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How are co-management support efforts around the world addressing the need to develop alternative income generation opportunities for local PA stakeholders? (1 answer)

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Generation of economic opportunities associated with protected areas: The ICDP model has given way to a broader geographic and economic approaches. But still the exists. How are co-management support efforts around the world addressing the need to develop alternative income generation opportunities for local PA stakeholders?  I know Senegal has recently developed a draft “Community Benefits” strategy which includes an approach to doing this. Here in Bangladesh, we are now doing a pre-assessment of enterprise development opportunities. The following questions arise: What products are being identified as unique opportunities for development and export? Obtaining information on export rules, standards, etc, is very costly for us, so we’d like to tap into the experiences of others, and share what we know.     What approaches are being used to identify enterprise or income generation opportunities?
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    Dec 10, 2008
    In many developing countries, the generation of economic opportunities associated with protected areas is an open issue. Some success stories are available, in particular in Southern Africa. Regarding Francophone Africa, new strategies need more time to be validated in order to try to transfer the lessons learnt from their implementation.

    Regarding products that may be identified as opportunities for development and export, I would suggest to (first step) make a survey of the export country products. Customs have the lists of all export products, their codes, export rules, etc. Sometimes, there is also a need to consult the list of products in the import countries, because national data is not always reliable. But you also need data concerning the prospective market in the import country to identify the above mentioned opportunities. In the framework of a project, I am wondering if you could consider sub-contracting this activity with a commercial school or an Expert. You will gain time and have solid information for your analysis.

    Ndinga Assitou

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