Promote sustainable alternative livelihoods
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Background information and definitions
Conserving biodiversity and eliminating poverty are linked global challenges. The poor, particularly the rural poor, depend on nature for many elements of their livelihoods, including food, fuel, shelter and medicines. By promoting sustainable alternative livelihoods, and/or livelihood diversification, the aim is to provide or encourage other sources of income that reduce pressure on natural resources, such as mammals, to sustainable levels. There is a wide diversity of potential alternative sources of income, which depend on the situation, but include activities such as the development of other small scale productions systems, eco-tourism or craft work for example. Working alongside people who will ultimately benefit from conservation can build social capital, improve accountability, reduce poverty and result in more effective biodiversity conservation.