The target audience of the series includes governments, civil society organisations, the academic and scientific community, as well as colleagues in other organisations.

Besides enabling UNEP to communicate with stakeholders, the policy series will also provide an opportunity for readers to engage in UNEP's work by discussing issues covered in the featured articles. It will also serve as a feedback loop from stakeholders.

The Policy Series is accompanied by an online blog where readers can post their comments, ask questions, and suggest topics for future issues in the series. The blog is available on the UNEP website at

The Policy Series will be published on a quarterly basis (4 issues per year), with the option of a special edition to cover emerging issues. It will be distributed mainly through electronic means. A few hard copies will be printed for targeted distribution.

If interested in receiving hard copies, please send your full postal mailing details to levis.kavagi at

The first issue of the UNEP Policy Series on Ecosystem Management is now available at The issue titled 'Integrated solutions for biodiversity climate change and poverty' has four key messages:
  1. Biodiversity is key to how well people can adapt to climate change. The poor will need to be involved in any planning and decision-making and must ultimately be able to derive sustainable livelihoods from these resources
  2. We need to set different policy directions, change incentive structures, reduce or phase out perverse subsidies, and engage business leaders in a vision for a new economy. Holistic economics – or economics that recognize the value of nature’s services and the costs of their loss – is needed to set the stage for a new “green economy”
  3. Environmental limits need to be established in order to ensure society remains within them in order to achieve sustainability. This is based on four principle criteria: long-term environmental effectiveness, equity consideration, cost effectiveness, and, overall institutional compatibility of the policy combinations
  4. Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) is an emerging approach that works with nature to help vulnerable communities and build resilience of their ecosystems and livelihoods being threatened by climate change impacts. It can also generate significant multiple benefits such as social, economic and cultural.

UNEP invites policy makers and experts to make use of the Policy Series in addressing policy matters that would be of interest to their stakeholders/ areas of work on ecosystem management.

Please send your inputs and suggestions to Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy and Implementation at email: Ibrahim.Thiaw at with copy to Vijay Samnotra who is the focal point of the Policy Series. His contacts are: e-mail Vijay.Samnotra at, phone: +254-20-7623395

Levis Kavagi

Programme Officer - Communication
United Nations Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi 00100, KENYA
e-mail: levis.kavagi at
Tel: 254-207623145