The project developed a Toolkit of methodologies to assess biodiversity and the value of wetland biodiversity to livelihoods, particularly of the poorest, and to find ways to clearly present this information to decision-makers. The methodologies will be integrated, incorporating biodiversity, economics and livelihoods approaches. The Toolkit documents how these methodologies have been put into practice through assessments in Stung Treng Ramsar Site, Lower Mekong, Cambodia and in Mtanza-Msona Village, Rufiji floodplain, Tanzania.
Following initial scoping exercises to generate broad basic data, capacity and awareness on wetland values within the focal regions, fieldwork at the two assessment sites was undertaken, and integrated reports on the livelihood, biodiversity and economic values of the areas disseminated. The assessments have yielded detailed scientific and management information, including GIS maps and databases which document key values and overlaps between threatened species and areas of high human dependence.
Information obtained though the assessments has already fed into the site management plan for the Stung Treng Ramsar site, supporting pro-poor wetland conservation and sustainable use to the benefit of local livelihoods and biodiversity.
This project was funded by the UK Darwin Initiative, and led by IUCN and UEA ODG. Project partners include the IUCN Cambodia Liaison Office and IUCN Country Group 1 (southeast Asia) office, IUCN Tanzania and the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.
- Background: The links between biodiversity, economic values and livelihoods
- Demonstration sites
- The Integrated Wetland Assessment Toolkit
- The Integrated Wetland Assessment Toolkit Discussion Board
- Project donors and Partners