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Drought Preparedness Planning: Building Institutional Capacity

As drought becomes one of the common and rather ordinary environmental hazards, many countries seek to obtain a higher level of preparedness for it by working  on National Action Plans on their own or as prescribed by the UNCCD. This new preparedness can help countries deal with water shortages in a systematic manner, in light of the evolving nature of the hazard.
Author: Donald Wilhite, Michael Hayes, Cody Knutson
Topic: Drought; Capacity Building Topics

AGRHYMET: A drought monitoring and capacity building centre in the West Africa Region

The Agrhymet Regional Centre is a specialized  institution for the Permanent Interstates Committee for drought control in West Africa. It has undertaken and implemented various initiatives for food security and environmental issues, including climate change, on behalf of the ECOWAS.
Author: Traore et al.
Topic: Drought; Capacity Building Topics

Strengthening National Capacities to Manage Water Scarcity and Drought in West Asia and North Africa

The project’s main objective is to strengthen the capacities of national planners, policy makers and stakeholders in water-scarce countries in West Asia/North Africa, and to enhance their effectiveness in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of pre-impact and preparedness drought management strategies.
Author:
Topic: Water; Drought; Capacity Building Topics

Asia Pacific Forestry Skills and Capacity Building Program

This program aims to assist countries in the Asia-Pacific region in increasing their forest management expertise and improve carbon sequestration performance of their forests. The Program is currently in Phase II.
Author:
Topic: Forests; Capacity Building Types

Asian Development Bank Capacity Building Assistance for managing water supply and sanitation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted a number of its Pacific developing member countries in the area of water supply and sanitation. The main issues to be dealt with were water shortage, water and land usage, and constraints of financial and human capital.
The ADB assisted these countries in terms of loans and technical assistance  aimed at improving the operational and financial performance of water utilities, enabling them to provide better services to their clients and to become less dependent on government subsidies. However, it was evident that institutional and infrastructure changes were in order for these goals to be achieved.
Author:
Topic: Water; Capacity Building Topics

Capacity Building for the Water sector in Mexico: An analysis of recent efforts

Present and future improvements in efficiency of the water sector in Mexico  depend on the development of a cadre of well trained professional managers in the public and private sectors, as well as the strengthening of the private and public sector institutions. This paper analyses several important exercises on capacity building in Mexico which took place during the decade of 1990-2000.
Author: Cecilia Tortajada
Topic: Water; Capacity Building Types

Capacity Building for Water Supply and Sanitation Development at Local Level

Throughout Africa, both the engagement of local people in their own development and ensuring sustainability are two enduring problems. To ensure the proper functioning of government, particularly at local level, and the efficient delivery of services, the abilities and skills of local people need to be built.  It is important to develop, in conjunction with all role players, a rational and well considered framework for these activities.
Author:
Topic: Water; Capacity Building Topics

Programme on Capacity Building in Hydrology and Water Resource Management

This initiatives hopes to educate and train the relevant personnel about the importance of hydrological activities, and aims to offer support through technical cooperation activities.
Author: World Meteorological Organization
Topic: Water

Water and Sanitation Capacity Building

The goal of the project is to improve health and living conditions in selected communities of Peru by strengthening the capacity of municipal authorities to provide water and sanitation services and by improving water and sanitation infrastructure.
The capacity building is achieved through a mix of training, coaching and learning-by-doing while implementing water and sanitation projects.
Author:
Topic:

The land-use sector within the post-2020 climate regime

This report - conducted by Climate Focus together with UNIQUE forestry and land use - analyses the current status of the land-use sector under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, and formulates options for how various incentives and systems could be harmonized under a future climate treaty.
Author: Charlie Parker, Eduard Merger, Charlotte Streck, Darragh Conway, Timm Tennigkeit
Topic: Climate Change

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development

This publication lists degree courses, consisting of one to two years of concentrated study, preparing young, academically-trained professionals in leading positions from developing countries for the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession in Germany.
Author: DAAD
Topic: Education

Resilience in Africa’s Drylands: Revisiting the Drought Cycle Management Model

The African Union’s Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa recognizes the economic and cultural importance of pastoralism, and its potential to contribute further to economic growth. The framework promotes risk management in the drylands using Drought Cycle Management (DCM).
Author: Agriculture Knowledge, Learning Documentation and Policy (AKLDP) Project, Ethiopia
Topic: Drought

