How to save Hawaii’s nature and culture



Conservation and tradition to save Hawaiian ecosystem (SLIDESHOW)

The islands of Hawaii form a unique and fragile ecosystem thousands of miles away from the nearest landmass. The legends and rituals of the nation’s indigenous people, ancestors of the first Polynesian settlers, are closely connected with the island’s plants, animals and landscape.

Tourism, industrial activity and modern recreation have since depleted Hawaii’s natural ecosystem and introduced invasive species that have caused severe damage. And along with indigenous plants and animals, the country risks losing local knowledge and customs.

Now, conservationists are teaming up with spiritual leaders to save Hawaii’s nature and culture. In many places where such work has taken place, rare species are thriving and fragile ecosystems, such as ancient cloud forests, are stabilising.

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How to balance protection of the environment with poverty reduction ?

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Landscape in Bolivia

Putting a price on nature can benefit the poor if done right

Speed read

  • Programmes that pay landowners to protect the environment can ignore the poor
  • A Bolivian mechanism shows how to balance this protection with poverty reduction
  • But there may always be a trade-off when designing schemes


Bolivia is not alone on that front. Programmes that pay people to sustainably manage ‘environmental assets’ are increasingly popular, especially in the global South. But questions about the money’s impact on efforts to reduce poverty and inequality have persisted for decades. Does the cash help poor or indigenous people living in valuable ecosystems? Or is it more likely to benefit rich landowners? In Bolivia and elsewhere, research is beginning to show that these two goals — environmental protection and poverty reduction — need not be mutually exclusive.

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Desertification could displace some 50 million in next 10 years (Google Alert / IP Newsreel)

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Desertification could displace some 50 million in next 10 years

UN issues desertification warning

Tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes by encroaching deserts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, a report says.

The study by the United Nations University suggests climate change is making desertification “the greatest environmental challenge of our times“. If action is not taken, the report warns that some 50 million people could be displaced within the next 10 years. The study was produced by more than 200 experts from 25 countries. This report does not pull any punches, says BBC environment reporter Matt McGrath. One third of the Earth’s population – home to about two billion people – are potential victims of its creeping effect, it says. Continue reading “Desertification could displace some 50 million in next 10 years (Google Alert / IP Newsreel)”

id21NR : Natural Resources research highlights

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id21NRNews 34 – the latest id21 Natural Resources research highlights

*** id21NRNews 34, August 2007


* Does industrial logging in African rainforests help or hinder
* Are non-timber forest products meeting conservation and development
* Reducing poverty through wildlife tourism in South Africa’s Kruger
National Park
* Gender and agricultural mechanisation in Kenya
* Sharing information about animal health in Kenya
* Reducing the cost of groundwater drilling in Ethiopia

Nigeria : combating desertification with the “Green Wall Sahara Initiative (GWSI)” (Google Alert / The Tide)

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The Tide

Project to combat desert encroachment under way

• Wednesday, Aug 8, 2007In a bid to combat further desert encroachment into Nigeria, the Ministry of Environment has embarked on a project designed to recover the ecosystem in the affected area. Mr. Nkem Ononiwu, Director, Drought and Desertification, in the ministry told our correspondent in Abuja Monday that the project was known as the “Green Wall Sahara Initiative (GWSI)”. He said the project, initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo at a continental meeting in Libya in 2005, was expected to run across Africa, from Mauritania in the North West, to Djibouti in the North East. Continue reading “Nigeria : combating desertification with the “Green Wall Sahara Initiative (GWSI)” (Google Alert / The Tide)”

Malaysia fostering relations with poor but resource-rich African countries (Google Alert / Khaleej Times)

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Khaleej Times

Mugabe in Malaysia to fight poverty in Africa

5 August 2007

KUALA LUMPUR – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and other African and Southeast Asian leaders are meeting in Malaysia this week to draw up a plan to fight poverty and bolster economic ties. Mugabe’s presence at the gathering on the island resort of Langkawi is already causing some controversy. But Malaysia’s foreign minister said the meeting, which will be hosted by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, was non-political. “I have heard that there have been some rumblings, but we must remember that the Langkawi dialogue is to discuss development,” Foreign Minister Malaysia Syed Hamid Albar told the New Straits Times. “It’s a non-political forum. We will not be discussing politics but socio-economic development. “Whichever country is in need of development and can learn from the experience of others, they should be encouraged to participate,” he said. Continue reading “Malaysia fostering relations with poor but resource-rich African countries (Google Alert / Khaleej Times)”

Donors, private businesses and pro-poor tourism (id21)

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id21RuralNews Number 18, August 2007

How can donors and private businesses contribute to pro-poor tourism?

