All life on Earth depends on clean air and water, biodiversity, and healthy forests, land, oceans and a stable climate. These global commons—the ecosystems, biomes and processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system—are the very foundation of our global economy and modern society. Today, they are facing an all-too familiar tragedy of over-exploitation and rapid degradation.
Written in the style of an oceanic travel magazine, the reader sets sail on a mesmerizing journey around the world. Visiting myriad countries that promote the conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity and ecosystems while facilitating the establishment of effectively managed marine protected areas, the reader witnesses their multiple global and local development benefits in support of SDG 14 and other SDGs — as well as global biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
This publication presents 15 stories of outstanding community and indigenous initiatives working in coastal and marine ecosystems to deliver benefits across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For 25 years the GEF demonstrated through its portfolio the crucial importance of all types of forest in providing a range of important environmental services, in particular to sustain biodiversity, face the challenges of climate change and land degradation, and at the same time offering livelihood options for many forest dependent people.