LVEMPII Community - Driven Development Sub-projects Watch No.1

This brief is a Review of Progress in Implementation of the Community- Driven Development (CDD) type Sub-projects under the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase II (LVEMP II) within the River Catchments of Nyando (Kenya), Simiyu (Tanzania) and Katonga (Uganda).
Author: East African Sustainability Watch Network
Topic: Awareness Raising; Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Poverty Reduction

African Water Cycle Monitor Tutorial

This tutorial examines the main features of the African Water Cycle Monitor web-interface. Its capabilities include the animation of spatial data information, point data visualization, and download of data in both space and time. It shows not only the historical and present conditions but also the daily and monthly meteorological and hydrologic forecasts.
Author:
Topic: Water; Drought

Manual de manejo de suelo y riego deficitario para el cultivo de la quinua

The manual provides an overview of the soil conditions, reports on the problems related to soil and water degradation under current and future conditions. It also gives information on the handling of nutrients for the cultivation of quinoa and suggests soil conservation techniques to reduce the occurrence of erosion.
Author: García M., Miranda R. y Fajardo H.
Topic: Drought; Water; Food

The Biological Management of Soil Fertility Project

The Biological Management of Soil Fertility Project (BMSF) has evaluated novel cropping systems in S.E. Asia to establish their value to resource-poor farmers in the region. It specifically set out to test scientifically  that the observations made in previous research that systems with cover crops appeared to yield better than systems without.
Author: Wageningen University & Research Centre, Research Institute for Agrobiology and Soil Fertility (AB)
Topic: Drought; Food

A Land Quality Indicator for Sustainable Land Management: the Yield Gap

The growing demand for food will place a heavy burden on the soil, and the reliance of food produc¬tion on external inputs is bound to grow. Improper management leads, however, to deterioration of the quality of land and seriously threatens future agricultural production. To guide policy measures and farmers’ decisions on land use, integrative measures of the current status of land quality and its change over time are needed. In this report a Land Quality Indicator (LQI) for the productivity of agricultural land is defined and applied to Sub-Sahara Africa.
Author: P.S. Bindraban, A. (Jan) Verhagen, P.W.J. Uithol & P. Henstra
Topic: Drought

Climate Change Vulnerability and Capacity in the Arid and Semi-arid Lands

This new report presents the findings from Garissa County, in the arid and semi-arid lands of Northern Kenya.  The report explores the impact of climate change on the lives of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities and their inherent and growing capacity to adapt to the changes and uncertainties they are facing, with case studies from two communities.
Author: Emma Bowa
Topic: Climate Change; Poverty Reduction

Improving Measurement and Reporting of Progress for the UNCCD

How does the UNCCD measure and report progress in its implementation? A new publication explores and condenses the experiences of the UNCCD and the progress made towards advanced evidence and results-based management with the introduction of a new reporting and monitoring system, the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS).
Author: UNEP-WCMC
Topic: Awareness Raising; Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Forests; Gender; Migration; Poverty Reduction

¿Cuáles son las principales causas de la desertificación?

La desertificación se produce como consecuencia de una combinación de factores sociales, políticos, económicos y naturales que varían según el lugar y evolucionan con el tiempo. Entre ellos se encuentran factores indirectos como la presión poblacional, factores socioeconómicos y políticos, el comercio internacional y factores directos como la distribución de los usos del suelo y las técnicas de explotación o los procesos relativos al clima.
Author: GreenFacts
Topic: Drought

¿Qué es la Desertificación?

Nuestro planeta pierde su nombre: la tierra fértil se está degradando. Según las estimaciones, 24 billones de toneladas de suelo fértil desaparecen cada año y durante los últimos 20 años se ha perdido una superficie equivalente a la superficie agrícola de los Estados Unidos. Aproximadamente, un tercio de las tierras del planeta se encuentra amenazado por la desertificación. Dicho de otro modo, la desertificación afecta hoy en día a un cuarto de la superficie total del globo.
Author: UNESCO
Topic: Drought

Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Land Management, v1.0

The methodology quantifies the GHG emission reductions of sustainable land management practice activities that enhance aboveground, belowground and soil-based carbon stocks of agricultural areas. The methodology applies input parameters to analytic, peer-reviewed models to estimate the organic soil carbon density at equilibrium in each of the identified management practices in each land use category.
Author: BioCarbon Fund, World Bank
Topic: Food; Drought; Forests

