Conservation as a Core Asset for Livelihood Security in East Africa

This project aims to help rural households and decision-makers better understand conservation and biodiversity as key components of rural livelihood improvement strategies and security in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. It will do so by documenting lessons learned by rural communities on the linkages between conservation and improvements in livelihood and human security, and by using the experiences to engage constructively with officials for joint discussion leading to action.

The idea is to make decision-making processes integrate the knowledge, interests and participation of different stakeholder groups, so that the resulting decisions are likely to be acceptable to them. The project will be implemented mainly by national and regional researchers, and coordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) team in East Africa.

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Start Date

Monday, March 6, 2006

End Date

Sunday, March 6, 2011


48 months

IDRC Officer

Sanginga, Pascal

Total funding

CA$ 1,000,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Dr. Edmund Barrow

Project Leader

Dr. Alice Kaudia


International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

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