The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Africa (CIRA) is an amalgamation of scientists and scholars from various faculties of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main. Its function is to tie Africa-oriented activities at the Goethe University into a network of competence. Three large working fields in the area of research are worth mentioning:
* Diversity and diversification of culture and society
* Migration and Media
* Biodiversity, utilisation of resources and the perception of environment
* Changes in ecosystems and culture
Furthermore you can find information about: the history of research on Africa in Frankfurt, the functions and duties of the centre, Africa-related events and lectures as well as the research projects of the university. ... [according to site editor's information]
Biowatch South Africa strives to prevent biological diversity from being privatised for corporate gain. It aspires to an environment where people control their food supply systems, where the benefits from commercial use of biological resources are fairly shared and where ordinary citizens are encouraged to help make policy choices about new technologies, such as genetic modification. ... [according to site editor's information]
The BCTF is a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations concerned with the conservation of wildlife populations threatened by the unsustainable hunting and sale of bushmeat in Africa and around the globe. This effort has been established to facilitate communications and cooperation regarding information and activities of member organizations and individuals.
The commercial bushmeat trade is considered by the BCTF to be an immediate threat to local and regional extinction of numerous species, including those that are officially listed as endangered or threatened with extinction, and to the health and well-being of African and global communities and the ecosystems upon which they depend. This bushmeat commerce is recognized as an economically and ecologically unsustainable practice. ... [according to site editor's information]
L'objectif général du RAPAC est d'assurer de manière concertée, par l'échange d'expérience la protection et la gestion de la biodiversité dans chacune des aires protégées du réseau. Le RAPAC s'appuie sur les structures et compétences nationales et sous-régionales (aussi des ONG et du secteur privé). ... [selon les informations de l'éditeur du site; rédaction ilissAfrica]
CARPE is a USAID initiative aimed at promoting sustainable natural resource management in the Congo Basin. The strategic objective of CARPE is to reduce the rate of forest degradation and loss of biodiversity in the Congo Basin by increasing local, national, and regional natural resource management capacity.
CARPE is working within Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Sao Tome & Principe. ... [according to site editor's information]
The ABCG is an initiative of seven US-based international conservation NGOs with field programs in Africa. ABCG explores emerging conservation issues, shares lessons learned, and seeks opportunities for collaboration. Its objective is inter alia to promote networking, awareness, information sharing and experience among conservation non-governmental organizations working in Africa. ... [according to site editor's information]
ACTS is an international intergovernmental science, technology and environmental policy think-tank that generates and disseminates new knowledge through policy analysis, capacity building and outreach. The centre strives to rationalize scientific and technological information to enable African countries make effective policy choices for improved living standards. ACTS works with partners and networks including academic and research institutions, national governments, UN bodies, regional and international processes and NGOs. ACTS' research and capacity building activities are organised in five programmatic areas:
* Biodiversity and Environmental Governance;
* Energy and Water Security;
* Agriculture and Food Security;
* Cross-Cutting Issues; and
* Science and Technology Literacy.
Its members include the the governments of Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Uganda and Ghana, as well as the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). ... [according to site editor's information]
BIOTA AFRICA has been jointly invented by African and German researchers aiming at the establishment of research supporting sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa. Due to pragmatic reasons the large project is logistically subdivided into four Regional Networks: BIOTA West Africa, BIOTA East Africa, BIOTA Southern Africa and BIOTA Morocco ("Research Networks"). Participating institutions of each country elect representatives for a national BIOTA steering committee which controls the daily business and enables national strategic discussions and decisions. ... [according to site editor's information]
ACB is a NGO based in Johannesburg. It provides information, research and policy analysis on issues pertaining to genetic engineering, biosafety and biopiracy in Africa. The ACB is active in playing an effective role in protecting Africa's biodiversity, traditional knowledge, food production systems, culture and diversity, from the threats posed by genetic engineering and biopiracy. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]
The OFAC, an initiative of multiple members of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP), aims to pool the knowledge and available data necessary to monitor the ecological, environmental, and social aspects of Central Africa's forests.
The establishment of OFAC corresponds to one of the axes in COMIFAC's ‘Plan de Convergence'. It will provide COMIFAC and other CBFP members a powerful steering and data sharing tool to promote better governance and the sustainable management of forest ecosystems. ... [according to site editor's information]