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Noé under its Man and Nature programme convened a conference on June 11, 2019 in Ghana under the theme: Promoting Green Value Chains and Community-based Conservation Best Practices and Smart Solutions.

It was held in collaboration with the implementing partners of the EconoBio project: A Rocha Ghana, Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC), West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA), NorthCode and the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS).

The conference sought to achieve three main objectives:

  1. to showcase best practices and smart solutions for biodiversity conservation and improved economic growth;
  2. to share experiences and generate knowledge on the impact of Green Value Chains on biodiversity and the livelihoods of local communities;
  3. to foster partnerships among the various stakeholders.

It brought together over 70 participants from government, private sector, universities, local communities, civil society organizations, and the donor community. It provided a safe space for practitioners and local community groups that are suffering from biodiversity loss, to share best practices for enhancing green economic growth and biodiversity conservation.

Three key questions were explored, to question current practices and inspire new ideas:

  • How do we boost the contributions of local communities for the conservation of biodiversity and the development of Green Value Chains?
  • How does the development of Green Value Chains impact biodiversity conservation and communities’ livelihoods?
  • How do we improve external support and strengthen collaboration with local communities to ensure sustainability?

The main highlights from the interactions indicate the fundamental need to adopt a cross-sectoral approach to biodiversity conservation and the development of Green Value Chains. It also pointed out the need to consider the multiple aspects of their development: context, traditional knowledge, profitability and sustainability, value addition to existing Value Chains, diversification, quality, and innovation. The interactions also supported the need to develop a strong governance structure and financial mechanisms to strengthen community-based conservation actions. The key lessons drawn from this conference build on the results of a National CREMA Dialogue held in Ghana, and support the essential elements that drive our collective actions to create impact.

For further insights, read the conference report.

 

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