Two videos were produced for the IGES e-Learning Series on “Balancing Biodiversity and Community Resilience through Production Landscapes and Seascapes” with cooperation from the executing partners of the GEF-Satoyama Project: Conservation International Japan (CI Japan), the United Nationas University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and IGES.
The video “The guardians of Ecuador’s dry forest: A story of community resilience” (see above) follows researcher Ikuko Matsumoto from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) visiting the Agua Blanca community in Ecuador. It showcases the community’s best practices of sustainable living and explains local governance issues. The video further illustrates how the Resilience Indicators and the multi-stakeholder workshop on community resilience, conducted by the GEF-Satoyama Project, have helped the community and other stakeholders to better understand landscape resilience and enter a dialogue on how collaborate towards the common goal of promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
The video “Biodiversity and Resilience Indicators: Communities managing production landscapes and seascapes” aims to provide a training of trainers on the use of the Indicators of Resilience. It introduces the idea of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), which provide ecosystem services to local communities while supporting biodiversity of flora and fauna, and highlights their role as strongholds of biodiversity and sustainable living that are increasingly threatened by rapidly growing human demands, industrialization, urbanization, climate change, and other threats. The video further outlines the concept of resilience and explains the Indicators of Resilience, their purpose as well as the benefits of using them within participatory assessment workshops. It elaborates on the five key areas of resilience that the indicators assess, and outlines how the indicators can help to facilitate a better understanding of resilience; develop community-based initiatives to sustainably manage natural resources, foster wellbeing of local communities, and improve resilience in SEPLS; enhance collaboration among stakeholders; and strengthen their decision-making and management capacities.
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