Tanguar Haor/Ramsar site
Experiences in forest landscape restoration and management

Improving ecosystem functionality and livelihood

This paper examines how interventions intended to improve functionality and productivity of forested landscapes to improve livelihoods of the poorest populations, might actually yield co-benefits in terms of biodiversity conservation. It argues in favour of a ‘landscape’ approach to achieve these co-benefits. …  

21 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Acre landscape, Brazil

Extracting value from the forest - Acre, Brazil

Originally important in the 19th century as a source of latex rubber, the region subsequently lost out following the rise of the Malaysian rubber industry. As a result, large swathes of the region’s forests were converted for farming and cattle ranching resulting in a loss of forest cover and related biodiversity. In the 20th century, following campaigns led by environmental activist, the late Chico Mendes, large areas were designated Extractive Reserves. Although this resulted in protection of the remaining forest, it did little to enhance the livelihoods of many of the forest-dwelling communities who remained very poor, largely because their land-tenure rights remained ill-defined and the small scale of their forestry-related activities meant that they were mainly confined to subsistence activities. …  

19 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Wassa Amenfi West, Ghana

Small changes for big impacts - Wassa Amenfi West, Ghana

This paper describes LLS interventions in the Wassa Amenfi West Landscape in the western region of Ghana. The landscape extends over an area of about 120,000 ha. It is a mixed landscape with a variety of agricultural uses; the most important is cocoa farming. …  

18 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Miyun Landsscape, China

Moving Closer to Nature - Miyun Landscape, China

Substantial efforts have been made over the last 30 or 40 years to reforest the Miyun landscape. These efforts were a response to the very urgent need to protect the Miyun reservoir and its watershed, which supplies up to 80% of the water used in Bejing, China’s capital city. Over the last decades, Beijing has been facing a progressively worsening water crisis. …  

17 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Doe Mae Salong,Thailand

Unusual Partnership - Doe Mae Salong Landscape, Thailand

The Doi Mae Salong watershed in the north-west of Thailand is the headwater of the Mae Chan River, a tributary of the Mekong River. As such, it is an extremely important landscape for the economy of the region. The landscape has the particularity of being designated a Military Reserved Area and coming under the control and command of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF). …  

16 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Livelihood and Landscape Strategy Report Cover

Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy - Results and Reflections

Are forests just an economic safety net for the poor? How much are forests actually worth, on a global scale? …  

15 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

New TEEB Report: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

The new TEEB report 'The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands' was launched by RAMSAR and partners on the occassion of World Wetlands Day. …  

01 Feb 2013 | Downloads - publication

Cover of arborvitae Issue 44

arborvitae Issue 44 - Forests: a legal challenge

  • Where there is no title: Security of tenure is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for trust and confidence about future benefits.
  • Feature: Customary laws can have a significant influence on access to – and use of – land and forests in many countries.
  • Tigers or tribals: The rules set down in the law certainly fall short of expectations and make its implementation difficult.
 

31 Oct 2011 | Downloads - publication

Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region: priority sites for conservation’ (eds E. A. Radford, G. Catullo and B. de Montmollin)

Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region - Priority sites for conservation

Editors: E.A. Radford, G. Catullo and B. de Montmollin …   | French

01 Jun 2011 | Downloads - publication

الدليل التدريبي للنوع الاجتماعي والتغير المناخي 
Gender and Climate Change Manual Arabic

Gender and Climate Change manual now available in Arabic!

IUCN's influential manual on gender and climate change is now available in Arabic. …  

25 Feb 2011 | Downloads - publication