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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Livelihoods



Objective

To empower and mobilise communities, local institutions and networks for up-scaling integrated management of biodiversity and ecosystem services at sub-watershed, watershed and river basin levels for sustainable livelihoods.

Agricultural and forest biodiversity, and ecosystem services are the basis for sustainable food systems, livelihoods, and building community resilience. The unprecedented loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services are threatening rural livelihoods and environment. This programme will empower and mobilise communities, local institutions and networks for up-scaling integrated management of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resources in selected sub-watersheds, watersheds and river basins that are of national importance and that provide goods and services to local inhabitants.

To achieve this objective, within five year, LI-BIRD will:

  • Identify and establish three to five sub-watersheds, watersheds or river basins that are of national importance for long-term research and development programming;
  • Empower communities, local institutions and networks for up-scaling integrated management and use of agricultural and forest biodiversity and ecosystem services in selected sub-watersheds, watersheds or river basins;
  • Consolidate learning on agro-biodiversity management and payment for ecosystem service mechanisms and replicate in selected subwatersheds, watersheds or river basins; and
  • Demonstrate the benefit of ecological agriculture for food, nutrition and income security of smallholder farmers by identifying and testing scalable ecological agriculture technologies and practices at subwatershed, watershed or river basin level.



Co-ordinator