Ecosystems and Biodiversity

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State of Biodiversity Markets: Offset and Compensation Programs Worldwide

The report provides the status and trends of biodiversity offset and compensatory mitigation programs by geographical region. It summarizes the total active programs and developing activities, and broad metrics like total known payments and land area protected. It also analyzes the characteristicsmore

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The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize

The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Since 2002, the Equator Prize has been awarded to 127more

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Tourism Concessions in Protected Natural Areas: Guidelines for Managers

UNDP has a large portfolio of protected area strengthening projects in more than 100 countries worldwide. Many of these projects promote development of a robust protected area tourism concession system and/or individual concessions, as a mechanism for strengthening protected areas, increasingmore

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UNDP's Work on Biodiversity Management

The 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'smore

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World Resources 2005: Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty

The main message of this publication is that natural resources and ecosystems can be a route to wealth creation when good governance empowers the poor. The report details the steps necessary to empower the poor to use ecosystems both wisely and for wealth, and demonstrates how local stewardship ofmore

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World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience

The report argues that properly designed nature-based enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that cushion the impacts of climate change, especially for the rural poor, and help provide needed social stability. It notes that the efforts that foster resilience chart themore

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.