UNDP: Collaboration is key to saving world's biodiversity

June 10, 2024


United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Philippines Resident Representative Dr. Selva Ramachandran expressed the importance of collaboration to protect and preserve biodiversity on the planet and achieve the goals and targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF).

"The plan to save the world’s biodiversity is an ambitious one, but it is possible through our collective efforts," Ramachandran said during the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity with the theme “Be Part of the Plan” held on 22 May 2024 in Taguig City. 

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga echoes this statement and has said that biodiversity conservation results from a collective commitment to preserve the Philippines’ natural treasures. She enjoins DENR partners to continue to champion the cause of environmental stewardship, ensuring that the country’s natural wonders are safeguarded for the benefit of all.

Ramachandran said the UNDP is part of the Plan that is aligned with UNDP’s Nature Pledge, a multi-year, high-ambition corporate commitment to accelerate global environmental action at scale for the benefit of people, planet, peace, and prosperity

UNDP has partnered with civil society organizations, academe, indigenous peoples, local communities, private sector, and agencies to ensure a common agenda and unify efforts to meet the targets of the Philippines and the GBF. 

According to Ramachandran, The Nature Pledge, which gives importance to nature and biodiversity, offers transformational shifts that support UNDP's acceleration targets under the GBF, and require concerted and integrated efforts on a massive scale.

UNDP programs with DENR and its partners are expected to improve the management of some 300,000 hectares of other effective area-based conservation measures, including Local Conservation Areas and Indigenous Community Conserved Areas, 15 protected areas, and influence agricultural, forest, and mining practices in these landscapes.

Equitable distribution of benefits and livelihood development will reinforce the work with local communities and indigenous peoples by marshalling their capacities, traditional knowledge, and the economic value of the country’s genetic resources. 

At the strategic level, I am glad that our cooperation with the DENR and partners has significantly moved towards accelerating actions to achieve the GBF targets", he stressed. 

The updating of the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) is guided by this global ambition and the Philippines' commitment. Through the Early Action Support Facility, an action plan for expanding marine biodiversity protection to align with 30 x 30 targets is being developed to support PBSAP.

Ramachandran said that with the huge financing gap for biodiversity management now, and the projection that the financing requirements will certainly increase as the KM-GBF targets are ambitious and require an accelerated approach, UNDP is working with partners to strengthen the private sector’s role in redirecting finance flows towards nature-positive outcomes.