Integrating Conservation and Livelihoods around Protected Areas through Scalable Technological Solutions
Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED), Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Date and Time
10 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45
WWF-India with support from SEED launched a project in 2007 on "People and Protected Areas:Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Partnership with Local Communities" to coordinate and support the efforts of local and grassroots VOs promoting innovative mechanisms to enhance local livelihoods for communities living in and around Protected Areas (PAs). The first phase of the project (2008-2011) covered 12 VOs at 13 different PAs in diverse ecological areas of our country.This programme has been unique and successful in developing diverse and sustainable livelihood models and enabling adoption of better conservation practices for sustainable use of forest resources through introduction and application of need based appropriate technologies for capacity building at the local level. The successful technology based field models linking conservation and livelihoods around PAs that were established under the project have the potential for wider replication and adoption at the local as well as global level. It is thus important to share the success stories obtained from the 1st phase of the programme with the larger world and the side events being organized at the upcoming CoP11 offers an excellent platform for the same –showing role of technology to address conservation vis-à-vis livelihood issues at the global level.