Livelihoods

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Jamaica: Resilience through Diversity and Partnerships

This poster tells the story of a national park in a country which values diversity and partnerships and the role they play in resilience. Jamaica´s motto states, "Out of Many, One People" and our black, green and gold flag symbolises the hope within the cultural and natural resources of the island: "the sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative". We will provide examples of challenges weathered by the forest ecosystems and park management.

What role will the implementation of TEEB play in conservation efforts?

“There is an urgent need to incorporate ecosystem values into policy and national accounting systems… Ecosystem values must be a cornerstone of IUCN’s work”, as indicated in The IUCN Programme 2013-16 .

The idea of mainstreaming nature’s values is becoming a priority objective across institutions, governments, businesses and societies worldwide, due in large part to ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) initiative.

Building a European Partnership to strenghten the civil society capacities of Southern countries

Small grants-based programs (SGBP) like those led by IUCN National Committees of Netherlands and France or CARPE focal points of IUCN have proved their efficiency in answering environmental issues faced by the southern countries.
Local NGOs have more executive legitimacy than international NGOs.
Targeted to small-scaled NGOs, these programs help the civil society to emerge in a bottom-up process and to improve its structural organization while building its capacities for lobbying and improvement of national environmental policies.

From Good Intentions to Action: National Implementation on Gender and Climate Change

Women’s historic disadvantages, limited access and control over decision-making, environmental and economic resources, and their restricted rights make them more vulnerable to climate change. However, this disproportionate burden of climate change on women can be countered by empowerment and recognition.

Women have important primary roles as managers of forests, land, water, and other natural resources. This position makes them powerful agents of change in formulating adaptation and mitigation measures. Women are part of the solution.

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