Facts on Desertification

Desertification is the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems by variations in climate and human activities. This publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) produced in 2005 by a large international panel of scientists anwers the questions: How are desertification and human well-being linked, who is affected by desertification, what are the major causes of desertification, and How can we prevent or reverse desertification, among other topics.
Author: GreenFacts
Topic: Drought

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) involves cultivating Useful trees by pruning shrubby regrowth sprouting from tree stumps and roots. It is a method of regenerating cut trees using left over roots and seeds. Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration is best run by famers to attain better results.
Author: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR)
Topic: Food; Drought; Climate Change; Biodiversity; Awareness Raising; Education; Forests; Poverty Reduction

Lutter contre la désertification

La lutte contre la désertification est assez significative des enjeux du développement durable. Il s'agit de produire pour garantir des niveaux de vie décents à une population aux conditions de vie souvent misérables, tout en maintenant, voire en restaurant, le niveau des ressources.
Author: Centre de oopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)
Topic: Drought

National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Drought Basics

Drought is a normal, recurrent feature of climate. It occurs almost everywhere, although its features vary from region to region, and defining it can be difficult. This online resource gives you an insight on the definition of drought, the types of drought, predicting drought, and definitions related to climatology.
Author: National Drought Mitigation Center
Topic: Drought

National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Drought for Kids

The National Drought Mitigation Center offers a section on its website for kids with basic information related to drought, so that they can explore the issue of drought and land degradation in an easy way. The website covers relevant topics on: Weather and Climate, the Water Cycle, Causes of Drought, and Droughts and Floods.
Author: The National Drought Mitigation Center
Topic: Drought

Discussion Document: Towards a European Drought Policy

This document invites a wider discussion about how droughts are addressed accross all EU policy areas, and the need for a specific European Drought Policy.
Author: Euraqua Network
Topic: Drought

The Impact of Drought on Sub-Saharan African Economies: A Preliminary Examination

This paper reports the findings of an exploratory study of the nonagricultural or economywide macroneconomic impact of droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa. It provides insights into the impact of drought in Sub-Saharan Africa in the past and suggests policy options for dealing with future droughts.
Author: Charlotte Benson, Edward Clay
Topic: Drought

European Climate Diplomacy: Building Capacity for External Action

Climate change policy-making has traditionally been the remit of environment ministries, but foreign ministries can play a valuable role in climate diplomacy by signalling high-level political commitment, contributing a better understanding of the interests and domestic drivers of climate policy in partner countries, and adding a more significant strategic dimension to climate diplomacy.
Author: Diarmuid Torney
Topic: Climate Change; training in capacity building

Meeting the Challenges of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production for Sustainable Water Governance

The study draws on the experiences of 5 large transdisciplinary water governance research projects conducted in Austria and Switzerland (Alp-Water-Scarce, MontanAqua, Drought-CH, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Planning, and an integrative river management project in the Kamp Valley).
Author: Renate Renner , Flurina Schneider , Daniela Hohenwallner , Christian Kopeinig , Sylvia Kruse , Judit Lienert , Steffen Link and Susanne Muhar
Topic: Food; Drought; Climate Change; Education

WHITE PAPER I: Economic and Social Impacts of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought

This document evaluates the economic and social benefits, and costs of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought. It is of vital importance to raise awareness on the issues,  not only on the negative impacts of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought in terms of socio-economic development, but also on the opportunities that they may create to help to guide current and future land management.
Author: Pak Sum Low, Chair, Working Group I For chapter authors see p. vi
Topic: Climate Change; Food; Migration; Gender; Poverty Reduction; Awareness Raising

Guía: Lucha contra la desertificación y la pobreza

This guide invites you to consider the importance of combating land degradation in development cooperation. Combating desertification is to bet on a long-term development.
Author: Celia Barbero- Fundación IPADE
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Drought

IFDD: Guide des négociations / Guide to the negotiations

​Les guides produits dans cette collection ont pour but d'aider les participants aux grandes conférences de UNCCD.
Guides for policymakers and guide to the negotiations UNCCD COP11.
Author: Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD)
Topic: training in capacity building

Teaching desertification: An investigation of teacher and classroom attributes, instructional strategies, locus of control, attitudes, and self-efficacy of Namibian junior secondary school teachers

