The importance of integrating the needs and livelihoods of local communities with biodiversity conservation efforts is now widely recognised as a key element for sustainable conservation solutions. The policy mechanisms through which to achieve this integration, however, have rarely been tested and remain poorly understood.
This project aims to addresses this gap by developing a framework for evaluating the livelihood and conservation impacts of biodiversity projects which is then applied to the case of the Gola Forest Reserves in Sierra Leone, one of the largest remnant of Upper Guinea Tropical forest in West Africa and one of the world’s global biodiversity hotspots.
Other CCI-funded projects in Gola Forest related to this one include:
- Methods for establishing baselines emission rates for REDD projects
- Integrating socio-economic data to improve the design and impact of REDD+ schemes
This project was funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation.