These pages contain environmental data (biodiversity, human settlements, vulnerability, land, etc) presented in map format.
The advantages of displaying information in a spatial format are largely related to the visual impact and thus effective communication of the issues. Maps can be extremely powerful communication tools – especially if they are colourful or creative – showing linkages between two or more variables, indicating areas of concern, showing the extent of a problem, and comparing information from different time periods.
EnviroSecurity Assessments developed by the IES and partners, are meant to provide decision makers in government, the private sector and NGOs with an array of practical decision tools, strategic maps and initial policy recommendations for globally significant flash-point areas.
This map may be used to show areas in which biodiversity is threatened in relation to poverty on a continental scale. Areas where high percentage of underweight children - used as a proxy for poverty - coincide with a high occurrence of amphibian species and endemic bird areas - a proxy for biodiversity - may indicate areas in which poor people likely have no other choice than the unsustainable extraction of resources, in turn threatening biodiversity .
The rural poor of the World, and the poor countries that they live in, do not have much in monetary wealth - but natural resources represents a possible source of income. With the right support, on both the national level as well as from the international community, the economical growth generated from these resources can alleviate poverty sustainably.