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Importance of biodiversity and ecosystems in economic growth and equity in Latin America and the Caribbean: an economic valuation of ecosystems. Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower.  A Policy Brief

Importance of biodiversity and ecosystems in economic growth and equity in Latin America and the Caribbean: an economic valuation of ecosystems. Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower. Executive Summary

Importance of biodiversity and ecosystems in economic growth and equity in Latin America and the Caribbean: an economic valuation of ecosystems. Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower

High mountain glaciers and climate change. Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation
  • High mountain glaciers and climate change. Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2010
  • This report highlights the vulnerability and exposure of people to floods, droughts and eventually water shortages as a result of changes in the melting and freezing cycles linked with climate change and other pollution impacts. This report calls for accelerating research, monitoring and modelling of glaciers, snow and their role in water supplies. It outlines status and trends of high mountain glaciers in relation to climate change, identifies challenges and knowledge gaps, and finally makes recommendations for adaptation, research and policy.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Disasters, Drinking water, Floods, Glaciers, Infrastructure, Lakes, Livelihoods, Mountains, Vulnerability

Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters. The Economics of Effective Prevention
  • Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters. The Economics of Effective Prevention
  • United Nations (UN), World Bank. November 2010
  • The title of this report conveys the key message that droughts, floods, storms, etc. are natural hazards, but deaths and damages that result from human acts of omission and commission are unnatural disasters. Every disaster is unique, but each exposes actions¿by individuals and governments at different levels¿that, had they been different, would have resulted in fewer deaths and less damage. Prevention is possible, and this report examines what it takes to do this cost-effectively. The report looks at disasters primarily through an economic lens but draws als...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Economic impact, Financing, Vulnerability

Introduction to Sandwatch. An Educational Tool for Sustainable Development
  • Introduction to Sandwatch. An Educational Tool for Sustainable Development
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). January 2005
  • Sandwatch seeks to change the lifestyle and habits of youth and adults on a community-wide basis, and to develop awareness of the fragile nature of the marine and coastal environment - in particular, the beach environment - and the need to use it wisely. Sandwatch provides the framework for school students, with the help of their teachers and local communities, to work together to critically evaluate the problems and conflicts facing their beach environments and to develop sustainable approaches to address these issues. Chapter 8 focus on water quality issues...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Coastal zones, Community participation, Ecosystem services, Education, Islands, Sustainable development, Water quality

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