With its genesis in the work of former Jersey resident and conservationist, Gerald Durrell, JOA’s Conservation Livelihoods theme focuses on regions where environment / livelihood pressures are strong, especially those under threat from population growth, habitat destruction and changing weather patterns. We look for projects that establish or strengthen a virtuous circle of human and environmental wellbeing, which will likely be underpinned by a system of sustainable livelihoods. The projects actively enhance or preserve the natural environment as well as communities’ incomes.

This programme concentrates on the link between human development and environmental protection, in particular focusing on vulnerable ecosystems such as natural forests, special reserves and areas of important scientific interest, which are of noteworthy conservational importance but are under threat from population growth, habitat destruction or changing weather patterns. Conservation of ecosystems and poverty eradication are intrinsically linked and must be tackled together.

Projects in this theme seek to establish or strengthen a virtuous circle of human wellbeing with habitat or species conservation, underpinned by a system of sustainable livelihoods that also ensures conservation outcomes. Projects should promote integrated, participatory and inclusive natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods, developed to ensure that communities are able to grow their incomes without placing increased unsustainable pressure on natural resources. Ensuring sound governance will create enabling conditions that will make the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems sustainable. Therefore, this programme also encourages grantees to address structures and mechanisms that drive the management and legal framework of natural resources.

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