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ResourceAfrica works with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs(DEAT) through its Directorate for Indigenous Forest Management which is strongly focussed on Participatory Forest Management. DEA seeks to manage, on a sustainable basis, the state indigenous forests with the objective of conserving biodiversity and contributing to the economic, social and spiritual upliftment of South Africa ‘s people, with a special emphasis on poor rural communities.
In its work on the community involvement in conservation in South Africa , ResourceAfrica works closely with the People and Conservation Programme of South African National Parks (SANParks) which manages a system of 20 parks that represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of the country. ResourceAfrica and SANParks has worked together on projects such as; COMIDI.
ResourceAfrica in the UK is an active member of IUCN – The World Conservation Union in Europe . In Southern Africa ResourceAfrica has a Joint Programming Partnership Framework with the IUCN national office, and collaborates with the IUCN Regional office for Southern Africa (IUCN ROSA) on various projects such as the use of theatre and performing arts as a medium for communication in CBNRM. At a global level ResourceAfrica and the IUCN are partners involved in policy research project entitled “The Precautionary Principle and Environmental Governance: Sustainable Development, Natural Resource Management, and Biodiversity Conservation”. At the institutional level Dr Jon Hutton is Chairman of the IUCN/SSC Sustainable Use Specialist Group as well as a member of the Steering Committee of the Species Survival Commission.
In 2001, ResourceAfrica entered into a partnership with the UK-based conservation organisation, Fauna & Flora International (FFI). The mission of FFI is “to conserve threatened species and ecosystems world-wide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs.” In terms of the agreement between the two organisations, FFI helps provide capacity building and other support to ResourceAfrica which in turn is in a good position to help FFI meet its objectives in Africa , particularly with respect to the human development aspects of conservation. Together ResourceAfrica and FFI are developing a new pro-poor conservation agenda.
Africa Resources Trust (ART) is a Welfare Organisation registered in Zimbabwe whose mission is to “support the rights and aspirations of rural communities to secure maximum benefits from sustainable use of their natural resources, by promoting a favourable regional and international policy environment”. Since ResourceAfrica’ s inception, the two organisations have and continue to collaborate on various projects which inter alia include: CODEOSUB, SADC NRMP, COP, CITES and CBD.
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is a network of CBOs and NGOs from around South Africa that share a joint interest in the issues relating to biodiversity utilization, management and conservation. The Network was established in 2001 to focus on creating a forum through which civil society could provide input into the development of imminent Biodiversity related legislation. Through the CODEOSUB project ResourceAfrica, NetBio and the Contact Trust developed a partnership framework that was aimed at mobilising and building capacity of communities to participate in various policy formulation processes in South Africa
ResourceAfrica developed a partnership with The Contact Trust in implementing the CODEOSUB Project. The Contact Trust is a not-for-profit trust that focuses on increasing the level of meaningful NGO, CBO, and civil society input into the development of natural resource policy and legislation. The Contact Trust initiated and currently hosts the Network for Biodiversity in South Africa
ResourceAfrica and TRAFFIC have undertaken a number of joint workshops and seminars in recent years, including a workshop on the Precautionary Principle in Natural Resource Management project, the relationship between CITES and the CBD and the role of regulation and enforcement in the wildlife trade. The latter event resulted in a book published by Earthscan entitled “The Trade in Wildlife: Regulation for Conservation.”
ResourceAfrica and the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa are collaborating with other partners in a project to examine the changing narratives in conservation and natural resource management and to disseminate the results through PLAAS-based tools including the regional Community Based Natural Resource Management Programme. PLAAS engages in research, training, policy development and advocacy in relation to land and agrarian reform, rural governance and natural resource management
ResourceAfrica and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has collaborated in the design and implementation of economic empowerment and development projects in the Limpopo Province over the past Four years. This partnership has yielded many positive results that are demonstrated in the success of the various initiatives such as the Pfukani Theatre Group (PTG), BUSH Resources, Muthlwarini Youth Corporative (MYC), Permaculture Gardening and the Tipfuxeni Women’ s Empowerment Project (TWEP)
Over the past 8 years, the Ford Foundation has contributed and partnered with ResourceAfrica in the facilitation and implementation of various projects such as …… Recently, through the Environment and Development Affinity Group (EDAG), the Ford Foundation has partnered with ResourceAfrica in Southern Africa , the BEA International in Kenya and RMI IN Indonesia in exploring the opportunities that could be provided through the concept of Payments for Environmental Services to creating a lens through which economic empowerment and equity for communities could be achieved.
The Vodafone Group in the United Kingdom of Britain provides necessary resources and technical support in the implementation of the Technologies for Conservation and Development Project (t4cd). The Vodafone Group Foundation partnered with ResourceAfrica in the design and facilitation of t4cd with an aim of identifying and adapting available mobile communications technologies to enhance and support conservation ad development objectives in Southern Africa.
In the implementation of the t4cd project, the Vodacom Foundation is the primary partner in South Africa and provides a base within which the partnership between ResourceAfrica and the Vodafone Group Foundation operate. Beside the financial support that the foundation provides, the t4cd project is operated and technically supported through the mobile communication network that is provided by Vodacom PTY LTD.
In the Limpopo Province of South Africa, ResourceAfrica operates in and in support of the activities of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve (K2C). The COMIDI project was specifically designed to support the K2C.
– The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
– The North West Province Department of Conservation, Agriculture and Environment
– The Limpopo Province Conservation Department
– The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)
– The National Botanical Institute (NBI)
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