Resource Mapping in China
10 March 2008 | Project description
Livelihoods and Landscapes programme conducts socioeconomic assessments for forest restoration and community development in
To tackle these issues a thorough situation analysis required. A pilot project was initiated under the IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy (LLS) programme. As a first step, the Beijing Forestry Society commissioned
In addition to providing ecological services such as protection from erosion, the forest is a source of employment for village forest wardens, plant and animal products including herbs, medicines, mushrooms and wild boar, and attracts a growing number of tourists. Each household also consumes 4000-5000 kg of firewood each year.
Huayuan’s close proximity to
The socioeconomic assessment also revealed that there were potentials for improving livelihoods from non-timber forest related products, such as mushroom collection; forest vegetables and Tourism development
The Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy (LLS) will address these challenges by working to restore the rural landscape in a win-win situation for people and the environment. It will also complement and build on the experiences of projects such as the Sino-German Ecological Landscape Restoration and Conservation Project. The continued cooperation will help provide policy and technical support, launch the tending and thinning of the forest, and to integrate management of the forest including plantation and breeding for diversifying the income generation.
LLS recognizes the need to cooperate with investors who are developing the tourism in Huayuan village so that local products especially the forest products could be well marketed locally by setting up the strategic cooperation relationship between villagers and investors. And most importantly to Strengthening the capacity of local project partners in forest landscape restoration concepts and approaches and encouraging the Chinese Government to commit to forest landscape restoration principles.