Posts by: UNEPWCMC

Can development corridors deliver positive outcomes for nature?

Can development corridors deliver positive outcomes for nature?

Diego Juffe Bignoli (Senior Programme Officer, UNEP-WCMC/ Post-Doctoral Scientist, Development Corridors Partnership) “I don’t want problems, I want solutions” one of my early managers used to tell me more than a decade ago. Ever since, that simple request has followed me as a guiding principle. Of course, you need to know what the problems are …

Seven principles to set goals that achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity

Seven principles to set goals that achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty put in place in 1993 to promulgate conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, while ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The CBD and its partners are now in the process of determining a new Global Biodiversity …

Sharing, learning and impact: DCP furthers China-Africa cooperation with a series of targeted outreach events

Sharing, learning and impact: DCP furthers China-Africa cooperation with a series of targeted outreach events

(Cover image features DCP China, Kenya, UK and Tanzania teams in 2018 in Ihemi, Tanzania – by Diego Juffe Bignoli/ UNEP-WCMC) When the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) was launched in 2017, led by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), it was with the explicit aim of answering the question: How can development …

Do development corridors contribute to carbon emissions?

Do development corridors contribute to carbon emissions?

By Elena Castellano, London School of Economics (LSE), UK Setting the scene In the context of global climate change efforts, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa focus more on climate change adaptation, rather than on mitigating climate change. From a global perspective, this is only fair; Africa’s historical contribution to global emissions is significantly smaller than all …

Using remote sensing to improve wildlife connectivity in Tanzania’s agricultural corridors

Using remote sensing to improve wildlife connectivity in Tanzania’s agricultural corridors

Pablo Cisneros-Araujo and Miguel Ramirez-Lopez, two former MSc students linked to the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) from Copenhagen University, share their experience of working with the DCP in Tanzania. Their collaborative work resulted in the publication of this scientific paper in the journal Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. The search for research with practical, …

9 women of the Development Corridors Partnership creating pathways for sustainable and equitable African futures

9 women of the Development Corridors Partnership creating pathways for sustainable and equitable African futures

This International Women’s Day, we shine the spotlight on 9 women within the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) who provide leadership and expertise, both global and local, to the implementation of development corridors that carry positive outcomes for the people and biodiversity of Kenya and Tanzania.    It is widely recognized that gender equality is a …

Supporting adaptation action and climate resilience in 2021

Supporting adaptation action and climate resilience in 2021

(Originally published on 1st February, 2021, as a post on LSE’s Grantham Research Institute blog. See the full publication here.) Authors: Declan Conway and Katharine Vincent We all have to live with the risks posed by climate change, and learning how best to adapt will continue for decades into the future. There are no blueprints: …

Environmental degradation from transportation infrastructure: the case of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

Environmental degradation from transportation infrastructure: the case of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

As many nations look towards large-scale infrastructure investment as a catalyst for economic growth, a group of scientists from the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) warn about the unwelcome environmental degradation that can take place if transport infrastructure such as railways and roads are not well planned for environmental sustainability. In a new paper published in …

Four Steps for the Earth: a holistic approach to saving nature

Four Steps for the Earth: a holistic approach to saving nature

22nd January 2021 As we enter a last-chance decade for tackling the global nature crisis, scientists have outlined a new framework for implementing global commitments to restoring nature, The Mitigation and Conservation Hierarchy, or Four Steps for the Earth. This comes as 2021 marks the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as well …

Imaginaries of development corridors: Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through development corridors in East Africa

Imaginaries of development corridors: Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through development corridors in East Africa

Authors: Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Laetitia Pettinotti, Declan Conway, Swenja Surminski, Edward Ndilhana, and Tobias Nyumba (Originally published on 14th December, 2020, as a post on https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/publication/imaginaries-of-development-corridors-delivering-the-sustainable-development-goals-through-development-corridors-in-east-africa/. See the full working paper here.) Development corridors are focal points for national and international development investment in East Africa, and national governments are directing their limited public sector …