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    From practice to policy: background paper for the symposium on multiple-use services
    INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MULTIPLE-USE WATER SERVICES
    2008
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    Multiple-use services (MUS) have emerged as an alternative approach to providing water services, aiming to meet people‟s multiple water needs in an integrated manner. An international symposium “from practice to policy” in 2008 aimed to bring together experiences from research and practice and help move towards understanding the policy implications. This background paper for the symposium aims to provide a synopsis of current work in two parts: the first part looks at key concepts and definition s on multiple-use of water and the second reviews existing work on multiple-use services, especially that carried out over the past 5 years since the earlier 2003 Johannesburg symposium.
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    Farm ponds for water, fish and livelihoods 2009
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    AQUACULTURE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT, AIMED AT IMPROVING FOOD SUPPLY AND GENERATING MORE INCOME FOR POOR FARMING HOUSEHOLDS. Ponds add value to farming activities: water from ponds can serve domestic and livestock water supplies as well as irrigation for crops. Raising fish is an obvious use for a farm pond; it adds value to the water and provides improved nutrition for farm families. This booklet provides basic and practical information on multiple-use smallholder farm ponds. Information is provided on the role of development organizations, opportunities for and pitfalls of providing assistance, direct and indirect support required, and the strategic and technical challenges of making farmers self-reliant. It suggests ways by which smallholder farmers can participate in the market economy through better market access and outlines strategies to attract the private sector to do business with smallholders.
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    A guide to multiple-use forest management planning for small and medium forest enterprises 2023
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    This publication discusses the concept, evolution, and requirements of forest management planning, focusing on multiple-use forest management and small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs). Forest management planning is a document that translates forest policies into a coordinated programme for managing forests over a set period of time, integrating environmental, economic, and social dimensions. It serves various purposes, such as legal documents, concession agreements, and tools for sustainable forest management. Multiple-use forest management recognizes the diverse values and benefits that forests provide beyond timber, such as water regulation, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and cultural values. Despite its challenges, forest management planning can contribute to sustainability and optimize the value derived from forests. SMFEs play a crucial role in supporting livelihoods and forest-based economies. However, barriers such as policy environments, lack of support tools, and management challenges need to be addressed. Forest management planning can help overcome these barriers by ensuring legal compliance, mitigating risks, promoting sustainability, and supporting marketing and value chain development. It is also a valuable tool for empowering local forest users, involving stakeholders, and negotiating benefit-sharing arrangements. The process of forest management planning involves gathering information, defining objectives, developing silvicultural and ecosystem services plans, creating a business plan, planning for unusual events, and establishing a monitoring system. It is an adaptive learning process that continuously evaluates and adapts plans based on the results of forest management activities. Stakeholder engagement is key to developing a socially acceptable forest management plan, starting with identifying stakeholders, creating awareness, informed discussions, and monitoring to keep stakeholders accountable for their agreed responsibilities. Negotiating expectations and building consensus helps identify conflicts and integrate qualitative data to improve decision-making in multiple-use forest management. In conclusion, forest management planning is essential for sustainable forest management, contributing to the well-being of communities, the environment, and the economy. This guide provides a framework for forest management planning, guiding forest managers through the planning process stepwise and providing advice on information sources needed during the planning process. The framework can be adapted to national and local contexts in line with relevant regulatory requirements.

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