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Topic: Key Loops Within a Circular Economy
Source: Go Circular
Title: Key Loops Within a Circular Economy
Summary: The circular economy addresses at a foundational level the problems inherent in our current take, make, consume and dispose economic model. It acknowledges that we live on a planet with finite resources and the more we waste the more we lose and the fact that everything is connected.
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Topic: Packaging, Recycling
Source: Healthcare Packaging
Title: New UK Initiative to Develop the Next Generation Of Sustainable Composite Materials
Summary: A new initiative brings together the UK’s composites expertise to quickly turn research breakthroughs into industrial applications.
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Topic: Plastics
Source: Healthcare Packaging
Title: Advances in Chemical Recycling Cut Plastic Waste
Summary: With growing pressure from regulatory and consumer sectors, Südpack is increasingly focused on chemical recycling of plastic waste and developing high-tech packaging films from the recovered raw materials.
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Topic: Water
Source: Water Services Association of Australia
Title: Transitioning The Water Industry With The Circular Economy
Summary: Water utilities across Australia and New Zealand are embracing their role in the circular economy with the launch of a new paper from the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) today
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Topic: Textiles, Denim
Source: Fashionating World
Title: Focus On Climate Specific Innovations To Drive Sustainability In Denim
Summary: One of the most polluting industries, denim has been closely watched for its adverse environmental impacts. This has led the industry to accelerate sustainability innovations and inspire the fashion industry towards a greener and cleaner future.
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Topic: Circular Economy
Source: The Drum
Title: In The Loop: Why Ikea, Lego And Patagonia Are Buying Into The Circular Economy
Summary: Businesses are increasingly recognising the need to go beyond Corporate Social Responsibility, carbon neutrality and carbon offsetting – and many are now embracing a circular economy. Examples include Ikea, Patagonia, and Lego.
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Topic: Australia, NSW, Circular Economy
Source: NSW Government
Title: NSW Circular Report Flags Massive Job Opportunities in Circular Economy
Summary: NSW Circular has released a new report, The Circular Economy Opportunity in NSW, which sets out the evidence for why transitioning from a linear to a circular economy will be vital for job creation and economic recovery post-COVID-19.
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Topic: Construction
Source: Curtin University
Title: ‘Living Lab’ Showcases Circular Economy Concept To Construction Industry
Summary: Curtin University’s recently launched Legacy Living Lab (L3) is the first modular building in Western Australia to be designed with circular economy principles. Created by Timothy O’Grady, Roberto Minunno and Professor Greg Morrison, in collaboration with a range of industry partners, L3 is designed to be flexible, sustainable and can be fully disassembled
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Topic: Manufacturing, Adhesives
Source: Mirage
Title: NTU Scientists Invent Glue Activated By Magnetic Field
Summary: A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time and space.
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Topic: Food waste, recycling, innovation Australia
Source: ABC News
Title: Food Waste Battle Sees Products Emerge From Mango Oil Moisturiser To Grape Compost
Summary: Innovative solutions to food waste in Australia
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Topic: Circular Economy
Source: The University of Sydney
Title: Understanding The Shift Towards A Successful Circular Economy
Summary: Five key learnings from the 2nd Australian Circular Economy Conference
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Topic: Seaweed Agriculture, Bioplastic, Packaging
Source: World Economic Forum
Title: The Start-up That Believes Seaweed Can Change The World
Summary: Sustainably farmed seaweed could help meet growing demand for plant-based food and environmentally friendly packaging.
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Topic: Plastics, Regulations, China
Source: South China Morning Post
Title: Bans On Plastic Straws, Plates And Cutlery Come In As China Ramps Up Its War On Plastic To Reduce The Volume Of Waste The Country Generates
Summary: Chengdu has announced a ban on the use of plastic straws in restaurants, cafes, and tea houses, while Guangzhou outlaws use of plastic tableware.
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Topic: Circular Economy, Construction
Source: National Geographic
Title: Closing The Circle On Waste
Summary: Engineers and environmentalists support a circular economy that designs waste into the loop.
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Topic: Food Waste
Source: ABC News
Title: Bugisu Project Coffee Is Putting An End To Waste And Turning Profits Into Microfinance
Summary: Inspired by the revitalised coffee-growing industry in Uganda, two university friends have created a not-for-profit start-up that seeks to shake up Sydney's workplace coffee culture.
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Topic: Waste, Plastic
Source: Waste Management Review
Title: Applications Open For Tasmanian RMF Plastics Grant Program
Summary: Tasmanian businesses are being encouraged to bring forward new ideas and new technologies for tackling the country’s growing plastic waste challenge, with the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants Program now open.
