Biodiversity – Protecting livelihoods

Biodiversity safeguards people's livelihoods. The diversity of species and habitats, such as forests, peatlands and deserts, delivers raw materials and food, filters pollutants, stores carbon dioxide and provides fresh air and fertile soil. Intact ecosystems regulate the climate, provide food security and contribute to the quality of life of animals and humans.

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Managing forests sustainably

Forests are of global importance for the climate and they are home to more than two thirds of the animals and plants on Earth. It is important to protect them, reforest them and to restore damaged forest areas in order to combat increasing – and illegal – deforestation. Sustainable management of forest areas and sustainable production of raw materials such as cocoa and palm oil help conserve forest areas. *

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Creating and preserving (nature) conservation areas

Protected areas such as national parks, biosphere reserves and protected marine areas contribute to preserving biodiversity and conserve terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  This is why GIZ works on (improving) conservation areas, for example with sound, sustainable management techniques.  

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Working for nature

In addition to work on forestry and conservation areas, many other activities help preserve nature. They often provide day-to-day assistance and facilitate climate change adaptation. Examples include flood and soil erosion protection measures, replanting cleared areas, protecting wild animals and working to improve water quality in rivers and lakes.

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* The results data outlined here relate to 2020.