Livelihoods and landscapes strategies are plans to deliver human and environmental needs in large areas of land. They have a special emphasis on improving livelihoods through the sustainable use of forests. Each strategy is different, but they all combine technical, local and organisational knowledge, and aim to be environmentally friendly, financially sustainable and socially equitable. In achieving these multiple aims, decisions for different uses in different parts of a landscape often result in trade-offs that are negotiated between multiple stakeholders.
Livelihoods and Landscape Strategy (LLS)
This Manual is first and foremost a community tool to facilitate implementation of Ghana’s National Wildfire Management Policy. However it will also serve as an instrument for fire management trainers in communities with little experience in fire management and for consultation by professionals, students, policy makers, practitioners and communities when faced with fire related problems and incidents. …
25 Aug 2011 | Downloads - publication
A new briefing paper illustrates how participatory assessment tools can inform REDD+ decision-making about important links between forests and livelihoods. REDD+ is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The Forests‐Poverty Toolkit is a rural assessment tool that uses locally identified poverty indicators and participatory exercises to collect data which differentiate forest dependence among men and women, richer and poorer people and among people living closer or further away from markets. The toolkit also sheds new light on non-monetary aspects of forest dependency. Finally it collects data on villagers’ assessments of the drivers of deforestation through time, and of the key current forest problems in their area and their potential solutions. …
Richard Aishton, ENPI FLEG Program Coordinator at IUCN Europe, was recently interviewed by the ENPI Info centre, as part of their series on "The People Behind the Projects". Richard explained that the Program is trying to promote sustainable forest management and good consistent transparent governance of forest resources in 6 eastern European Neighbourhood Countries and Russia. "Its a long road and we know we will not achieve it in our lifetimes but it’s important to start out and move towards that goal." …
05 May 2011 | News story
The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest-dependent communities. …
21 Mar 2011 | International news release
- Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
- Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
- Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
08 Mar 2011 | News story
What role do forests play in combating climate change and providing livelihoods for millions of people around the world? How do forests affect all 6.8 billion people on the planet? Stewart Maginnis, Director of IUCN's Environment and Development Group answers those question on Global Connections TV. …
14 Feb 2011 | Video
04 Feb 2011 | IUCN statement
A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report. … | French | Spanish
01 Feb 2011 | International news release
28 Jan 2011 | Downloads - document
Gill Shepherd, IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy Thematic Adviser on Poverty and Landscapes, speaks on the latest thinking on forests and poverty, drawing from lessons that have come out of IUCN's innovative 'Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy' (LLS). …
27 Jan 2011 | Video