Communities in Action

A World of Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods

Communities in Action places the spotlight on local communities, around the world, that are working to achieve both environmental conservation and sustainable livelihoods. This Communities in Action website, through the interactive map of the world below, displays many community experiences in linking conservation and livelihoods, with each example contributed by an informed individual or organization, and validated with external information. Communities in Action provides a tool for local communities to share their experiences, provides insights into how government policy and practice can best support communities engaging in conservation efforts, and provides a means for everyone – including communities, researchers, governments, civil society and the private sector – to seek out the ingredients of success in community conservation throughout the world.

Share a story of a local community’s experience in linking conservation and livelihoods

How to use “Communities in Action”

Click on the map below to explore examples from around the world of local communities working to combine environmental conservation with sustainable livelihoods. Search the map by typing a location name or selecting keywords to filter the results on the map. Be sure to press “Reset Map” at the bottom before starting a new location or keyword search.



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Agricultural
Air
Biodiversity
Climate change
Coastal
Desert
Ecological Restoration
Education
Empowerment
Environmental law
Fish
Forest
Fossil fuels
Freshwater
Gender issues
Governance/Management
Grassland
Human-wellbeing
Indigenous peoples
Infrastructure
Land
Land use
Local/Traditional knowledge
Mangrove
Marine
Minerals
Montane/Mountain
Policy and planning
Pollution
Protected areas
Public awareness
Public participation
Resource use
Soil
Tundra
Urban
Urbanization
User-rights
Water
Wildlife