Strategic Cooperation / Policy Development

Local Contributions to the Rio Conventions (sustainable landuse)

Local Contributions to the Rio Conventions shows how six non-governmental organisations from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Peru and South Africa contribute - through local initiatives on sustainable land use and water management - to the implementation of, and support to increase synergies between, the Rio Conventions.

Based on five practical examples of AEDES, CDP, EMG, FURARE, and Hope for the Horn, the project analyses the links between civil society initiatives and national and international policies related to climate change, biodiversity conservation and desertification.

The project also presents a set of policy recommendations on:
  1. the implementation of the Rio Conventions through local initiatives; and
  2. the ways in which the Conventions can enhance the replication and up-scaling of such initiatives and thus improve the development and implementation of national policies related to the Conventions.

The final results of the project are presented in the Both ENDS Working Paper:
Local contributions to the Rio Conventions (Amsterdam, April 2005)(pdf-en pp 54).

Summary and recommendations (pdf-en pp 4)
Resumen ejecutivo y recomendaciones (pdf-ca pp 5)

For more information, or any suggestions on follow-up or related activities, please contact Annelieke Douma ad(at) or Daniëlle Hirsch dh(at)

Case studies

Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Southwest Region of Bangladesh, by the Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Bangladesh.

Integrated Water Management and Upscaling of Successful Dialogues in the Cotahuasi Sub-basin, by AEDES, Peru.

Analogue Forestry in Nuevo Mundo: A Community in Northwest Pichichinga, by the Rainforest Rescue Foundation (FURARE), Ecuador.

Empowering Pastoralists Communities in Somali Regional State, by Hope for the Horn, Ethiopia.

Enhancing Sustainable Livelihoods in the Suid Bokkeveld, by the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), South Africa.