Scott Jones was recently invited to present aspects of his work with African forestry and environmental restoration to the Somali Ecological Society in London. This successful day re-connected a number of people who developed the SES. It has led to a reinvigoration of the Society’s efforts to restore degraded lands and develop practical ecological science in the Horn of Africa. It also enabled Scott to reconnect with Des Mahoney, a former university colleague and forester in Somalia. Thanks to all and very best wishes in your endeavours.
Mind the Gap is looking very much forward to working with GCOZA (le Groupe de Coordination des Zones Arides) in Mali this week, and to considering GCOZA’s plans for the next few years as they continue with their important work addressing food security and drylands agriculture in Mali.
GCOZA is a partner organisation of the Drylands Coordination Group, whose goal is “to contribute to improved food security for vulnerable households and communities in the drylands of Africa.”
MtG has worked with DCG previously in Ethiopia (see our blog article about that project) and we’re excited to have the chance now to work with GCOZA and their partners in Mali.
Photo credit: United Nations
The IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and have just published Issue 20 of their publication “Policy Matters” to which Mind the Gap has contributed (Chapter 5, ‘Draft Principles for Justice and Equity in Access to and Distribution of Benefits from 41 Ecosystem Services in Protected Areas’ by Nigel Dudley, Catie Burlando, Rosie Cooney, Scott Jones and Trisha Kehaulani Watson). This paper explores nine draft principles for supporting just outcomes and increasing equity of access, sharing and distribution of benefits from protected areas. Other articles in this Issue concern conflict resolution, community, youth, gender, indigenous policies and approaches to conservation, the use of theatre and art, and local/state approaches to conservation in Tanzania, Kenya, China, Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Melanesia. Do have a look!
Mind the Gap is running three further seminars this year for the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and for coordinators working with the Single Supervisory Mechanism. The SSM is the new system of banking supervision for Europe that includes the European Central Bank and national supervisory authorities.
Banque de France colleagues will host the first seminar on Managerial Skills for SSM coordinators in Vincennes 26-27 September. The Bundesbank will host the final seminar for 2016 on 22-23 November. Bundesbank colleagues will also host this year’s final seminar on “Informal Leadership” for ESCB colleagues. It will be held in Seeheim-Jugenheim 12-14 October.
Under very tight time deadlines and through times of significant change, ESCB and SSM staff and managers have been developing innovative and encouraging approaches to leadership. Their circumstances are unique. It is difficult to think of a more complex set of leadership and managerial challenges than in this cross-national, cross-functional, multi-cultural initiative where working with remote teams and brand new systems requires quick, creative, accurate solutions. We look very much forward to working with our highly creative and skilled European colleagues in all these seminars.