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KM & the Environment
Knowledge management and the Environment includes climate change, desertification, soil salination, urban waste, air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution. Also of interest to this group is knowledge that transforms environmental challenges into sustainable employment and income generating opportunities. The KM & the Environment SIG is based on
There is a consensus that the global economy has evolved from being predominantly industrial to an information society. The world today is characterised by an escalation of information produced every day, availed in various formats, of different opinion and from diverse originators. The information explosion is in direct response to an increasing demand for information as man incessantly appreciates the need for the commodity to provide solutions to daily challenges. The global village, as it is now referred to, has also fallen victim to an escalating growth in procedures used in gathering, processing, communicating and storing information in personal, educational, business and social life. The persistence of information explosion and the dominance of information technology have necessitated an urgent need for dynamic and competent information professionals with the mental alacrity and enthusiasm to avail relevant and adequate information promptly.
Submitted by Farai Mutindindi on 2 March 2013 - 1:20pm.
THE FUTURE OF HUMAN, NATURE and KNOWLEDGE
“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” - Stephen Covey
? Therefore, on redefining Knowledge :
Submitted by Md Santo on 19 May 2011 - 12:57am. categories [ ]
Ten Landmarks Toward Next Generation Knowledge Management
KNOWLEDGE 'R' US (not KNOWLEDGE 'R' OURS)
Submitted by Md Santo on 24 April 2011 - 9:29am. categories [ ]
Please visit our blog and let us know what you think of this contribution - hoping we can help stimulate conversation on KM practice in Africa.
Hope to connect with people in this forum, please feel free to get in touch: David@theknowledgecore.com
Submitted by David K-Cubed on 11 April 2011 - 9:27am. categories [ ]
The AfricaAdapt Symposium opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the UNECA conference centre on March 9 2011. Leading from the opening session, the first panel of the event focused on ‘Community Led Responses – from local to global’. This interactive session followed well after the opening addresses, where the need to link international and national policies processes to local decision making on the ground was strongly emphasised.
Dr. Fatima Denton, who leads IDRC’s research on adaptation strategies in Africa, chaired this session. Fatima opened the discussion noting the value of community knowledge and how it should be used as a foundation for developing suitable and sustainable adaptation strategies that are resilient to climate shocks and stresses.
Submitted by PatriciaCurmi on 16 March 2011 - 4:04pm.
FACT SHEET ON BISPHENOL A - Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
Submitted by storytelling on 10 December 2010 - 8:20am. categories [ ]
As the flood waters begin to recede across Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says the government is now “seriously concerned” about the potential spread of epidemic diseases.
The flooding has left more than 1,600 people dead and approximately six million homeless. According to the BBC, about 17 million of Pakistan’s 166 million people have been affected by the disaster. In addition, the United Nations warns that without enough doctors or proper facilities, over 100,000 pregnant women are now at risk of infection and disease.
“As human misery continues to mount, we are seriously concerned with the spread of epidemic diseases,” Yousuf Raza Gilani said, adding, “There is a likelihood of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and dysentery, especially in children who are already weak and vulnerable.”
Submitted by K4Health on 30 August 2010 - 7:00pm.
The world today is faced with several challenges like the economic recession, climatic change, disease outbreaks, increased organized crime, information explosion, and uncontrolled migration. Like any other calamity, the harsh effects are mostly felt by the vulnerable third world states. Zimbabwe, coming out of an economic crisis characterized by record inflation, high unemployment, heavy brain drain and a large reduction in the Gross Domestic Product, has plenty to do with regards to enhancing the recovery path and rejuvenating the economy. With the Unity government having managed to tame the legendary inflation and the economy expected to grow, focus is now on which sectors of development should be prioritized over others given a background of an economy thriving on limited resources.
Submitted by Farai Mutindindi on 25 August 2010 - 12:08pm.
Will Knowledge ‘R’ us (not “Knowlege 'R' ours”) shape the future of knowledge and KM?
By : Dr Md Santo – http://mobeeknowledge.ning.com
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GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE TOWARDS 2012 or “CONTINUUM OF PHYSICAL REALITY WITH KNOWLEDGE AND BEYOND : GREAT TURNING FROM MIND BRAIN TO CONSCIOUSNESS DNA” (see the Attachment) showing global trends towards 2012 in which the domain of Knowledge evolved in continuum universe as emergent behavior within human body as complex (adpative) system, having consciousness and free will (mind and value) as well as behaving dynamically as subject
A brief description about the sentence ..."After Singularity between Human Mind and Technology reaching its peak (in 2012 ?)"... :
Submitted by Md Santo on 3 December 2009 - 3:40am. categories [ ]
This booklet tells the story of a project that has had a profound influence on the management of four large forest areas in Guinea. The Landscape Management for Improved Livelihoods (LAMIL) project has also done much to improve the welfare of local people. Indeed, the two - better forest management and improved livelihoods - are inextricably linked.
