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Promoting dialogue between science, policy and practice, to build capacity for sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide

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Thematic Areas

Use this one-stop-shop for online learning and networking on a variety of biodiversity and ecosystem services themes. Browse and share information, connect with experts, commission policy briefs and access knowledge that helps answer your specific questions.

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Latest

Title Organization Location Deadline
Species Conservation Officer IUCN Belgrade, Serbia 05/25/2017
Research Fellow in Socio-ecological Resilience Leeds University Leeds, UK 05/26/2017
Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) (m/f) Forest Stewardship Council Bonn, Germany 05/28/2017

The International Day for Biodiversity is celebrated on May 22 each year. This year's theme, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism, centers around the important intersection of biologically diverse ecosystems and sustainable tourism.

In an effort to celebrate, support and educate, Wiley has put together a special collection of articles about biodiversity and tourism. These articles are free to read and download until June 30th. We hope you find these both interesting and informative.

You can access the database here: http://bit.ly/2q2Aj81

We invite you to share this collection with all who might enjoy!
 

Biodiversity provides the essential foundations for our very existence, livelihoods, and prosperity. It provides us with clean water, air, soil, food, medicine, and resources for jobs and growth. It underpins global tourism – one of the world’s fastest growing industries with tremendous potential for contributing to sustainable, inclusive, and equitable development. Biodiversity enriches our lives and culture with its many surprises and breathtaking wildlife, instilling in us a sense of wonder, excitement, peace and happiness. We, of course, are a part of biodiversity, too, sharing this finite and astonishingly beautiful planet with all other species, great and small. 

Poetry, like literature, philosophy, music, design and all the creative arts, is often inspired by nature – landscapes, wildlife, and the natural world we live in. Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that also takes nature as its focus. It is based on a system of three lines and a set syllable pattern. The first and last lines of a haiku have five syllables and the middle line has seven syllables. This 5-7-5 pattern provides a simple structure around which moving images can be woven together to reflect a common respect, admiration and love for all living things on our shared planet. This simplicity of haiku helps convey the profound beauty of the world around us.

UNDP, in cooperation with GEF and CBD have prepared the following publication to help celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2017, and this year’s theme of Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism:

Inspired by nature: Celebrating biodiversity with Haikus (download here: http://bit.ly/2qJMZQf.​)

Once in a lifetime
Let nature inspire us all
We’ll rise up and act

- Naoko Ishii
Chief Executive Officer
Global Environment Facility

Blue Solutions and GRID-Arendal partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the Reef Resilience Network to run a five-day training on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Coral Reef Policy and Management on March 5-10, 2017. Experts, managers and practitioners from different countries and agencies gathered in Kona, Hawaii to learn how to evaluate ecosystem services and communicate the benefits they provide to people, in order to guide sound decision making and effective management. The workshop included a field trip to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Kiholo Bay, where participants applied their new skills to assess and value the ecosystem services these places provide.

Read more about this exciting training and Blue Solutions' Training Portfolio.

 

Date Event Location Organizer
29 May 2017 IWRA XVIth World Water Congress Cancun, Mexico International Water Resources Association (IWRA), the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA
31 May 2017 Greening Consumption and Production: Massive Open Online Course Worldwide CBD, NBSAP, UNDP
5 June 2017 The Ocean Conference New York, USA United Nations