Conserving Biodiversity is Life

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Biodiversity is crucial for reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development, in view of the basic goods and ecosystem services it provides. More than 1.3 billion people depend on biodiversity and on basic ecosystems goods and services for their livelihoods. UNESCO Biosphere reserves are ideal places for testing and demonstrating innovative approaches to sustainable development that reconcile conservation of biological and cultural diversity, and economic and social development. They also contribute to the transition to a green economy by experimenting with green development options, building also on indigenous knowledge for sustainable development, such as sustainable tourism and training for green jobs.  The economic value of biodiversity and ecosystem services must be factored into green economy policies and approaches.

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