concerns for alleviating poverty and natural resources degradation
both locally and internationally have led to some rethinking of
how these could best be addressed. Helping communities to adopt
sustainable livelihoods offers a pragmatic approach. Communities
can achieve sustainable livelihoods if their capacity is developed
to meet their physical and social needs, while not significantly
degrading the quantity or quality of natural resources on which
they or others depend.
livelihood outcomes will likely include: increased human capital
(skills, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, labour ability and good
health), better social capital (relationships of trust and reciprocity,
groups, and networks), improved physical capital (basic infrastructure),
more financial capital, improved natural capital (forests, water,
land, fish, energy resources and minerals), reduced vulnerability
and improved food security.
market for our services
have utilized and continue to depend on wetland, coral reef and
forest goods and services. Despite management interventions, much
of these resources have not been used sustainably.
There is still
a large discrepancy between commitments and action among government
departments and NGOs; in part, due to severe cutbacks in funding
to public agencies, and a lack of, or inadequate capacity to mobilise
resources and to implement targeted strategies.
Hence, the Trust's
approach will be to provide technical assistance and help build
capability within these organisations and targeted communities for
efficient and effective natural resources management, and improved