The World Agroforestry Centre, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and their partners in the LAMIL project have developed a system of co-management, involving local communities and government agencies, which is generating considerable interest in Guinea and throughout the region.
Not long ago, these forests were managed by government agencies. Local people were forbidden from using them. As a result, the forests were widely abused, and the authorities were able to do little to stem the tide of illegal logging, poaching and land
Submitted by carol on 28 October 2009 - 2:18pm. categories [ ]
Water is vital to life. It is the essential component in all aspects and activities related to our well-being and existence – including food and energy production and manufacturing in general. It’s clear that if our water supply continues to dwindle, and/or, if water became unaffordable, our lives would be detrimentally transformed. Billions of people are already experiencing and suffering from the mismanagement and unequal allocation of water. Between 1.1 and 1.5 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. 2.2 million people die each year due to low quality drinking water and/or lack of sanitation – that is 42,000 people per week, 90 percent of whom are children (WHO/UNICET:2005). Exclusion to socially necessary goods and services such as fresh water has horrific consequences that are catastrophic, yet entirely preventable.
Submitted by storytelling on 27 October 2009 - 5:03pm. categories [ ]
When GM crops and foods were first introduced in the late 1990s, some scientists raised concerns that genetic modification was imprecise and unpredictable and could result in harm to health and the environment. They warned that:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 27 October 2009 - 2:52pm. categories [ ]
A report by Testbiotech e.V. Institute for Independent Impact Assessment in Biotechnology
Summary points compiled by GMWatch
GM food safety testing
Submitted by storytelling on 27 October 2009 - 1:19pm. categories [ ]
The Generic Drylands Mainstreaming Guidelines have been developed by the UNDP-DDC in close collaboration with the UNEP and UNDP/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Global Support Unit. This document provides broad generic steps for mainstreaming environment and drylands issues into national development frameworks, as well lessons drawn from various countries on environment and drylands mainstreaming.
Submitted by carol on 27 October 2009 - 9:59am. categories [ ]
Policy-makers are experimenting with billion’s of people’s lives on a daily basis without informed consent, and without rigorous evidence that what they do works, has no substantive adverse effects, and could not be achieved more efficiently through other means. In this context, carefully designed and implemented evaluations have the potential to save lives and improve people’s welfare. However, to date evaluations have tended to be selected based on the availability of data, the interest of researchers and donors, and the availability of funds rather than on their potential contribution to broader development strategies. For this reason, the institutionalization of quality evaluation is necessary in order to turn it into an optimal tool for policy-making. This report looks at the experiences of institutionalizing government evaluation efforts and considers the lessons learnt for countries starting down that road.
Submitted by carol on 23 October 2009 - 8:44am. categories [ ]
© UNFPA, WEDO14 October 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), has launched a resource kit on climate change connections, focusing on gender and population and advocating that women are uniquely positioned as innovators, educators, caretakers, leaders and agents of change to address the risks of a changing climate.
The resource kit provides policy guidance, finance and adaptation plans, advocacy tools and best practices related to increasing educational opportunities for girls, economic opportunities for women, and access to reproductive health and family planning, recognizing their role in reducing vulnerability to climate change. Women, population and climate change are the focus of the UNFPA's flagship report, State of World Population, to be released on 18 November 2009. UNFPA Resource Kit: Climate Change Connections - Gender and Population https://www.unfpa.org/public/site/global/lang/en/pid/4028
Submitted by carol on 20 October 2009 - 11:11am. categories [ ]
LEAD Africa, supported by the Royal Danish Embassy and COP 15, has just released a new report “Leading the way: A role for regional institutions” around African leadership on climate change that can be downloaded at the LeadInAfrica.org Website
Submitted by carol on 14 October 2009 - 11:49am. categories [ ]
By : Clive Mutunga and Karen Hardee
This paper reviews 41 National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) submitted by Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and identifies the range of interventions included in countries’ priority adaptation actions. The review found near-universal recognition among the NAPAs of the importance of population considerations as a central pillar in climate change adaptation.
