Good practices and lessons learned in integrating ecosystem conservation and poverty reduction objectives

  • Published source details Sellamuttu S.S., de Silva S., Khoa S.N. & Samarakoon J. (2008) Good practices and lessons learned in integrating ecosystem conservation and poverty reduction objectives. Wetlands International report, International Water Management Institute, Colombo & Wetlands International, Wageningen.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Lobby/campaign/demonstrate to protect marshes or swamps

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Marsh and Swamp Conservation
  1. Lobby/campaign/demonstrate to protect marshes or swamps

    A study in 2008 of a wetland complex in northwest Brazil (Sellamuttu et al. 2008) reported that following lobbying of national and local governments in the 1990s, the area was designated as a sustainable development reserve (in 1996) and a new research institute for sustainable development was created (in 1999). The sustainable development reserve designation, which allowed sustainable use of resources by local and indigenous people, was a relaxation of former strict protection. Methods: The Mamirauá wetlands are a complex of seasonally flooded forest, rivers and lakes. In the early 1990s, they were strictly protected but were faced with pressure from commercial loggers and hunters. From 1992, a conservation group lobbied the Brazilian Government to allow sustainable use of the wetlands by local people. This lobbying was backed by biological and socioeconomic studies, and supported by national and international media campaigns. The conservation group leader also personally lobbied the State Governor, with arguments about political benefits of allowing sustainable use.

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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