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Topic: Construction, Materials, Recycling, Plastic
Source: RMIT University
Title: Soft Plastic Packaging Recycled Into Sustainable Concrete
Summary: RMIT research has helped create concrete made with soft plastic in a redeveloped carpark – the first time the circular-economy technology has been used in an Australian commercial project.
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Topic: Regulations, Waste, Recycling, UK
Source: Recycling Today
Title: Recycling Roadmap' sets course to improve plastics recycling in UK
Summary: The report from the British Plastics Federation compiles currently available data on recycling and projects what the U.K. recycling industry could achieve over the next decade.
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Topic: Plastic, Bioplastic, Packaging, Australia
Source: Packaging News
Title: Novamont, BioBag Join Forces For Circular Economy
Summary: Italian supplier Novamont has acquired Australia’s BioBag Group. The acquisition will help strengthen the two producers’ contribution to the global circular economy.
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Title: Exploring NSW Circular Economy Policy Statement
Summary: The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA, the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales) has released a Circular Economy Policy Statement: Too Good To Waste. 
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Topic: Sustainable Packaging
Source: Forbes
Title: Bugisu Project Coffee Is Putting An End To Waste And Turning Profits Into Microfinance
Summary: Global waste is expected to increase by 70 per cent over the next 30 years unless we take action now.
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Topic: Scaling up, Innovation
Source: World Economic Forum
Title: Successful circular economy 'trailblazers' do these 5 things:
Summary: A new report by the World Economic Forum and ScaleUpNation shares research-based insights into what helps circular trailblazers successfully change entire industries
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Topic: Circular Economy, Australia
Source: The CSIRO
Title: The CSIRO National Circular economy roadmap for plastics, glass, paper and tyres has been released
Summary: This much-needed report clearly makes the case for an integrated circular economy strategy to meet Australia's intrinsically linked environmental, economic and social needs.
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Topic: Renewable energy, Batteries, Australia
Source: The Guardian
Title: World's biggest battery with 1,200MW capacity set to be built in NSW Hunter Valley
Summary: This much-needed report clearly makes the case for an integrated circular economy strategy to meet Australia's intrinsically linked environmental, economic and social needs.
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Summary: As one of the biggest industries involved in the ‘experience economy’ travel & tourism has enormous potential to offer transformational experiences to not only tourists but also host communities
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Feedback Organic Recovery
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Summary: Growing foods future by converting food waste into food
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Summary: Newcastle based MGA Thermal are doing big things in the energy storage space
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Topic: Waste, Australia
Source: abc News
Title: Meet Australia's first homegrown, poo-loving superbugs that are cleaning Brisbane's sewage
Summary: A superbug that feeds on nutrients in sewage water to clean it has been grown from scratch at a wastewater plant in Brisbane.
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Topic: Sustainable Cities, UAE
Source: Mastercard
Title: Building the cities of the future
Summary: Mastercard has partnered with Smart Dubai and Expo 2020 Dubai to release this 2021 survey on human technology and the drive toward sustainability, by looking at the needs and wants of UAE citizens.
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Topic: Sustainable Business, UK
Source: BusinessGreen
Title: CISL launches handbook to help businesses translate nature loss into financial risk
Summary: New guide from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership breaks down commercial risks resulting from nature loss
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Summary: The tourism sector is a generator of jobs and income. In the context of Newcastle and the Hunter region tourism can generate economic benefits that will help transition the region into a sustainable future.
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Summary: Go Circular is excited to partner in the Regional City Scan.
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Topic: Academic rigour, journalistic flair
Source: The Conversation
Title: Companies should try collaboration – not coercion – when dealing with their suppliers
Summary: There is growing consensus among both managers and scholars that corporations need to work with their suppliers to enhance their social and environmental performance.
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Topic: Natural Capital
Source: climate news network
Title: Nature left alone offers more than if we exploit it
Summary: Save nature, save money. It’s a simple argument. Wilderness cleared and ploughed offers us less than nature left alone.
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Topic: Australia
Source: insidewaste
Title: Circular economy could be worth $2 trillion - PwC report
Summary: A report by PwC states that Australia’s circular economy could be worth up to $2 trillion by 2040, and also save up to 165 million tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere. Titled, Building a more Circular Australia, the report explores the opportunity for Australia to establish a framework for sustainable growth using the circular economy methodology.
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Summary: Covid-19 presents us with opportunities to rethink how we approach our future in relation to sustainability, community well-being, economic, social and cultural development as well as job creation.
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Topic: Circular Economy
Source: Sustainability Matters
Title: Circularity — a crucial part of product development
Summary: Mats W Lundberg, head of sustainability at global engineering group Sandvik, looks at why circularity needs to be considered from the initial design process, otherwise it’s already too late.
