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As decision-makers, land use planners, environmental stewards and educators, governments have significant and lasting impacts on the environment. They can also play a critical role in biodiversity conservation.
Declining natural resources pose a growing threat to economic sustainability, resource security and human well-being today and for the generations to come. Governments worldwide face the escalating challenge of balancing environmental stewardship with development goals, economic interests and political pressures.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works with all levels of government to support the protection and management of biodiversity in landscapes affected by extractive and agricultural sectors.
We work on the ground with local authorities to help them lead best practice environmental management, at a local and national level to guide policy development and strengthen governance and across political borders to co-manage critical shared resources.
Through capacity-building, technical support and best practice guidance, we help governments to balance development and conservation objectives by:
• Making the case for no net loss to biodiversity in areas important for conservation
• Understanding and managing the cumulative effects of development
• Developing and strengthening environmental legislation and governance
• Developing enabling legal and institutional frameworks
Below is a snapshot of our work with government.
Commissioned by the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, FFI led a collaborative landscape level assessment of the Central Namib Desert to minimise the impacts of the country’s burgeoning uranium mining industry.
This approach used and analysed evidence and spatial data to transparently assess the relative importance of different areas and land uses within the region and their contribution towards conservation objectives.
Collectively, the outputs from this approach have acted as a decision support tool used to guide land-use planning and help decision makers understand the relative importance of biodiversity and ecological processes across the landscape.
FFI is running a Darwin Initiative-supported project in the iron ore-rich and highly biodiverse Nimba Mountains of Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, where iron ore conflicts with biodiversity protection.
We are helping to develop a multi-stakeholder integrated conservation planning and management approach that enables mining companies, government officials, environmental groups and local communities to make collective decisions about the conservation and utilisation of natural resources in the area. It is hoped that this project will create a model for best practice in transboundary environmental governance.
Through the British American Tobacco (BAT) Biodiversity Partnership, FFI and local partners are developing a model for watershed conservation through sustainable landscape management practices in Lombok, Indonesia.
Working with multiple stakeholders across this landscape, including district, provincial and national government, the team is leading the government watershed management planning process for Renggung sub-catchment, ensuring recommendations are embedded in wider development plans for Lombok.
The Columbian Ministry of the Environment has mandated their proposal for compensation for loss of biodiversity. The protocol will ensure that delicate ecosystems and environmental areas are either left untouched by developers, or are properly replaced and compensated for.
FFI is working closely with the World Bank to assist the ministry with developing their policies and practices on biodiversity offsets and to implement this proposal.
FFI is working to support the development of environmental impact assessment (EIA) legislation and policy as well as a new biodiversity offsets policy in Belize by building capacity and providing technical support related to mining, forestry and energy sector developments.