Pieter van Eijk, Alcoa Foundation Fellow

Alcoa Foundation Fellow Pieter van Eijk

Reconciling poverty alleviation and nature conservation

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To meet basic livelihood needs, many rural populations destroy the environmental resources on which they depend. Pieter van Eijk, an Alcoa Foundation Fellow at Wetlands International, piloted four projects in local communities in Indonesia and Mali that use a new financial mechanism called bio-rights. Bio-rights projects provide incentives for protecting the environment while increasing awareness of the importance of ecosystem services for income.

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