Establishing protected areas and conservation projects should help solve, not increase, problems for the less fortunate. Integrated conservation and development projects are based on the belief that to be effective, conservation efforts should deliver benefits to local people. As a supporting partner within the BirdLife network, Nature Canada has been working with partners in the Americas since 1999 on integrated conservation and development (ICD) projects.
Successful conservation activities in low-income countries require a balance between conservation objectives and local needs—social and economic. And to be sustainable, economic and political development must conserve natural resources, including wildlife and wild lands.
ICD projects traditionally focus on developing countries because the majority of the world’s threatened biodiversity hotspots occurs in the developing world. These biodiversity hotspots also often coincide with specific areas containing the highest levels of poverty.
Find out more about Nature Canada’s international work here.