Sustainable Livelihoods

Young girl harvesting and cleaning sea cucumbers in the lagoon of the Le Morne Cultural Landscape (LMCL) World Heritage Site.
Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable livelihoods are a prerequisite to reducing human pressures on the environment. Fostering healthy relationships between people and their resources is of paramount importance. EcoAfrica assists local communities in identifying conservation, tourism and other resource-based projects that can be developed on their own or with some external assistance and funding. EcoAfrica works closely with all tiers of government, community groups and programmes to that share the common aim of developing viable alternatives to destructive resource uses. EcoAfrica places particular emphasis on financial sustainability as a key outcome. Effective project management is a key requirement for working towards the development of sustainable livelihoods.

Our work includes:

  • Assisting local groups and organisations to access external funding
  • Assistance with feasibility studies and business plans for their projects
  • Training and capacity building of the local communities (accredited or non-accredited)
  • Project management training which includes; setting up log frames, doing cash flow projections and generating financial reports as well as setting up management structures and procedures
  • Small business development (including conversion of associations to businesses)
  • Business plan developments to turn the ideas of the local people into viable businesses
  • Creating Local Economic Development (LED) strategies, frameworks and plans Development (LED) strategies, frameworks and plans
There is a strong link between poverty and environmental degradation which often expresses itself as a mutually re-enforcing downward spiral.
Local Economic Development (LED) aims to build up the economic capacity of a local area in order to improve its economic future and the quality of life for all. It is a process by which public, business and non-governmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation. A good LED plan recognises that issues about environment, economics and politics are inter-related through the way humans interact with their surroundings and with each other. Unfortunately, there is often a mainstream belief that for poor countries to develop, environmental concerns have to be sacrificed, or is a luxury to address once poverty is alleviated. By then the natural resource base on which we all depend may be irreversibly damaged.