Low-tech, bottom-up, place-based approaches to addressing environmental degradation

Ebony Holland
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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The 2019 IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems is clear: biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history but declining less rapidly on land managed by Indigenous Peoples than on other lands.

This study looks at the evidence and builds the case for including ‘low-tech, bottom-up and place-based approaches’ more prominently in efforts to address poverty and environmental degradation. It outlines the critical role of local communities and Indigenous Peoples in driving locally-led action and considers how to create an enabling environment where top-down and bottom-up approaches work synergistically.

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