In many parts of the world people’s livelihoods depend on healthy agro-ecosystems for sustaining pastoral or mixed farming systems. Other activities such as pottery, wood-carving and medicinal plant collection are often based on cultural values, and therefore not only focused on earning money. In many cultures and communities the belief that the spiritual world resides in nature stimulates a deep respect for the natural world, and is a source of guidance on its use. When people no longer have access to the natural diversity that sustains them and their cultural and spiritual needs are no longer integral to their livelihoods they will fall into poverty.
The Compas program supports local communities in sustaining their livelihoods and their bio-cultural diversity by strengthening local knowledge in income generating activities, and transferring skills to the new generations.
Thematic brochures on livelihoods: