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December 2012

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Earlier this month, it was announced that a new joint analysis from Winrock International and Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has reached scientific consensus on gross carbon dioxide emissions from tropical deforestation. The consensus emerged from the analysis of two independent studies done earlier in 2012 by Winrock and WHRC, which appeared in Science and Nature Climate Change, respectively. This crucial piece of information will allow policymakers to set targets for emissions reductions using these scientifically derived benchmarks. A blog from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) recently examined the “innovative collaboration."

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently approved Winrock’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) as an Offset Project Registry for the California Cap-and-Trade Program. As an Offset Project Registry, ACR will work with the board to oversee the registration and issuance of Registry Offset Credits eligible for regulated California entities to meet their compliance obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The approval signals that ACR has met stringent regulatory requirements for Offset Project Registries including carbon technical expertise as well as extensive experience in oversight of offset project listing, registration, verification and issuance.

Winrock's Carol Michaels O'Laughlin, group vice president for Empowerment & Civic Engagement, shares with the international community five lessons from the field learned from the fight against human trafficking. Also, UNICEF published a paper from Winrock staff that analyzes the inter-linkages between gender-based violence and trafficking in persons.

A Winrock-implemented project in Nepal helped thousands of disadvantaged youth through literacy, agriculture, and vocational training. In this blog, read more about the many successes of the USAID-funded Education for Income Generation (EIG) project.

There is no National Good Food Network webinar for the month of December, but you can catch up on the ones you might have missed this year from the archive page.

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Winrock Board passes resolution honoring retiring president and CEO, Frank Tugwell
Winrock board passes resolution naming the headquarters in Arkansas, the "Frank Tugwell Building."On Dec. 3, the Winrock International board of directors passed a resolution to honor current Winrock President & Chief Executive Officer Frank Tugwell.

In the resolution, the board expressed their gratitude for Tugwell’s 14 years of leadership and moved to officially name the headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., as the Frank Tugwell Building. Tugwell will retire in 2013.

Among the reasons for the honor, as stated in the resolution, is that “one of Frank's many outstanding accomplishments was conceptualizing and leading the effort to design and construct an advanced affordable environmental building for Winrock International's Little Rock, Arkansas office.” In addition to naming the building in his honor, the board further established the Frank Tugwell Innovation Award for Distinguished Service. The award, which will be bestowed annually by the board at the final meeting each year, will honor a Winrock staff member who has “demonstrated fresh and novel approaches to Winrock International’s mission, effectively embodying the spirit of Frank’s dedication to innovation.”

“The board of directors is deeply grateful for Frank’s leadership over the past 14 years,” said Winrock Board Chair Elizabeth Campbell. “Among his many contributions, Winrock’s entrepreneurial culture and reputation for innovation are particularly notable aspects of Frank’s enduring legacy that will serve the organization well over the coming years.”

Solar power brings quality education to conflict-affected communities in Philippines
Solar power brings quality education to conflict-affected communities in the Philippines.The cycle of violence and conflict in many of the far-flung communities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines, hamper the delivery of basic services such as education and electricity to these areas. As a result, the region’s population is the least educated in the country. In conflict-prone Maguindanao, for example, only four in 10 adults have had six years of basic education, extremely low compared to the national average of 84 percent. Armed clashes between Muslim rebels and government troops have forced many villagers to evacuate and a number of schools to close down for years.

The village of Baital in Rajah Buayan was one of these communities severely affected by war. As recently as 2000, villagers slowly began to rebuild their homes, and with the re-opening of Baital Elementary School, children began to receive a proper education. In early 2012, Winrock, through the USAID-funded Alliance for Mindanao and Multi-Regional Renewable/Rural Energy Development Program (AMORE 3), arrived in Rajah Buayan to bring solar power and modern education facilities to schools. The project facilitated better learning via DVD-based educational programs that teachers use as a tool for teaching lessons, such as mathematics, English, science, history and values.

One student, fifth-grader Norhaya Gani, out-performed other students from 26 school divisions in a province-wide mathematics competition in October. The impressive feat demonstrated how multimedia-based education can play a significant role in a quality education.“I viewed all the DVDs about mathematics before I went to compete. That is how I won,” said Norhaya.

AMORE has provided 150 off-grid and conflict-affected schools in Mindanao and other parts of the Philippines with solar powered-educational facilities, thus helping more than 58,000 students gain access to modern education services.

Winrock is helping strengthen environmental NGOs in Southwest China
Winrock is helping strengthen environmental NGOs in Southwest China.Jiudingshan Wildlife Protection Association (JDS), a Chinese environmental NGO, was presented with the China Wildlife Guardian Award by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Chinese government, on Nov. 24 to recognize its wildlife protection efforts. Since 2010, Winrock’s Strengthening Environmental NGOs (SEN) project, funded by the U.S. Department of State, has been supporting JDS in publicity and outreach capacities, as well as providing small project grants for their government and local awareness raising advocacy activities.

The award represents a major achievement for the organization and represents an example of the impact the SEN project has made. JDS is the only non-governmental organization this year to receive the award.

Biodiversity conservation has become a major environmental effort in China and the public’s awareness of the importance of wildlife protection has been gradually raised, as well. For JDS, the award represents a national recognition of the essential role of voluntary, community-based efforts in local wildlife conservation.

The goal of the Strengthening Environmental NGOs project is to improve natural resource management and increase civil society’s participation in environmental protection in China’s Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces by increasing the credibility of local environmental NGOs with the government and communities they serve and enabling their access to sustainable funding. The three-year project targets NGOs working for the local environment through small grants competition and NGO capacity-building activities.

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