Biodiversity Conservation in the Face of Growing Economies — Global Issues

Sunrise on Lake Malawi. Ulla Räsänen’s photo ([email protected]). Global Landscape Forum.
  • Idea by Aiita Joshua Apamaku (Cambodia, Uganda)
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Meanwhile, the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international meeting that brings together governments from around the world, will set new goals and develop an action plan for nature for the next decade. The conference will be held in Montréal, Quebec, headquarters of the UN CBD Secretariat, from 7 to 19 December 2022.

However, biodiversity conservation and preservation is not a new concept, but a rapidly evolving one. Appropriate conservation methods and models must consider the needs of present and future generations at any given time – regardless of needs – of the major models used in resource conservation. nature in the first place and the socio-economic, cultural and social aspects and needs of the community – sharing benefits for people and nature.

The beginning of the 20th Century saw a boom – the human population grew exponentially from around 2.6 billion people – reaching the 8 billion mark as of November 2022. World population is set to escalate at a rate higher than ever recorded in the history of mankind.

Human settlements and agriculture, to meet the growing needs of many people around the world, have accelerated the destruction of natural habitats to counteract high and increasing levels of consumption. depends on the economy.

There are differences in consumption rankings due to development stories – with much higher levels of natural resource extraction in the wealthier parts of the World and vice versa.

The World Economic Forum’s recent Increased Natural Risks Report highlights that more than half of the World’s GDP ($44 trillion) is heavily or moderately dependent on natural-biodiversity. It is clear that a number of economies and businesses, both macro and micro, are at risk due to increasing natural losses – even leaving already already vulnerable micro-economies at the grassroots level. community facilities are at risk.

To enhance resilience and avoid chains of vulnerability for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, it is important to strengthen tools to encourage and fund biodiversity conservation efforts. biodiversity at the grassroots community level.

Local communities are primarily characterized by micro-economies, thriving on a small scale/subsistence. For such communities, biodiversity funding mechanisms can go as far as; encourage community-led landscape planning and restoration efforts, small-scale carbon credits, encourage key species conservation and restoration efforts on privately owned lands, primarily funding eco-conscious small-scale business models at the community level; address the day-to-day needs of local community members while ensuring net benefits to biodiversity in all its forms, providing sustainable use of specific resources in any system. which ecology.

It is paramount that any progress towards promoting and strengthening the funding mechanisms for biodiversity and community-led conservation is done with their consent – with particular care. distinguish their own views on the most appropriate models in their landscape context.

Watch Aiita Joshua Apamaku with other experts in session Biodiversity Financing Innovation: How can we maximize impact on local communities and nature? in Biodiversity Finance Digital Forum – Investing in People and Naturehosted by Global Landscape Forum (GLF) on November 29, 2022, under the banner of Luxembourg Nature Finance Platform–GLF.

Aiita Joshua Apamaku is the Education Task Force Leader, Youth4Nature; Project Leader, NatureWILD Hub; and Global Landscape Forum speaker.

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