Information Provided by Carol Lombard, Department of Social Development Population Website
Submitted by carol on 12 October 2009 - 2:56pm. categories [ ]
Drylands cover 41 percent of the earth’s terrestrial surface. The urgency of and international response to climate change have given a new place to drylands in terms both of their vulnerability to predicted climate change impacts and their potential contribution to climate change mitigation. This book aims to apply the new scientific insights on complex dryland systems to practical options for development. A new dryland paradigm is built on the resources and capacities of dryland peoples, on new and emergent economic opportunities, on inward investment, and on the best support that dryland science can offer.
Information Provided by Carol Lombard, Department of Social Development Population Website
Submitted by carol on 8 October 2009 - 11:55am. categories [ ]
1. Share: Managing waters across boundaries
This publication provides an overview of the world’s shared water resources and insights for managing these resources. Using case studies from around the world, it describes the benefits to be gained from cooperation and the challenges of constructing legal frameworks, institutions, management processes and financing and partnership strategies to govern transboundary waters equitably and sustainably.
2. Assess : Integrated Wetland Assessment Toolkit
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Key policy advice from World Development Report 2010 and Making Development Climate Resilient: A World Bank Strategy for
"Over the past ten years, Sub-Saharan Africa has made a great deal of progress in terms of economic growth. In fact, Africa has the potential to emerge as an exciting new center of growth in the evolving global economy. However, to continue on an accelerated growth path, the region needs to tackle climate variability and climate change, which now pose a daunting risk to growth, development, and poverty reduction. Climate is hardly a new factor in the region's history, but with global warming, Africa's vulnerability is deepening, making it the most exposed region in the world to the impacts of climate change. The hard-won progress of recent years could be reversed with extreme weather, crop failures, and outbreaks of hunger and disease."
Submitted by carol on 18 September 2009 - 8:18am. categories [ ]
Getting started! : running a junior farmer field and life school, Empowering orphans and vulnerable children living in a world with HIV and AIDS
WIEGERS, Esther HILL, Catherine COLBERT,Patricia 2007
Country focus: Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Submitted by carol on 16 September 2009 - 11:34am. categories [ ]
Climate change presents humanity with its largest challenge in recorded history. Its predicted eff ects over the coming decades include extreme weather events, droughts, fl ooding, rising sea levels that could affect countries such as Nigeria and Mozambique, retreating glaciers (although not in Africa, but with global impact), changes in habitats and increased spread of life-threatening diseases such as malaria.
Little concrete analysis has been published on the relationship between climate change and conflict, however, and even less on the potential role that population growth plays in intensifying that pressure.
Submitted by carol on 14 September 2009 - 1:27pm. categories [ ]
Attempts to clarify the relationship between adaptation and development by analyzing 135 projects, policies, and other initiatives from the developing world that have been labeled by implementers or researchers as "adaptation to climate change." Confusion about the relationship between adaptation and development has meant that funding mechanisms may create redundancies or leave gaps in the landscape of critical adaptation and development activities.
Drawing on Internet resources, Weathering the Storm attempts to clarify this relationship by analyzing 135 projects, policies, and other initiatives from the developing world that have been labeled by implementers or researchers as "adaptation to climate change."
Submitted by carol on 11 September 2009 - 10:53am. categories [ ]
Planet Action provides satellite imagery, geographic information and technology support to local projects that investigate and assess climate change issues focusing on human issues, drought & desertification, water resources, forestry, biodiversity,
Submitted by carol on 10 September 2009 - 8:24am. categories [ ]
This resource includes a number of posters from the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) that help conscientise communities about water, water scarcity, water in food production etc. The FAO site is available here . The FAO also has a dedicated youtube channel available on FAO YouTube Website
Submitted by KMAadmin on 4 September 2009 - 11:42am. categories [ ]
AIDS and climate change (CC) are two of the most important "long wave" global issues of the recent past, the present and the future. They share similarities, interactions, and present possibilities for a more united response. Yet these links have received little analysis. This paper seeks to address that gap. It first focuses on scientific issues, identifying major, minor, and speculative pathways by which AIDS and CC are likely to interact. These interactions are, here, called the HIV and Climate Change Complex (HACC).
