Ecosystem management

Young Leaders for Green Action

Now is a critical time to inspire, engage, and train young people to meet the challenges facing the world. There are more young people on the planet today than there have ever been, and in many countries youth under the age of 30 make up the largest portion of the population. Despite their numbers, youth engagement in governance, policy and technological change is incomplete, and needs to be encouraged to move towards action. Young people see firsthand the impacts of global change on their environments and communities.

Species and ecosystem conservation: streamlining planning, management, and assessment of progress

Biodiversity loss has accelerated since the CBD was adopted in 1993. Species and ecosystems are being lost at an alarming rate. Increasingly, they depend on continuing management for their survival. If we are to avoid mass extinctions, and dangerous consequences from degradation and loss of natural ecosystems, we must focus on arresting loss, and bringing about the recovery of biodiversity. Experience within the SSC has shown that, in addition to area-based approaches, planning for the conservation of individual or small groups of species is essential.

Approaches to enhance social and gender equity and value indigenous knowledge through integrated ecosystem-based planning

Many studies have indicated that an ecosystem services concept is key to link the environment-development nexus and in particular that of biodiversity conservation with poverty alleviation. While remarkable research has been conducted on biodiversity protection, relevant findings and policy outcomes have not created significant impact on policy formulation and decision-making processes of development planning, mainly due to a lack of tools, models and methods for both decision-making and implementation.

Climate Change Adaption Tools for Island Communities

By presenting local and regional conservation results, we will demonstrate the importance of informing and empowering communities to make sound decisions about improving the resilience and adaptive capacity of the ecosystems on which they depend for their livelihoods. MCT and its partners developed the Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit to address key challenges faced by communities carrying out adaptation activities.

Policy tools and instruments emerging from TEEB with case studies from island ecosystems

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) globally raised awareness for the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well being. Following TEEB, numerous countries now engage in processes to assess ecosystem and their services at national and local level, these encompass ecological assessments and economic valuations. Yet, what policy tools and instruments are available or need to be developed to tangibly make a difference and enhance conservation throughout and beyond TEEB-like processes?

Forest Partnerships, big and small, that really work!

Explore innovative forest partnerships, reflect on the trade-offs and challenges partnerships face, and work together to distill the ingredients for success together with the IUCN Forest Programme, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Simultaneous interpretation in French, Korean and Spanish will be provided.

Using Ecosystems and Traditional Knowledge to Help People Adapt to Climate Change: Building the Evidence Base

Adaptation to climate change comprises a wide range of potential approaches. Proponents of ´ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation´ (EbA) suggest that the maintenance or restoration of natural ecosystems are among the cheapest, most effective, and most readily implemented solutions at our disposal to lessen the impacts of climate change on people. However, there remains a lack of solid evidence to support decision-makers in terms of the contexts in which EbA may be an optimal intervention.

Health and Ecosystems – Understanding Linkages to Advance Public Health and Conservation Outcomes in Policy and Practice

While important work enhancing our understanding of a range of ecosystem services continues to expand, our understanding of the relationships between the state of natural systems and public health outcomes merits much more attention. For its part, the public health community has not systematically considered the role that natural ecosystems may play in affecting the outcomes they focus on. Similarly, the conservation community has not systematically considered how loss or conservation of natural ecosystems may be impacting human health.

Enhancing Resilience with Nature: Translating the Science and Practice of Ecosystem Restoration into Policy

Translating the science of resilience in landscapes into practice will demand working with stakeholders in demonstration projects to undertake joint learning on how to build resilience, what the barriers are and how to best communicate concepts and ideas on resilience.

Towards a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management

The aim of this workshop is to further develop, strengthen and formalize a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management, in order to accelerate global efforts to maintain and restore essential ecosystem services and the benefits they provide for human welfare.

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