Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Local Economies, Communities and Nature

The Local Economies, Communities and Nature Steering Group was established in 2017. The Group acts as a CEESP focal point for people with an interest in the application of socio-economic concepts and methodologies to the relationship between communities and the natural environment. It is also intended that the group will act as an area of information and specialist advice for other IUCN commissions and the IUCN Secretariat, where possible. The Steering Group is intended to encourage exchange of ideas and learning between its members to help promote better understanding of socio-economic issues relating to community interactions with nature. It also aims to show how socio-economic-concepts and methodologies can provide valuable insights into processes assisting or limiting sustainable rural community livelihoods and promoting rural development. Members have backgrounds in agricultural economics, economic anthropology, economic geography, rural development and related fields.
Spreading the seeds of the indigenous plants in the southeast and southwest areas of Hima Bani Hashem Villages.
Nick Conner, Chair - Specialist Group on Local Economies, Communities and Nature    

Specialist Group Chair
Nick Conner - 
Bio

Main Areas of Work
Current group members work, or carry out research on socio-economic aspects of local communities’ relationships with nature in a range of locations including Canada, Southern Africa, South America, the Middle East and Australia.  Areas of interest include primary production value chains, economics of agricultural households, characteristics of subsistence economies, development of markets for small-scale food products.  Some group members have strong interests in the positive and negative role of hunting and wildlife tourism in contributing to local community economic development.  Other members are working in the field of developing niche markets for community-processed wild harvest products.  Some members are also assessing ways in which locally-managed marine protected areas, can provide socio-economic benefits to their communities as part of a blue economy approach.

Members recently presented papers on a range of topics relating to Local Economies, Communities and Nature at the Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods Conference in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada in May 2018.

 

Membership
There are many other forms of socio-economic relationship between communities and nature apart from those mentioned above, and it is hoped that the scope of the group will broaden as new members with different, related interests and experience join the group.

If you are interested in promoting better understanding of socio-economic issues relating to community interactions with nature, and in helping to show how socio-economic-concepts and methodologies can provide valuable insights to help progress sustainable rural livelihoods and rural development, please do contact the Group lead, Nick Conner at Nicholas.connner@environment.nsw,gov.au and attach your CV.  If you aren’t already a member of CEESP, Nick will send you an application form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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