Submitted by carol on 4 September 2009 - 7:40am. categories [ ]
How boosting smallholder farming can ease hunger and reduce poverty at the household level in southern Africa
This policy brief looks at the factors constraining the productivity of smallholder farmers to achieve food security for poor households and communities, as a contribution to poverty eradication in southern Africa. The brief examines the characteristics of the region in terms of poverty, the state of food security in the region, and current factors that limit smallholder farmers’ capacity to produce more food in a sustainable way. It also identifies key policy areas for attention and makes recommendations to address policy gaps.
Information Provided by the Southern Africa Trust Website
Submitted by KMAadmin on 3 September 2009 - 10:40am. categories [ ]
Aquaculture has been recognized as an important component of rural development, aimed at improving food supply and generating more income for poor farming households. Ponds add value to farming activities: water from ponds can serve
Submitted by carol on 1 September 2009 - 11:23am. categories [ ]
The aim of this report is to compile a synthesis of experiences that can provide insight into the multiple opportunities rainwater harvesting can have when addressing human well-being, while continuing to sustain a range of ecosystem services. This synthesis of linkages between ecosystem services, human well-being and rainwater harvesting interventions examines 29 cases from diverse economic and environmental settings.
Water supply of the right quality and quantity is essential for productive ecosystems and human well-being. The increasing demand on water resources for development whilst maintaining healthy ecosystems puts water resources under pressure.
Submitted by carol on 1 September 2009 - 11:20am. categories [ ]
This paper focuses on the impact of climate change on water resources and the affect it has on human society. Millions of people are at risk from the impacts of climate change associated with the socio-political dimensions of global change and demographic changes.
A model to link the climate and social sciences is developed in a policy-oriented approach to make a holistic assessment of human vulnerability to climate and other drivers of social change. The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) uses water as a focus as it is a key factor of human and ecological well-being. Though it is not a new concept, it has been developed to encompass variations within countries and it is not limited to specific communities.
Submitted by carol on 31 August 2009 - 8:12am. categories [ ]
This Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest Dependent Communities is intended to inform the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN REDD Programme) activities at the global and national level.
The Guidance provides background and context on the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in UN programmes and activities, identifies the guiding principles in order to respect and support the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other forest dependent
Submitted by carol on 28 August 2009 - 11:36am. categories [ ]
Assessing the costs of adaptation to climate change: A review of the UNFCCC and other recent estimates
The publication warns that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of what it will cost to adapt to its impacts. The real costs of adaptation are likely to be 2-3 times greater than estimates made by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Professor Martin Parry, a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and his co-authors look at the estimates from a range of perspectives, and conclude that:
Submitted by carol on 28 August 2009 - 7:35am. categories [ ]
"Climate change challenges the traditional assumption that past hydrological experience provides a good guide to future conditions. The consequences of climate change may alter the reliability of current water management systems and
Climate Change and Water - Technical Paper VI - ENGLISH
Submitted by carol on 27 August 2009 - 10:01am. categories [ ]
This paper explores the potential for governments to create 'green jobs' in developing countries by funding public employment activities to preserve biodiversity, restore degraded land, combat erosion, and conserve water. The paper draws on the experiences of the Working for Water programme in South Africa and the National Rural Employment Guarantee in India.
By :Maikel R. Lieuw-Kie-Song Discussion Paper, April 2009
Information Provided by Carol Lombard, Department of Social Development Population Website
Submitted by carol on 25 August 2009 - 10:05am. categories [ ]
"Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in addition to the loss of biodiversity in ecosystems, the disappearance of animals and plants from many habitats, the climate change resulting in melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and increase of extreme events have negative impact on the availability, quantity and quality of water resources resulting in changed conditions for humanity’s sustainable access to water. The challenges and threats of water scarcity to drylands populations are real and set to increase in magnitude and scope in the coming years, with severe and widespread consequences.
Submitted by carol on 25 August 2009 - 8:13am. categories [ ]
The International Water Management Institute IWMI Website has released a Water Policy Brief addressing "Flexible Water Storage Options and Adaptation to Climate Change." Key findings in this Water Policy Brief include: water storage should be one component of a multi-pronged approach to adapting agriculture to climate change; attention must be given to the full continuum of physical water storage from ground water; and appropriate water storage for agriculture can contribute to poverty alleviation and climate change adaptation. (c) IWMI August 2009:
Information Provided by Carol Lombard, Department of Social Development Population Website
Submitted by carol on 21 August 2009 - 9:46am. categories [ ]
"The World Bank’s mission is to alleviate poverty and support sustainable development. Climate change is a serious environmental challenge that could undermine these goals. Since the Industrial Revolution, the mean surface temperature of Earth has increased an average 2° Celsius due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Most of this change has occurred in the past 30 to 40 years, and the rate of increase is accelerating. These rising temperatures will have significant impacts at a global scale and at local and regional levels. While it remains important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reverse climate change in the long run, many of the impacts of climate change are already in evidence.
