Wetland management for sustainable livelihoods has been a key concern of staff at SLA over many years. Building from a field research project in Ethiopia in the 1990s, SLA staff contributed to several international studies. The culmination of this work has been a recent publication of a book on “Wetland Management and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa”.

A key focus of the work with wetlands has been to change the paradigm of international thinking about these areas from conservation to sustainable utilization. This is critical in order to address development goals and to cope with climate change.

Multiple use of wetlands for a range of livelihood benefits, within a landscape perspective has been supported by research, along with the development of wetland enterprises and management institutions. In these ways sustainable livelihoods can be developed which are resilient in the face of climate change, natural disasters and the evolving economic situation.

For more information please consult www.wetlandaction.org

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