UNDP in Asia & the Pacific, 26 May 2014
The ecosystems we live within and the biodiversity that enriches them form the web of life on which every human being depends. This vibrant and amazing shared home has endured and evolved for millennia. But the seven billion humans alive today are collectively exploiting the Earth’s resources at increasing intensity and its biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented rates.
This series of photos present the multiple contributions of protected areas to human wellbeing and sustainable development. It also presents successes from the protected area projects financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Protected areas also have a role to play in addressing many 21st century challenges—by securing livelihoods, mitigating climate change and promoting resilience.