What on Earth is a ‘conservation agreement’?

…” environmental jargon is everywhere these days. Conservation International’s Human Nature blog looks to make sense of it in an occasional explainer series we’re calling “ What on Earth? ” In this installment, we break down “conservation agreements,” an approach that helps conserve biodiversity while improving the quality of life for local communities. So: What is a ‘conservation agreement’? It’s a deal between a community and a group or person…

Setting the Stage for Conservation Agreements in Liberia

…e into concrete benefits for families. We need to bridge the gap between abstract mechanisms like forest carbon deals, biodiversity offsets, or spatial planning and people’s everyday lives. CI-Liberia proposes to do so using conservation agreements — an approach developed by CI’s Conservation Stewards Program. A woman works at a tree nursery in Liberia. (© CI/Photo by Rob McNeil) Conservation agreements promote sound management of biodiversity…

Voices of the Alto Mayo: ‘The forest gives me everything’

…— a swath of Amazonian rainforest twice the size of New York City — has seen some of the country’s highest rates of deforestation. Since 2012, Conservation International has sought to halt the loss of forests by brokering “ conservation agreements ” with local communities, who agree to stop clearing forests in exchange for technical and financial advice. To date, nearly 1,000 agreements have been signed, reducing deforestation and helping…

Environmental Peacebuilding: Conservation Agreements Reduce People-park Conflict in Liberia

…between heated, angry arguments and periods of refusing to speak to each other. Working with the Arcelor Mittal iron ore mining company and local NGO partners, CI Liberia addressed this conflict using a strategy based on the conservation agreement model developed by CI’s Conservation Stewards Program (CSP). Conservation agreements offer direct incentives to communities in exchange for conservation actions. Benefits typically include funding for…

Conservation science tackles a perplexing subject: people

…t scientific capacity is held by those who need it, and we must foster evidence-based decision-making. As a global organization, the society is well positioned to inform and advance cooperation on international environmental agreements — the Paris Agreement, U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the next generation of the Convention on Biological Diversity — through evidence and through science. Today’s political context just makes our work all…

What on Earth is ‘conservation finance’?

…n occasional explainer series we’re calling “What on Earth?” In this installment, we break down “conservation finance,” which isn’t as dull as it sounds — and which might be the final frontier for protecting nature. What is ‘conservation finance’? “Conservation finance” refers generally to a range of financial mechanisms that can help fund the conservation of nature. Ok. But why do we need to pay for conservation in the first place? The short…

Voices of the Alto Mayo: Women in charge

…— a swath of Amazonian rainforest twice the size of New York City — has seen some of the country’s highest rates of deforestation. Since 2012, Conservation International has sought to halt the loss of forests by brokering “ conservation agreements ” with local communities, who agree to stop clearing forests in exchange for technical and financial advice. To date, nearly 1,000 agreements have been signed, reducing deforestation and helping…

In Peru’s Amazon, voices from the community prove conservation is reaping rewards

…t — a swath of Amazonian rainforest twice the size of New York City — has seen some of the country’s highest rates of deforestation. Since 2012, Conservation International has sought to halt the loss of forests by brokering “conservation agreements” with local communities, who agree to stop clearing forests in exchange for technical and financial advice. To date, nearly 1,000 agreements have been signed, reducing deforestation and helping create…

How Incan ruins and Brazil nuts are fighting deforestation in Bolivia

Conservation International Bolivia’s Daniel Maidana (seated, middle) and residents from the indigenous village of Macahua pose amid Incan archaeological ruins near the town. Through a conservation agreement, community members received tourism training in exchange for leaving the nearby forest standing. (© Conservation International/photo by Analiz Montano) Editor’s note: Human Nature is exploring the complexities of living in, using and…

‘We are not tourist attractions’: Indigenous leaders assert their voices in conservation

…t news on community-driven conservation. SIGN UP Q: What is the biggest conservation gain indigenous peoples have made in the past year? Ole Kaunga, Kenya: In places in Africa and Kenya where indigenous people participate in conservation, as compared to government-led conservation initiatives, they have experienced a number of gains. Through partnership-based conservation, they can make money off of their land while ensuring it remains intact,…

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