Conservation for development

Natural resources support socio-economic development, and appropriate development ensures biodiversity conservation.

Natural resources support development in many ways. Ecosystem services are an undervalued, but vital benefit of healthy natural resources. Local people rely on plants, animals and fish for subsistence needs, and ensuring the sustainability of these harvests is the first step towards greater development.

Some kinds of natural resources also can be sustainably managed for commercial uses. Nature tourism has great potential in the Dry Forests if wildlife populations recover. In many of the more open patches of the Dry Forest mosaic landscape, key wildlife species could be viewed as easily as in the great game parks of Africa, India, and Sri Lanka, if their numbers were restored.

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