An integrated landscape in the works, the World Bank’s Sustainable Production Systems and Biodiversity Project is trying to meld biodiversity conservation with agricultural production. Its goals are to conserve and protect nationally and globally significant biodiversity in Mexico by mainstreaming biodiversity-friendly management practices in productive landscapes in priority biological corridors.
Pastoralist Transformations to Resilient Futures: Understanding Climate from the Ground Up is a project that aims to explore East African pastoralists’ perceptions of climatic changes and their experiences coping with related challenges. Another goal is to engage scientists, pastoralists and policy-makers in co-producing knowledge about local adaptation and solutions to climate change in the rangelands of East Africa. Dr. Kathleen Galvin and Dr.
East African pastoralists have historically coped with seasonal and annual climatic variability. However, as climatic changes are intensifying in the region, their livestock-dependent livelihoods are ever more vulnerable to increasingly frequent droughts and other extreme events.
Maasai pastoralists in East Africa are using video to share their stories and experiences about coping with seasonal and annual climatic variability. As climatic changes intensify in the region, their livestock-dependent livelihoods are ever more vulnerable to increasingly frequent droughts and other extreme events.
The Environmental Defense Fund's Amazon Basin Project is working to equip indigenous peoples with the information, technical assistance, and skills they need to participate fully in national climate change policy discussions and official negotiations, and to ensure they benefit from efforts to preserve forests.
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Well-designed catch shares – particularly when they include accumulation limits – can provide safeguards for small boat fishermen, their families, and their communities. Because these are the people who are hurt most when fisheries collapse, Environmental Defense Fund believes it is imperative to ensure that management programs take the needs of both fish and fishermen into account. Catch shares are uniquely suited to do so in a number of ways that conventional fishery management plans could not.
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An Ethiopian project aimed at regenerating forests has received Africa’s first UN-administered temporary carbon credits for a land use project. The project, run by small farmers in southwestern Ethiopia, is restoring natural native species, water supply, and wildlife. Revenue from the carbon credits is being reinvested in additional community-driven activities.
Partnerships between local people and conservation organizations can make significant
contributions to long-term success in conserving biological diversity, and managing
resources sustainably. Strong partnerships help give conservation the broadly based
political legitimacy that it often lacks, and create adaptive capacity to address pressing
conservation needs, which is unlikely to develop without the combined efforts of
multiple groups. Establishing strong partnerships remains a challenging task for conservation