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FAO’s Nature and Faune Journal Focuses on Water, Forests and Climate

FAO4 March 2013: The latest issue of the "Nature and Faune" newsletter from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) regional office for Africa features articles on water resource conservation in Africa, presenting the challenges of integrating sustainable use of land, forests and fisheries.

Volume 7, Issue 1 of the newsletter includes articles that call for more water management efforts at all levels in Africa and a more integrated approach in order to achieve sustainable development. They underscore that institutional under-development poses the greatest challenges and that institutions are by-in-large too weak to accelerate the implementation of a comprehensive water agenda.

The issue includes articles on the Okavango River Basin, transboundary water governance in the Nile Basin and the Volta Basin. Other articles address examples of joint management and benefit sharing, as well as progress at addressing transboundary surface and groundwater management. Individual country case studies are shared from Swaziland, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Cote D'Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and Benin. Partnerships on certifying sustainable aquaculture and opportunities for leveling the playing field for small-scale producers are also presented.

Finally, two articles, including one from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), address the challenges that climate change poses to sustainable water management in Central Africa. [Publication: Nature and Faune: Managing Africa's Water Resources: Integrating Sustainable Use of Land, Forest and Fisheries] [Publication: The Link Between Forest, Water and People: An Agenda to Promote in the Context of Climate Change in Central Africa]