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Topic: Australia, waste
Source: The Guardian
Title: ‘Single-use plastics’ to be phased out in Australia from 2025 include plastic utensils and straws
Summary: National agreement on items covered by ban should provide businesses with certainty and ease consumer confusion.
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Topic: Climate change
Source: The Conversation
Title: More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades: 2 climate experts explain
Summary: It’s unusual for researchers who study our catastrophically changing climate to use the words “optimism” and “climate change” in the same sentence. But what if we were to come to a tipping point for climate action?
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Topic: Renewable energy, Philippines
Source: Eco-Business
Title: How the Philippines’ low-carbon plans may fuel a switch to green jobs
Summary: The Philippines' government announced in October that it would no longer be approving applications of new coal power plants. The IEEFA reckons that the new policy could help bring US$30 billion worth of clean energy projects onstream by 2030.
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Topic: Infrastructure, Australia
Source: The Fifth Estate
Title: How spending on sustainable infrastructure will lift Australia up
Summary: Right now, Australia has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make our country more resilient, prosperous and sustainable. That’s because Australia has some serious cash in the kitty for infrastructure: $225 billion to be spent across four years to June 2023. And Infrastructure Australia is helping make every dollar work.
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Topic: Environmental protection, Netherlands
Source: World Economic Forum
Title: How insect hotels and honey highways are helping bee populations in the Netherlands
Summary: The Netherlands' national pollinator strategy, which was signed by 43 government and non-government partners, was designed to help stabilize or even grow bee populations, as well as increase their distribution around the country. A recent survey suggests the move might be paying off.
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Summary: As part of the Hunter Innovation Festival on the 10th May, Go Circular is partnering with Sustainability Advantage, DPIE, Lake Macquarie City Council, Hunter Joint Organisation, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and Coreo to facilitate a Think Tank with pioneering local businesses, bold community leaders and proactive members of local government and state government.
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Topic: green space, biodiversity
Source: Deutsche Welle
Title: Can tiny forests breathe fresh air into our cities?
Summary: After gaining popularity across Asia, small, dense ecosystems are taking root in Europe's urban areas. Advocates say they improve biodiversity, air quality and even our well-being. But do they live up to the hype?
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Topic: The Netherlands
Source: EcoWatch
Title: In Historic Ruling, Dutch Court Rules Shell Must Abide by Paris Agreement
Summary: In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a court of law has held a private company responsible for its contributions to the climate crisis. The court at The Hague in the Netherlands ruled Thursday that fossil-fuel giant Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its emissions by 45 percent by 2030.
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Topic: Waste, Australia
Source: ABC News
Title: WA government unveils plan to ban single-use plastic items by 2022
Summary: The West Australian government has brought forward a plan to abolish single-use plastics, vowing to ban a range of items — including plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and takeaway polystyrene food containers — by the end of the year.
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Summary: As part of the Hunter Innovation Festival on the 10th May, Go Circular is partnering with Sustainability Advantage, DPIE, Lake Macquarie City Council, Hunter Joint Organisation, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and Coreo to facilitate a Think Tank with pioneering local businesses, bold community leaders and proactive members of local government and state government.
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Summary: Designing for the circular economy involves changing how we do things, and therefore involves changing our approaches, understanding and ways of thinking too.
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Summary: This workshop focuses on the application of design thinking to circular economy projects. You will look at case studies, undergo activities and learn practical tools and techniques for applying design and systems thinking.
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Summary: Design is an intentional and iterative enquiry that involves taking risks and developing new knowledge. This workshop further unpacks the tools and techniques of design thinking that helps guide enquiry and find new solutions.
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Topic: climate change, Australia
Source: ABC News
Title: Why the next five years are an opportunity to buy us time to solve climate change
Summary: In Australia we’ve been talking about climate change for over a century. But strip away all the politics, and the maths tells a different story: reducing emissions now will buy us more time to get to zero, but inaction dramatically cuts the time we have to act.
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Topic: Water, India
Source: Eco-Business
Title: Usage of wastewater and sustainable agriculture can ensure water security in India
Summary: Wastewater usage, water-efficient agriculture, knowledge of soil moisture and convergence in agriculture could be possible methods to deal with the twin scourges of climate change and the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to experts at a recent conference on water.
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Topic: Green space
Source: World Economic Forum
Title: Ecomimicry: the nature-inspired approach to design that could be the antidote to urban ‘blandscapes’
Summary: When the starting point is a square of sterile grey, adding any greenery might seem to be the best option. But the “any green is good” mantra misses opportunities to rewild our urban landscapes with the complex mosaics of nooks and crannies that help nature proliferate. Far from being praised, blandscaping should be seen as the ecological equivalent of gentrification.
