This report seeks to explore the state of knowledge on the linkages between biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, food security, and sustainable livelihoods and aims to address a longstanding knowledge gap on how local action could contribute to policy making. The report documents best practices and lessons learned from community-based projects that synergistically address biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction (sustainable livelihoods), and adaptation to climate change. The report aims to demonstrate the co-benefits resulting from local biodiversity conservation projects – e.g. for sustainable livelihoods, food security, climate change adaptation etc – to “make the case” for investing in local and community-based initiatives, and to communicate lessons learned to policy makers that might facilitate better informed decisions and interventions in environment and development policy formation.
Balakrishna Pisupati, Ph,D. Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance Unit
Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi.
Cover design, UNEP WED logo.