Communicating !nternational development research (id21): Conservation

Natural Resource Highlights” are published annually by id21, which is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK). It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

id21 publishes these highlights on agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water. On the website you will find the full range of over 2000 research highlights.

I read the 2006 issues on all the above fields of interest and found very interesting contributions:


1. Managing the bushmeat trade in Ghana.
2. Environmental management and the MDGs
3. Ecosystem conservation for economic development.
4. Using community conservation to achieve the MDGs.
5. Protecting the marine environment in the Vietnam Sea.
6. Payments for environmental services.

A number of useful websites are mentioned. These offer new possibilities for collecting information:

Bushmeat Crisis Task Force:
Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment:
Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network:
Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development:
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment:
International Institute of Environment and Development:
IUCN – The World Conservation Union:
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment:
United Nations Environment Programme:
World Environment Centre:

id21 Natural Resources Highlights are intended for people with limited internet access, and are free of charge. Those who would like to subscribe send their contact details to the following address, telling id21 which topics they would like to receive: agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water:

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK)
Tel. +44 (0) 1273 678787
Fax +44 (0) 1273 877335

Let me strongly recommend this to all my friends of the developing countries, but also to all those interested in sustainable development. It’s almost a MUST!

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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