The purpose of this study was to investigate the direct and indirect effects of teacher attributes (teaching experience, age, and science content preparation), classroom attributes (grade level, class size, and teaching resources), and instructional strategies on Namibian junior secondary school teachers' locus of control, attitudes toward desertification, and self-efficacy.
Author: Shimwooshili Shaimemanya, Cornelia Ndahambelela
Topic: Awareness Raising; Climate Change; Education; Biodiversity

The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought: Toward an Integrated Global Assessment

This report conceptualizes the economic valuation of Desertification, Land degradation and Drought (DLDD) in terms of its association with the change in productivity and with changes in the provision of ecosystem services and the human benefits derived from them. Ecosystem services comprise provisioning (agricultural output, fuel wood, fresh water, and so on), supporting (such as soil formation, nutrient cycling), regulating (such as water and climate regulation), and cultural services.
Author: Ephraim Nkonya, Nicolas Gerber, Philipp Baumgartner, Joachim von Braun, Alex De Pinto, Valerie Graw, Edward Kato, Julia Kloos, Teresa Walter
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction

The Economics of Land Degradation: An Issue Paper for Global Soil Week, Berlin November 18. – 22., 2012

Key objectives of this Issue Paper and of a proposed related global assessment of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) are: first, to raise awareness about the need for and role of an assessment of the economic, social and environmental costs of land degradation; and second, to propose and illustrate a scientific framework to conduct such an assessment, based on the costs of action versus inaction against land degradation. Preliminary findings suggest that the costs of inaction are much higher than the costs of action.
Author: Joachim von Braun, Nicolas Gerber, Alisher Mirzabaev, Ephraim Nkonya
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction

Economics of Land Degradation Initiative: Methods and Approach for Global and National Assessments

The purpose of this paper is to provide sound and feasible standards for a national and global assessment approach of the economics of land degradation. The paper identifies minimum standards that need to be adhered to in all country case studies to deliver comparable material for international assessment.
Author: Ephraim Nkonya, Joachim von Braun, Alisher Mirzabaev, Quang Bao Le, Ho Young Kwon, Edward Kato, Oliver Kirui and Nicolas Gerber
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction; Awareness Raising

Crowdfunding for Climate Change

Is crowdfunding a new source of funding for climate action at the local level?
Author: Konrad von Ritter and Diann Black-Layne
Topic: institutional capacity building; research on capacity building

CSO's Guide: "How to use the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace?"

The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is a platform for matching of capacity building needs with possible solutions, thus playing a fundamental role in achieving the goals of the UNCCD.

This document provides guidelines for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on how to use the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace. The guide describes the procedures to find and/or publish different opportunities related to capacity building to the UNCCD process.
Author: UNCCD Capacity Building Officer
Topic: training in capacity building

Investigating Capacity to use Evidence

Support for the use of research evidence has been a major feature of international development efforts in recent years. While much attention has been paid to strengthening the supply of research information, there is also a need to ensure that policy makers and other users are able to demand and use research. This has led to many capacity building programmes aimed at improving these skills. There is, however, relatively little research examining actual capacity to access, evaluate and use research evidence as a basis of deciding what skills need to be supported.
Author: Fran Deans and Alexander Ademokun
Topic: research on capacity building

Arid zone forestry: A guide for field technicians

This is a Manual prepared as a working guide for field technicians involved in arid zone forestry practices. It is more a "here's how" publication than a detailed explanation of the theory and practice of forestry.
Author: FAO
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity; Education

Breading rice for drought-prone area environments

This manual aims to help plant breeders develop rice breed varieties with improved yield under drought, and produce high yields in the good seasons.
Author: Edited by K.S. Fischer, R. Lafitte, S. Fukai,
Topic: Drought; Food; Awareness Raising

Integrated Indicators for the Estimation of Vulnerability to Land Degradation

Assessment of the vulnerability to land degradation of a typical Mediterranean environment using a modified version of the ESA model
Author: Vito Imbrenda, Mariagrazia D’Emilio, Maria Lanfredi, Tiziana Simoniello, Maria Ragosta and Maria Macchiato
Topic: Education; Climate Change

Atmospheric Aerosol Optical Properties and Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

Study analyzing ground measured aerosol optical thickness, angstrom exponent and size distribution data obtained from AERONET (Aerosol Robotic Network), Sun-photometer site at arid region of Mongolia in order to characterize aerosol optical properties

Author: Tugjsuren Nasurt
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Migration

