Managing natural resources

The vital resources of people in poor countries are predominantly their natural resources: soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity. These must be safeguarded against overuse and destruction. On behalf of the German Federal Government GIZ advises its partners in developing countries on the sustainable management of forest resources and protection of tropical forests, nature conservation and management of nature reserves, maintaining biodiversity and the effectiveness of ecosystems as well as controlling desertification.

In many cases, such as in the Sahel region and the Amazon Basin, GIZ promotes regional, environmental cooperation across borders in partner countries. To increase efficiency and focus more on local requirements, GIZ also supports the decentralisation of natural resource management.

Examples of our work

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Biological diversity – biodiversity

Measures to maintain ecosystems and habitats and to ensure that they are used sustainably are vital if we are to reduce poverty. GIZ advises governments in partner countries on creating appropriate legal ...

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Combating desertification

The main cause of desertification and land degradation is over-intensive, unsustainable land use. GIZ's aim is maintaining local people’s natural livelihood bases and improving the conditions ...

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International Forest Policy

With their immense biological diversity, forests provide a safety net for the very poor and help them meet their basic needs. GIZ helps its partners to conserve forests and to use them sustainably...

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Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Mankind depends on oceans and coasts for its well-being and economic development. GIZ supports its partner countries in the protection and sustainable use of their marine and coastal habitats.

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Contact

Harald Lossack
umwelt-klima@giz.de


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