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Ecosystem Approach
Case Studies

During the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the ecosystem approach was recognised as the primary framework for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In subsequent decisions the need for further guidance both in formulating a conceptual basis for understanding the ecosystem approach, as well as for providing a practical approach for its application, was acknowledged. The Conference of the Parties particularly requested that the Executive Secretary collect, analyse, compare and disseminate identified case-studies and lessons learned on the ecosystem approach (decision V/6, paragraph 4; decision VI/12, paragraph 2 (a)). In response to these requests, case-studies on the ecosystem approach submitted by Parties and other governments or organizations have been included on the case-study database of the CBD. These case-studies were submitted at various occasions:

  1. Following COP-5, which took place in 2000, a series of regional "Pathfinder" workshops on the ecosystem approach were jointly organised by UNESCO, IUCN, RAMSAR, Royal Holloway-University of London, WWF and the Secretariat of the CBD. During the regional consultation workshops 26 case-studies were presented by the country representatives. They are published in the Pathfinder report, the Table of Contents of which is available here
  2. The German Federal Agency of Nature Conservation, on the Isle of Vilm, Germany, hosted an international workshop on "further development of the ecosystem approach" in October 2002. Ten case-studies were presented and analysed during this workshop. Table of Contest of this report is available here
  3. A call for submission of case-studies on migratory species was extended jointly by the Secretariats of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the CBD. The ecosystem approach was among the topics specifically considered. For information on these cases, refer to the CMS-CDB Joint Page on Case Studies
  4. In the preparation of and during the expert meeting on the ecosystem approach, which was held in Montreal, Canada, from 7 to 11 July 2003, additional case-studies were submitted by Parties and other governments or organizations. Although the full set of submitted case studies is included in the CBD Case Studies Database, 12 were selected to illustrate the various principles of the ecosystem approach, and these are included in the "report of the expert meeting" in document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/4. You can access these case studies here

Note: The tables below provide a quick guide to the relevant cases contained in the Pathfinder and Vilm reports. The page numbers on the tables refer to the page numbers of the document to which you will be referring.

Using the Ecosystem Approach to implement the CBD
A global synthesis report drawing lessons from three regional pathfinder workshops

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Southern Africa Country Page

Application of the Ecosystem Approach from the Zambesi Basin Wetlands Conservation and Resource Utilization Project

Zimbabwe

40

Consideration of the Campfire Programme under the Ecosystem Approach to the CBD

Zimbabwe

41

The Ecosystem Approach: Experiences of the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa and The Zambezi Society

Zimbabwe

42

Sustainable management of Indigenous forests in Malawi, Kamwamba, Mwanza East

Malawi

43

East African Marine Eco-Region project

Tanzania

44

Catchment Rehabilitation: Zimuto-Mshagashe, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

45

Management of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve and the Ecosystem Approach

Benin

46

 
South America Country Page

Choco Ecoregional Project

Colombia

47

Inter-institutional Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Pampas Region of Argentina

Argentina

48

Ecological corridors: ecosystem approach of environmental management

Brazil

49

The Marine reserve of the Galapagos

Ecuador

50

Proposal for the Biosphere Reserve Banados del Este, Uruguay

Uruguay

51

La Segua Swamp Management: an integral management strategy

Ecuador

52

Integral Use and Management of the Tumbes Mangrove Swamp, Peru

Peru

53

Management proposal for the Beni Biological Station, Bolivia

Bolivia

54

Vinalares Project: application of the Ecosystem Approach in Argentina

Argentina

55

Integral Protection Program for the El Guacharo National Park, Venezuela

Venezuela

56

 
Southeast Asia Country Page

Large-scale ecosystems health assessment of the Langat Basin in Malaysia: Biodiversity conservation

Malaysia

57

Community-based tiger conservation in Cambodia

Cambodia

58

Rice IPM as an application of the ecosystem system approach in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia

Thailand

59

The first step to calculate the total economic value of Can Gio mangrove ecosystem

Vietnam

60

The role of Melaleuca wetlands in providing ecosystems services for people and the environment in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Vietnam

61

Non-Timber Forest Products in Lao PDR: a practical application of the ecosystem approach?

Lao PDR

62

Integrated conservation development programme for Siberut Biosphere Reserve

Indonesia

63

Chenderoh Reservoir, Perak: on the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources

Malaysia

64

Ecoregion conservation in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam

Vietnam

65

Ecosystem Approach
Report of the International Workshop on the Further Development of the Ecosystem Approach

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Title Country Page

Consideration of the Ecosystem Approach of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Germany: General Framework for Implementation and Lessons Learnt

Germany

51

Making use of the Ecosystem Approach in a new Management System for Biological Diversity - Cross Sectoral Co-ordination

Norway

54

Application of the Ecosystem Approach in Russia

Russia

57

South Africa's Experience in the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach

South Africa

60

Municipalities and protected areas: the case of the Sajama National Park, Bolivia

Bolivia

63

The Ecosystem Approach and the Itombwe Forest ICDP in the DR Congo

DR Congo

72

Sustainable Forest Management in Germany: The Ecosystem Approach Reconsidered

Germany

76

Applying the Ecosystem Approach in High-Mountain Ecosystems in Germany: Experiences with the Alpine Convention

Germany

80

The Ecosystem Approach of the Convention on Biological Diversity - A German Case Study on the Lessons Learnt from the Project "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea"

Germany

84

Practical Application of the Ecosystem Approach in River Catchments - The Case of the Westcountry Rivers Trust

UK

87

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