Harnessing Earth Observation and Satellite Information for Monitoring Desertification, Drought and Agricultural Activities in Developing Countries

A useful publication to strengthen the capacities of the regional scientific community to provide stakeholders from drought to agricultural activities with satellite information that is directly useful to improve decision-making in the context of the developing countries.
Author: Humberto Barbosa, Carolien Tote, Lakshmi Kumar and Yazidhi Bamutaze
Topic: Awareness Raising; Education

Analysis of Rocky Desertification Monitoring Using MODIS Data in Western Guangxi, China

​A case study that applies MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data in the western Guangxi of southwest China for the first time to monitor the rocky desertification with the change of land cover types.
Author: Yuanzhi Zhang; Jinrong Hu; Hongyan Xi; Yuli Zhu and Dong Mei Chen
Topic: Forests; Climate Change

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources of Dryland Regions in Controlling of Environmental Degradation and Desertification

Chapter 4 of the publication "Sustainable Natural Resources Management" reviews the land-use issues, assesses the weaknesses, and reviews the options available for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the dryland regions of the world.
Author: Peter F. Ffolliott
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Forests

Open Access publication on Soil Health and Land Use Management

This book showcases a multidisciplinary composition of current trends in soil health.
Author: Edited by Maria C. Hernandez-Soriano
Topic: Drought; Forests; Water

Looking Beyond the Horizon: How Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Responses Will Reshape Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

In parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, climate change is poised to hamper food production and curb rural incomes over the next decades unless farmers get the help they need through improved water management and irrigation infrastructure, wider access to technology and information, and better land management and farming practices. Although governments throughout the region face rapidly narrowing windows of opportunity to protect farmers from climate change, there are actions that can be taken now to promote a new “climate-smart” approach to agriculture that improves agricultural productivity in today’s climate, while building resilience to climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
Author: William R. Sutton, Jitendra P. Srivastava and James E. Neumann
Topic: Climate Change; Food

The Least Developed Countries Report 2012: Harnessing Remittances and Diaspora Knowledge to Build Productive Capacities

The least developed countries (LDCs) are a group of countries classified by the United Nations as least developed in terms of their low gross domestic product per capita, weak human assets and high degree of economic vulnerability.
The Least Developed Countries Report 2012 addresses the issues of remittance flows to LDCs and the potential role of diasporas in LDCs’ development. It argues that with the right policies and international support, LDCs could enhance the benefits from remittances and the knowledge and know-how accumulated in their diasporas. Using evidence and policy lessons from other countries, the report shows how LDCs could better harness remittances and diaspora knowledge to build their productive capacities.
Author: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Topic: Capacity Building Types

Capacity building for a Green Economy

This report has been prepared by the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a key component of the “Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project”. It aims to assist governments, the private sector and another stakeholders to build capacity to take advantage of sustainable trade opportunities at the national, regional or international level; Identify a range of international trade opportunities in various key economic sectors associated with the transition to a green economy; and, Identify policies and measures that may act as facilitators and overcome hindrances to seizing trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy
Author: UNEP, 2013, Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Topic: Forests; Food; Renewable Energy

Economic Valuation of Land: An Innovative and Scalable Approach to Advance Sustainable Land Management

Contribution of the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to the global study on Commercial Pressures on Land.
Author: C. Mersmann, S. Quatrini, B. Buric, J. Schild, A.Asen
Topic: Drought; Climate Change; institutional capacity building

The OSLO Valuation Methodology

Methodology for assessing costs of degradation and benefits of sustainable land mangement
Author: Stacey Noel and John Soussan
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; institutional capacity building

Toolkit and Guidance for Preventing and Managing Land and Natural Resources Conflict

This Guidance Note provides a framework for understanding and addressing land and natural resource-related grievances and conflicts through a holistic, systematic approach. While the main emphasis is on violent conflict, the Guidance Note may also be useful in a variety of other situations characterized by significant land-related grievances, but which are not currently or openly violent.
Author: Senior officials of the EU and UN
Topic: training in capacity building; institutional capacity building; Migration; Drought; Gender; Food