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Topic: Energy
Source: Eco-Business
Title: Boost to clean energy investment could drive 10 million new green jobs
Summary: From offshore wind farms in Britain to floating solar power plants in Vietnam, about 13,000 renewable energy projects in nearly 50 countries are waiting for finance — and could create up to 10 million green jobs, consultancy EY-Parthenon said on Wednesday.
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Topic: Environmental accounting, Australia
Source: The Conversation
Title: ‘Environmental accounting’ could revolutionise nature conservation, but Australia has squandered its potential
Summary: Environmental accounting could be a game changer for conserving nature, but the account released by the ABS falls flat. It’s yet another example of Australia’s environmental policy culture: we develop or adopt good ideas, but then just tinker with them, or even discard them.
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Topic: Australia
Source: ABC News
Title: How Aboriginal culture can teach us how to live with less and tread more lightly
Summary: If you're looking to live more sustainably, ancient Aboriginal culture could give you some ideas for treading more lightly on the planet. Mr Thomas is executive director of Wayapa Wuurrk, an earth connection practice based on ancient Indigenous wisdom that focuses on taking care of the Earth for the wellbeing of all. "It's an earth connection practice based on earth mindfulness, meditation, physical movements but also the practicality of how we can take care of Mother Earth," he said.
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Topic: Sustainable Jobs
Source: EcoWatch
Title: Meeting Paris Agreement Goals Would Create 8 Million New Energy Jobs, Study Finds
Summary: One of the chief arguments against transitioning away from fossil fuels and towards a zero-carbon economy is that it would cost the world energy jobs. But is such a fear really justified? To find out, an international team of researchers set out to determine how meeting the Paris agreement goals would impact the global balance of energy-sector employment.
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Summary: Love Food Hate Waste is run by the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of Waste Less Recycle More, a NSW Government initiative funded from the waste levy.
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Topic: Agriculture
Source: Science Daily
Title: Nutrient-rich human waste poised to sustain agriculture, improve economies
Summary: The future connection between human waste, sanitation technology and sustainable agriculture is becoming more evident. According to a civil and environmental engineering professor, countries could be moving closer to using human waste as fertilizer, closing the loop to more circular, sustainable economies.
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Topic: energy, food
Source: The Conversation
Title: We could power households from the scraps in our food waste bins – here’s what is stopping us
Summary: Imagine if you could power your kettle using the energy generated from the vegetable cuttings quietly breaking down in your kitchen’s compost bin. That reality might not be so far off with the growth of biogas technology. Biogas is a green alternative to fossil fuels that not only helps to reduce toxic emissions but also provides cheap, clean energy.
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Topic: Economics
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Title: Ending subsidies that harm nature could create millions of green jobs, WWF says
Summary: Tens of millions of green jobs could be created if governments diverted one year's worth of the subsidies that are harming ecosystems and wildlife into spending that protects and restores nature, environmental group WWF said on Thursday. In a report, WWF examined the potential impact on employment of channelling into greener activities the annual $500 billion governments now put into damaging subsidies that support things like fossil fuels, over-fishing and unsustainable agriculture.
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Topic: Energy, Australia
Source: ABC News
Title: Climate change solution could come from 'electrifying everything', Australian inventor Saul Griffith says
Summary: Speaking from San Francisco, Sydney-born inventor Saul Griffith explains how Australia can rapidly get most of the way to net zero emissions using existing technology. Also an entrepreneur and adviser to US presidential campaigns, Dr Griffith is one of the most prominent global advocates for an approach best summed up as "electrify everything".
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Summary: The three week online program will give you an overview of what is the circular economy, how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, and how you can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen.
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Summary: The circular economy provides us with an opportunity to rethink how we approach our future in relation to sustainability, community well-being, economic, social, and cultural development, and job creation.
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Topic: Carbon Recycling
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Title: Pollution to products? Recycled carbon emissions are coming to consumer shelves
Summary: long-forgotten industrial fermentation process is allowing a small share of climate-changing carbon pollution to be turned into household products, with the first items available this year. Backers say the process, known as gas fermentation, uses carbon captured from the air, industrial smokestacks, municipal solid waste or other sources to create "green chemicals" that can be turned into plastics, soaps, fabrics, perfumes and more.
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Topic: Conservation, East Africa
Source: Mongabay
Title: ‘Conservation should be seen as what communities have always done’, says John Kamanga
Summary: Efforts to protect wildlife and landscapes have generally been shifting away from “fortress conservation” — where local people are excluded from the lands they’ve traditionally managed — toward more inclusive approaches. Among these latter approaches are community conservancies, which have been expanding around the world, but have especially gained traction in East Africa.
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