‘Evaluating the Design and Effectiveness of Incentive-based Ecosystem Conservation in the Shire River Basin, Malawi and Its Impact on Community Livelihood’
ABSTRACT OF A RESEARCH PROJECT SEMINAR GIVEN AT THE CRAWFORD SCHOOL ANU ON 17 MAY 2018
Environmental degradation continues to cause impacts on the economic and social aspects of development through the disruption of ecological system functions. Degradation from deforestation and extension of agricultural practices for instance leaves land vulnerable to erosion and saturation of chemicals among other things. Degradation of the Shire River basin in Malawi has caused the deterioration of the river hence affecting its capability to generate electricity. Sedimentation, flooding and eutrophication are some of the impacts on the river. Malawi has high rates of population growth and poverty. This, coupled with high dependence on subsistence farming and the extensive use of firewood and charcoal as sources of energy, puts pressure on natural resource use and the Shire River basin has not been spared. Through various institutional arrangements, policies on environmental management that are mainly command and control have been developed and implemented with little success as the rate of degradation continues to rise. Incentive-based policy instruments have rarely been used in Malawi with just a few running and some proposed forestry and soil conservation projects. The Shire River Basin Management (SRBM) Project is currently operating to address the degradation of the river using the Community Environmental Conservation Fund (CECF). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the (SRBM) Projects outcomes and effectiveness in conserving the Shire River and understand the local communities’ response to this kind of conservation as well as how their participation or not has affected their livelihood status. The study also aims to reveal how the elements of incentive-based policy instruments have been included in forestry legislation and policies to offer guidance for best practice and ensuring effective conservation outcomes. The study is expected to produce results that show how the CECF has been designed and how it has achieved its conservation outcomes and local communities’ livelihood improvement.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE REFERENCES COMMITTEE
Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa
Friday 11 May 2018
Committee Room 2S1
Parliament House, Canberra
The Program is now available:
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PROGRAM SUMMARY 9am Windlab, 9.30 Mr Fassehaie Abraham, 11am Heads of Mission Africa Group, 1.30 World Vision, 2.15 Woodside, 3pm DFAT; Austrade
National Consultation of South Sudanese and Sudanese Church Leaders
Co-hosted by the National Council of Churches in Australia
and the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture Canberra
Dates: Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 May 2018, 10.00am to 4.00pm
The Chambers Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT.
Purpose: After listening to the community in January, as requested, we are gathering a small group of leaders including from nominations by NCCA Heads of Churches for our meeting, which is just before Africa Week.
For more information contact
ACC&C Canberra phone number: 02 6272 6201
A Senate committee is currently inquiring into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa.
The committee will hold a hearing in Canberra at Parliament House on 11 May. When it is ready, the program will be available on the committee website:
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