By the first announcement published in July 2012, you are almost welcome to the International Conference on Governance of collective natural Resources that will be held, for the first time in Bukavu (DR.Congo), in February 2012. Bukavu city is located in the Eastern part of the Democratic republic of Congo, and lies on the south western shore of Lake Kivu. This lake is part of the beauty of this town.
This city which harbors about 800.000 inhabitants provides its visitors with several touristic opportunities, particularly Kahuzi Biega National as a sanctuary of gorillas, the Lake Kivu and its highlands.
One should discover a larger range of natural ecosystems that were damaged by wars and armed conflicts since 1990!
The conference will meet full participation of famous environmental stakeholders, including, members of the parliaments and policy/decision-makers from Burundi and DR.Congo, administrators of several regional and international projects, as well as researchers and professionals dealing with environmental governance from many countries worldwide.
Some peasant researchers will also have the opportunity to express themselves in front of scientific public!
The Conference will develop a mosaic of opportunities for meeting and for social apprenticeship at region levels!
II. CONTEXT AND INCENTIVE
The African great lakes region (including Rwanda, Burundi, DR.Congo), has been crossing a very long period of armed conflicts ending to strong Natural resources mismanagement. Especially, collective natural resources underwent the deteriorations and depredations through weakness of public institutions in charge of the natural resources.
In Burundi as well as in R.D.Congo, major constraints bound to overgrowing populations are closed to high demands of vital natural Resources. In the process local communities, especially rural farmers have expressed their need to be organized in groups for promoting sound collective environment management, with poverty and hunger reduction.
Nowadays, national policies for development are closed to strategic plans documents for poverty alleviation in post-conflicts context.
And, the Civil society organizations, through their actions plans, focus on capacity building towards empowering community for self-reliance through broader development strategies. Therefore, the thematic concepts like" good governance, farmers empowerment" become more and more attractive at all intervention levels.
Two non-governmental organizations, ADISCO (of Burundi) and DIOBASS (from DR. Congo), are running joint collaborative project in 2009. It involves local academic and research institutions of South-Kivu province and Burundi.
With the financial support of the International Development Research Center ( IDRC), the project has developed multi-institutional approach based on Participatory Action Research that have been adopted for the restoration and the rehabilitation of the collective natural resources.
The project has promoted lessons to learn challenges and opportunities that need to be shared during the Conference!
Therefore, the International conference to be held in African Great lakes region appears as a window of opportunity for sharing knowledge on Environmental governance in fragile ecosystems, targeting all stakeholders from different background!
III. PLACE AND DATE
The event will take place in Bukavu, at the Hotel Horizon of Bukavu (www.hotelhorizon.site11.com ). Sessions shall go from Sunday 5th to Wednesday 8th in February 2012.
IV. FINALITY AND EXPECTED OUTPUTS
This conference is seen as a meeting room gathering together diverse professional researchers and policy/decision makers in the Great African lakes. The main topic is closed to the Governance of collective natural resources.
It aims offering scientists, development professionals, civil society organizations, local communities, and especially to the policy and decision-makers an opportunity of exchange on concrete subjects dealing with food security and poverty alleviation with links on collective natural resources management. The finality is targets knowledge transfer, strengthening new partnerships through best environmental management.
As results, the Conference will permit to develop participatory approaches for setting-up guidelines and principles of Good environmental governance, especially in fragile Ecosystems.
It is also a place where farmers communities and policy/decision-makers from Burundi and DR. Congo will meet together and share ideas and sorrows that could in future help to improve research tools and methodologies. This conference is also an opportunity to hear from the farmers world about their broader experiences and lessons learnt for linking environmental management and poverty reduction, in post-conflict context.
Also, local and abroad key-speakers and facilitators will be selected from available specialists and resource-persons dealing with developed themes in the conference. This will make the conference a dynamic place of knowledge and technology transfer among participants. The Conference seeks to empowering communities to refine leading principles of best environmental governance, especially in the fragile ecosystems.
Beside the Acts of the Conference, best presentations will be published in an edited book!
The main topic is defined as follows: Governance of collective natural resources in post-conflict context: challenges and opportunities
Inaugural Conference will be presented by Mr. Renι Ngongo, the 2009 alternative Nobel prize-winner).
The Conference will be organized in a set of Workshops shared through different thematic axis, including oral presentation, posters, and exhibitions.
WORKSHOP A. Community participation to collective natural resources rehabilitation
The topics to be developed here will focus on the importance of the communal implication in environmental change processes, looking to the implementation and adoption of existing and imported technologies.
