Communities living close to wildlife, forests and protected areas have a clear role and stake in managing natural resources and a stronger incentive in conserving natural resources if they benefit from them. For many years, nature-based tourism has been a main source of livelihoods and jobs for communities living near protected areas. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that over-reliance on tourism can also, in the event of a shock, lead to drastic declines in conservation financing and a sudden loss of livelihoods . While nature-based tourism is expected to recover, governments, institutions and local organizations have been finding ways to diversify income sources that benefit communities and support conservation goals.
Join this webinar to learn about local, viable, and scalable solutions for conservation-based livelihoods that go beyond tourism. The keynote speaker Sue Snyman from the African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation will present the newly released “State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa” report. This will be followed by five lightning talks and innovative models from Latin America, Asia and Africa of businesses and economic activities that directly depend on wildlife or forests for their core business or contribute to conservation through their activities.
What: Global Wildlife Programme-hosted Virtual Knowledge Exchange on “Conservation Livelihoods: Looking Beyond Tourism”
When: April 29, 2021, 9:00-10:30 PM Philippine Standard Time.
Meeting number (access code): 160 290 2677
Meeting password: TBcByJJ4
- Lisa Farroway, Senior Environmental Specialist and Program Manager, Global Wildlife Program, World Bank
- Sue Snyman, Director of Research at the African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation
Lightning talks on solutions that promote conservation livelihoods
- Richard Diggle, CBNRM coordinator for WWF-Namibia
- Carina M Piment, Executive Director, Conexsus Brazil
- Jasper Makala, CEO, Mpingo Conservation Trust Tanzania (MCDI)
- Joke Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer, BioCarbon Partners
- Marissa Balfour, Assistant to the Executive Director, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network
- Adrian Dellecker, Head of Strategy and Development, Luc Hoffman Institute
The lightning talks will be followed by a discussion and Q&A. This virtual event is part of a webinar series hosted by the Global Wildlife Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded program to combat illegal wildlife trade and support wildlife-based economies.