Livelihoods

Introduction to resilience assessment as a tool for transforming social-ecological systems

The Resilience Alliance has published a workbook designed to enable practitioners and policy makers assess the resilience of "social-ecological systems" (landscapes, farms, fisheries, forests, water catchments) and enable strategic decision-making based on the best available knowledge of the state and dynamics of the system being managed.

Sustainable Travel and Eco-Tourism

In this two hour window, participants will brainstorm the best practices for creating the ideal eco-resort experience given the protected area´s natural surroundings.

Things to consider include:

Types of buildings - using indigenous/recycled materials, bringing in prefab.

Plumbing – the gold standard for sustainability.

Cuisine – locavore meets eco-tourism, exploring ways in which cooking with local ingredients can protect bio-diversity and improve food security.

Energy sources – wind, solar, others…

Establishing individual relationships with community and government leaders to develop sustainable resource management capacity

Our proposal to help achieve the IUCN Programme 2013-2016, based upon our unique experiences in South America and Southeast Asia, is to encourage NGOs working in developing countries to first focus upon developing individual relationships between NGO board members and rural community leaders and their responsible government officials who can then work together as partners in identifying local and national needs to manage and utilize local wildlife resources for subsistence and/or economic well-being, and then second, focus upon developing a program, based upon a thorough understanding of re

Making benefit sharing work for forest dependent communities

Benefit sharing is an instrument for converting conservation financing into incentives for positive change at the national and subnational level. A country´s benefit sharing mechanism can determine who is involved in conservation activities. The way benefits are shared influences who bear costs, whether they are compensated, and what forms of incentives are available. While the establishment of an effective benefit sharing mechanism is achievable there are several key questions that need to be tackled beforehand, including:
• Who should benefit?

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.

Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts-Coastal Southeast Asia

Climate change is a global challenge but a lot can be done at the local level to minimize impacts and capture opportunities. IUCN´s Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts―Coastal Southeast Asia Project, funded by European Union, aims to increase adaptive capacity of people and the ecosystems on which they depend to cope with the anticipated impacts of climate change and plan for DRR, through sound governance and planning.

Community forest in Northeastern Thailand: economic value, pressure and community adaptation for sustainable livelihoods.

Community forest management (CFM) focuses on improving livelihoods of rural people and conserving natural forest ecosystems through local participation and cooperation. Increasing demands for forest resources and community socioeconomic change create pressures on CFM. This study presents a community forest named Kok Nongjan (KNJ) in Nong Song Hong, Khon Kaen, Thailand. The study estimates economic value of non-timber forest product (NTFP), examines user responses to increasing demands of NTFPs, and identifies community adaptation to change in attempts to sustain livelihoods.

Promoting sustainable farming practices: the use of a high nature value index (HNVI)

The “High Nature Value Environments” are "un-protected" areas in which the resources and processes in nature combine to supply us with life-supporting benefits. In these areas we are witnessing an increasing number of small farming systems. Our concern is with the legacy that such human presence will leave for future generations. This project created and tested a “High Nature Value Index” (HNVI) to assess the impact of hillside farming on ecological stability in the Northern Range.

Towards sustainable sourcing of wild plants: FairWild +4

The FairWild Standard provides a set of best practice guidelines for the sustainable use and trade in wild harvested plants, and ingredients thereof.

Showcasing REDD+ pro-poor strategies in Uganda, Indonesia, Guatemala, Cameroon and Ghana

IUCN is developing Pro-Poor options for REDD+. IUCN’s Pro-Poor REDD+ approach is being shaped and developed in Guatemala, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda and Indonesia. The proposed poster will inform visitors to the 2012 WCC and showcase successful experiences with the shaping of the Pro-Poor REDD+ Approach in these countries. The objective of the approach is for REDD+ not to create additional burdens for the rural poor, and to influence national REDD+ frameworks to take the interests of forest-reliant communities, Indigenous Peoples, women and other vulnerable groups into account.

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