Ecosystems and Biodiversity

image

Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator

The Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator contributes to developing model transactions in the nascent ecosystem services markets benefiting low-income rural people and imperiled biodiversity by providing targeted support to promising small-scale community-based projects with potential for long-term more

image

Katoomba Incubator: The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE)

A tool called the REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE) classifies and prioritizes potential REDD+ subnational activities, and assesses critical constraints to project development, especially those associated with the national legal and institutional framework for carbon finance. The document more

image

Key Results & Lessons from the UNDP-GEF Biodiversity Portfolio

The report presents and evaluates the results and lessons mined from all GEF funded UNDP biodiversity projects in five regions. It concludes with a summary of some of the future challenges that confront UNDP programme countries in seeking to conserve their biodiversity while attaining their more

image

Linking Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management

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 more

image

Local Business for Global Biodiversity Conservation

The guidebook aims to support biodiversity projects implemented by UNDP/GEF in planning viable and alternative livelihoods to reduce threats to local natural resources. It proposes that by adopting a focused strategy for small business development, conservation planners can help local communities more

image

MARES: Conserving Ocean Ecosystems and Safeguarding Coastal Communities

The 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 more

image

Making REDD work for the Poor - A PEP Report

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 more

image

Managing Private Investment in Natural Resources

This primer seeks to provide practical advice on how host countries can manage foreign direct investment inflows to promote national development aspirations (such as poverty reduction, environmental sustainabilityand achievement of the MDGs). more

image

Measuring Impacts of Sustainable Land Management

The 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 more

image

Morocco: Transhumance for Biodiversity Conservation in the Southern High Atlas

The Transhumance for Biodiversity Conservation in the Southern High Atlas (CBTHA) Project aims to conserve globally significant biodiversity in the productive landscape of the southern flank of the High Atlas through an innovative approach integrating pastoral range management with biodiversity 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.