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Improving ecosystem functionality and livelihood

This paper examines how interventions intended to improve functionality and productivity of forested landscapes to improve livelihoods of the poorest populations, might actually yield co-benefits in terms of biodiversity conservation. It argues in favour of a ‘landscape’ approach to achieve these co-benefits. …  

21 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Livelihood in Benet, Uganda

Rights, resources and rewards - Benet landscape, Uganda

The Mount Elgon region straddles Kenya and the east of Uganda, extending over an area of approximately 772,000 ha, of which 221,000 ha have been set aside as reserves and national parks. The remaining 550,000ha consist of farmlands and settlements. Mount Elgon itself rises 4,321 m above sea level and stretches over a distance of 80 km from north to south and 50 km wide. It nourishes a vast array of rivers and streams that feed into the important river systems of Africa, most notably the Nile. The area is important for species conservation thanks to the richness of endemic plant and animal species found on the mountain. …  

20 Jul 2013 | International news release
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Acre landscape, Brazil

Extracting value from the forest - Acre, Brazil

Originally important in the 19th century as a source of latex rubber, the region subsequently lost out following the rise of the Malaysian rubber industry. As a result, large swathes of the region’s forests were converted for farming and cattle ranching resulting in a loss of forest cover and related biodiversity. In the 20th century, following campaigns led by environmental activist, the late Chico Mendes, large areas were designated Extractive Reserves. Although this resulted in protection of the remaining forest, it did little to enhance the livelihoods of many of the forest-dwelling communities who remained very poor, largely because their land-tenure rights remained ill-defined and the small scale of their forestry-related activities meant that they were mainly confined to subsistence activities. …  

19 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Wassa Amenfi West, Ghana

Small changes for big impacts - Wassa Amenfi West, Ghana

This paper describes LLS interventions in the Wassa Amenfi West Landscape in the western region of Ghana. The landscape extends over an area of about 120,000 ha. It is a mixed landscape with a variety of agricultural uses; the most important is cocoa farming. …  

18 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

IUCN REDD+ Project in Indonesia Supports Customary Land Mapping

With support from IUCN’s “Toward Pro-Poor REDD+” project, two provinces in Indonesia have produced customary land rights maps that are helping to facilitate REDD+ and broader community-based forest management efforts in the region.   …  

17 Jul 2013 | Article

Miyun Landsscape, China

Moving Closer to Nature - Miyun Landscape, China

Substantial efforts have been made over the last 30 or 40 years to reforest the Miyun landscape. These efforts were a response to the very urgent need to protect the Miyun reservoir and its watershed, which supplies up to 80% of the water used in Bejing, China’s capital city. Over the last decades, Beijing has been facing a progressively worsening water crisis. …  

17 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Doe Mae Salong,Thailand

Unusual Partnership - Doe Mae Salong Landscape, Thailand

The Doi Mae Salong watershed in the north-west of Thailand is the headwater of the Mae Chan River, a tributary of the Mekong River. As such, it is an extremely important landscape for the economy of the region. The landscape has the particularity of being designated a Military Reserved Area and coming under the control and command of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF). …  

16 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Seedlings from nursery ground being prepared for planting

Planting, protecting, and sharing: three indispensable links in mangroves conservation

On a recent trip to Lang Co Lagoon in Thua Thien Hue Province, an MFF small grant project site, I met Nguyen Xuan Vinh who runs a local seafood restaurant. Right at the start of the project Vinh volunteered to plant two hectares of mangroves. When asked why, he said: “I remember many rare and precious aquatic species in the lagoon when mangroves were abundant. But now the mangroves are almost gone and it’s hard to find any such species. If I can bring them back, it will bring a huge profit to my restaurant, and the only way to do that is to plant mangroves. Mangroves also help to purify the water better than any modern machine”. Vinh used the internet to teach himself how to plant mangroves and raise fish and crabs under the mangrove canopy. …   | Vietnamese

15 Jul 2013 | Article
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Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy - Results and Reflections

Are forests just an economic safety net for the poor? How much are forests actually worth, on a global scale? …  

15 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

An iconic scene of East Africa

IUCN's First REDD+ Roundup Newsletter is Now Out

The REDD+ Roundup shares links to the latest news on IUCN's work at the global, regional and national level to help reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in developing countries.  …  

11 Jul 2013 | Article


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