A1. Local committees of environmental Management: Assets and challenges
A2. The communal leadership for good environmental governance (local institutions and social organization
A3. Gender, Equitability and Environment
WORKSHOP B: Regional partnership for participatory action-research in the Environmental change process
This workshop will focus on the importance of a regional plan strategy to develop sound environmental programs in post-conflicts phase, involving multidisciplinary actors.
The topics will show research results related to good practices of planning of the sites damaged and on some initiatives that are driven towards developing a regional plan for natural resources management. It will also approach some aspects of inter-institutional collaborations linking research institutions, NGOs, Universities and private sectors for the environmental sustainability.
Themes to develop
B1. Role of multi-institutional partnership in natural resources management through participatory action-research action.
B2. Institutional models of collaborative management of collective natural resources (case studies)
B3. The Governance of trans-boundary natural resources
WORKSHOP C: Technological innovations for a better incitement to the good governance of the natural resources
This forum is describing social and economic parameters encouraging efficient involvement of agricultural operators in conservation of natural resources. It will also be about defining efficient strategies to mobilize dislocated communities in clusters that enhance the protection and conservation of collective natural resources. This workshop seeks to describe social and economic parameters leading to efficient implication of small-scale farmers for conserving collective natural resources.
Three themes will be presented in this workshop:
C1. Economic incitements for responsible management of collective natural resources (compensations and payment of ecological services )
C2. Experiences on collective action for sustainable food security in a changing environment (management of the fertility of soils, management of water )
C3. Innovation and Technologies in management planning
WORKSHOP D: Decentralization and Governance of the collective natural resources
This conference seeks to put in evidence the role and place of the national and/or regional policies that promote environmental viability towards well-being of all. Communications shall focus on impacts of decentralization for the governance of the natural resources in the post-conflicts communities.
Four themes will be developed:
D1. Setting legal and institutional of management of the natural resources D2. Rights of property of the collective natural resources and institutional reforms D3. Advocacy and governance of the natural resources: experiences and lessons D4. Implication of the policies in the environmental governance
WORKSHOP E. Farmers Conference
This workshop is special! Farmers dialogue! Here the peasants World is put in inscription, expressing itself in all possible local languages, translating feeling through oral reports closed Natural resources management in post-conflicts context.
Best and bad field experiences linked to collective actions approaches will also be clarified by presenters to the basis.
The peasant dialogue should open to new tracks of research scientists as well as to the definition of the role of civil society organizations and governments in promoting sound environmental governance this is the way to the political round table.
Three main themes will be developed notably:
E1. Local Knowledge and practices related to good governance of natural resources, experience from field E2. Practical experiences of communal management of collective natural resources E3. Assets and challenges of approaches for governance of collective natural resources in post-conflicts zones
VII. FORMAL ORGANIZATION
Participants are expected to be at Conference place Sunday 5th, February 2011. The registration ceremony is scheduled from Sunday 5th at 8:00 AM to Monday 6th at 9:00 AM.
Earlier participants will have advantage to visit managed sites of Nyangezi and Ikoma. These sites are located at around 30 km on Southern way from Bukavu town. This visit is exceptionally planned on Sunday 5th in afternoon.
The sessions of the Conference will take place in the Conference rooms of the Hotel Horizon. They will be structured in a set of workshops, comprising oral presentation, posters exhibitions,... Research results will constitute the frame of the conference next to the peasant testimonies on success and challenges as well as the political notes.
In addition, an unusual farmers dialogue conference and, a political table talk will be developed during the Conference. They will be facilitated by targeted resources-persons.
Due to financial shortage of the conference, organizers will not pay accommodations fees to participants but a lunch could be offered during the day.
You are then invited to book for your accommodation to recommendable hotels and lodges found in Bukavu.
Accommodation fees of the rooms vary between 50 US dollars to 150 US dollars.
It is easy to make a booking of lodging while consulting their site internet
Hotel Residence: www.hotelresidence-bukavu.com Hotel horizon: www.hotelhorizon.site11.com Hotel the rock: www.panoramio.com Orchid safari Club Hotel: www.orchids-hotel.com Mount Kahuzi Hotel: www.petitfute.com
VIII. LANGUAGE OF COMMUNICATION
The conference language will be either French or English.
IX. PRESENTATION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS
Two models of communication are acceptable: oral communication and posters presentation. Stands for posters will be arranged by Panels.
