Biodiversity supports livelihoods of the rural poor in a number of ways, providing scope for building bridges between the conservation and development community to achieve win-win outcomes. A growing interest in this area amongst CCI partners stimulated a Shared Challenges workshop in March 2012 which provided an ideal opportunity to share perspectives and to discuss further opportunities for collaborative work.
Recent work in the UK and internationally has focused on assessing the strength of the evidence for biodiversity-poverty linkages and mainstreaming the evidence into development and planning policies. This workshop focused on conservation outcomes, and discussed what we need to understand about the linkages between biodiversity and poverty in order to improve those outcomes. In a facilitated discussion session, participants considered how their work helps inform and/or answer this question, and think about ways in which the evidence base could be improved through collaboration amongst CCI partners.