Conservation of agricultural biodiversity increasingly depends on the empowerment of local communities to restore and sustainably manage landscapes.
Community-based biodiversity management (CBM) in Nepal's Rupa Lake Watershed is a great example of how integrated landscape management and collective action can improve agricultural biodiversity and livelihoods. For 15 years, local farmers' umbrella organization Jaibik Shrot Samarachyan Abhiyan has brought together a group of local cooperatives, community development committees and women's groups to transform the watershed through CBM. The network includes a saving and credit scheme, a benefit-sharing scheme, and a forum to access information, learn and plan activities.
Working closely with partners such as LI-BIRD, Bioversity International has supported CBM in the region through: participatory plant breeding, training workshops, diversity fairs, seed exchanges and community seedbanks.
Read more about the Jaibik Shrot case study in the new publication by LI-BIRD and Bioversity International.
Also see recent photos from Rupa Lake in this Flickr set.