What is the GDP of the poor?

Ecosystem services and other non- marketed goods make up between 50% and 90% of the total source of livelihoods among poor rural and forest-dwelling households - so-called ‘GDP of the poor’.

Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems provide the essential resources and ecosystem services that directly support a range of economic activities, such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism. Subsistence and small-scale agriculture and fisheries provide livelihoods for many of the world’s rural poor.

The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, including through sustainable agriculture based on ecosystem approaches, along with the restoration and safeguarding of ecosystems and the valuable services they provide, can help to prevent men and women from falling into poverty and can help lift them out of it by increasing their income and reducing their vulnerability to external economic shocks or environmental disasters.


More information: 

Biodiversity and The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development