Farming for wild nature: integrating biodiversity and sustainable development in tropical agricultural landscapes in Africa (archives.php)

Farming for wild nature: integrating biodiversity and sustainable development in tropical agricultural landscapes in Africa

Agricultural land occupies around 38% of the planet’s land surface and the spread and intensification of agriculture are recognised as two of the most important global threats to wildlife. In developing countries, rapidly increasing human populations and per capita diet expectations are requiring ever increasing food production and there is a growing need to manage…

Links in biodiversity conservation, ecosystems services and climate change: teaching materials and building capacity

Ecosystems provide numerous benefits, (ecosystem services), which are underpinned by biodiversity. Climate change has increased vulnerability and reduced resilience of ecosystems globally with potentially far reaching impacts on human well-being. There is therefore a need to foster a greater understanding of the links between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and climate change to enhance leadership at…

Beyond win-win: interrogating ecosystem services dynamics

While the ecosystem services framework offers the potential for developing approaches that simultaneously provide ecological stability and livelihood security, especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world, there are often tradeoffs associated with the pursuit of multiple objectives, by multiple stakeholders, across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Choices are ubiquitous in natural resource management…

A framework for assessing livelihood impacts of forest conservation programmes

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…

Gathering new ideas for collaboration

A series of ‘ideas gathering’ workshops between September 2010 and March 2011, has been highly effective in highlighting areas of interest shared by CCI partners, organisations within CCF and research groups in Cambridge University, identifying ‘hot topics for discussion and exploring potential opportunities for collaborative work. More than 80 people came to a series of…

Reconnecting people and nature

There is general concern amongst conservationists that people are taking fewer opportunities to experience and connect with nature. This project is designed to explore this and to understand what the implications may be for the conservation of biodiversity. To gain an overview of the variety of work that CCI partners and University Departments are doing…

Lessons learnt from the climate change debate

Biodiversity loss is of global significance with serious implications for human health and wellbeing. Despite this, and the wealth of scientific evidence on the scale of the problem, biodiversity loss does not seem to attract the same level of attention at national and international levels as climate change. This project starts to tease apart the…

Carbon management and the ‘greening’ of conservation organisations in Cambridge

In 2008, a report commissioned by the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) and UNEP-WCMC, reviewed the state of the voluntary carbon market and how organisations in Cambridge offset and reduce their carbon emissions. Building on this report, the Shared Challenges Programme brought together representatives from a range of CCF and CCI partner organisations and the University of…

What do conservation practitioners want from remote sensing?

The data collected by earth observation remote sensing is a powerful tool for conservation and in such a rapidly changing field, it is essential that conservationists working with satellite imagery and the experts behind it work together to make the most of the technology and convert the results into action for conservation. The Shared Challenges…