Understanding Adaptation Practices in Arid Land ecosystem

Arid ecosystem covers one third of the Earth’s surface and is the home town of majority of the population of the world. This ecosystem is also important because it has significant roles in land and water resources management. However, due to anthropogenic land use activities or shifting climate conditions, the features of the ecosystem change and cause diminished vegetative cover, reduced productivity, increased soil erosion, invasion of exotics, and loss of native species. Moreover, in the recent years, earth’s vegetative cover may exceed the ecosystem’s capacity to adapt, which happens through the consequence of rapid land degradation along with desertification. Therefore, this chapter provides how different regions endeavor with this arid ecosystem by performing various adaptation practices.
Author: Umma Habiba, Aki Kogachi, Nguyen Huy, Rajib Shaw
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought

The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

In the context of natural disasters and climate change, ecosystems are critical natural capital because of their ability to regulate climate and combat natural hazards. This chapter examines the important role of ecosystems and their services in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It discusses the relevance of adopting ecosystem-based approaches in managing risks brought about by a changing climate.
Author: Noralene Uy, Rajib Shaw
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity

UNCCD: Short Guide for Chairs

This is a guidelines for participants, who may be selected as chairs, for UNCCD meetings. The guide describes the process, structure and procedurs of UNCCD meetings, and provides guidelines and background information.
Author: UNCCD Capacity Building Officer
Topic: training in capacity building

Capacity Building Modules in Nigerian Forest Services: Basics, concepts and methods

Capacity building is the array of instruments deployed to equip institutions with skills which allow them to fulfill the goals set for them. It is central to sustainable development.On the other hand, capacity is the ability to do something. The forest service reliance on well-trained and oriented personnel is therefore no exception. Inadequate institutional capacity has mostly impeded the establishment of sustainable forest development programmes, and forest administrations cannot therefore cope with all their responsibilities. The history of effective forestry projects and their implementation has been chequered. The principal objective of the book is to evaluate existing capacities of state forest services, their inherent deficiences and promising determinants for rejuvenation and improved productivity on a sustainable basis. The book should be especially useful to forest managers, Policy makers and other stakeholders to evolve a proper framework for an effective sustainable management of our forest resources.
Author: Johnson S. Alao
Topic: Forests

Capacity Building in National Environmental Policy- A Comparative Study of 17 Countries

This book provides a systematic description and analysis of the development of national environmental policies in seventeen countries in terms of capacity building. It covers a broad spectrum of different types of countries, ranging from advanced industrial, newly industrializing and transition countries to developing countries, representing all continents. This allows the reader to draw conclusions about the chances of an effective global environmental policy, the interrelationship between economic and environmental development as well as the importance of globalization, new forms of governance, and democratization for sustainable development. The editors deliver a broad cross-national survey covering altogether thirty countries and focussing on the diffusion of environmental innovations, the globalization of environmental policy, and the worldwide convergence of basic environmental policy patterns.
Author: Helmut Weidner, Martin Jänicke et al.
Topic: training in capacity building; Education

Capacity Building for Sustainable Development: An Overview of UNEP Environmental Capacity Development Activities

This publication details the broad scope of UNEP's capacity building for wise environmental management. Within these pages, governments, intergovernmental organizations, national, regional and global institutions, academia, civil society and the pivate sector, will find ideas and examples of how UNEP can help their plans and aspirations for a better, more sustainable world get implemented.
Author:
Topic: training in capacity building; Education

Training Module: Introduction to Capacity Building for Environment, Trade and Sustainable Development

This introductory training module is designed to support capacity building for trade, environment and sustainable development. It is a part of UNEP's larger initiative for capacity building on integrated policy design and implementation. It inculdes a Ring-binder and a CD-ROM.
Author:
Topic: training in capacity building; Education

Profiles and Experiences in ICT Innovation for Poverty Reduction

The initiative “Information and Communication Technologies for Poverty Reduction” was developed under UNESCO’s cross-cutting theme on the eradication of poverty, especially extreme poverty. It is aimed at combining research with technological and social innovation to develop ICT models that empower people living in poverty. The network of research and innovation sites has been spread across nine locations in South Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. The focus has been made less on technology itself than on its practical application and usage by the poor.
Author: Ian Pringle, Savithri Subramanian
Topic: training in capacity building; Poverty Reduction

World Bank Support for Capacity Building in Africa: An OED Evaluation

African countries need to improve the performance of their public sectors if they are going to achieve their goals of growth, poverty reduction, and the provision of better services for their citizens. Between 1995 and 2004, the Bank provided some $9 billion in lending and close to $900 million in grants and administrative budget to support public sector capacity building in Africa. This evaluation assesses Bank support for public sector capacity building in Africa over these past 10 years. It is based on six country studies, assessments of country strategies and operations across the Region, and review of the work of the World Bank Institute, the Institutional Development Fund, and the Bank-supported African Capacity Building Foundation.
Author: Catherine Gwin
Topic: training in capacity building; Poverty Reduction

Building Capacity to Monitor Water Quality- A First Step to Cleaner Water in Developing Countries

One of the key challenges to ensuring adequate supplies of fresh water and sanitary wastewater systems is to build the capacity of various stakeholders to manage and deliver water and sanitation services. One element of such capacity building is technology which includes the wide deployment of water quality monitoring and analysis equipment. This report explores four cases in China, India, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei, where water-quality monitoring and protection capacity has been improved through the use of imported water-quality monitoring equipment combined with indigenous implementation.
Author: Jim Hight, Grant Ferrier
Topic: training in capacity building; Water

Building Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity in Rwanda: Developing Practical Solutions to Practical Problems

This book offers insights into the capacity building process and shows that science, technology and innovation (STI) capacity building is not a luxury activity suitable primarily for wealthy countries but an absolute necessity for poor countries that hope to become richer.
Author: Alfred Watkins, Anubha Verma
Topic: training in capacity building; Poverty Reduction

Science, Technology, and Innovation: Capacity Building for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction

This book summarizes, and highlights main messages from, a February 2007 Global Forum convened by the World Bank to discuss strategies, programs, and policies for building science, technology and innovation (STI) capacity to promote sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.
Author: Alfred Watkins, Michael Ehst
Topic: training in capacity building; Poverty Reduction

Building Capacity - Using TEFL and African Languages as Development-oriented Literacy Tools

Building Capacity promotes the vision that the teaching of African languages can best achieve its aim of boosting the economic and cultural development of the Africans, if they are made to work in synergy with a revamping of the course contents of international languages that will be taught within the frame of a development-oriented literacy curriculum. Great emphasis is put on the oral skills in the use of African languages, as they are to serve as a link between the community and the school for the ultimate revitalization of the positive aspects of African cultures in a world beset by globalization. The book is supplemented with a sample of texts in the appendix intended as a bridge between formal texts taught in classrooms and literacy texts that can raise the genuine interests of the local populations. In that, they address their immediate needs. Among the possible topics language teachers are encouraged to explore in their classes are those concerning economic development, but also such issues as health, education, the environment, food security, and conflict resolution.
Author: Ngessimo Mathe Mutaka
Topic: training in capacity building; Education

Education for Rural People- The Role of Education, Training and Capacity Development in Poverty Reduction and Food Security

This publication was developed to assist policy-makers in dealing with rural poverty, food insecurity and education challenges, confronting the rural people. It seeks to address the correlation between education, empowerment and food security, mainly through a number of “good practice” case studies from all over the world. It is about strengthening their capacity to achieve food security.
Author: Lavinia Gasperini, David Acker
Topic: training in capacity building; Food; Poverty Reduction

Community Capacity Building- Creating a Better Future Together

Community capacity building (CCB) is a fairly new term for an age-old good: enabling people to define their own destinies. This book analyses some of the most interesting recent developments in the field of community capacity building, in a variety of OECD and non-OECD countries. The focus is on how CCB has effected change in three major areas: social policy (health, housing, community regeneration); local economic policy; and environmental policy. The book also outlines the common conditions required for CCB to take hold and thrive, allowing for the political voice of local communities to be clearly heard.
Author: Antonella Noya, Emma Clarence, Gary Craig
Topic: training in capacity building; Education

A Good Practice Guide- Pastoralism, Nature Conservation and Development

This guide addresses the linkages between pastoralism, biodiversity and development/ poverty reduction. It aims to raise awareness of tools relevant to the pastoralism sector, which have demonstrated benefits to biodiversity as well as development.
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Topic: training in capacity building; Poverty Reduction; Biodiversity

How to note- Capacity Building in Research

The purpose of this "How to note" is to provide guidance to DFID staff, Research Programme Consortia and multi-organizational research groups, with partners in both the North and South, on the importance of Capacity Building. It sets out a step by step approach on how it might be tackled, explains some tools and concepts that may be useful and includes good practices examples of CB which illustrates the richness and complexity of the process.
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Topic: research on capacity building; Education

Research and Capacity Development on Water Resources Management by the United Nations University: Focus on Africa

