Why Livelihoods Network Camp was special for me!

livelihoods, livelihoods network campAt Livelihoods Network Camp, I made some extraordinary discoveries that I want to share with you! I cast my eyes over the area of carbon finance, in the middle of the marketplace. The marketplace was a space created for the project leaders, where they could present and discover projects, explore techniques, ‘sell themselves’ and challenge each other.

I also walked around the workshops. It was the place for all 80 participants to identify together objectives in community work and the best way to achieve them through permanent tools. It was very interesting to see how the sharing of ideas results in the fast emergence of practical solutions.

It was during one of these plenary sessions that I made the first discovery I would like to share: Jean-Pierre Rennaud made an interesting presentation on a very simple way of saving 18% of the annual production cost of mangrove seedlings.

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The idea is original: instead of using traditional plastic bags to grow seedlings, the Indians proposed to use jute cloth bags. It generates several benefits: in addition to the significant decrease in the annual budget of production, the use of these bags allows the creation of new jobs – the bags are handmade. Also, these bags are ultimately much less polluting!

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Here is another discovery made at the LNC. David Hogg from India presented to us an effective way to send and receive information on the mobile phone from and to anywhere, that he called “Livelihoods 360 °”. The discovery is interesting for most participants who are often deep in the bush for project follow-up. David kindly offered to share his technique with the “network” through the participatory platform that is being created.

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The last and most incredible of my discoveries was right there in front of my eyes in the marketplace; I could touch it and… taste it!

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Bambang Suprayogi from Indonesia managed to make food from mangrove seeds! What an extraordinary opportunity and initiative! It is true that the Fund is committed to investing in the restoration of wetlands for the primary purpose of improving the living conditions of local people. Here we have a concrete example of what could be the product of mangrove restoration! We enjoyed it and I think the Indonesians will do so for long!

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This is only a small part of the extraordinary and unique things that we could see from projects submitted to the Livelihoods Network Camp…

You also learned some things you want to share. We look forward to reading you… comments are open!