Livelihoods and landscapes strategies are plans to deliver human and environmental needs in large areas of land. They have a special emphasis on improving livelihoods through the sustainable use of forests. Each strategy is different, but they all combine technical, local and organisational knowledge, and aim to be environmentally friendly, financially sustainable and socially equitable. In achieving these multiple aims, decisions for different uses in different parts of a landscape often result in trade-offs that are negotiated between multiple stakeholders.
Livelihoods and Landscape Strategy (LLS)
- Livelihoods and landscapes: So far, the expectations of PES as a market-based solution for conservation and development have not been met.
- Feature: Do public goods always have to remain public?
- REDD: We cannot wait to act on REDD-plus.
- Local forests: Why, despite their global significance, has so little external investment flowed to local forest enterprises – especially in the South?
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"The landscape scale is being used for complex initiatives that have the dual objective of conserving biodiversity and alleviating poverty in developing countries. Working at landscape scales greatly expands the level of ambition of conservation organizations. The skills and competencies needed are different to those that conservation organizations have conventionally deployed. Influencing landscape patterns will be gradual and require medium to long-term commitments." …
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"Most biodiversity conservation projects in poor tropical countries also aspire to alleviate the poverty of local people. The results of these integrated conservation and development projects have often been disappointing. This paper argues that it would be impossible for both practical and ethical reasons for conservation programmes to ignore the needs of poor people who live in and around the natural areas that we seek to conserve..." …
26 May 2010 | Downloads - document
"Present biodiversity conservation programmes in the remaining extensive forest blocks of the humid tropics are failing to achieve outcomes that will be viable in the medium to long term. Too much emphasis is given to what we term ‘grand design’—ambitious and idealistic plans for conservation..." …
24 May 2010 | Downloads - document
"Human activities in tropical forests are disruptive processes and can trigger numerous, yet not completely understood, mechanisms or effects which will in turn alter, in a more or less significant way, the overall function, structure and composition of the ecosystem. …
23 May 2010 | Downloads - document
Edmund Barrow, Regional Forest Advisor from IUCN’s Forest Conservation Programme in Africa, is based in Nairobi but supports the Forest Programme across the whole continent. Engagement with local communities is a very important part of his work. Here he talks about the challenges that this entails and how conservation work can bring real-life benefits both to people and to the environment. …
21 May 2010 | Audio
REDD and Communities Task Force calls for case studies on ICCAs and the “underlying causes of forest conservation”
The REDD and Communities Task Force of CEESP and the Global Forest Coalition have started a new initiative to map, document and promote successful examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-driven forest conservation and restoration, and the incentive systems and policy frameworks that have made them work. …
21 May 2010 | News story