Links between nature, desertification and climate change to consciously addressed by scientists
A number of international organizations working to implement global agreements on biological diversity, combating desertification and climate change recently announced a pilot partnership designed to promote projects and programs that work across environmental fields to exploit synergies and deliver effective results.
This pilot partnership between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Environment Facility and a number of other partners aims to address the national implementation of the links among different conventions in recognition that environmental challenges are interrelated and cannot be effectively addressed alone. Combatting desertification, for example, can clearly benefit biodiversity. Both are also related to issues like deforestation and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Similarly, ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation and mitigation, sustainable livelihoods bsed on natural resources and disaster management have also demonstrated clear synergies
According to Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF: “Problem solvers have a tendency to break problems down into their component parts; this is a fine idea, in theory, but in the global environment, in practice, we have learned that seemingly separate problems need to be fused together and addressed with a unified strategy ……Finding synergies between the key Rio conventions can be a highly effective way to leverage scarce resources to deliver global environmental benefits.”