Welcome to the South Wales Coastlands
A landscape example of the application of the Ecosystem Approach to living sustainably


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) describes the Ecosystem Approach to sustainable development as “a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way”. This approach, adopted by the CBD in 2000, has a broad scope that goes beyond ecosystems themselves to encompass social, cultural and economic factors that are fully interdependent with biodiversity and ecosystem services. Now, in line with the strategic plan of the CBD, the UK Biodiversity Partnership places greater emphasis on landscape-scale approaches, which focus on the social structures of human settlement in towns and villages. It maintains the integrity of natural resource systems near and far, and has less emphasis on narrower protected site approaches or on recovering endangered target species.

The Ecosystem Approach is actually a managerial methodology to aid decision making which will help to achieve sustainability. It has been adopted by the CBD as the fundamental tool for delivery of the Convention's primary objectives and is strongly endorsed by the UK government and the European Union.


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