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Overview

Historically the conservation field has primarily functioned by combatting conservation issues as they arise, thus being a reactive discipline. However, such a piecemeal approach is insufficient at addressing the complexity and reality of today's conservation challenges. 

Each conservation issue is shaped by not a single driver, but rather a suite of drivers, such as changing resource utilization, population growth, economic development, and climate change. Conservation planning needs to recognize these complexities and incorporate the impacts of these drivers of change into more effective conservation interventions.

This task group aims to develop a methodological approach to conservation and land use planning, based on scenario analysis, to incorporate equitable and climate-smart alternatives into land use decisions for conservation.

This methodology will be used in four sites to replicate a landscape-level planning process with multi-sectoral stakeholders in order to better understand drivers of landscape change.  Ultimately we will develop alternative scenarios for sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity.

News & Related Resources

Preserving Madagascar's Rich Biodiversity: How Land Use Planning Multi-sector Engagement is Turning the Tide

The island of Madagascar contains rich biodiversity, most notably lemurs and tropical forests. At the same time, 75 percent of the country’s 26 million people survive on less than a dollar per day. Pressures on this critical biodiversity include increasing population growth, unsustainable resource utilization patterns, slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal and unregulated mining and extraction, and climate change.

Nature Protected and Lives Impacted: ABCG Success Stories

ABCG's implementation success stories 

April 2019 Quarterly Digest

A compilation ABCG's recent news, publications, upcoming events and past event resources. 

Incorporating Climate-smart Alternatives into Land Use Planning

The ABCG Land Use Management task group has developed methodological approaches for scenario analysis, and guidelines for its application in Africa. This is to help identify how to incorporate equitable and climate-smart alternatives into land use decisions for conservation.

Four African Case Studies Exploring How to Incorporate Biodiversity into Land Use Planning Using Spatial Prioritization and Scenario Analysis - report

27 February 2019

A synthesis of methodologies, lessons learned and recommendations from the development of methodological approaches for scenario analysis, and guidelines for Land Use Management applied in four...

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