This publication addresses the concerted efforts to bring together the activities of UNU on water in Africa, as showcased at the 12th WaterNet Symposium in October 2011. WaterNet is a regional network of university departments and research and training institutes in Southern and East Africa that specialise in water. The network aims to build regional, institutional and human capacity in integrated water resources management (IWRM) through training, education research and outreach by harnessing the complementary strengths of member institutions in the region and elsewhere. At the time of the symposium, UNW-DPC brought together six UNU institutes and programmes to showcase and discuss with scientists and decision makers their examples of water-related reserach and capacity development.  
Author: Reza Ardakanian, Jens Liebe
Topic: training in capacity building; Education; Water

Global and EU Governance for Sustainable Forest Management - with a case study on capacity building in Southern Sudan -

The purpose of writing this book was to produce information on and practical recommendations for informed decision-making on and capacity building for sustainable forest management (SFM) and good forest governance. This was done within the overall global framework for sustainable development with special emphasis on the EU-Africa relations and on Southern Sudan in particular. The case study on Southern Sudan focuses on local, national and regional issues encompassing interviews and group discussions with local community members and government officials in Renk County in Upper Nile State. As a whole, this book attempted to link the roles of global, regional, national and local levels with the forest-sector development. In this, an emphasis has been put on the analysis of international policy development in environmental and forestry issues, and its impact on the progress towards SFM and good forest governance, for the specific case of Southern Sudan.
Author: Roope Husgafvel 
Topic: training in capacity building; Forests

Capacity Building of the farmers- Special reference to a developing country

The study focused at examining the capacity building of the farmers with a special reference to minor crops producers in Bangladesh. The results show that both vegetable and rice producers in the project area experienced a significant increase in profitability compared to farmers outside the project area. The study identified that the components of capacity building play a significant role in increasing technical efficiency. Additionally, inefficiency can be reduced significantly and actual return can be obtained up to maximum level by increasing different capitals of capacity building. Moreover, the study found that majority of the marginal and small farmers are well ahead in improving physical and technical skills at a high level than the medium farmers and therefore, they act as partners in this stage of capacity building. In addition, the farmers with low physical, technical, and communication skills, and the farmers who built up these skills at later life stages, are far behind in achieving maximum obtainable return.
Author: M. Kamruzzaman, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Topic: training in capacity building; Poverty Reduction

Capacity Building Modules in Nigerian Forest Services- Subtitle: Basics, Concepts and Methods

Capacity building is the array of instruments deployed to equip institutions with the skills which allow them to fulfill the goals set for them. It is central to sustainable development. On the other hand, capacity is the ability to do something. The forest service reliance on well-trained and oriented personnel is therefore no exception. Inadequate institutional capacity has mostly impeded the establishment of sustainable forest development programmes and forest administrations cannot therefore cope with all their responsibilities. The history of effective forestry projects and their implementation has been chequered. The principal objective of the book is to evaluate existing capacities of state forest services, their inherent deficiences and promising determin ants for rejuvenation and improved productivity on a sustainable basis. The book should be especially useful to forest managers, Policy makers and other stakeholders to evolve a proper framework for an effective sustainable management of our forest resources.
Author: Johnson S.Alao
Topic: training in capacity building; Forests

Capacity Building for Food Security in Nigeria: The Missing Links

Capacity Building for Food Security and Agro-Inudstrial Development in Nigeria
Author: John Igene
Topic: training in capacity building; Food

United Nations World Water Development Report 4: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

The fourth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR4) seeks to offer governments, the private sector and civil society, the tools to response to options to address current and future challenges related to the pressures driving demand for water, and affecting its availability. The WWDR4, which for the first time has been mainstreamed for gender, also seeks to show that water has a central role in all aspects of economic development and social welfare, and that concerted action via a collective approach of the water-using sectors is needed to ensure water’s many benefits are maximized and shared equitably, and that development goals pertaining to water are achieved.
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Topic: training in capacity building; Water

Conserving Dryland Biodiversity

Conserving Dryland Biodiversity presents an analysis of the drylands biodiversity. It shows how to conserve biodiversity, while shielding the land from degradation, and improving the livelihoods of the rural people that live there, and directly depend on the land.
Author: Jonathan Davies, Lene Poulsen, Bjoern Schulte-Herbrueggen et al.
Topic: training in capacity building; Biodiversity

 
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