This year signals the end of the Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020). The goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – to protect biodiversity, to use components of biodiversity sustainably, and to share the benefits arising from genetic diversity equally – will be carried over into a post-2020 global biodiversity framework to fulfil the 2050 vision of Living in Harmony with Nature. In this vision, biodiversity is valued, ecosystem services maintained, and a healthy planet sustained, thereby delivering benefits for all.
In October 2020, the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the CBD will convene in Kunming, China, in order to work towards this long-term vision based on the progress made over the past decade. In parallel, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) will further catalyze efforts to blend landscape restoration with biodiversity conservation.
To take stock of the achievements that have been made in biodiversity work, this VIEWS focuses on the work of the UNDP’s global biodiversity program. Throughout the UN Decade on Biodiversity, the UNDP has helped address biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation in 3,000 protected areas spanning 680 million hectares in more than 140 countries, providing development planning to more than 250 million hectares of productive landscapes and seascapes around the world in order to preserve biodiversity. Here are highlights of their work across Asia.