Future Policy Award 2017: Celebrating the world’s best policies to combat desertification

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In this brochure, we present the winning policies of our Future Policy Award 2017. In partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), this year’s award celebrates laws and policies that successfully tackle land degradation, and contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands.

Policy Solutions for Sustainable Charcoal in Sub-Saharan Africa

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An estimated 90 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking. Greening the charcoal value chain can potentially allow nations to meet their energy commitments for cooking and heating in a sustainable manner while smoothing the way for a gradual transition to ‘modern’ cooking technology. We must begin to talk about charcoal, not as a fuel on it’s way out, but rather as a fuel with the potential to transform lives today while protecting our forests.

Biodiversity Legislation Study

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The World Future Council chose the topic of biodiversity for the Future Policy Award 2010 to raise awareness about its acute loss, which threatens wildlife, the environment and our common future. In the face of the looming biodiversity crisis, policy-makers must work urgently towards ambitious and comprehensive biodiversity policies.

 

Oceans Survey

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This study consists of an extensive evaluation of marine and coastal policies worldwide. The aim of this publication is to present already existing, sustainable solutions to decision makers and other experts. It provides them with helpful tools to inspire them to draft and implement policies and laws that protect and sustain oceans and coasts for current and future generations.

 

Forests for People

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With this book, we want to offer insights into good solutions for the challenges of our time. Not everything in Rwanda is working, and we want to make it clear that we do not support all political measures of the country.

Our engagement in Rwanda was preceded by an in – tensive evaluation process, at the end of which the country’s forest policy was awarded with the Future Policy Award for 2011. However, the conference in Kigali showed us that in addition to the scientific analysis, “seeing is believing” holds true for us as well. Experiencing the reality gives us greater motivation. For this reason, it was important not just to sit in a conference room with experts from Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia but also to travel the country, talk to people and experience real solutions first hand.