Poverty-conservation mapping applications

Poverty-conservation mapping applications

What are the uses of poverty-conservation mapping?

Poverty-conservation mapping is a useful approach to explore linkages between development (people) and conservation (nature). Although poverty-environment mapping in biodiversity applications has been limited, there are numerous potential applications that are of use to IUCN and its members. Such applications range from substantiating the key role of biological resources in food security to improving geographic targeting of pro-poor ecosystem management.

While poverty-environment mapping offers a suite of tools for improving the analysis between biodiversity and development issues, it must not be seen as a panacea for understanding or solving poverty-conservation problems. Mapping applications need to be used together, not in lieu of, other approaches including multi-level socio-economic assessments, traditional and community-based knowledge, community mapping, and statistical analyses.