Achieving Conservation Outcomes through Integrated Landscape Approaches

Time/date: 13:15, Monday, 12 December 2016

Venue: Contact Group 8 Meeting Room, Universal Building, Main Floor

Topics: Ecosystem Approach and Restoration

Large landscapes with globally significant biodiversity also have potential for supporting enhanced economic growth, employment generation, and sustainable production. Integrated Landscape Approaches for Conservation (ILAC) aim to 1) balance resource extraction with resource conservation, 2) ensure livelihoods and food security for resource-dependent communities, and 3) allow for sustainable production. India has successfully piloted the implementation of ILAC approaches at several sites throughout the country.

One such Indian ILAC program is the Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Improvement Project (BCRLIP), initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in the Government of Indian, and with financial support from the World Bank. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) operates as a knowledge partner in this initiative.

Two examples of this program are located in the forest departments of Gujurat and Uttarakhand, respectively. In Gujurat, the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) program encourages microplanning and institution-building at the grass roots level to foster integration with other development agencies. The project at Askot in Uttarakhand has generated important lessons for reviving traditional local-level institutions such as Van Panchayats to work in concert with local self-governments. 

ICIMOD has undertaken similar transboundary initiatives, and plans to share at this side event a series of knowledge products, inclusive protocols, and best management practices. In addition, ICIMOD will launch its “Landscape Journey Process Tool Kit for the Hindu Kush Himalaya.” This tool is designed to improve multi-stakeholder planning at different levels of landscape.

Representatives from MoEFCC, WII, the World Bank, Gujurat, and Uttarakhand will share their experiences in capacity building with other agencies. It is hoped these discussions will generate a list of good practices that may be applied to landscape conservation initiatives throughout the HKH. 

At this side event, ICIMOD and WII will present an exhibition of different knowledge products related to landscape conservation.

Dedicated presentations on above good practices from India and Hindukush will be followed by an open dialogue forum for participants from different countries to share their experiences. It is planned to take forward the forum discussions by developing a compendium of global good practices for landscape conservation initiatives. This side event will also include an exhibition of different knowledge products prepared by WII and ICIMOD for landscape conservation.