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International Day for Biological Diversity 2019: Our Biodiversity. Our Food. Our Health.

May 22, The International Day for Biological Diversity, matters more now than ever. The recent IPBES Global Assessment Report revealed that around one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within decades.

Nearly 1,400 companies are adopting an internal carbon price so as to future-proof prosperity

The impact of climate disruption is already visible worldwide: irreversible damage to the oceans, more floods and prolonged droughts, which are causing issues for food production.

Methane explosions in Siberia due to thawing permafrost; sinking villages in Alaska; an increase in extreme weather events – we have a big problem.

The people who live along and fish the Mekong River within the Stung Treng protected wetland in northeast Cambodia may not be aware that they’re within the boundaries of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot—one of 36 global terrestrial regions of very high biological diversity that are under extreme threat. But they know that nature has long provided much of the food they eat and supported their living through the fish and rice they sell. And they have witnessed disturbing changes.

How Gorongosa National Park is using agriculture to protect biodiversity and lift people out of poverty

Uruguay is a country whose economy was built on cattle grazing. It has rolling hills, a temperate climate, sprawling beaches, and no difficult-to-access areas, like jungles, dense forests, or mountainous regions. But while in some countries cattle farming is a driver of deforestation, in Uruguay it presents a different climate challenge – the increased release of the greenhouse gas methane.

Extraordinary collaboration is succeeding where national and international government action alone has so far failed

Almost fifty years ago, the first Earth Day helped to trigger a worldwide environmental people’s movement that now engages more than 190 countries and a billion people annually.

April 22 is Earth Day and the theme this year is protecting endangered species. Beyond the beauty of the coral reefs, the majesty of whales, and the lovability of baby sea turtles, these species maintain ecosystems that are vital to our way of life. Nothing in the world exists on its own.

The global commons are being pushed to breaking point, so coalitions are forming to protect them and to build lasting prosperity

My country, Japan, was long dependent on fishing. In the past, every fisherman in a coastal community would be tempted to catch as much as possible. When everyone did so, the fish – the village's common shared resource – disappeared. The result? Poverty and misery for everyone.

Forests are integral to our lives in complex ways that we are only beginning to understand. From reducing stress to carbon sequestering and climate regulation, they play a large role in our health and our planet’s health.

On International Women’s Day, GEF is celebrating women’s unique role in and contribution to safeguarding the global environment.

Addressing inequalities in areas like control over natural resources and participation in decision-making contribute to greater gender equality, help women play more substantial roles in environmental sustainability, and ultimately strengthen environmental projects.