There is a strong link between human wellbeing and ecosystems. The assertion of “human condition is tightly linked to environmental condition” suggests that conservation, management and development should achieve both ecological and social progress. The core idea of the Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP) is to generate national and local level environmental and community benefits.
At the national level, the project hopes to develop the capacity of key implementing agencies, the Forest Department (FD) and the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), manage Protected Areas (PAs) effectively based on modern PA and landscape management approaches, improve the quality of nature-based tourism, and achieve better institutional coordination mechanism at national and sub-national levels.
Locally ESCAMP will direct to benefit approximately 15,000 people out of which at least 30% are expected t be female beneficiaries from communities located in the adjacent areas of the PAs. It will also benefit other sensitive natural habitats by supporting sustainable use of natural resources, the mitigation of human-elephant conflict, and improved capacity in natural resources management, with particular focus on women and vulnerable groups. The project will also benefit local authorities through improved awareness of natural resources management.