UNDP unveils environmental strategy

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 19:20 hrs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday unveiled an environmental strategy to address unprecedented levels of global biodiversity loss.

Titled ‘The Future We Want: Biodiversity and Ecosystems – Driving Sustainable Development’, it was adopted during the Eleventh Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) here.

It calls for a significant scaling up of investments in 100 countries by 2020. UNDP will work with governments to find new ways to finance biodiversity management through domestic revenue, innovative financial mechanisms and donor funding. The strategy has three focus areas: Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem management into development planning and production sector activities; unlocking the potential of protected areas so that they are better managed and financed, and can contribute to sustainable development; and managing and rehabilitating ecosystems for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

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