International Crane Foundation

 
Improving Local Livelihoods

Improving Local Livelihoods

Conservation solutions must bring meaningful benefits to local people who share the landscape with cranes, and those benefits must be sustained for the long-term. Everywhere we work, human livelihoods are deeply entwined with the fate of the ecosystems we are trying to save. The International Crane Foundation is engaged in a range of methods for providing an economic foundation that encourages people to continue sharing their lands with cranes:

  • We link communities with regional and international markets for quality products that can be sustainably produced from wetlands and grasslands that are vital to cranes.

Case study:  At Phu My in Vietnam, locally-produced handicrafts from Lepironia wetlands are sold in competitive markets of Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. The income generated covers most of the costs for managing this important wetland for Sarus Cranes and other species. The results? In just six years, local income increased five-fold for the community and crane numbers jumped from 5 to 250 (30% of the known population!)

  • We support local communities by working to ensure that the natural services and products that they depend on remain intact.

Case study:  In Rwanda, we are quantifying the full range of ecosystem services provided by Rugezi Marsh to secure this key breeding ground for Grey Crowned Cranes. A long-term commitment to maintaining the huge volume of peat stored in the marsh to sequester carbon, for example, would provide funding for alternative livelihood projects and support management of the marsh through Voluntary Carbon Markets.88