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Conservation for Poverty Reduction Initiative . IUCN launched its Conservation for Poverty Reduction Initiative in September 2005 – with the aim of significantly expanding its work and impact on livelihood security of the poor

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Conservation for poverty reduction initiative
Conservation for Poverty Reduction Initiative

  • IUCN launched its Conservation for Poverty Reduction Initiative in September 2005 – with the aim of significantly expanding its work and impact on livelihood security of the poor

  • Currently, 10 Regional Programmes, 10 Global Thematic Programmes and 6 Commissions implement around 120 projects and initiatives with direct relevance for livelihood security worldwide. Investment is nearly USD 25 million per year.

  • IUCN Programmes are currently planning new major interventions to expand this work. The target is to invest around USD 300 million in five years. Most of effort in Africa.


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Conservation for Poverty Reduction Initiative

  • Policy and field work:

    • National development and conservation policy, e.g. Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSPs), sectoral strategies

    • Trade, markets, fiscal measures and economic instruments

    • Ecosystem management for livelihood security (e.g. protected areas, drylands management, fisheries)

    • Improved water and ecosystem management for human health

    • Reducing vulnerability of the poor to natural disasters and climate change, through improved preparedness and mitigation approaches

    • Restoration of degraded ecosystems (e.g. forests, grazing lands) to increase productivity in support of the rural poor

    • Support to improved access to efficient energy sources by the poor

  • Governance of natural resources, social and gender equity and rights


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Conservation for Poverty Reduction Initiative

  • New proposals being developed on:

  • Protected areas and poverty: tools, approaches and capacity building

  • Addressing indigenous peoples’ poverty – regional and national actions

  • Improving drylands management especially in Africa

  • Exploring rights-based approaches to poverty-conservation links

  • Reduce risk and vulnerability of the poor to natural disasters

  • Exploration of microfinance tools to support sustainable resource use