Lasting progress in conservation depends on cross-sector synergies
Conventional segregated approaches often hinder conservation and development work, but integrating them with livelihoods and public health activities can deliver lasting impact
For a community dependent on natural resources to flourish it must promote both the immediate goals of better health and economic conditions and the long-term goals of environmental conservation. Bringing about sustainable development can be a fine balancing act. Focusing too much on any single area often comes at the expense of another.
It seems a truism to state that a community’s population, health and surrounding environment are delicately interwoven. Yet most development organisations still work in silo – individually well-meaning but collectively far from effective. After all, what is the true value in protecting people’s health and livelihood if their environment and resources cannot provide for their future?
Small-scale attempts at a more integrated approach are beginning to show that by working in harmony, the multiple facets that make up sustainable development can have far more impact. One such test bed can be found in the community of just over 3,000 that inhabit the tiny Philippine island of Cuaming on the outer rim of the Danajon Bank, one of the world’s only double barrier coral reefs.
The community lies at the heart of a global epicentre of marine biodiversity but life here is a far cry from paradise. The health and wealth of the island’s population depend heavily on the surrounding tropical waters that provide food and income.
The Danajon Bank’s fragile reefs and fish stocks are living on borrowed time, being pushed to breaking point by the pressures of the region’s burgeoning population.
To read the full article, please click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/may/02/sustainable-development-conservation-projects
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