Pakistan today faces both acute poverty and severe environmental degradation. These challenges arise in part from the manner in which benefits from the use of resources are distributed, and it is in the distribution of benefits that a solution can be found. Public revenue in Pakistan is generated primarily through natural resources. In the current scenario, however, earnings from the extraction and use of high-value natural resources are mismanaged and seldom channelled towards those who are most in need.
One third of reef-building corals around the world are threatened with extinction, according to the first-ever comprehensive global assessment to determine their conservation status. The study findings were published today by Science Express.
Leading coral experts joined forces with the Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) – a joint initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) – to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria to this important group of marine species.
Addressing the causes and effects of climate change has been a key focus of USAID’s development assistance for over a decade. USAID has funded environmental programs that have reduced growth in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while promoting energy efficiency, forest conservation, biodiversity, and other development goals.
The poorest of the world’s poor tend to live in rural areas, and often depend directly on natural resources for their livelihoods and very lives. Most are farmers, and most collect their own drinking water, fuel wood and building materials for sustenance and survival. If their environment fails—through drought, land degradation, over-exploitation of forests and fisheries, poisoning of streams and water supplies, destruction of biodiversity, or the spread of diseases like malaria—hunger and illness are direct consequences. Sustainable environmental practices, therefore, are vital for sustainable livelihoods, physical well-being and even survival.
Lao PDR is bringing a watchful eye, backed up by new environmental funding and enforcement, to its rich and diverse but threatened natural resources.
To protect its vast forests and many species of exotic animals, the government has embarked on an ambitious program of environmental monitoring and management with help from the World Bank, other donors, civil society and NGO partners, and private developers.
An innovative South African nature conservation project that combines protecting biodiversity and poverty alleviation faces resistance from residents of adjacent properties who are worried about rate increases and land development rights.
The 'Working 4 Ecosystems' project, which was launched by the eThekwini Municipality 18 months ago, trained residents from surrounding townships to restore green spaces in and around Giba Gorge, just 25 kilometres north of Durban, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province.
This presentation discusses the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and how it addresses poverty through its programs. The CBD's programs of work cover agricultural diversity, dry and sub-humid lands, forest biodiversity, and protected areas.
The objectives of the CBD are:
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Sustainable use of biodiversity
- Fair & equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources
This presentation provides the goal of advancing conservation in a social context: that is, to advance sustainable conservation outcomes through diverse, dynamic social processes. It identifies the challenges and the audience for this initiative, and discusses the "Conservation Bazaar," a multi-disciplinary mixing zone and marketplace where new knowledge is disseminated, tested, and connected in new ways.
This report is a survey of organizations working on the linkages between poverty and conservation. Each item describes the organization, its scope and main initiatives, and provides contact details.
Section 1 of the report reviews activities with poverty-conservation linkages (focusing mainly on international conservation organizations and development agencies). Section 2 describes some of the global initiatives coordinated by these and other organizations.