2014 in review

2014 has been a busy work year (see below). As a result, blogging feels like a luxury pursuit. However, there are times when it is a necessity as it enables me to record key moments from a project (e.g. a new partnership with CITES), to develop key ideas (e.g. legal vs prohibited trade in wildlife), to review literature and to record experience (e.g. talking to smallholders facing climate change challenges). All of these posts contribute to helping form ideas for projects, sharing knowledge but also outreach on existing projects.

The most popular posts written during 2014 were the following:

My article in Foreign Affairs about the wildlife trade

How climate change threatens jobs in Ugandan flower farms

ITC and CITES sign a letter of agreement

The total views year on year grew from 1,799 in 2013 to 2,192 in 2014. I would say this is modest growth but not bad considering I blogged less – “less is more”. Being retweeted by a couple of notable experts in the field of climate change pushed up the views considerably. Whilst plenty of views is nice, I still view blogging as an activity that Seth Godin describes as doing for “you and your cat”, i.e. it is primarily a personal pursuit that if others take an interest in then great.

I blogged alot around the subject of sustainable use of wildlife. It is a subject that is contentious and with an apparent unbridgeable gap between those who believe that farming and trading animal species offers the best hope for saving wildlife versus those who advocate prohibition of trade. I explored the subject in my Foreign Affairs article, but also looked at the literature in a series of posts. In 2015, ITC will continue working in this field with a focus on how livelihoods are linked to the the sustainable use of biodiversity.

My year at ITC

2014 was a busy year for ITC’s Trade and Environment Programme with new projects starting up on climate smart agriculture in east Africa, on promotion of native agri-food products in Peru (e.g. quinoa and native cacoa) and of biodiversity-based products (e.g. Nile crocodile) in Madagascar. These projects will continue in 2015 with a particular emphasis on working towards the CITES Conference of Parties in 2016. This work is supported by donors that include Denmark, Germany and Norway.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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