Conserving biodiversity on land

Project description

Title: Support project on conservation of biodiversity on land
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country​​​​​​​: Global
Overall term​​​​​​​: 2019 to 2023

In Peru, large parts of the country are covered in forest.

Context

Biodiversity and ecosystem services form the basis for development objectives such as providing food security, reducing poverty, regulating the climate and adapting to climate change. Biodiversity therefore provides the basis for long-term development. For this reason, conserving biodiversity is a global task that, in terms of significance, is on a par with climate change mitigation.

With the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the international community has committed to preserving biodiversity worldwide and restoring it where it has already been destroyed.

A women returns to a remote village near the Great Himalayan National Park after collecting firewood in a forest.

Objective

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) contributes to shaping policy that promotes the conservation of biodiversity on land.

Approach

The project supports BMZ in incorporating development policy positions into national and international policy-making, with a view to conserving biodiversity on land. It also advises BMZ on how best to manage and refine development cooperation in the area of biodiversity conservation, particularly in the context of the CBD, the new global framework for biodiversity for the next 10 years. This contributes to the preservation and restoration of biodiversity and supports the development of partner countries.

In conjunction with partners, the project prepares initiatives and, in some cases, also implements them. For example:

  • The project supports the Target 11 Partnership with the CBD Secretariat to establish more effective protected areas.
  • With the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), it supported an initiative to reduce demand for ivory in China.
  • A cooperation arrangement with China, Zambia and Namibia is improving the administration and management of protected areas, with support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
  • In addition, an initiative launched by BMZ, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and other partners aims to reduce health risks in wildlife trade.
A farmer harvests one of the countless wild varieties of arabica coffee that grow in the forests of South-West Ethiopia.

Last updated: April 2022