Achieving biodiversity conservation through food security and rural livelihoods in Zambia: The COMACO model

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This presentation outlines the fact that the problems facing conservation are the same problems facing rural development. It gives a background on the history of conservation strategies before focusing on the Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) model. The presentation gives an overview of the pilot project, how it has been implemented and the benefits to this form of conservation strategy. It then discusses the primary data obtained in accordance with the project, the aims of the COMACO model and the research being conducted to prove the effectiveness and sustainability of the model in rural areas of Zambia.



Rural development, Food security, Biodiversity conservation, Comaco, Zambia, Ecosystem Farm/Enterprise Scale Field Scale


Presented at the seminar at the national veterinary meeting, "Special Species Symposium" held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 22 April 2007 and as part of the Agroecological Perspectives for Sustainable Development series to the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development CIIFAD), Ithaca, NY, 13 September 2006