Biodiversity Landscapes and Livelihoods

Since 2006, the Core Environment Program (CEP) has led efforts to reduce ecosystem fragmentation in seven major transboundary biodiversity landscapes in the GMS. The program’s first phase (2006–2012) included the flagship Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Initiative (BCI) which established biodiversity corridors in each of the landscapes and conducted a range of integrated development and conservation activities with local communities.

A major success of BCI was leveraging $70 million of loans and grants for the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project. Since 2012, BCC has scaled up BCI pilot work in the Cardamom Mountains, Eastern Plains Dry Forest, Central Annamites, and Triborder Forest.

Meanwhile, CEP is continuing to support the corridors approach in the Sino-Viet Nam Karst landscape and Mekong Headwaters, and is planning support for new corridors in Thailand’s Eastern Forest Complex as well as on the Myanmar side of the Tenasserim mountain range.

CEP is also providing support to strengthen local livelihoods in the corridors through ecotourism, agroforestry, and payment for ecosystem services assessments and pilot activities. And with key government and development partners in the region, CEP is looking to develop TBL management strategies as well as partnerships for improving TBL monitoring and information sharing.

Click here to find out about CEP’s Biodiversity Landscapes and Livelihoods activities.

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