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Wetlands and Ecosystem Services
  • Wetlands and Ecosystem Services
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). February 2015
  • These press briefs focus on the value of wetlands, as well as the role of wetlands in relation to: ecosystem services; meeting the challenges of the future; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. After each briefs important links are provided.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Valuation, Wetlands

Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2014
  • The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)'Our Planet' magazine focuses on the interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas. The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation. The UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Achim Steiner, opens the publication. This is followed by feature articles by Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati and Razan Khalifa Al Mubara...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Ecosystems, Environment, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Mitigation, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Youth

(The) economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development
  • (The) economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). November 2014
  • This overview of the climate change economy in Latin America and the Caribbean is intended to present an analysis of climate change with reference to the creation of a sustainable development path. The study is divided in seven chapters. The second chapter looks at the potential impacts of climate change in various sectors, including water.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Equity, Forests, Health, Mitigation, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Urban areas

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2014
  • This fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) provides a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the UN Decade on Biodiversity. It summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Biodiversity, Capacity building, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Knowledge management, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Participation, Pollution, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge

Land degradation neutrality. Resilience at local, national and regional levels
  • Land degradation neutrality. Resilience at local, national and regional levels
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). September 2014
  • This publication reviews efforts to define and identify how to deliver a land degradation neutral world as part of the post-2015 development agenda. The publication presents issues discussed by the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) about the follow up of the Rio+20 outcome. It examines the overlaps among the objectives of the three Rio Conventions (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, and Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD), and notes benefits of adopting common lan...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Ecosystems, Land degradation, Land management, Livelihoods, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy mak...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality

Soils Challenge Badge
  • Soils Challenge Badge
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2014
  • Developed in collaboration with United Nations agencies, civil society and other organizations, the United Nations challenge badges are intended to raise awareness, educate and motivate young people to change their behaviour and be active agents of change in their local communities. The challenge badge series can be used by teachers in school classes and by youth leaders, and especially Guide or scout groups. The Soils Challenge Badge provides activities to aid understanding of natural environments and their ecosystems at three different age levels, between 5...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Education, Environment, Land degradation, Land management, Poverty, Practices and habits

Our Planet: Greening business
  • Our Planet: Greening business
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2014
  • The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity. In particular the article 'Achieving more with Less' focuses on access to clean water as the world¿s biggest future challenge, citing the consequences of water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation as impacting factors on food and energy security as well as health and livelihood. [Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Energy, Forests, Green economy, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water efficiency, Water quality, Water scarcity

The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2014
  • This paper looks at the diminishing level of the Aral Sea and the multitude of economical, environmental and social problems this has caused. This is an interactive paper, with links to a video and interactive map as well as satellite images demonstrating the shrinking of the sea. The paper answers why this issue is important and provides the findings in support, demonstrating the status today plotted against previous years, the impacts and responses and concluding with the implications for policy.
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Drought, Ecosystems, Environment, Livelihoods, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water cycle, Water governance, Water scarcity

Education for Sustainable Development in Biosphere Reserves and other Designated Areas. A Resource Book for Educators in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Education for Sustainable Development in Biosphere Reserves and other Designated Areas. A Resource Book for Educators in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 2013
  • This resource book aims to increase the capacities of those trainers and educators seeking to design and implement innovative educational projects using Biosphere Reserves and other designated areas as Education for Sustainable Development laboratories. The book addresses several water-related issues, including the water cycle, water ecosystems, water pollution, etc. and contains different activities, including an indicative worksheet for a water quality test.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Mediterranean region
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Biodiversity, Desertification, Ecosystems, Education, Pollution, Sustainable development, Water cycle, Water quality

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Published in 2015