Social development and freshwater fisheries conservation
Mora, Margarita ;  Niesten, Eduard ;  Palacios, Erwin ;  Palacios, Francis ;  Victorino, Isaí ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleSocial development and freshwater fisheries conservation
Subtitlelessons learned from monitoring conservation agreements in the Colombian Amazon
AuthorMora, Margarita
AuthorNiesten, Eduard
AuthorPalacios, Erwin
AuthorPalacios, Francis
AuthorVictorino, Isaí
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages12 S.
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
AbstractMany environmental issues can be attributed to misaligned distribution of the costs of
conservation and the benefits of conservation. For instance, biodiversity represents value for the global
community, but biodiversity protection imposes various costs on local communities in forested areas of
developing countries. Correcting this misalignment requires presenting these local communities with
appropriate incentives. Conservation agreements – negotiated transactions in which conservation
investors finance direct social benefits in return for conservation actions by communities – are one tool
for doing so. The results of this approach depend crucially on effective monitoring of both ecological
and socio‐economic impacts to verify that environmental and development objectives are met in a
socially equitable, economically efficient, and financially sustainable way. Monitoring also is needed to
verify that parties to the agreements are in compliance with their commitments. This paper will present
the conservation agreement model and demonstrate the central role of robust monitoring frameworks,
using the example of agreements between Conservation International and communities in the
Colombian Amazon. These agreements are designed to protect forest areas and two endangered
species of fish that are important to local livelihoods and have a high commercial value in neighboring
countries. A key feature of this project is that the agreements both depend on and strengthen social
and resource governance within the partner communities, thereby promoting self‐determination while
enhancing the overall context for socio‐economic development. At the same time, lessons generated by
this project inform emerging frameworks for scaling up the approach to advance conservation and
development at the national level, requiring integration with national policies. The paper will conclude
by identifying the strengths and limitations of the conservation agreement approach, emphasizing that
effective monitoring is essential for success and exploring the implications of scaling‐up for design of
monitoring frameworks.
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Year of publication2010
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