Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • Biodiversity for Sustainable Development: Delivering Results for Asia and the PacificBiodiversity for Sustainable Development: Delivering Results for Asia and the PacificOct 14, 2014This book is both a celebration of biodiversity work in the Asia-Pacific region and a cautionary account of what is happening to the ecosystems that support millions of lives and livelihoods in the region.

  • Combating Poaching and Wildlife TraffickingCombating Poaching and Wildlife TraffickingMar 2, 2015Wildlife trafficking is among the five most lucrative illegal trades globally, worth an estimated 23 billion USD annually. It is a multifaceted global threat that erodes biodiversity, ecosystems and creates insecurity that fuels conflict and corruption. Poaching and wildlife trafficking strip countries of their national assets, disrupt social cohesion, and undermine the rule of law.

  • Measuring Impacts of Sustainable Land ManagementJul 11, 2011The GEF-funded project ‘Ensuring Impacts from SLM - Development of a Global Indicator System’ (KM:Land), developed a suite of global and project-level indicators to measure global environmental benefits and local livelihood benefits. The indicators and accompanying conceptual framework are now being adopted and adapted by both the GEF and UNCCD in their efforts to measure impacts of their respective strategies to combat land degradation.

  • MARES: Conserving Ocean Ecosystems and Safeguarding Coastal CommunitiesOct 1, 2009The objective of the Marine Ecosystem Services Program (MARES) is to protect crucial marine ecosystem services by harnessing markets and private sector investment. MARES focuses on four key areas: water quality, marine biodiversity, coastal and beach stabilization, and fish nurseries. The document provides a brief overview of the Program.

  • UNDP's Work on Biodiversity ManagementUNDP's Work on Biodiversity ManagementFeb 1, 2010The brochure outlines UNDP's work on biodiversity management through two Signature Programmes: 1) Unleashing the economic potential of Protected Area systems and 2) Mainstreaming biodiversity management objectives into economic sector activities. It further highlights examples of UNDP's contributions towards the organization’s broader work on environment and sustainable development.

  • Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity, and the Clean Development MechanismNov 1, 2009The booklet, by Ecosystem Marketplace, provides context and background information on current developments in the payments for ecosystem services (PES) arena relevant to the Ghana Katoomba conference, held in Accra, Ghana, in October 2009. The conference is the fifteenth in a series of Katoomba conferences designed to stimulate and strengthen environmental markets around the world.

  • Biodiversity and the Millennium Development GoalsBiodiversity and the Millennium Development GoalsNov 30, 2003The report focuses on the benefits of biodiversity and the MDGs. The importance of biodiversity to development objectives is also discussed in the context of the WEHAB Initiative and the Convention on Biological Diversity. The report also highlights the role of biodiversity in achieving the targets of each of the MDGs, and considers links between climate change, biodiversity and the MDGs.

  • Biodiversity for DevelopmentBiodiversity for DevelopmentOct 25, 2010The primer titled "Biodiversity for Development: South Africa's landscape approach to conserving biodiversity and promoting ecosystem resilience" highlights innovative work carried out to promote biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development through partnerships between the South African government, a range of stakeholders, and international partners.

  • Communities Biodiversity Products from Latin America and the CaribbeanCommunities Biodiversity Products from Latin America and the CaribbeanSep 13, 2010

  • Protected Areas for the 21st CenturyProtected Areas for the 21st CenturyOct 21, 2010The report looks at how changing 21st Century expectations about the roles and functions of protected areas are beginning to shape protected area management around the world and identifies emerging best practices under a new paradigm that views protected areas as part of a planetary life support system. The report is based on case studies drawn largely from the portfolio of UNDP/GEF projects.

Fast Facts
Fast Facts: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Human survival and wellbeing depend upon biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide—such as food, medicines, crop pollination, filtration of pollutants, and protection from natural disasters. This contribution is neither fully recognized nor valued in markets.  As a result, ecosystems, species and genes—the building blocks of biodiversity—are being degraded at an unparalleled pace as natural resources are being exploited without consideration for their broader ecosystem and economic values. The poor, especially in rural areas, face the most severe impacts of such changes as they directly depend on ecosystem goods and services for their survival and wellbeing.