Submitted by carol on 20 August 2009 - 1:26pm. categories [ ]
Produced by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2009)
What opportunities are there at farm and local community level to increase the incomes of small-scale farmers? This series of booklets aims to raise awareness and provide decision support information about opportunities for increasing the incomes of small-scale farmers. Each booklet focuses on a farm or non farm enterprise that can be integrated into small farms to increase incomes and enhance livelihoods.
Submitted by carol on 19 August 2009 - 9:47am. categories [ ]
Authors: White,N.; Lamoureux,L.; Staiger-Rivas,S.
The Institutional Knowledge Sharing (KS) Project together with CGIAR Center partners has been experimenting with a range of KS tools and methods over the past five years and has recently been assembling these and many others into this toolkit. It is an evolving resource, continually updated, edited, expanded, and critiqued and it's aimed at scientists, research support teams, and administrators working in international development agencies, with a special emphasis on those engaged in agriculture and agricultural research.
Submitted by carol on 19 August 2009 - 9:35am. categories [ ]
This guide offers suggestions to practitioners and the rural communities they serve on ways to prevent, mitigate and reduce poverty through forest-based interventions. Those who may find it of interest include district forestry officials, forestry and rural development extension workers, local administrators and planners, and people involved in small-scale enterprises, including their partners.
The document highlights the importance of tailoring activities to local circumstances and of using participatory approaches to design and implement interventions. Emphasis is on making and responding to changes for the benefit of people living in or near forests, and on helping users gain a better understanding of:
Submitted by carol on 19 August 2009 - 7:57am. categories [ ]
Authors: D. Satterthwaite; G. McGranahan; D. Mitlin
This booklet presents a number of community-led initiatives to improve and extend provision for water and sanitation to low-income urban households and discusses their relevance for meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)
Submitted by carol on 17 August 2009 - 11:38am. categories [ ]
AfricaAdapt is an independent bilingual French/English network focused exclusively on Africa. The Network’s aim is to facilitate the flow of climate change adaptation knowledge for sustainable livelihoods between researchers, policy makers, civil society organisations and communities who are vulnerable to climate variability and change across the continent.
AfricaAdapt is available on AfricaAdapt Website
Submitted by KMAadmin on 17 August 2009 - 8:20am. categories [ ]
The working paper focuses on finance for sustainable forest management (SFM), including strategies at both international and national levels for diversification and enhancement of the quantity and effectiveness of SFM financing. Drawing from
With regard to climate change, the paper discusses the potential financing opportunities that addressing climate change brings to SFM. The paper addresses both voluntary and regulatory carbon markets, including those related to reducing emissions from
(c) FAO July 2009
Submitted by carol on 14 August 2009 - 2:59pm. categories [ ]
Poor women's limited access to resources, restricted rights, limited mobility and muted voices in shaping decisions make them highly vulnerable to climate change. This resource guide aims to inform practitioners and policy makers of the linkages between gender equality and climate change.
Submitted by carol on 14 August 2009 - 7:37am. categories [ ]
This Manual attempts to link these two areas of MEA formulation and civil society participation. Its goal is to both strengthen multi-stakeholder participation and Introduction ix increase political momentum for effective MEA development, implementation and enforcement. The two are interdependent and equally essential: by strengthening the effectiveness of stakeholders' involvement, MEAs themselves become more relevant, more resilient and more resolute.
Submitted by carol on 13 August 2009 - 1:47pm. categories [ ]
An effort on the scale of the Apollo mission that sent men to the Moon is needed if humanity is to have a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of climate change. The stakes are high, as, without sustainable growth, "billions of people will be condemned to poverty and much of civilisation will collapse".
This is the stark warning from the biggest single report to look at the future of the planet – obtained by The Independent on Sunday ahead of its official publication next month. Backed by a diverse range of leading organisations such as Unesco, the World Bank, the US army and the Rockefeller Foundation, the 2009 State of the Future report runs to 6,700 pages and draws on contributions from 2,700 experts around the globe. Its findings are described by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, as providing "invaluable insights into the future for the United Nations, its member states, and civil society".
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