Shashwat: Building Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities
Shashwat, one of the 25 winners of the 2012 UNDP Equator Prize, has been helping marginalized tribal communities, displaced by the Dimbhe dam in Maharashtra, develop sustainable livelihoods. As a result of its efforts in improving agricultural production and forest conservation, food availability for the families has increased from 5-7 months to 10-11 months. In addition, migration has stopped in 6-7 villages due to the development of small-scale fishing activities in the dam reservoir.
The Power of Local Action for Sustainable Development: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize
The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Since 2002, the Equator Prize has been awarded to 127 outstanding local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. To mark its 10-year anniversary, the Equator Initiative has developed detailed case studies on all 127 winning communities. With the goal of elucidating lessons learned on the ingredients of successful community-based action in environment and development, this publication provides a comprehensive review and analysis of these case studies, identifies trends and lessons learned on local best practice, and provides structured guidance for advancing community innovation in the future. Links to full case material are provided throughout.
Government of India – UNDP Partnership on Biodiversity Conservation
The booklet, showcased at the eleventh conference of parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, is a compilation of UNDP India's work on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
Projects and Initiatives
- Biodiversity Conservation Through Community-Based Natural Resource Management
- Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve's Coastal Biodiversity
- Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable use of Medicinal Plant Diversity in Three Indian States
- Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity into Production Sectors in Sindhudurg Coast in Maharashtra
- Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem, Andhra Pradesh
- Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management in Shifting Cultivation Areas of Nagaland for Livelihood and Ecological Security
- Strengthening Institutional Structures to Implement the Biological Diversity Act