June 27, 2011
Maison de la Chimie - Paris
Poverty and the environment
Most of the means of subsistence and development of the 3.4 billion people living on less than $2 a day are based on the productivity of agricultural, forestry, pastoral and marine ecosystems, particularly for food, proteins, access to water, and protection against risks.
Preserving and increasing the productivity of those ecosystems is one of the most efficient policies to combat poverty in the coming years, together with improved access to basic services.
► Plenary session 2 : Poverty eradication and biodiversity
► Thematic session 2.1 : Sustainable management of natural resources and benefits for communities
2000 to 2008, he was President of the Committee for Environmental, Economic and Social Policies (CEESP) at the IUCN. He is currently President of the APAC Consortium (Native and Community Heritage Areas, Switzerland) as well as President of the Centre for Sustainable Development (CENESTA) in Iran.
► Thematic session 2.2 : Enhancing the value of ecosystem services
► Thematic session 2.3 : Preservation of ecosystems and the fight against poverty: territorial challenges
Matthew Hatchwell is the chief executive of WCS Europe, an affiliate of the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Mr Hatchwell has worked for WCS since 1986, in New York, the Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and now in the United Kingdom. In Congo and Madagascar, he was instrumental in the creation of Nouabale-Ndoki and Masoala National Parks respectively and has remained involved in the establishment of sustainable funding mechanisms for both sites. One of his interests in the past 10 years has been how to reconcile conservation and development priorities in large landscapes, for example through the development of conservation incentive mechanisms and through participative, multi-stakeholder land use planning.