Environmental research activities

Water resources - cleaning technologies and supply systems for fresh water

We are looking for additional partners in South Africa to submit a proposal in the S&T call II. The idea is to develop strategies for new fresh water supply systems to improve the availability of clean water to people in rural areas. This includes awareness measures as well as the evaluation of new cleaning technologies for decentralized energy self-sufficient conditioning of well water.
The consortium contains up to now South African enterprises and research organisations.

I need horticulture partner

I have a land which is about 100Ha in botswana. Botswana is in southern africa. I want any one who can help me to run the horticulture project. The project can be successful looking at the market. I have degree in environmental science and I'm currently working in this field.

Date: 
Jul 23 2010

Environmental research activities

Activities addressing climatic variability, loss of biodiversity deforestation, desertification and rising sea levels, as well as issues associated with upgrading and mainstreaming of appropriate indigenous technology and establishing efficient mechanisms for access to and the adaptation of appropriate foreign technology.

Biodiversity Integration and Rural Development

Challenge
Madagascar and Comoros suffer from extremely high levels of poverty, and sustainable co-evolution between society and ecosystems is reaching a critical level. Due to the on-going loss of forest cover, biodiversity is dramatically declining in these regions.

Recherche appliquée pour la valorisation et la transformation des ressources naturelles dans un processus de lutte contre la pauvreté au Tchad et Cameroun

Défi
Une extrême pauvreté de l’Afrique centrale et l’appauvrissement constant et grandissant des ressources naturelles. Nonobstant les différentes mesures adoptées par les autorités compétentes soutenues par la communauté internationale, on continue d’assister à une exploitation «minière» et non renouvelable des ressources forestières existantes au Tchad comme au Cameroun.

La dégradation des ressources naturelles est particulièrement vraie dans la Vallée du Logone et concerne à la fois la disparition irréversible de la biodiversité mais également la perte du potentiel de production de la zone : ressources ligneuses, pâturages, fertilité des sols, ressources halieutiques. 

Strengthening the Caribbean scientific community in natural resources management and developing integrated watershed management plans

Challenge
Land degradation and loss of ecosystems on Caribbean islands are considered severe, caused by natural hazards such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but also by anthropogenic impacts, of which the main ones stem from deforestation, unsustainable land use, deterioration and extraction of marine resources, and tourism.

Defragmenting African Resource Management

Challenge
Fragmentation in commons management is a global problem resulting in resource degradation, loss of biodiversity and poverty. Moreover, ecological degradation leads to conflicts due to competition for the remaining natural resources.

Caribbean Wide Elaboration of COllaboration ScheMEs

Challenge
The countries in the Caribbean region vary considerably in population, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per-capita GDP, social indicators, and production and export bases. They are all, however, constrained by the relatively small size of their economies and limited natural resources. Consequently, economies of scale are difficult to achieve. In addition, most countries’ outputs and/or exports rely heavily on one or two industries (e.g. tourism in the service sector, energy-related products in the manufacturing sector, and bananas or sugar in the agricultural sector). Despite the relatively high per-capita incomes for most countries, many have substantial social development problems, such as high poverty rates, income inequality, unemployment, underemployment, and susceptibility to external forces (including weather, economic fluctuations, and changes in global commodity prices). The Caribbean countries are highly dependent on international services and merchandise trade.

Developing Research Capacity Among African Environmental Scientists

Challenge
There is a lack of capacity among African scientists to formulate research projects critical to sustainable development and to link their results directly with policies needed for the fight against poverty. A related problem is that the scientific information required for environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation is not being made accessible by researchers both to the wider scientific community and to the public sector. 

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