In the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), tourism plays an
important role in reducing poverty. Assistance for tourism focuses
mainly on rural, community-based tourism projects. How do these compare with small-scale private tourism businesses? 

id21RuralNews Number 18, August 2007

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id21RuralNews Number 18, August 2007

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* Smallholder palm oil production – moving towards sustainability?
* Supporting smallholder pig farmers in the Philippines
* Gender and agricultural mechanisation in Kenya

* Conflicting demands: providing water for African livestock
* Reducing the cost of groundwater drilling in Ethiopia

* How can donors and private businesses contribute to pro-poor tourism?

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Mapping technologies to save forests (SciDev.Net)

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Mise à jour hebdomadaire de SciDev.Net: 23 – 30 juillet 2007

La cartographie peut sauver les forêts, d’après des scientifiques africains

Selon certains scientifiques en Afrique, la technologie géospatiale aide les chercheurs et les communautés à cartographier la déforestation et la biodiversité. [Texte complet en Anglais]

Mapping can save forests, say African scientists

Zablon Odhiambo
27 July 2007
Source: SciDev.Net

Mapping and remote sensing technology can be used by developing countries to conserve forests and biodiversity, say experts. Such ‘geospatial’ technology is helping African countries to conserve forests and identify areas in need of intervention, said scientists at a meeting organised by the Society for Conservation GIS-Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya, last week (20 July). Geospatial technologies include global positioning systems (GPS) for capturing basic location data, remote sensing, which uses aerial photography, and geographic information systems (GIS), which analyse data to create maps. Continue reading “Mapping technologies to save forests (SciDev.Net)”

Technologies applicable to natural resource management

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Environmental Technologies

Resource Management

Technologies applicable to resource management, of both natural and anthropogenic origin, are categorised according to a classification partly based on the following literature and further modified and adapted to match this portal requirements: OECD, 1999 “The Environmental Goods and Services Industry: Manual for Data Collection and Analysis”; ECOTEC, 2002 “Analysis of the EU Eco-Industries, their Employment and Export Potential. A Final Report to DG Environment”; and Brink ten P., 2004 “Eco-industries: What are they? IEEP, presentation at Green Week, Brussels”. Only sectoral fields where ‘hard’ technologies are applicable (or currently being developed) are taken into account, i.e. waste, forestry/agriculture, water, energy. ‘Soft’ technologies such as nature protection, eco-tourism, and environmental management systems are dealt with under the Envirowindows portal. Continue reading “Technologies applicable to natural resource management”

Portal : Environment and People (magazine)

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Environment and People

Environment and People is the Internet portal for the magazine of the same name. Its aim is to disseminate information pertaining to environmental issues concerning to all sections of people including teachers, students, youth, workers, farmers, women and children. The website carries articles written by eminent scientists, technologists, doctors, economists and environmentalists of national and international repute and is useful to all institutions, individuals and other organizations both in India and abroad.

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Uganda : might face environmental problems because of deforestation (Google Alert / olyecology)

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Kabaka Ronald Mutebi has warned residents of Kalangala district against cutting down forests. He noted that development projects had been set up at the expense of protecting the environment. He warned that such behaviours should be stopped because they are anti-development. “A country without trained and educated people has no future,” Mutebi asserted. “Tourists come here to rest, learn and see our treasured environment which includes forests, birds, plants, water and sand that we must protect,” the Kabaka told his subjects at Kibanga Primary School while touring Ssese Islands on Sunday. Kalangala district has one of the biggest natural forests in the country, which attracts several tourists. “I urge you to set up tourist-oriented projects which will attract more visitors instead of destroying what is in place,” Mutebi urged. The acting Katikkiro, Emmanuel Ssendaula, noted that the rate at which forests were being cut down was alarming. He warned that in future, the country might face environmental problems because of deforestation.

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