Ecosystem Management

UNEP is working to articulate, facilitate and support appropriate timely responses in order to secure the environmental conditions for prosperity, stability and equity. Governments, the international community, the private sector, civil society and the general public all have an important role to play. Scientific evidence shows that ecosystems are under unprecedented pressure, threatening prospects for sustainable development. While the challenges are daunting, they also provide opportunities for local communities, business and government to innovate for the benefit of communities, economies and the global environment. UNEP will promote the involvement of stakeholders, in particular women in defining ecosystem needs and developing and implementing broad-based sustainable solutions.

Gender mainstreaming seeks to:
Integrate gender analytical tools and methods and gender sensitive indicators and sex disaggregated data into the overall country level capacity building approaches as well as in ecosystem management tools.
In terms of priorities, particular attention will be given to those ecosystem services (e.g. food and water provisioning) that disproportionately affect groups such as women and children.
Alternative livelihood activities to reduce pressure on ecosystems will focus on disadvantaged groups and those in extreme poverty (e.g. women