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 Guiding Plan Proposal, Bañados del Este Biosphere Reserve, Uruguay
Date of Publication
Project Status Completed
Project Start Date
Project End Date
Countries Uruguay
Regions Latin America and the Caribbean
Funding Source
 
2. Background to Project
Project Issue/Problem Statement An interdisciplinary team was set up to initiate the redefinition and rezoning of the Bañados del Este Reserve in a manner that recognised both the socio-economic and biogeographic realities of sustainable development and conservation.
Project Description Since 1997,the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Programme in the Este Wetlands (PROBIDES) has been developing a Guiding Plan for the management of the Bañados del Este Biosphere Reserve. The plan aimed to delimit the reserve area and propose new zoning. The Guiding Plan resulted in a planning instrument for the effective implementation of both conservation and sustainable development within the reserve. It contained a set of recommendations and actions that were orientated to better land-use management. Public and private institutions collaborated to delimit zones within the reserve. The adopted methodology allowed the progressive development of an action plan designed to deliver conservation and sustainable development through: (1)identification of environmental units,(2)elaboration of a conceptual framework for the interpretation of the actual situation and the evaluation of the relationship between people and their environment,(3)study of the existing legal framework of the reserve,(4)identification of land-use patterns,(5)generation of a complete a data base for GIS, and (6)identification of the degree of conflicts between different sectors.A set of recommendations was proposed on the basis of these evaluations.
Highlighted Aspects of Ecosystem Approach • Conservation and sustainable use of resources are addressed but equitable sharing was not. • The need for greater understanding of the ecosystem and its processes was a key element for the Guiding Plan. • Goods, services and benefit sharing were not identified in the case study. • Adaptive management strategies were underlined as a component of the Guiding Plan. • Both regional and local levels were recognised as the appropriate scales of management. • The relevant sectoral groups were identified as NGOs, public bodies and private sectors that are directly connected to the reserve.
Conclusions •A MAB-IUCN framework proved to be most appropriate for the zoning of the reserve ’s area, particularly for the management and protection of important natural habitats or vulnerable species. • Area-specific management plans, based on the Guiding Plan template, will be needed in the future.
 
3. Sectors and Biomes
Sectors Others
Biomes Inland Waters Biodiversity
 
4. Tools and Approaches
Tools and Approaches   Relevance
Score
  Further
Information
Public Participation 3-High
- Conflict management methods 3-High
Governance, Law and Policy 3-High
- Policy development, planning and reform 3-High
Data, Monitoring and Modelling 3-High
- Data collection 3-High generation of a complete database for GIS
Cross-sectoral Research and Working 3-High
 
5. Issues
Issues   Relevance
Score
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j) 3-High
 
6. Ecosystem Approach
Principles and Operational Guidance   Relevance
Score
  Reason
(Only if NOT relevant)
Principle 1: The objectives of management of land, water and living resources are a matter of societal choices 3-High
Principle 2: Management should be decentralized to the lowest appropriate level 3-High
Principle 4: Recognizing potential gains from management, there is usually a need to understand and manage the ecosystem in an economic context 2-Medium
Principle 6: Ecosystem must be managed within the limits of their functioning 3-High
Principle 10: The ecosystem approach should seek the appropriate balance between, and integration of, conservation and use of biological diversity 3-High
Principle 12: The ecosystem approach should involve all relevant sectors of society and scientific disciplines 3-High
 
7. Lessons Learned and the Outcomes
Lessons Learned •A MAB-IUCN framework proved to be most appropriate for the zoning of the reserve ’s area, particularly for the management and protection of important natural habitats or vulnerable species. • Area-specific management plans, based on the Guiding Plan template, will be needed in the future.
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 Cambridg, 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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