The acts of the conference will be published subsequently.
X. ENROLLMENT TO THE CONFERENCE
Participants are strongly requested to send the participation letter and the application form to Professor Pascal Isumbisho Mwapu with copy Mr. Innocent Balagizi Karhagomba and Libθre Bukobero to following electronic addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
XI. FEES AND PARTICIPATION
Participation fees for the Conference are fixed as follows:
- Nationals of the Region (Rwanda, Burundi, DR. Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya): 100 USD - others: 150 USD
Students and Young scientists and researchers from the Region can benefit from small grants covering the participation costs to the Conference. However the number of purses being limited, only candidates who will submit a summary of presentation with good score from the scientific Committee; will be able to benefit from this support.
October 25th, 2011: Deadline to submit the application form and the abstracts of communication October 30th, 2011: Publication of the titles of communications by the scientific committee December 20th, 2011: Deadline to submit the full paper /poster January 05th, 2012: Last announcement of the Conference January 20th, 2012: Final program February 2012: Conference
XIII. COLLABORATIVE INTITUTIONS
The conference is organized collegiately by the following institutions:
- ADISCO of the Burundi www.adiscoburundi.org Universitι de Burundi Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi: ISABU
- Plateforme DIOBASS au Kivu www.diobass-kivu.org - Universitι Evangιlique du Kivu (UEA) www.ueafrique.rog - Centre de Recherche Universitaire du Kivu (CERUKI) - Institut Supιrieur de Dιveloppement Rural(ISDR) www.isdr-bukavu.org
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from Canada is the supporting institution of the Conference. We express our thanks to this centre.
Sylvain Mapatano (DIOBASS) Dιo Niyonkuru (ADISCO) Prof. Pascal Isumbisho (CERUKI and UEA/Bukavu) Prof. Samuel Bigawa (University of Burundi) Balagizi innocent (DIOBASS) Libθre Bukobero (ADISCO)
APPLICATION FORM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON: "Governance of collective natural resources in post-conflict phase ": challenges and opportunities
Please fill this application and send and send it back before October 25, 2011 at 15 o'clock (GMT+2)
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE AUTHORS
The original works, in French or in English, that won't have been yet published or submitted elsewhere for publication, will be accepted in the Acts of the conference.
The manuscripts, will be presented in Times New Roman, size 12 points, of spacing 1,5 with a margin of 2,5 minimum cm, will count to 12 pages amximum (pictures and faces including) for the original articles. They will be submitted to the organizers of the symposium in electronic version, to the following electronic addresses: email@example.com with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
The first page of the manuscript will carry: the title, the sub-tile, names and complete first names of authors and their professional addresses. The name of the correspondence author will be marked of a "* ", and his/her complete address, telephone numbers, and electronic address.
The second page will start with the title in the language of the article (notably English or French). It includes besides, a summary (200 words to the maximum), followed of the key words (5 to the maximum) in the language of the article. It also includes the title of the article followed of the summary and the key words in the second language.
The third page 3 will consist of the body of the article. The text will be, of preference, divided in introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, findings, possible acknowledgments and bibliographic references. The decimal numbering will be used to indicate the hierarchy of divisions and subdivisions, without passing three levels.
All references will be mentioned in the text by the names of authors followed of the publication year, in brackets. For more of two authors, the name of the first author is followed of "and al". When several references are mentioned together, they are ordered chronologically.
The presentation of the bibliography will conform to the international norme ISO 690, while separating the Books, papers, personal communications and the references pulled from internet (Webography). The references will be classified by alphabetic order of the first author and by chronological order for a given author.
Illustrations, pictures and graphic
Each illustration and picture will be provided on a separated leaf and will carry a title and a legend, and will be numbered in the order given inside the text, while using the Arabian numbers (Fig. 1, Table1, Picture 1, etc.).
The drawings, graphic, charts, etc. will be executed to the black feature on white and well stocked bottom on a definitive scale. They will be conceived in order to enroll in a column (width 7 cm, height maximum 18 cm) or on the site of two columns (width 15 cm, height maximum 18 cm). in any case, it will be necessary to be careful to align the axes, that must be strictly parallel to the sides of the leaf perfectly.
Units of measure
The Units of the International System should be respected for what concerns the physical sizes, the equations, the measurements and the symbols of the sizes and units. The abbreviations of these units will be able to be used without other definition. In the text, the units will be spelled, except if they are preceded of a number, to which case it is the international abbreviation that will be used (min, d, g, m, J, etc.).