Who Benefits

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.

Key Project Outcomes

– Improving the quality of Protected Areas by increasing forest cover, enriching the existing forests and improving the water bodies.

¨ Conservation and management of watersheds to enhance agricultural productivity and economic development.

¨ Improving livelihoods of buffer zone communities by promoting eco-system benefits and nature-based tourism.

¨ Addressing human-elephant conflict in the buffer zone of the Protected Areas.

¨ Improving revenue generation of the Forest Department and the  Department of Wildlife Conservation through improved nature based tourism.

¨ Capacity building of key natural resources management institutes (FD & DWC).

Project Beneficiaries

  • Wildlife living in and around the Protected Areas
  • Communities living adjacent to the Protected Areas,
  • Families facing human-elephant conflict adjoining the protected areas
  • Institutes responsible for natural resources management
  • Youth and women living in villages adjacent to Protected Areas
  • Stakeholders in tourism industry
  • Sensitive natural habitats
  • Local Authorities