Biodiversity Conservation & The GEF. BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION & THE GEF WHY BIODIVERSITY? STILL IN AN ERA OF DISCOVERY THREATS TO BIODIVERSITY SETTING PRIORITIES: HOTSPOTS MADAGASCAR: A MICROCOSM AND AN ON-THE GROUND REALITY CHECK HIGH BIODIVERSITY WILDERNESS AREAS
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STILL IN AN ERA OF DISCOVERY
THREATS TO BIODIVERSITY
MADAGASCAR: A MICROCOSM AND AN ON-THE GROUND REALITY CHECK
HIGH BIODIVERSITY WILDERNESS AREAS
THE GUIANA SHIELD
THE GEF AND ITS CRITICAL ROLE
PAST PERFORMANCE AND PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
What is Biodiversity?
That wealth of genes, species, ecosystems and ecological processes that makes our living planet what it is
The sum total of all life on Earth
Our living legacy to future generations
The basic underpinning of
# Species Known
Total Number of Species ?
5 million ?
10 million ?
30 million ?
New Primate Species
(~20% of all known species)
1994:50 2006:71 2010: 101 2012: 103
We are living in an exciting new era of Species Discovery
Why Biodiversity ?
Intrinsic Value / Moral Imperative
Economic Value of Species
Agriculture – Maintaining Genetic Diverrsity
Recreation / Ecotourism
Forests and Fresh Water
Disaster Prevention (Fires, Floods, Tsunamis)
Forests and Climate: REDD+
Oceans and Climate: Blue Carbon
TEEB, a global study on the economics of biodiversity launched its key findings
and responses at the CBD
One of the most influential findings was that
The net present value of services
from forest ecosystems
that we lose each year
is estimated at
1.35 trillion and
3 trillion Euros
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
50 / 50 Commitment
Natural Capital Accounting
by Countries and Corporations
Renewable Natural Capital needs to be central to long-term Sustainable Development
Priorities, New Opportunities,
and New Directions