Exploring the linkages between poverty and biodiversity

Biodiversity supports livelihoods of the rural poor in a number of ways, providing scope for building bridges between the conservation and development community to achieve win-win outcomes. A growing interest in this area amongst CCI partners stimulated a Shared Challenges workshop in March 2012 which provided an ideal opportunity to share perspectives and to discuss further opportunities for collaborative work.

Recent work in the UK and internationally has focused on assessing the strength of the evidence for biodiversity-poverty linkages and mainstreaming the evidence into development and planning policies. This workshop focused on conservation outcomes, and discussed what we need to understand about the linkages between biodiversity and poverty in order to improve those outcomes. In a facilitated discussion session, participants considered how their work helps inform and/or answer this question, and think about ways in which the evidence base could be improved through collaboration amongst CCI partners.

Project Aims

The aim of this workshop was to provide a forum for conservation and development researchers/practitioners to meet and discuss recent and planned work within the field of conservation and poverty interactions.

Key Activities

  • CCI Workshop: ‘Exploring the linkages between poverty and biodiversity’ (3rd March 2012) Eighteen people from 7 CCI partner organisations and departments came together for a workshop at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge.

Conservation Impact

Broad participation in the workshop together with a growing number of collaborative projects that link poverty, development and conservation shows that there is a strong, and growing, interest in this area within the CCI academic and practitioner community. Further opportunities for collaborative work and ways to strengthen this network will therefore be explored in the future.


  1. A workshop report, outlining the agenda and speakers at the workshop on the 3rd March 2012.

CCI partners Involved

BirdLife International is a strategic global partnership of conservation organisations in over 100 countries, working to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, and to promote...
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, delivering global and regional programmes of conservation and community projects.
The Department of Geography's research clusters focus on society and environment, development and political ecology, culture and demography, environmental processes, landscape modelling and climate...
The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the specialist biodiversity assessment arm of the United Nations Environment Programme, the world’s foremost intergovernmental...
The Department of Zoology carries out wide-ranging work in ecology and conservation including conservation science, aquatic ecology, pathogen evolution and evolutionary ecology. Research of the...
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent scientific research trust specialising in impartial evidence-based knowledge and advice about populations, movements and ecology of birds and...
TRAFFIC is a global wildlife trade monitoring network that works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a global network, research-...

Related Resources

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CCI Workshop Report: Exploring the linkages between biodiversity and poverty This workshop discussed biodiversity in the context of poverty alleviation and provided a forum for conservation and development researchers and practitioners to meet and discuss recent and planned... Workshop proceedings