UNDP’s Kjørven Highlights New UNDP Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework
15 October 2012: In an “Our Perspective” piece, Olav Kjørven, Director of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Bureau for Development Policy, highlights the organization's new Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework, which is being launched at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India.
Kjørven writes that biodiversity and ecosystems are essential for human development, highlighting research on the contribution of ecosystem services to livelihoods of the poor and calling for urgent action to achieve the CBD's Strategic Plan and 20 Aichi Targets. He underscores that the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) reaffirmed the importance of biodiversity to eradicating poverty and advancing human development.
UNDP's new framework organizes its biodiversity work into three programs focusing on: integrating biodiversity and ecosystem management into development planning and production sector activities; strengthening the management and financing of protected areas, including those managed by indigenous and local communities; and carrying out ecosystem-based activities for climate change adaptation and mitigation. [Our Perspective] [Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework 2012-2020]