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  • Potter at Island Resources
    Thought Foundation members might be interested in this report by Conservation International (the Hotspots people). I suppose these issues look a bit
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      Thought Foundation members might be interested in this report by
      Conservation International (the "Hotspots" people). I suppose these
      issues look a bit different when you have annual revenues of over
      $220 million and assets of nearly $300 million, but even we little
      guys are hurting . . .

      bp


      >Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 10:09:20 -0500
      >To: Caribbean Biodiversity <caribbean-biodiversity@yahoogroups.com>
      >From: Potter at Island Resources <bpotter@...>
      >Subject: Fwd: The conservation of donors
      >
      >[So that's what happened! . . . bp]
      >
      >
      >>Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 20:33:36 -0800
      >>From: "Kaimowitz, David (CIFOR)" <d.kaimowitz@...>
      >>Subject: The conservation of donors
      >>To: "POLEX (LISTSERV)" <POLEX@...>
      >>Cc: "Neubauer, Ingrid (CI)" <I.NEUBAUER@...>,
      >> "Lapham, Nicholas (CI)" <N.LAPHAM@...>,
      >> "Livermore, Rebecca (CI)" <R.LIVERMORE@...>
      >>
      >>POLEX: CIFOR's Forest Policy Expert Listserver
      >>Fast and effective policy alerts
      >>
      >>The conservation of donors
      >>
      >>Many developing countries get most of their biodiversity money from
      >>international agencies and foreign governments. For example, LATIN
      >>AMERICA GOT 90% OF ALL ITS BIODIVERSITY FUNDS FROM SUCH DONORS
      >>BETWEEN 1990 AND 1997. So it makes sense to follow what the donors
      >>are up to.
      >>
      >>'Striking a Balance, Ensuring Conservation's Place on the
      >>International Biodiversity Assistance Agenda', by Nicholas Lapham
      >>and Rebecca Livermore from Conservation International, does just
      >>that. It focuses on the agencies that give the most for
      >>biodiversity - World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF),
      >>European Commission, United States, Netherlands, Germany, France,
      >>United Kingdom, and Japan.
      >>
      >>According to Lapham and Livermore, DONORS SEEM LESS INTERESTED IN
      >>BIODIVERSITY these days. In several agencies the topic has a lower
      >>profile than it used to. British, German, and Japanese spending on
      >>biodiversity peaked in the late 1990s and then declined. EMBASSIES
      >>AND COUNTRY OFFICES MAKE MANY DECISIONS THAT HOME OFFICES USED TO
      >>MAKE AND ARE NOT AS INCLINED TO FUND THE ENVIRONMENT.
      >>
      >>Donors say they want to mainstream concerns about biodiversity
      >>within their broader efforts, but have only partially succeeded.
      >>They are funding more projects that focus on biodiversity in
      >>agricultural and forestry systems. But most country assistance and
      >>poverty reduction strategies still give only LIP SERVICE to
      >>biodiversity.
      >>
      >>Donors are talking more about using biodiversity projects to reduce
      >>poverty. That usually implies getting people to use their resources
      >>sustainably, rather than simply keeping them away.
      >>
      >>All this means less money for traditional park projects. The
      >>BRITISH AND DUTCH in particular have both become INCREASINGLY
      >>CRITICAL OF PURE CONSERVATION EFFORTS, which leave people out.
      >>After spending almost one billion dollars on protected areas
      >>between 1991 and 2001, the newest phase of GEF funding will
      >>concentrate more on PROJECTS OUTSIDE PARKS. Germany and the United
      >>States are practically the only bilateral donors that still spend
      >>large sums on traditional park projects.
      >>
      >>Which donor trends are good and bad depends on your perspective,
      >>and Lapham and Livermore probably have more faith in traditional
      >>park projects than I do. Still, one thing we all can agree on is
      >>that we won't solve the problems by running away from them. To
      >>conserve plants and animals we need to conserve the donors'
      >>interest, and this report gives some useful insights into that.
      >>
      >>_________________________________________________________
      >>
      >>To request a free electronic copy of this paper in PDF format you
      >>can write Ingrid Neubauer at
      >><mailto:i.neubauer@...>i.neubauer@...
      >>
      >>To send comments or queries to the authors you can write Nicholas
      >>Lapham at
      >><mailto:n.lapham@...>n.lapham@... or
      >>Rebecca Livermore at
      >><mailto:r.livermore@...>r.livermore@...
      >>
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