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Assessing environment and development outcomes in conservation landscapes

Assessing environment and development outcomes in conservation landscapes

An approach to assessing the environmental outcomes and changes in peoples’ livelihoods resulting from landscape-scale conservation interventions was developed for three locations in Africa. Simple sets of performance indicators were developed through participatory processes that included a variety of stakeholders. The selection of indicators was designed to reflect wider landscape processes, conservation
objectives and as local peoples’ preferred scenarios. This framework, combined with
the use of social learning techniques, helped stakeholders develop greater understandings of landscape system dynamics and the linkages between livelihood and
conservation objectives. Large scale conservation and development interventions
should use these approaches to explore linkages and improve shared understanding of
tradeoffs and synergies between livelihood and conservation initiatives. Such approaches
provide the basis for negotiating and measuring the outcomes of conservation
initiatives and for adapting these to changing perspectives and circumstances.

Authors: Sayer, J.A.; Campbell, B.M.; Petheram, L.; Aldrich, M.; Ruiz Perez, M.; Endamana, D.; Dongmo, Z-L N.; Defo, L.; Mariki, S.; Doggart, N.; Burgess, N.

Topic: environmental management,landscape,nature conservation,livelihoods,assessment,monitoring,indicators,participation,adaptation

Geographic: Africa,Central Africa,Morocco,Tanzania

Publication Year: 2007

ISSN: 0960-3115

Source: Biodiversity and Conservation 16(9): 2677-2694

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