Ecosystem management

Addressing the Global Amphibian Crisis by Integrating Policy, Planning, and Research

Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of organisms on the planet, with over one third of the evaluated 6300 species listed as threatened and a further one third exhibiting declining populations. In 2005, an Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) was drafted as a general framework for amphibian conservation worldwide. This framework needs to be downscaled and tailored to the unique challenges that amphibians face in different parts of the world, and translated into specific actions needed to safeguard local amphibian faunas.

Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Water Resources Management: learning from scenarios for transboundary river basins

Protecting and adequately managing water resources is a cross-cutting issue relevant for environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation, sanitation, economy, socio-political interaction, livelihoods and human well-being. Unfortunately, such complex endeavor has proven to be easier said than done in most regions; situation that turns more complicated when considering the transboundary character of most freshwater ecosystems in the world. In a transboundary context, shared resources are subject to competition, different jurisdictions and contrasting interests.

Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change

Dealing with the impacts of climate change and natural catastrophes is becoming an increasingly high priority for decision makers across the globe. The amount of global GDP exposed to harm by disasters had tripled from $525.7 billion 40 years ago to $1.58 trillion. Moreover, climate change is expected to increase the risk of disasters, and many of the predicted impacts of climate changes are identical to those being currently addressed by hazard managers, particularly in coastal areas and watercourses.

Sharing benefits and efforts from transboundary conservation

The workshop will present key achievements and approaches in transboundary conservation in order to enable discussion to help share knowledge, experience and solutions, and advance global transboundary conservation practice. The workshop will bring forward some of the most prominent transboundary initiatives and case studies such as the European Green Belt and Korean DMZ as a basis for an open and interactive dialogue on the current state and future prospects of transboundary conservation.

Building a Global Coalition for Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature

The ecosystem approach is now well-established as a strategy for managing the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in diverse contexts. But until recently, this approach was rarely applied to agricultural landscapes where food production is a principal objective and dominant land use.

Managing Wild Species and Systems for Food Security

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is ensuring food security for the 9 billion people expected by the year 2050 while conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services furnished by natural systems. Two linked pathways toward a solution will be explored by this workshop: the use of more diversity in agricultural systems, including tapping the variation within wild plant species related to food crops, and managing forest systems more effectively for food. Many wild relatives of important food crops are at risk as their habitats are threatened by poor management and encroachment.

Conserving and Restoring Coastal Wetlands Globally: Identifying Opportunities and Constraints

Coastal habitats such as shellfish reefs, mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes are the engines of prosperity for coastal communities and some of the most degraded ecosystems on earth. People depend on these habitats for food and, in some instances even protection from storms, but coastal habitats continue to be damaged by an array of acute and chronic stressors. As more people live in coastal areas, the loss of these habitats has local, regional and even global consequences, and restoration of these habitats is an element of marine conservation that will demand more attention.

Putting Natural Solutions to Work: Mainstreaming protected areas into climate change responses

This workshop will focus on mainstreaming the role of protected areas as an essential part of the global response to climate change. It will demonstrate how protected areas enhance ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change, protect natural carbon reservoirs, and respond to national and local development needs such as water resources, disaster risk reduction, and coastal zone management.

Empowering rural stewardship to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services

Agricultural communities, the world over, are coping with change - in climate, governance, markets and costs. To adapt, many farmers (particularly smallholders) rely on natural resources and ecosystem services to help maintain their food production systems and livelihoods. Deriving key ecosystem services from native biodiversity, such as pest control, pollination, water retention, and soil improvement, farmers are better prepared to adapt to the changes they face while promoting biodiversity conservation.

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