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Taking on the challenge of addressing biodiversity loss and social inequalities

These two issues don’t appear that closely related at first. But the loss of biodiversity all around the world has significant connections to poverty and inequality: addressing both can have major impacts on people’s quality of life and the environment’s health and sustainability.

On this World Habitat Day 2022, we highlight the importance of tackling biodiversity loss to secure a sustainable future for today’s most economically vulnerable people, who depend greatly on biodiversity and nature for their survival and well-being. When addressing shelter and development, biodiversity provides ecosystem services such as air maintenance, clean water, and waste breakdown.

Many communities also depend on nature’s ecosystem services for food, traditional medicine, and for social recreation. But the increase in consumption for a growing global population has put great stress on our soils, forests, water resources and ecosystems in general.

Programs all around the world have made the connection between addressing ecosystem health and enhancing the lives of people in challenging socio-economic conditions. Our flagship program TerraViva goes beyond that, by putting rural communities in the driver’s seat of landscape management.

By engaging local stakeholders in defining a common territorial agenda, TerraViva seeks to make communities a leading actor in the decision-making process of doing what’s best for their local ecosystem. They are empowered to develop climate-smart, actionable, and sustainable plans that lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced biodiversity, and improved livelihoods.

At SAN, we are committed to engage with communities, partners, clients, and other stakeholders collaboratively, to make agriculture a powerful tool against biodiversity loss and poverty.

Learn more about our TerraViva program and our recent launch in Colombia. You could also consider joining our network or contacting us to collaborate for a sustainable future for food, nature, and rural communities.

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