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Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development

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Biodiversity and ecosystems deliver crucial services to humankind – from food security to keeping our waters clean, buffering against extreme weather, providing medicines to recreation and adding to the foundation of human culture. Together these services have been estimated to be worth over 21–72 trillion USD every year – comparable to the World Gross National Income of 58 trillion USD in 2008.

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(by Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director)

The loss of ecosystems and the biodiversity underpinning them is a challenge to us all. But a particular challenge for the world’s poor and thus for the attainment of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Wetlands provide services of near USD 7 trillion every year. Forested wetlands treat more wastewater per unit of energy and have up to 22 fold higher cost-beneft ratios than traditional sand fltration in treatment plants. Many of the world’s key crops such as coffee, tea and mangoes are dependent on the pollination and pest control services of birds and insects. By some estimates projected loss of ecosystem services could lead to up to 25 % loss in the world’s food production by 2050 increasing the risks of hunger. The loss of mangroves, wetlands and forests increases vulnerability and is a contributory factor as to why as many as 270 million people annually are being affected by natural disasters. Ecosystems, such as sea-grasses; tidal marshes and tropical forests, are also important in removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere: their steady decline may accelerate climate change and aggravate further countries and communities’ vulnerability to its impacts.

It is high time that governments systematically factored not only ecosystem management but also restoration into national and regional development plans.

This report is a contribution to the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity and is a complement to the UNEP-hosted Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) which is bringing visibility to the wealth of the world’s natural capital. It documents over 30 successful case studies referencing thousands of restoration projects ranging from deserts and rainforests to rivers and coasts. The report confrms that restoration is not only possible but can prove highly proftable in terms of public savings; returns and the broad objectives of overcoming poverty and achieving sustainability. It also provides important recommendations on how to avoid pitfalls and how to minimize risks to ensure successful restoration.

Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development is part of UNEP’s evolving work on the challenges but also the inordinate opportunities from a transition to a low carbon, resource effcient Green Economy.

The ability of six billion people, rising to over nine billion by  2050, to thrive let alone survive over the coming decades will in part depend on investments in renewable energies to effcient mobility choices such as high speed rail and bus rapid transport systems. But as this report makes clear, it will equally depend on maintaining; enhancing and investing in restoring ecological infrastructure and expanding rather than squandering the planet’s natural capital.


Eliza Olson - 05 Jun 2010
Thank you. This is long overdue and it will be a huge help in our fight to save Burns Bog in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
K - 05 Jun 2010
This is such an amazing book. I wish they sold a hard copy. Its so informative and inspiring. The pictures are fantastic! Great coffee table potential too.
hypernorth - 06 Jun 2010
@K - you dumb consumer. the whole point of this is that you are meant to be BUYING less coffee table books and other non-essentials. The TRUE cost of filling your stupid coffee table with more useless junk is not reflected in the profit-loss statements of the world's corporations so this report is trying to point out that should be MORE responsible. It is not trying to encourage INCREASED consumption of glossy books and coffee you twit.
Siham - 07 Jun 2010
Will there be translation in Bahasa Indonesia?
Aidin - 09 Jun 2010
Thank you. Such a wonderfull report. Well done.
Mikael Johannesson - 10 Jun 2010
Great and informative report. I agree with 'K'; it should also be available as a hard copy.
botanybill - 10 Jun 2010
hypernorth - while i agree with your point, you might tone it down a bit.
to your point, i agree that too many who say they want to help our environment look to consume more, not less. "what can i buy to fix the problem?" eventually, that point will get across...i hope!
chatweasel - 11 Jun 2010
@K If you put the e-book on your i-pad, you can impress your guests when you invite them round for coffee. Keep drinking coffee and talking with friends. It costs the environment a lot less than driving around shopping, possibly even than staying up til past midnight on the internet!
Marti C - 17 Jun 2010
Here is a link where you can order a hard copy.
wildrest - 07 Sep 2010
excellent book..thanks for sharing...
Ernesto Arances - 23 Sep 2010
excellent work.....good job
Ernesto Arances - 23 Sep 2010
scholarly written......
AJ - 02 Oct 2010
BRILLIANT! Such an informative and useful report! The graphics were very well done too.
kelpRmy - 13 Oct 2010
Thank you! I hope this report will prove ground-breaking.
lkdadhich - 18 Feb 2011
Remarkable and eyeopener,shall be of great help in decision making.
mustafa_india - 13 Mar 2011
excellent work............kudoos to the whole team
Mey Thamrin - 22 Jun 2012
Thank you, I hope this report will be translated in Indonesia version
knk43hnfiuf3unf3nf3unf3i4 - 26 Oct 2012
you are doing the right thing
one life one wourld lets ues it
gpennell - 06 Feb 2014
As important as preservation and Biodiversity is I am opposed to any international law trumping national law to accomplish this goal. I am also against income redistribution from wealthier nations to poorer nations to accomplish this goal. That rarely works because the elitist are usually the only ones to benefit while the poor stay poor and the ecosystem stay wrecked.
- - 30 Aug 2014
One of the most excellent and attractive books ever. I am very grateful from reading this book. So, let me say a million thanks for kindly sharing.

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