A glossary of definitions for terms relating to biodiversity, ecosystems services and conservation.
All definitions are referenced, where possible preference has been given to internationally recognised definitions (for example those defined by international conventions or agreements). The terms have been chosen to support understanding of biodiversity and conservation issues, and terms relating to biodiversity loss are complemented by those relating to conservation responses supported by international conservation organisations, governments, scientists and business sectors.
More detailed explanations are provided for a number of key terms, to provide further background information.
The terms can be filtered by category to aid in the navigation of the many definitions.
“A gender responsive approach is one that moves beyond ‘do no harm’ to ‘do better’, towards changing gender norms, roles and access to resources. Gender responsiveness refers to processes and outcomes that reflect an understanding of and take into account gender dynamics, roles, and inequalities in a given society, and which encourage equal participation and fair distribution of benefits. Gender responsive approaches are based on gender analysis to understand the norms and expectations for women and girls and men and boys in relevant contexts, to inform the design of appropriate interventions”.