Current Research Project
Landuse Options to Reduce Biofuel-Driven Biodiversity Loss: The aim of this project is to scope alternative uses for Africa’s land endowments other than for biofuel feedstock production. To this end, the project will investigate existing or potential markets for biological resources, and the genetic resources available in focus countries. The research will investigate market avenues via the Nagoya Protocol, which entitles traditional land owners user rights over genetic resources, and holds promise for ensuring equitable benefit-sharing with source countries.
View the pages: UNU-IAS and 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
Review of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Pans: Until CBD COP 10 (Nagoya, Japan Oct 2010), UNU-IAS undertook an assessment of the implementation CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). This project assessed the extent to which NBSAPs seek to integrate biodiversity concerns into sustainable development and poverty reduction strategies and national processes and how they address the Millennium Development Goals.
Among other things, the assessment sought to establish if NBSAPs were successful in integrating biodiversity concerns into sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, including sustainable development strategies, poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs), and national processes to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It also sought to identify any obstacles preventing Parties from making progress.
The assessment includes a desk review of relevant NBSAPs, participation in regional NBSAP capacity building workshops and a series of individual country case studies.
This project was funded by the the governments of Norway and Sweden.
Research Collaboration with the Global Land Project: The programme collaborated with the Global Land Project Sapporo Office, Japan on several activities. These include - an Economic Valuation of Sub-montane Ecosystems in Thailand Indonesia and China; Economic Valuation in Kushiro Wetland Area, in Japan; and Review of Climate and Human Impacts on Ecosystem Services of Montane Watersheds in Southeast Asia.
- Climate and Human-Related Drivers of Biodiversity Decline in Southeast Asia
- An Integrated Approach to Valuation of Ecosystem Services
- Operational Manual on Rights Based Approaches for the IR on ABS
- Manual on Factors that Enable Successful Bio-Entrepreneurship (forthcoming July 2011)
- Biodiversity Planning: An Assessment of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans