Ecosystem Approach Sourcebook - Case-Study Details

 
1. Project Details
Author or Responsible Organization R D Smith and E Maltby. (2003) 'Using the Ecosystem Approach to Implement the Convention on Biological Diversity: Key issues and case studies. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK x + 118pp.
Project Title The Biodiversity Foundation for Africa and the Zambezi Society
Date of Publication
Project Status Completed
Project Start Date
Project End Date
Countries
Regions Africa
Funding Source
 
2. Background to Project
Project Issue/Problem Statement The project aimed at making available biodiversity information that is site specific and multidisciplinary.It is intended to cover the full range of biological groups useful for effective monitoring of the impacts of developments on biodiversity and development and implementation of biodiversity conservation measures for the Zambezi Basin wetlands.
Project Description The project approach built on available biodiversity information through a literature review and used field biological surveys to gather new information. This was followed by analysis and synthesis of this information and identification of information gaps. The scientific information collected was then packaged into concise, focused and digestible formats for policy-makers, decision-makers, planners and local communities at all relevant levels. The availability of scientific biodiversity information in the appropriate formats is useful and forms an important database for improved biodiversity conservation in the wetlands of the Zambezi Basin. The project specifically provided recommendations on the important species and priority areas for biodiversity conservation within the Zambezi Basin Wetlands, recommendations for development agencies to ensure conservation of biodiversity and wilderness values, increased knowledge on the biodiversity of the Zambezi Basin and facilitated its use in planning processes within the basin.
Highlighted Aspects of Ecosystem Approach It was necessary to review the existing information before undertaking field surveys to collect new biodiversity information. • The project made use of all relevant fields of knowledge and expertise to collect,analyse,synthesis and package information appropriate for different users. • The project recognised the need to operate according to available capacities at manageable,site-specific scales within a larger ecosystem. • Ecosystem managers need appropriate and scientifically correct information to be able to make informed management decisions. • Recommended conservation actions need to be based on the best possible multi-disciplinary understanding of the status of species and ecosystems.
Conclusions Effective conservation of ecosystem involves not just a single species but all species. It is important, howevre, that particular species within an ecosystem be identified as the focus of conservation actions while recognising the funtional relationships in the ecosystem. Conservation activities that involve communities need to follow the pace of those communities and not the pace of outsiders such as implementing institutions, donors or others with externally determined deadlines. It is important to have a reliable and functioning monitoring system capable of indicating when a state of balance is achieved between conservation and use of biodiversity resources.
 
3. Sectors and Biomes
Sectors
Biomes Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
 
4. Tools and Approaches
Tools and Approaches   Relevance
Score
  Further
Information
Public Participation 3-High
Management and Incentives 3-High
- Environmental accounting 3-High
Data, Monitoring and Modelling 3-High
- Data collection 3-High
Cross-sectoral Research and Working 3-High
 
5. Issues
Issues   Relevance
Score
Sustainable Use of Biodiversity 3-High
 
6. Ecosystem Approach
Principles and Operational Guidance   Relevance
Score
  Reason
(Only if NOT relevant)
Principle 3: Ecosystem managers should consider the effects (actual or potential) of their activities on adjacent and other ecosystems 3-High
Principle 5: Conservation of ecosystem structure and functioning, in order to maintain ecosystem services, should be a priority target of the ecosystem approach 3-High
Principle 6: Ecosystem must be managed within the limits of their functioning 3-High
Principle 7: The ecosystem approach should be undertaken at the appropriate spatial and temporal scales 3-High
Principle 9: Management must recognize the change is inevitable 3-High
Principle 10: The ecosystem approach should seek the appropriate balance between, and integration of, conservation and use of biological diversity 3-High
Operational Guidance A: Focus on the relationships and processes within ecosystem 3-High
Operational Guidance D: Carry out management actions at the scale appropriate for the issue being addressed, with decentralization to lowest level, as appropriate 3-High
 
7. Lessons Learned and the Outcomes
Lessons Learned Effective conservation of ecosystem involves not just a single species but all species. It is important, howevre, that particular species within an ecosystem be identified as the focus of conservation actions while recognising the funtional relationships in the ecosystem. Conservation activities that involve communities need to follow the pace of those communities and not the pace of outsiders such as implementing institutions, donors or others with externally determined deadlines. It is important to have a reliable and functioning monitoring system capable of indicating when a state of balance is achieved between conservation and use of biodiversity resources.
Outcomes
Other Information
 
8. References
References Smith, R.D. & Maltby, E. (2003) Using the Ecosystem Approach to Implement the Convention on Biodiversity: Key issues and case studies. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, Uk x + 118pp.
 
9. Contact Details
Contact Person Ms. Diana Mortimer
Job Title Ecosystem Approach Officer
Organization Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Address Monkstone House, City Road,
Postal Code PE13 4LA
City Peterborough
ZIP/State/Province Cambs
Telephone +44 1733 866857
Fax +44 1733 555948
E-mail Address diana.mortimer@jncc.gov.uk
 
 

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