Too often, protected areas seem to pit conservation goals against the needs of local people, leading inevitably to conflict.
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Conservation agreements motivate people to protect local ecosystems in exchange for community-determined benefits.
In the forests of central Africa, CI is working to preserve bonobo habitat while improving local livelihoods.
Harvesting natural ingredients for the perfume industry is providing sustainable livelihoods for residents of Aripao.
As Liberia struggles to rebuild its economy after civil war, we’re working to ensure that the value of nature is considered.