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delivered at IFAD (Rome) by Gretel Gambarelli (IUCN), March 16, 2011.

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  • 1. The International Union for Conservation of Nature: working for a Just World that Values and Conserves Nature Gretel Gambarelli IUCNHeadquarters , Switzerland

2. Members IUCN, a unique democratic union since 1948... International Union for Conservation of Nature

  • 10000+ voluntary experts in 6 thematic groups:
  • 1000 full time staff worldwide
  • 350 temporary staff, consultants and interns
  • HQ in Gland, Switzerland
  • Over 60 offices around the world
  • 1067 Members worldwide from over 160 countries
  • States, Government agencies, NGO
  • Over 60 regional and national committees

Commissions Secretariat 3. Global Local Governments, NGOs, research institutes, private sector 4. The Global Programme 5. 2009-2012 THEMATIC PROGRAM AREAS 6. Human well-being: the WISP programme

  • IUCN provides IFAD with advice and support on pastoralism issuesfor pastoralism-related portfolios through the WISP programme
  • Originally a GEF project implemented by UNDP Kenya, WISP is a knowledge and advocacy network that puts together academics, practitioners and decision makers.

7. Challenges for Mobile Pastoralism

  • Pastoralism is a highly sustainable livelihood in economic and social terms
  • In marginal lands (arid, mountainous, cold), it is the most environmentally sound activity, both for biodiversity conservation and resilient livelihoods
  • BUT
  • Policies stimulate sedentarization, agricultural extension
  • Pastoralists are disempowered

8. Why WISP?

  • 5 yr. experience inmanaging knowledgeon pastoralism and empowering practitioners
  • Provision ofmechanisms to understandthe rationale of this livelihood, including own studies
  • Long-termadvocacyat UN fora for understanding pastoralists and pastoralism.

Gather knowledge Apply knowledge Develop knowledge Refine knowledge Distribute knowledge Knowledge management for policy advocacy 9. Climate Change: what is IUCNs niche?

  • Integrating biodiversity considerations and opportunities into climate change policy and practice
  • Nature-basedsolutions to adaptation and mitigation

Ecosystem-based mitigation Ecosystem-based adaptation 10. ADAPTATION: 3 possible areas of focus Key Area of Focus Rationale Examples of activities

  • Help biodiversity and ecosystems adapt

CC impacts on ecosystems = impacts on lives and livelihoods

  • Conservation
  • Restoration
  • Relocation
  • Prevent maladaptation

Adaptation practices can have negative impacts on ecosystem services

  • Environmental Impact Assessments of adaptation options in different sectors
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation (and disaster risk reduction)

Integrating ecosystems into adaptation policy and practice helps both ecosystems and people to adapt

  • Flood regulation
  • Shoreline Protection
  • Livelihood diversification
  • Sustainable fisheries

11. 12. Ecosystem and Livelihoods Adaptation Network ( www.ELANadapt.net ) ACTIVITY AREA EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES Practice Training/guidance for practitioners; small grants for technical support and documentation of practices; knowledge exchange Policy Training for policy makers; support in policy drafting /review; lessons learnt on integrating ecosystem management in adaptation policiesScience Make science accessible to policy makers; catalyze research on critical knowledge gaps Network Development Work through country nodes. Current focus is on Mekong (Vietnam), South-Eastern Africa (Tanzania, Zambia), South America (Peru, Ecuador) 13. Why partnering with IUCN?

  • Experience with the interface science-practice-policy
  • Strong learning capacities
  • Documenting lessons learned for policy influencing
  • Global coverage and global partnerships
  • Regional and country offices worldwide
  • Global networking
  • Influencing power in international fora


  • www.iucn.org

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