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Nature-based solutions link well-being, livelihoods and the natural world

Ecosystem-based adaptation will often be the first line of defence against the impacts of climate change for the most vulnerable people. Poor communities tend to be seen as helpless victims of climate change. But while they are often hit hardest, in many instances they are also the innovators and instigators of practical nature-based solutions that are accessible, cost-effective, and locally appropriate.

  • Case Study 1

    Enhancing the resilience of Sahel habitats provides long-term benefits

    Unsustainable land management, combined with an increasingly inhospitable climate, is putting pressure on communities and migratory birds in the Sahel. BirdLife Partners are conserving and restoring wetland and dryland habitats across 13 IBAs and supporting communities to adopt more sustainable land-use practices that are building their resilience to climate change.

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    Enhancing the resilience of Sahel habitats provides long-term benefits

    Planting seedlings, Burkina Faso Photo: Michiel van den Bergh/ASC

  • Case Study 2

    Promoting sustainable agricultural systems increases resilience in the Southern Cone grasslands

    In 2006, BirdLife Partners in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay formed the Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance to promote sustainable cattle grazing practices. Working with cattle ranchers to promote more responsible production, the alliance is enhancing the integrity and resilience of the grasslands and ensuring ongoing carbon sequestration and storage.

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    Promoting sustainable agricultural systems increases resilience in the Southern Cone grasslands

    Photo: A. Parera

  • Case Study 3

    Conserving the High Andean wetlands supports birds and people

    The wetlands of the high Andes provide fresh water for more than 100 million people, support important wildlife, and are significant carbon sink. Unregulated and unsustainable development threatens these habitats and undermines their capacity to support communities and wildlife in a changing climate. BirdLife partners in Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador are working with local communities to ensure conservation and sustainable use of these wetlands.

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    Conserving the High Andean wetlands supports birds and people

    Central Andean Puna Photo: Jonathan Stacey

  • Case Study 4

    Building resilient montane forest landscapes in Uganda improves livelihoods

    NatureUganda (BirdLife in Uganda) is helping communities at the Echuya Forest Reserve adapt to climate change while enhancing forest resilience. Activities include sustainable organic agriculture and agro-forestry to diversify community livelihoods, regulate water flow, and soil erosion, and reduce pressure on the forest. Adaptation plans and regulations have been developed to help ensure that management of the Echuya landscape is climate smart.

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    Building resilient montane forest landscapes in Uganda improves livelihoods

    Echuya Forest, Uganda Photo: Chris Magin