A two-day workshop (27th & 28th) was organized by Keystone Foundation in collaboration with IUCN, SULi, and Conservation International on “Sustainable Use: Indigenous Livelihoods, Lessons from India”. 

The Workshop was mainly held to understand, discuss and make a way ahead for Sustainable Use chapter on the Indian Context in IUCN and SULi.

Anita Varghese, Deputy Director of Keystone Foundation  began the workshop  through her presentation “Connecting Indigenous Communities, ecology and enterprise in NBR”  -mainly focusing on the importance of NBR concept, Sustainable harvest of Honey & building Market, the inclusion of communities in research, NTFP & mapping ecological interactions and Cycas as charismatic species, changes & situation in the NBR from 2010 onwards.

It kicked of the workshop’s discussions on the role of Department in NTFP collection, conflict in the protected area, discussions on Status of rights of communities and implications of the recent Supreme Court judgment for removal of “illegal” people from forests, the role of fire in the management of invasive such as Lantana. 



Session 1

Topic: Sustainable use in the Indian context.

Moderator: Suprava Patnaik, Professor, IIFM Bhopal.

Presentation / Topics discussed during this session:

  1. Himalaya’s MAPs: Marketing and Trade- Pramod Yadav, TRAFFIC (India).
  2. Developing and Implementation of Intervention Tools to improve the wild collection, value addition, and marketing of medicinal Plants- Jaganath Rao and Arthur Selwyn Mark, TDU, FRLHT.   
  3. Non-timber Forest Products and Conservation- SiddappaSetty, Atree.
  4. India’s Oceans, Coasts & Islands- Meera, Dakshin Foundation.
  5. SU+ Livelihoods and Governance Use in Legislation- SU+ Livelihood in Policy, SU+ Livelihood in Operation-Mridula Paul, ATREE.
  6. Subsistence Use- Arun and Sethu (Presentation started with a skit on a traditional story regarding a tree lizard denoting the link involved in Subsistence and cultural use of wildlife).

Session 2

Topic: Sustainable Use (SU) and the Global Context

Moderator: Rosie Cooney, Chair of the IUCN SSC/CEESP Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

Presentation/Topics discussed during this session

  1. Human Health and Biodiversity Conservation through Sustainable Trade – Anastasia.
  2. NTFP exchange Programme  – Snehlata Nath (Keystone Foundation).
  3. Open Discussion- Reality and Myths around Sustainable Use, Moderator- Pratim Roy and Rosie.

*Question: What are the pros and cons of being a part of the specialist group of IUCN?

*Participants discussed the experiences they and their organization’s association with IUCN.

Final presentation – Sustainable Use- IUCN Policy – presentation

After the presentation, the discussion moved in which Members of IUCN specialist group who were present in the workshop shared their views. The agreed fact was that the strength of the present members and their say can lead to influence at the global level.

This led to….

1. Creating a common database of existing work, for sharing among peers and to be able to focus on areas to be communicated and to work towards gaps in these areas.

2. Formation of a regional group at the Country level (India).

3. Identifying and including other members that weren’t present at the meeting, in the new regional group.