Can Conservation And Agriculture Both Win?
Today more and more conservation and agricultural efforts are beginning to work collaboratively. The IUCN World Conservation Congress issued a call "for Agriculture and Conservation to work together” in 2012. Since then, distinct actors have begun to work in tandem, realizing the strength and mutual benefits they gain from the unification of their causes. The Wildlife Conservation Society highlights a case in point, the Volcanica Central Talamanca Corridor in Costa Rica. Originally the corridor was a hard sell to local farmers. However, when the scope of the corridor was expanded to include ecosystem services like clean water that would benefit farmers, the idea caught on. Now with the help of market initiatives the corridor is simultaneously helping support vital crops such as coffee, providing farmers with a stable income, and allowing biodiversity to flourish. A positive outcome for all.