The interaction between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas are the focus of this issue of Our Planet. Protected areas are important carbon storage facilities, so their maintenance and expansion is a key contributor to mitigating climate change. Protected areas also supply many essentials required to sustain humankind. By protecting biodiversity, we also protect ourselves. In addition to featuring thought-provoking articles from 11 eminent contributors, the issue also highlights work UNEP is undertaking related to climate change mitigation—such as mapping non-timber values of forests in great ape habitat—and showcases recent innovations in environmental conservation. Paul McCartney, former Beatles star, is the environmental champion of this Our Planet; here, he discusses his long-held environmental interests and his passionate stance on reducing meat consumption.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>