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.
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 economic and social development objectives.
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.
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 participate actively in sustainable management of nearby ecosystems and biodiversity.
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.
The booklet, titled "Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation: Recognizing the Role of Biodiversity for Human Well-being", aims to demystify and illustrate biodiversity's contribution to development in its various dimensions and to offer some avenues for human and economic development that recognize, maintain and restore biodiversity.
The Equator Prize has been awarded to 127 outstanding local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This report is a compilation of 10 years' lessons learned.