Coastal Ecosystem Restoration projects with Biodiversity and Community Benefits following an innovative approach involving the private sector

We are pleased to invite you at the Blue Planet Pavilion to discover the Livelihoods Fund iniative and learn more about this innovative approach, that closely involves the private sector, to finance mangrove restoration and agroforestery projects. Tens of thousands of people around the world will have greater access to food because of this unique financial investment fund. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) supports the Livelihoods Fund, which allows companies to offset their carbon footprint by investing in ecosystem restoration programmes that deliver lasting community benefits, including increased food security.

This event will start with a presentation of the Livelihoods Fund and their related projects by Bernard Giraud, President of the Livelihoods Fund and Jean-Pierre Rennaud, General Delegate of the Livelihoods Fund, followed by a presentation of the mangrove restoration project in Sunderbans by Ajanta Dey, Project coordinator for the Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS). Then, an interactive question & answer session will give you the opportunity to ask all the questions that remain.

What is the Livelihoods Fund?

Rural communities living in tropical countries are facing threats to the ecosystems such as coastal wetlands and forests ecosystems destruction, from overexploitation of natural resources and demographic pressure. Among the 1.2 Billion people who suffer from malnutrition in the world, a majority of them are farmers, small breeders, fishermen and indigenous people who are poor and whose resources are part of the biological diversity within which they live. Efforts to maintain and restore these ecosystems form a vital cornerstone of the fight to mitigate climate change, to eradicate poverty and provide food security to the most vulnerable people. The carbon offsetting projects initiated by Danone have enabled local communities to invest in the restoration of their ecosystem and the associated ecosystem services.

July 2011, saw the launch of the “Livelihoods Fund” with the technical support of IUCN and the Ramsar Convention. This fund is a carbon investment fund that provides investors access to carbon credits with an assurance on biodiversity and community development through large-scale and high social impact projects.

Since 2009, IUCN, the Ramsar Convention and the Danone Fund for Nature have worked together to develop a large-scale methodology for mangrove restoration approved in 2011 by the Clean Development Mechanism under the UNFCCC. This methodology will provide a significant boost to restoration efforts for mangrove forests, which grow in tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions and provide a wide range of biological services such as nurseries for juvenile fish, a source of timber for local populations and biofiltration.

Apart from mangrove restoration projects in Africa, Indonesia and India, the Livelihoods Fund supports two large-scale agroforestry projects, one in India and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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