Livelihoods

Choosing your conservation flagship: an evidence-based approach

Flagship species are instrumental in raising awareness and changing behaviour for biodiversity conservation. However, most flagships are selected without engaging the stakeholders they attempt to influence, which can acutely hamper their effectiveness. To tackle this issue, we developed a framework based on social marketing and environmental economics which aims at understanding the values key stakeholders hold for different species.

Earth Democracy and the Biosphere Ethics Initiative: ethical arguments in biodiversity conservation (CEL official session)

Habitat loss, species loss, culture loss... business as usual is not working and individuals, organizations and governments are seeking creative, practical alternatives. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight ethical arguments in biodiversity conservation, as seen through real examples around the world, and show how they can be applied in diverse situations to inform law and policy.

Community based chimpanzee conservation in Guinea Bissau

CHIMBO Foundation’s goal is chimpanzee conservation in West-Africa.
CHIMBO runs a community based conservation program in the south-eastern part of Guinea Bissau: the Boé sector. This is an area with a rich biodiversity with the chimpanzee as its flagship species.
Population growth (100% in 15 years) and the resulting need for more food threatens the rich flora and fauna.

Soluciones al cambio climático: experiencias de adaptación basada en ecosistemas en cuencas transfronterizas de Mesoamérica

En Mesoamérica la adaptación al cambio climático no puede esperar, es una región tan vulnerable a los efectos adversos de la variabilidad climática, que la adaptación de los sistemas naturales y sociales a las nuevas condiciones debe ser una prioridad. Sin embargo, las condiciones político administrativas y la gestión de los recursos naturales compartidos suponen un reto a la hora de elaborar cualquier plan local o estrategia nacional. La gestión del recurso hídrico es un elemento crucial para lograr la adaptación.

Towards Greater Equity and Sustainability: Building the Union´s Capacity and Knowledge for Natural resource Governance

By bringing together a broad spectrum of participants from IUCN Secretariat, members, commissions, government agencies, and indigenous and community organizations, we will ensure that diverse perspectives have a voice and are able to enrich IUCN’s knowledge on governance. The discussion and analysis of the challenges, opportunities and lessons on governance will be based on practical experiences of IUCN, members and others. Participants will explore governance principles, in order to develop a shared understanding of the elements of a common governance framework.

How to get involved in the World Heritage Convention: A Users Guide for IUCN Members

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is one of the most important global conservation instruments and has almost universal adoption amongst the nations of the world. It provides a unique framework for securing the conservation of over 200 of the world´s most important natural areas, such as the Serengeti, Galapagos and the Great Barrier Reef, recognized as being of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity as a whole.

Optimising CREMAs for Livelihood and Biodiversity Sustainability

Ghana adopted the establishment and development of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) as an integrated land use management approach to securing biodiversity and livelihoods in protected and off-reserve areas in 2000. Since then, government and civil society in the forestry sector have made conscious efforts to optimize the functions and structures of CREMAs to meet the policy aims of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission Ghana.

Movilizando el conocimiento: Un aporte regional al manejo integral de los humedales de la Cuenca del Plata

Este evento propone generar un espacio de intercambio de experiencias y conocimientos en relación a las problemáticas ambientales, sociales y económicas que afectan la integridad de los humedales de la Cuenca del Plata, la más grande de Sudamérica después de la del Amazonas.

Cultural Heritage Management Capacity and Enhanced Biocultural Resilience in High-Value Landscapes

This knowledge café will further strengthen links across the nature-culture divide in protected area management, to bolster biocultural resilience in World Heritage and other high-value landscapes. The proposal builds on the 2008 Barcelona workshop "Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide to Conserve the Diversity of Life". IUCN has a vital interest in integrating approaches to natural and cultural heritage. The initiatives of the IUCN World Heritage Programme and relevant WCPA specialist groups are beginning to get results.

Challenging Value Systems in Conservation

Conservation has its roots in an ethic which emphasised aesthetic and moral reasons for conservation but recently, greater attention has been given to identifying the economic value of biodiversity and market-based conservation mechanisms. However, individuals may support conservation for many reasons, such as the emotional value they place on a particular species or place. Alternatively, the relevance of biodiversity to daily life and the essential goods and services that ecosystems provide may not be understood.

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