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Assessing conservation and biodiversity policies within jurisdictional approaches

Authors: Swetha Peteru*, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Landscape
Keywords: conservation, biodiversity, policies, progress
Session Type: Paper
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Sustainable management of resources is crucial for balancing competing livelihood, economic, and environmental goals. Since forests and other systems do not exist in isolation, comprehensive jurisdictional approaches to forest and land use governance can help promote sustainability. The ability of a particular jurisdiction (e.g. provincial government) to make progress towards sustainability largely depends on the design and implementation of relevant policies and programs at multiple levels. Between the calls for sustainable development and low emission rural development (LED-R), there has been a concern about the policies in place that would allow for or inhibit progress towards sustainability outcomes. The Sustainable Landscapes Rating Tool (SLRT) focuses on assessing enabling conditions for jurisdictional sustainability by assigning a rating and justification for 100 indicators across six themes. In this paper we will examine the results of this assessment applied to assess progress towards sustainable development at the sub-national level across 19 states/provinces located in 6 different countries. We will specifically focus results from the indicators on policies, commitments, and programs around conservation, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services within the jurisdiction.

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