BOS+ conducts its activities in line with the three Rio conventions: climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity and desertification. Focusing on sustainable low carbon development and aiming to change production and consumption patterns, BOS+ continues to devote itself to good forest and ecosystems management. The three following major topics can be discerned:
PRESERVATION OF ECOSYSTEMS
It is of great importance to protect certain ecosystems against degradation, exploitation and pollution both on a local and global scale. Many ecosystems provide all kinds of public goods both locally and globally: they regulate (micro) climate, water resources, waste recycling... with numerous development prospects. Moreover, they often offer some protection to natural disasters such as floods, desertification, landslides...
However, it is impossible to participate in the conservation of nature and biodiversity without involving the local population and valorising this conservation. That is why the main aim is the creation of sustainable income generating activities, because they provide an alternative to destructive activities. Possible alternatives are; sustainable extraction techniques (hunting, fishing, wood, non-wood forest products such as latex, fruits ...), payment for environmental services, agroforestry, microcredit provision, sustainable agriculture and livestock...
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF ECOSYSTEMS
Most countries in the South have ecosystems with a great amount of natural resources. These natural resources are not sufficiently valued or valued only for unfair and quick profit without regard for the social and long-term ecological effects. A widely recognised problem in the South, which is directly related to inequality and poverty, is in fact the inadequate management of ecosystems. Usually, local communities do not have the technical capacity and financial resources to bring the sustainable management of their natural resources in practice. However, sustainable and participatory management of these natural resources contribute directly and indirectly to better living conditions of the population. Therefore, BOS+ wants to set up capacity building activities for the local communities. That way they are able to manage their ecosystem sustainably and enjoy its benefits.
RESTORATION OF DEGRADED ECOSYSTEMS
Certain ecosystems of global and local interest have already undergone a strong degradation in certain areas because of unsustainable use. Others are already threatened in their existence by tangible and future evolutions such as climate change and the advancing desertification. BOS+ aims to work with partner organisations and locals to reverse and recover from this negative evolution. Typical activities are: (re-)planting to fix the soil, preventing erosion, etc., with regard to socio-economic and ecological criteria. Naturally this occurs in combination with the sustainable management of the final planting and accompanying activities such as capacity building and dissemination.