Many of the world’s biodiversity-rich areas are located in developing countries. Over 70 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depend directly on biodiversity for their survival and well-being.

Poverty can be described as being dynamic and multi-dimensional; linking for example to power, equity, human rights and access to assets such as natural resources. It is context specific and caused by many and varying aspects, such as both external drivers and institutional aspects.

SwedBio is working with poverty as a cross-cutting issue in all of its projects, and contributes to partner organisations’ poverty related work. Since its start in 2002, SwedBio has also been involved in many policy and practice processes directly related to poverty alleviation, and in linking it to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.