Ramsar is participating in “Livelihoods Day” this Friday at CBD COP11 in Hyderabad


The Ramsar Convention, IUCN and the Livelihoods Fund are jointly organising “Livelihoods Day” on 12 October (11:00; Rio Pavilion) at the 11th Conference of the Parties of the Convention of Biology Diversity in Hyderabad, India.

Livelihoods depend on biological diversity for food security, fuel, health, provision of clean air and water, etc. Local communities thus play a significant role in conserving but also damaging the biological diversity of their environment. The conservation of natural resources will not be possible if rural communities are not fully involved and do see the benefit of such conservation. The increase in demand for food as a result of world population growth, combined with the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity, call for a profound change in mindset.

This change has already begun. Lessons learned emphasize the importance of adopting a community-based management approach with financial support and knowledge sharing from all relevant fields: international institutions, local NGOs, private sector, researchers and politics. Key tasks such as encouraging this trend, capitalizing on successes, boosting innovation and mobilizing resources are at the centre of the Livelihoods Day that will focus on the linkages between biodiversity and livelihoods.

What do we want to achieve?

Bringing key actors from all relevant sectors to work together on challenges and opportunities for livelihoods and biodiversity will generate discussions around the following topics:
• How to reach scale and sustainability of Livelihoods projects focused on ecosystems conservation, wetlands restoration and agroforestry?
• How can initiatives such as the Livelihoods Fund, the Bonn Challenges and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) contribute to the achievement of the Aïchi targets 14, 15 and 18?
• How does a livelihoods approach help to safeguard biodiversity with regard to reducing emissions from deforestation and ecosystems degradation?

"Livelihoods Day" aims to move to action through examples, best practices and learning from challenges. Ramsar's DSG Nick Davidson will present the main findings of the TEEB report on Water and Wetlands during the morning session. He will stress the increasing peril for people’s livelihoods and the world economy if we continue to undervalue wetlands in decisions made for economic growth.

For more information, click on the following links:

» http://www.livelihoods.eu
» http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/business/?8165
» www.teebweb.org

» See the final consultation draft of the TEEB report here [PDF]

Photo credits: Mangrove in Balik Pulau Penang, Malaysia (© NgHongJing), and Mangrove Plantation (Livelihoods Fund Project) © J-F Hellio and N. VanIngen.

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