Conservation (and) Community

Biodiversity conservation often transcends the mere protection of wildlife and its habitat, but actually, it's fundamentally about engaging (human) communities in the process.
Conservation (and) Community

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Talking about biodiversity conservation, while the focus might seem to be on preserving the richness of species and ecosystems, the heart of conservation lies within the (human) community. This is because sustainable conservation efforts require collective action, local knowledge, and support from the very communities inhabiting these biodiverse regions.

Communities play a vital role as stewards of their environments, possessing valuable insights into the intricate relationships between species and their habitats. Moreover, they often rely directly on these ecosystems for their livelihoods, making their involvement crucial for successful conservation outcomes. Engaging communities fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility, leading to long-term commitment and investment in conservation efforts.

It's not merely about preserving biodiversity for its intrinsic value, but also for the benefits it provides to humanity – clean air and water, fertile soil, climate regulation, and cultural heritage, among others. Thus, effective biodiversity conservation requires a holistic approach that integrates ecological science with social, economic, and cultural dimensions, ensuring that conservation efforts are not only sustainable but also inclusive and beneficial for all stakeholders involved.

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
3 months ago

A warm welcome to WildHub, Ririn! Great to have you join us and thank you for sharing your insights with us. How would you describe your current role at the WCS? 

Perhaps of interest to you could be our Conservation Catalyst programme here. which can be a great experience for networking as well as sharing other people’s learnings. Let us know if you have any questions.