Ecolive
The Ecology of Livelihoods

Ecolive

The ecology of livelihoods in East African papyrus wetlands: wetland conservation and utilization in the context of local and global change.

ECOLIVE was a research project funded by the UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research Fund (UPaRF). The ECOLIVE project started in 2008 and finished in 2013. Project partners were UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (The Netherlands), Egerton University (Kenya), VIRED International (an environmental NGO based in Kisumu, Kenya) and the University of Amsterdam. The overall objective was to develop approaches for conserving papyrus wetlands so that their natural functions are protected while poor rural populations can rely on their livelihoods services.

Papyrus wetlands cover large areas and perform important ecosystem functions but they are fragile and under pressure of rural populations' livelihoods needs. The project developed a transdisciplinary analytical framework that facilitated participation of stakeholders in development of sound policies for sustainable livelihoods in papyrus wetland ecosystems. New knowledge in an integrated framework contributed to achieving policy goals of poverty reduction and ecosystem conservation.