Improving Community Livelihoods through Sustainable, Wildlife-Friendly Products

To ensure the long-term sustainability of the YUS CA, local communities must participate in and benefit from its protection. To encourage community engagement and sustainable development, TKCP builds partnerships to address local needs for livelihoods, health, education and skills training. 

 

The YUS Conservation Coffee program is an integrated approach to optimizing supply for a sustainable crop, while building connections to international markets. By selling farm-direct to Caffé Vita and other buyers, YUS coffee farmers earn revenues more than 35% higher than local market rates. Adequately covering production and transport costs, premium coffee export has become an economically viable industry for YUS communities. TKCP is now working to replicate this success among cocoa farmers by working with the PNG Cocoa Board and chocolatiers to improve local cocoa quality and to identify new markets. In addition, TKCP is facilitating the establishment of a YUS Conservation Coffee and Cocoa Cooperative to strengthen the management and marketing of the two crops.

 

TKCP's community livelihoods programs have fostered community buy-in for conservation, which is further bolstered by environmental education and community health efforts, ensuring the social and cultural sustainability of TKCP. 

 

Classifications

Category
Partenariat
Collecte de données de base et suivi des données et connaissances
Communication et sensibilisation
Activités d'éducation, de formation et de renforcement des capacités
Évaluation, mesures d'efficacité et apprentissage
Planification de la gestion
Moyens de subsistance durables
Scale of implementation
Local
Intranational
Phase of solution
Phase de démarrage
Mise en oeuvre
Suivi
Documentation et dissémination des résultats

Facteurs de réussite

  • Holistic approach to responding to the needs of people and the ecosystems on which they depend.
  • A wide range of national and international partnerships (government, private sector, academia and the NGO sector) to address economic and social needs of local communities.
  • Long-term time commitment to working with local communities (TKCP has been in existence since 1996).

 

Enseignements tirés

  • Recognition that YUS is a living landscape where human well-being is the result of environmental protection. 
  • Understanding that the tree kangaroo is a special species for YUS. The Matchie’s tree kangaroo is endangered, mainly due to pressures from hunting, a complex and important cultural practice in YUS. The guarantee of its long-term survival is what prompted YUS landowners to create a protected landscape. 
  • Recognition of the need to make a long-term commitment to achieve success with sustainable livelihood initiatives.  
  • Commitment to having the YUS people take a leadership role in creating a vision of what is needed to create a place where wildlife can thrive and where people benefit from looking after the land and sea that supports them.

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