Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • UNDP's Work on Biodiversity ManagementFeb 1, 2010UNDP's Work on Biodiversity ManagementThe 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.

  • Fast Facts: Biodiversity and EcosystemsOct 12, 2012Fast Facts: Biodiversity and EcosystemsEcosystems, species and genes - the building blocks of biodiversity - are being degraded at an unparalleled rate as natural resources are exploited without consideration for their broader value to the ecosystem and economic values.

  • Helen Clark: Speech at the “Towards a Deforestation-Free Future: The Demand-Side Challenge” Side EventSep 22, 2014Helen Clark: Speech at the “Towards a Deforestation-Free Future: The Demand-Side Challenge” Side EventUnited Nations, New York

  • Helen Clark: Opening Speech at a Ford Foundation Event on “The Forest and Climate Challenge: Business, Government and Indigenous Community Leaders Call for Action” Sep 22, 2014Helen Clark: Opening Speech at a Ford Foundation Event on “The Forest and Climate Challenge: Business, Government and Indigenous Community Leaders Call for Action”Ford Foundation, New York

  • Making the Case for Ecosystem-based AdaptationDec 4, 2015Making the Case for Ecosystem-based AdaptationMaking 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.

  • Combating Poaching and Wildlife TraffickingMar 2, 2015Combating Poaching and Wildlife TraffickingWildlife 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.

  • Environmental Justice - Comparative Experiences in Legal Empowerment Jun 12, 2014Environmental Justice - Comparative Experiences in Legal EmpowermentThis report outlines challenges and innovations arising around the world as communities and governments pursue an agenda of justice based on inclusive and sustainable use of natural resources and the environment. The paper highlights trends in strategies emerging across regions

  • Mar 1, 2006Community Action to Conserve BiodiversityThe 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.

  • Feb 1, 2010PES: Getting Started in Marine and Coastal Ecosystems – A PrimerThe 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.

  • Oct 1, 2009Realising REDD: Implications of Ghana’s Current Legal Framework for TreesThe 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.

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.