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Book Launch: Conserving Dryland Biodiversity Book
A joint initiative between IUCN, UNCCD and UNEP, Conserving Dryland Biodiversity Book has been officially launched at the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea.
Dryland biodiversity is of tremendous global importance, being central to the well-being and development of millions of people in developing countries. There continues to be inadequate attention paid to this major biome that covers such a vast part of our world’s terrestrial surface. Yet, as this book conveys, conservation and sustainable management of drylands biodiversity offers a viable pathway to deliver international conservation and development targets. This book is a global resource aimed to aide dryland management as it is the first comprehensive analysis of dryland biodiversity that is of global importance and significance.
Conserving Dryland Biodiversity is intended to raise awareness amongst all stakeholders and galvanise wider action to boost drylands conservation and development. It is a call to action as well as a guide to how dryland conservation and development can be equitably pursued. The book is designed to inform and remind us of the beauty of dryland biodiversity and its intrinsic and instrumental value. It demonstrates the mutual dependency of dryland biological and cultural diversity including new analyses of drylands biodiversity and an overview of approaches that promote sustainable development as well as conservation goals. It strongly underlines the importance of indigenous knowledge and culture to dryland conservation, demonstrating an unrivalled opportunity for sustainable growth and biodiversity protection.
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|Knowledge Café: Conserving Dryland Biodiversity||The knowledge café consisted of a short introduction to the recent publication on Conserving Dryland Biodiversity (produced by UNCCD, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC). Participants then introduced themselves and their institutional or personal interest in dryland biodiversity. This was followed by brain storming of priority issues (in pairs), feedback to the wider group and debate between the participants. The Knowledge Café rounded off with thoughts on the next steps for moving the drylands agenda forward.||PDF Document 676KB|