Environment Protection

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It is now recognised that the natural world is not an optional “luxury” – but an essential foundation for human well-being and sustainable development. The preservation and sustainable use of the natural world and its components is not a problem to be solved but an integral part of a number of solutions such as water security and sanitation, ending hunger and assuring food-security, improved livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and ending poverty, among others.

Therefore, actions to ensure the conservation of the environment and sustainable use of biodiversity have to be integrated and mainstreamed into development schemes across all sectors to realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including the actions of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to these goals.

To this end, inter alia the IPPC allows for:

  • the conservation or protection of natural ecosystems; and
  • the protection of food security, improved livelihoods and sustainable plant production through the protection of the environment and biodiversity in both natural and agricultural production systems.

The IPPC Secretariat in a collaboration with UN Environment, within the UN Environment Multilateral Environment Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative, created an e-learning course “Introduction to the International Plant Protection Convention”. The course is available on the InforMEA e-learning platform and you can take it without any charge.

InforMEA harvests and displays a series of data obtained from different Multilateral Environmental Agreements including introductory courses. Effectively addressing global environmental challenges depends on a well-functioning and coherent governance framework and on a common understanding of each actor’s role and mandate. Enhanced “interoperability” of information and knowledge systems among Multilateral Environmental Agreements and organizations can greatly assist in overcoming institutional fragmentation.