by Judith Nzyoka by  Louis Putzel, Scientist, Forests and Governance Programme REDD+ implementation was supposed to be “big, quick and cheap”. So far, it is not one big thing, but many smaller efforts designed and implemented by many different donors and agencies, a collection of programmes that are slow to design […]

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