UN Environment works with communities, private sector and governments to transition from sectoral, single goal approaches towards holistic and collaborative ecosystem management that can deliver on various objectives ranging from food, water and energy security, to biodiversity conservation and job creation.

Navigating towards multi-disciplinary and adaptive management of ecosystems will require new skills, awareness and conducive policies and finance among other things. UN Environment will help this transition to healthier and more productive ecosystems by working with a range of partners across terrestrial, freshwater, marine and coastal ecosystems to:

  • put in place the essential infrastructure to guarantee the long-term health and functioning of ecosystems;
  • integrate the socioeconomic value of ecosystems into economic and development decision-making;
  • establish collaboration across sectors to jointly reconcile competing ecosystem-related demands and interdependencies;
  • ensure public sector economic decision-making supports healthy and productive ecosystems;
  • incorporate the health and productivity of ecosystems in private sector business decisions; and,
  • equip future professionals and decision-makers with the know-how to deliver human well-being in harmony with nature.