Translinks: Linking natural resources, economic growth and good governance
Term: October 2006-September 2011
Funding: US Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement to increase social, economic and environmental benefits through sustainable natural resource management.
Amount: $5 million
Participating institutions: Wildlife Conservation Society, Earth Institute, Enterprise Works, Forest Trends.
Summary: Understanding the complex relationships among Nature (air, land, water, species, communities), Wealth (natural assets for poverty reduction), and Power (environmental governance) is fundamental if development efforts aimed at alleviating poverty and managing natural resources sustainably are to prove successful.
Many of the world's poor are isolated from the benefits of economic growth but live in areas of global importance to biodiversity. As pressure to exploit natural resources in these areas increases, so too will adverse social and environmental consequences. Poverty and income inequities diminish investments in economic growth and result in severe declines in environmental health.
- synthesizes current knowledge and generates new knowledge on the complex interactions among nature, wealth and power across multiple scales
- develops diagnostic and decision-support tools to help stakeholders better understand positive, negative, or neutral relationships among natural resource conservation, natural resource governance, and alleviation of rural poverty
- targets training to enhance local and national partners' capacity to integrate knowledge and tools into the implementation of environmentally friendly enterprises
- identifies best practices that recognize essential synergies among good governance, conservation and wealth creation
- globally spreads the knowledge, tools, capacity, and best practices that promote wealth creation for the rural poor, establish good environmental governance systems, and sustainably conserve vital natural resources.