Ecosystem management

Creative participatory methodologies for protected areas management: New approaches and challenges

This Knowledge Café represents a continuation of the Knowledge Café conducted by us in 2008 at the IUCN Congress in Barcelona, and aims at promoting and advancing the discussions and experience sharing concerning new methodological and pedagogical approaches for protected areas management. Participatory methodologies for protected areas management represents one of the main challenges related to social inclusion and benefit sharing concerning biodiversity conservation strategies.

Landscape Governance Mapping: A Tool for Social Resilience

Social resilience has recently emerged as a critical component in assuring biodiversity conservation success particularly in the face of climate change. Social resilience rests on trust among stakeholders that fosters effective communication, flexibility and adaptation. One of the most critical elements of social resilience is thus understanding and promoting sound governance, the ability of institutions to assure transparent and accountable management and benefit flows. Natural resource governance systems that have authority, legitimacy, motivation and capacity to effectively manage ecosystems and the benefits they provide are critical to sustained conservation and development success. USAID and SCAPES program partners will share a landscape-scale perspective and experience with mapping and assessing governance across high-biodiversity mosaic landscapes while encouraging the adoption of more targeted metrics for tracking the effectiveness and resilience of governance.

Integrating ecosystem services into development planning - IES. Introduction to manual and training module.

Development planners are often confronted with a set of multifaceted challenges in development planning processes. Projects and policies intended to meet development goals often go forward unwittingly at the expense of nature, e.g. a national plan to expand agriculture to increase food production may increase deforestation leading to soil erosion and flooding. Frequently, the development goals are undermined as the effects of these trade-offs are felt by people who depend on nature for their livelihood and well-being.

GEF- Investing in Our Planet: Sustainable financing for biodiversity

The workshop will inform 20 years of Global Environment Facility (GEF)´s activities and achievements as the financial mechanism of the CBD. It will also initiate discussion on the future directions and strategy of the GEF biodiversity program with experts, local and indigenous communities, and other audiences.

Uniting an Ocean of Islands: Scaling Up Conservation through Peer Learning Networks

Encompassing vast proportions of Earth´s ocean ecosystems and embracing incredible cultural diversity, Small Island Developing Nations face unprecedented challenges in conserving biodiversity and enhancing resiliency to climatic changes. Since conventional management models rarely prioritize diffusion of innovation and learning across regions, networks of practitioners can be a tool to encourage innovation and rapid adoption and adaptation of practical solutions.

New business models for mainstreaming conservation into development: Innovations from the Global Tiger Initiative

Present and discuss specific lessons, challenges and innovative solutions generated by the Tiger Range Countries during the initial phase of implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Program that was approved by Heads of Governments at the 2010 Tiger Summit.

Gestión Integrada de Cuencas: el caso de la cuenca del Río Cahoacán, Chiapas, México

El proyecto "Manejo de la cuenca del río Cahoacán, Chiapas, México a través de la conservación y restauración de microcuencas, para prevenir daños causados por el exceso de agua" logró articular una plataforma social e institucional que coadyuvó en la gestión participativa de las zonas de recarga hídrica y las zonas de riesgo de desastres, logrando un impacto directo sobre el 20% del territorio de la cuenca con acciones de conservación y restauración.

Understanding biodiversity risk - the role and value of IBAT, the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool

Worldwide there are estimated to be some 25,000 mines producing industrial minerals and almost 100,000 quarries producing aggregates for construction purposes. As the price of rare minerals and metals rises and the need for energy grows, even more areas will become targets for exploitation. Turning to financing, in 2011 IFC alone invested almost $19 billion in more than 500 projects. With this demand for natural resources and level of investment, we have not only an opportunity but arguably an obligation to ensure that our conservation knowledge is readily available to decision makers.

Habitat restoration to conserve Asia endemic primate, Phayre´s Leaf Monkey, in Myanmar

Phayre´s leaf monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei) distributes in the tropical Asia and mainly inhabits Southeast Asia. It is listed as endangered species in IUCN Red List since its population is at risk of becoming extinct or threatened by anthropogenic activities. Hunting stress and habitat loss are main causes for declining the population. It is also listed as CITES Appendix II in order to control the illegal trade. In Myanmar, Phayre's leaf monkey is given high priority for protection and it was listed as ´completely protected animals´ by the national wildlife law.

How to develop a regional monitoring system to influence conservation and development decision making?

The aim of this event is to share experiences on the relevance and efficiency of regional monitoring systems as a support for the implementation of policies. Based on the experience of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), it also aims at exploring the opportunity to develop policy-oriented monitoring systems in other regions of the world. The option to improve the MWO tool and develop new partnerships in the Mediterranean context will also be investigated.

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