The Ecology of Livelihoods



The overall scientifc objective of ECOLIVE were strengthening of the scientific basis and capacity for conserving wetlands so that poor rural populations have access for water, food and income. This was achieved through development of a transdisciplinary analytical framework that would facilitate participation of stakeholders in research and development of sound integrated policies for sustainable livelihoods in fragile and dynamic wetland ecosystems.

The specific scientifc objectives were:

  • Understanding the eco-hydrological functioning of the wetland in a changing catchment and climate context
  • Understanding of wetland biodiversity, nutrient buffering and resilience in relation to levels and types of exploitation for livelihoods
  • Understanding the livelihoods of communities depending on wetlands and wetland services
  • Understanding the institutional and governance aspects of the conservation and utilization of wetlands
  • Develop a transdisciplinary framework for wetland governance for ecological sustainability and livelihoods

Capacity building

Overall capacity building and development objective of ECOLIVE was to increase the capacity of project partners and stakeholders for research and management of wetland ecosystems and produce supporting knowledge and tools.

Specifically, capacity building and development objectives were:

  • Make knowledge about wetland ecosystems and livelihoods available to communities, businesses and policy makers for improved wetland management and poverty reduction.
  • Build capacity in African institutions for sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Develop policy tools that can be used more widely in Africa and beyond.