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EditPhoto Description:People everywhere rely on nature — for their jobs, their income and their livelihoods.
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Whether you work on a farm, in a factory or in an office, your livelihood depends on nature.


But nature’s ability to provide for us is being stretched to its limit. It’s more than an environmental problem.

It’s an economic problem, too.



Why are our Livelihoods important?

Jobs and prosperity

Nature is the foundation of every economy on Earth. In the developing world, forest resources often account for 20–40% of a family’s annual income, and forests are the source of livelihoods for more than 1.6 billion people worldwide. More than 60% of the world’s working poor are employed in the agricultural sector. And in many communities, ecotourism is an important economic opportunity.

Resources to build

Nature provides construction materials for the buildings where people live, work, play and worship — and for tens of millions of construction jobs worldwide. What’s more, forest products account for about 1% of the world’s gross domestic product, and the total global market for commercial wood products — including logs, lumber, panels, pulp and paper — is more than US$ 200 billion per year.

Food we eat

Nature provides the food we eat, and getting this food to our tables is a major source of jobs around the world. One out of every three global workers is employed in an agricultural job, with millions more employed in fishing. Many local indigenous communities also harvest natural products, like coffee, honey, mushrooms, tagua nuts and acai berries, as their primary sources of income.


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EditTitle:Unsustainable food and agriculture production
EditText:Today, almost 50% of the world’s land area is used for agriculture. Yet by 2050, global demand for food will double. Converting forests and other landscapes to farms to meet this demand will threaten the natural resources that we all depend on for our livelihoods and incomes. But new technologies — and an adherence to better, more sustainable methods of farming, ranching and fishing — can help us feed the world while also protecting Earth’s vital resources.

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EditResult value:> $10 billion
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EditTitle:Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
EditText:More than 11 million tons of fish caught each year, representing as much as 40% of the documented catch in some wild fisheries, come from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. That’s a market value of more than US$ 10 billion annually. In addition to harming fish populations, such fishing creates unfair market competition for — and threatens the livelihoods of — fishermen who follow sustainable practices.

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EditText:Pressure on the world’s limited freshwater resources is growing. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages, which may threaten communities’ livelihoods and incomes. To give just one example, the agriculture industry uses nearly 70% of the fresh water available to humanity and accounts for one-third of the world’s jobs. Disruptions to the water supply could bring about disruptions to people’s livelihoods.

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EditText title:Managing forests to generate income
EditText:CI works with governments and businesses on projects that provide benefits to communities living in and near forests. In return, communities agree to protect the forests. These benefits might include training in forest-friendly activities, like producing shade-grown coffee or participating in ecotourism; indirect benefits, such as housing or health services, that improve people's livelihoods; or direct compensation for forest protection.
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EditImage Alt Text:People working in a tree nursery in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. © Thomas Muller
EditCaption Title:Developing a Sustainable Economy in San Martín, Peru
EditCaption Description:In the Peruvian Amazon, CI is working with USAID, Disney, regional government agencies and local partners in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest to help improve farmers’ livelihoods.
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EditImage Alt Text:Women in Sumatra. © Conservation International/photo by Ade Budi Kurniawan
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EditCaption Description:In areas of northern Sumatra facing the pressures of deforestation, CI is working with USAID, the Indonesian government and the Walton Family Foundation to help local communities find economic alternatives to cutting down forests.
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EditImage Alt Text:Santa Cruz highland forest. © Will Turner
EditCaption Title:Economic Incentives to Protect Ecuador’s Forests
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EditText title:Supporting traditional fishing practices
EditText:Around the world, CI helps local communities adopt more sustainable fishing practices — and end the use of destructive practices like the use of explosives or the overharvesting of a species. By doing so, we can help protect marine resources and boost income for the local people.
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EditImage Alt Text:Wayag Lagoon, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia. © Will Turner
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EditCaption Description:CI has worked with local communities to eliminate illegal fishing — and improve local people’s incomes — in several marine protected areas.
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EditImage Alt Text:Crab fisherman in Barra, Brazil. © Cristina Mittermeier
EditCaption Title:Supporting Smallholder Fishing in Brazil
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EditText title:Promoting innovation in conservation
EditText:At CI, we know that healthy ecosystems are an essential foundation for thriving economies. We’re providing innovative tools and knowledge to help governments, companies and communities make decisions that will benefit humanity now and for generations to come.
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EditCaption Title:Funding Conservation
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EditCaption Title:The Ocean Health Index
EditCaption Description:CI and our partners have created the first global, comprehensive measure of the health of the ocean — including how well it provides livelihoods and income for people around the world.
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EditCaption Title:The CASCADE Project
EditCaption Description:Small-scale farmers in Central America are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. CI and our partners are working on the ground to identify and test strategies that can help these farmers adapt so their farms can continue to generate income.
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EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on our efforts to help protect the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change and other environmental troubles.
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EditImage Alt Text:Women sell traditional crafts, Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area in the Konashen Indigenous District, Southern Guyana. © Piotr Naskrecki

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