Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biosphere - WBGU

Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biosphere - WBGU

Integrating conservation and use at the regional level E 3.9


Step 1:

Getting organized

Step 2: Assessment

• Identify the organizations and communities that

can help manage biodiversity-related tasks at

local, regional, national and international levels

• Assess the needs of these partners in terms of

requirements for each of the six elements of

capacity building

Step 7: Reporting

Step 3: Developing a strategy

• Formulate policies, incentives, and investment

programmes needed to develop and exercise

these capabilities

Step 4: Developing a plan of action

• Develop cooperative agreements and

coordinating mechanisms among government

agencies, NGOs, communities and businesses

working within the same geographic region,

management function or skill area

• Establish the program of work and budget for

capacity development activities and investments

• Negotiate the schedule for decentralization,

devolution and capacity development with


Step 6: Monitoring and evaluation

• Monitor and evaluate the efficiency

and effectiveness of the partnership

and propose the appropriate changes

in balance in authority and further

capacity development needs

Step 5:


Figure E 3.9-1

Biological resource management in the regional planning process.

Source: Miller et al, 1997

– a large number of groups are integrated in the

planning process and independent and responsible

action is thus encouraged,

– resistance to efforts for sustainability can be

specifically defused via timely conflict resolution


– nature conservation interests can be linked to the

interests of various actors and thus placed on a

sound – also economic – footing in the long term

(SRU, 1996).

The Council is in favour of this integrative approach

since it makes available a pragmatic mix of instruments

that can allow implementation of a guard rail

concept at regional level. The aim of sensibly linking

conservation and use and finding solutions for the

varied and, sometimes, contradictory, demands made

of ecosystems can undoubtedly be better achieved

with bioregional management under suitable framework

conditions than with management of bioregional

resources decreed ‘from above’.

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