Ecosystems and Biodiversity

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Ecosystem Management of Coastal & Marine Areas in South Asia

This toolkit offers a step-by-step guide for integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into the coastal and marine ecosystem management that will be quite useful for the field practitioners of coastal areas in the  sub-region. This publication builds on UNDP’s new more

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Ecotourism Development: A Manual for Conservation Planners & Managers - Vol. II

The volume provides guidance on both key conservation management and key business development strategies. It includes an introduction to the critical elements of ecotourism management planning including zoning, visitor impact monitoring, visitor site design and management, income generation more

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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. more

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Financial Sustainability Scorecard for National Systems of PA's - 2010

The purpose of the scorecard is to assist governments, donors and NGOs to investigate and record significant aspects of a PA financing system – its accounts and its underlying structural foundations – to show both its current health and status and to indicate if the system is holistically moving more

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Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean

The report compares and aggregates official financial data and qualitative insights about the health of Protected Area (PA) financial sustainability for 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries. While the findings reveal the level of financial gap faced in the region, they also show that reducing more

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Gender Dimensions of Intellectual Property and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

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 more

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Guidelines: Ensuring Impacts from SLM – Development of a Global Indicator System

The guidelines, by the GEF-funded project ‘Ensuring Impacts from SLM - Development of a Global Indicator System’, presents a set of four global impact indicators and their methodologies which, when taken together, can be used to determine the trends in combating land degradation and desertification more

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Habitat Banking in Latin America and the Caribbean

The report provides an assessment of the feasibility of building successful habitat mitigation banking schemes in the Latin America and Caribbean region, highlighting the value and opportunity for countries to adopt banking approaches to supplement their traditional conservation strategies. more

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Information Kit: Supporting Country Action on the CBD Programme of Work on PAs

The publication provides information for eligible countries on the application process to receive funding from the GEF to help carry out implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on protected areas. The kit also includes the eligibility criteria, information on evaluation and monitoring, together more

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Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity, and the Clean Development Mechanism

The 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 more

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.