Improving Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and UNCCD Policy and Practice Interaction in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through Civil Society Capacity Building is a regional project designed to tackle environmental challenges by bringing together critical role players and stakeholders within civic institutions in the fight against desertification & land degradation through promotion of SLM practices. This project has three outcomes 1) developing the capacities and networks of civil society organizations (CSOs) Increasing technical capacity of CSO to support SLM initiatives (by OSISA/SARW), 2) establishing CSOs partnerships for effective coordination and knowledge transfer (by ENDA) and 3) recognizing SLM innovations & best practices in SSA (by Equator Initiative (EI).
As one of its outputs the project carried out a study on Promoting Social and Environmental Accountability in the Extractive Industries. Many biodiversity-rich areas are becoming under threat from mining exploration. There is also land use conflicts with local communities whose livelihoods maybe directly dependent on the use of biodiversity and natural resources. The study looked the impact of extractive industries, especially mining on land, the environment and biodiversity with an objective of assessing the legal and institutional framework governing the social and environmental accountability in the extractive sector. This study will be presented during COP11 together with its findings and maps produced to show the threat that mining poses to biodiversity in Southern Africa.
As part of CSO coordination towards SLM, ENDA is organizing a CSO regional workshop in August, 2013 to facilitate the development of a common vision for SLM in SSA and to set up a platform for experience sharing to combat desertification and promote SLM apart from preparing African CSOs to participate in COP11. During this workshop CSOs will come with a common vision, structure, action plan, advocacy and communication strategy which needs to be further publicized for other CSOs during COP11. EI will sponsor up to 12 local and/or indigenous community representatives from SSA who are working on SLM issues to share their experience. EI will also launch a policy brief on SLM in local communities in SSA based on the Equator Prize winners from the last ten years.