I’m very proud to say that this superb UNDP publication on Biodiversity For Sustainable Development (pictured left) which is circulating the world and impressing readers with its information and fine illustrations, includes a nice Wildopeneye photograph by Andy Luck of a Malaysian Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) on the back cover (p.72), see below.
The booklet is something of a triumph because rather than glossing over the extent and severity of environmental damage in Asia Pacific, it confronts the issues throughout, showing the region’s wealth of biodiversity through superb images, lamenting declines in biodiversity in all ecosystems (p7) and focuses on the important efforts being made to sustain it along with the livelihoods of the people who live amongst it, depending upon the integrity of that ‘natural capital’ of biodiversity to make their various livings. They are part of this biodiversity.
It’s encouraging to see some of the results and success stories from UNDP’s work with ecosystems and biodiversity in the huge and vastly important Asia Pacific region. These projects represent a range of approaches being adopted to implement UNDP’s Global Ecosystems and Biodiversity Framework 2012—2020. So it’s an ongoing and evolving process.
They are presented in five themes that reflect positive contributions ecosystems and biodiversity make to sustainable human development and wellbeing: Home, Food and Water, Work and Money, Health and Security, and Happiness and Love. Each article highlights selected achievements of various projects within that particular theme and all of the projects use multiple approaches to achieving their objectives in their unique contexts.
Most of this good work supported with grant financing from the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF) but also from other important aid sources including the Adaptation Fund, Least Developed Countries Trust Fund and Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund, also administered by the GEF; the European Union, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Government of Norway, Government of the Netherlands, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and World Wildlife Fund.
I love this quotation by Yin Sary, formerly a poacher turned tour guide (and gamekeeper) in Cambodia (from page 24)
“Eating a bird, I can only fill my family’s stomach once, but guiding tourists to see the bird I get US$5 each time,”
There is much uplifting material in this booklet and a lot of useful information about the region.
Andy captured the image on page 72 while in Sabah, Borneo, shooting for the UNDP Forests PSA (View related blog article). The Orangutan is an IUCN Red Listed endangered species (view page). Much of its former range has been deforested but enough prime habitat still remains for its survival in the wild and that which is in protected areas is thankfully assured.