Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • Making the Case for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
    Dec 4, 2015

    Making the Case for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Building on the Mountain EbA Programme in Nepal, Peru and Uganda, is a legacy document of the EbA Mountain Programme, delivered through a partnership between the German Government, UNEP, UNDP and IUCN, together with the Governments of Nepal, Peru and Uganda.

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  • Linking Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management
    Jul 30, 2002

    The report focuses on ways to reduce poverty and sustain growth by improving environmental management. It demonstrates that sound and equitable management of the environment is integral to achieving the MDGs, and argues for a coherent, focused framework for action, with clear goals and achievable targets backed up by adequate resources and effective and transparent monitoring mechanisms.

  • Oct 9, 2008

    The report presents a framework for understanding the linkages between Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and poverty. It is the culmination of collaborative analysis and synthesis of the social dimensions of REDD. It presents 10 required conditions that will ensure that the implementation of REDD mechanisms yields benefits for the rural poor in developing countries.

  • Oct 1, 2009

    The paper, by the Katoomba Group, provides a brief overview of REDD implications of Ghana’s legal framework for trees and associated benefit‐sharing mechanisms. It notes that the current legislative framework for forestry presents some problems and challenges that could impede implementation of REDD strategies in Ghana. The paper concludes with ways to address these challenges.

  • Apr 27, 2007

    The paper outlines the debates on intellectual property (IP) protection vis-à-vis other systems for protecting the communal nature of traditional medicinal plant knowledge. The paper uses a gender lens to understand how IP and trade policies affect disempowered peoples, particularly women and men whose livelihoods depend on the collection and harvesting of traditional medicines.

  • Natural Solutions: Protected Areas Helping People Cope with Climate Change
    Feb 13, 2010

    The report focuses on the essential role played by protected areas in reducing global climate change impacts and how to build and strengthen protected area systems. It introduces key policy and management developments which are needed for protected areas to function more effectively as a climate change response mechanism.

  • Mar 1, 2006

    The report presents thirty case studies from the SGP and the Equator Initiative's portfolio to document and draw preliminary lessons from the successes of community-based biodiversity enterprises. While these cases are selected from across Latin America and the Caribbean and initially emerged from an international workshop in Merida, Mexico, they offer valuable lessons for a global agenda.

  • Mar 1, 2010

    The Strengthening the Protected Area Network (SPAN) Project aims to strengthen the management effectiveness of the national protected area (PA) system in Namibia. The Project builds capacity for park management by removing existing barriers hindering the management performance of the PA system. The case study highlights key elements of project success and lessons learned.

  • Feb 1, 2010

    The primer offers guidance on how to assess the potential for marine and coastal payments for ecosystem services (PES) and provides pointers for designing and planning PES transactions. It describes: the opportunities and risks of PES schemes; steps to developing PES projects; and considerations of PES for poverty reduction.