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Despite budgetary challenges, cities and towns across Europe are taking action to put in place measures that will help them adapt to the impacts of climate change. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report released today highlights the opportunities open to municipalities to share best practice…
ODI has conducted 50 case studies in order to draw a number of lessons on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, which are put forth in a three-part series of blogs on the Development Progress project.
The Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research has published the Conflict Barometer 2016 covering global conflict dynamics.
For thousands of years, parts of north-west Europe have enjoyed a climate around 5°C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. But new scientific analysis suggests that that could change much sooner and much faster than thought possible. Climatologists who have looked again at the possibi…
Global drylands face a host of urgent human and environmental challenges with far-reaching impacts. Improving smallholder agriculture remains a key development pathway to tackle these challenges. The Dryland Development Paradigm (DDP), introduced in 2007, presented a highly influential framework for…
International migration will remain a key feature of the global economy in the years ahead. OECD just produced new evidence on global trends and on migration-related policies in developing countries. Find out more below on how to better manage migration for the benefit of all, ensuring more winners…
“The challenge is: how do we enable refugees not to be perceived as a burden, but as a benefit and an opportunity for the host country?” . Almost all of Syria’s neighbours have high youth unemployment rates and limited public funds, so relaxing labour laws for refugees is a hard sell.
The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center is the first center specialized on dust forecast recognized by WMO. It operationally distributes dust forecasts for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Climatic Change is dedicated to the totality of the problem of climatic variability and change - its descriptions, causes, implications and interactions among these. The purpose of the journal is to provide a means of exchange among those working in different disciplines on problems related to clima…
Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development is the result of a project carried out by the European Union and the OECD Development Centre in ten partner countries: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Haiti, Morocco and the…
Policy makers recognize that the environment is a very important asset for the production of food and other products, both now and into the future. In Mediterranean Europe, managed ecosystems are easily damaged by a combination of environmental and human factors, for example, through grazing, fire a…
Enhancing the productivity of agriculture is vital for Sub-Saharan Africa's economic future and is one of the most important tools to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in the region. How governments elect to spend public resources has significant development impact in this regard. Choo…
The voices of people who move in the context of environmental change are absent from the debate about how we addresses the issue.
How can we achieve FAO’s original vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition? The report sheds some light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, and provides some insights as to what is at stake and what needs to be…
This UNEP publication has a specific value for the UNCCD COP13 that takes place in Ordos, China in September 2017, since it relates a success story of combatting desertification in that area. The Kubuqi Ecological Restoration Project of Elion Resources Group, located in the Kubuqi Desert represents…
The report begins by reviewing the evidence to date focussing on the magnitude and geographical distribution of food losses. In the next sections the role of energy in post-harvest losses is discussed. Thereafter, the main entry points within the food value chain where lack of access to energy is th…
Many restoration projects seek to raise capital, but restoration leaders often lack knowledge of the investment process. The New Restoration Economy—part of the Global Restoration Initiative at the World Resources Institute—has found that successful efforts to attract private capital involve four st…
With growing awareness of the economic costs of land degradation, political leaders are adopting ambitious targets to restore degraded forests and agricultural land. Building on the interest in forest landscape restoration generated by the Bonn Challenge, in 2014, countries adopted the New York Decl…
The past decade saw steady growth in bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support the objectives of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, reaching USD 8.7 billion per year in 2014-15. Yet, biodiversity accounts for only 6% of total bilateral ODA, compared with 20% for climate.
The work of the Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Refugees and Migration involves building on existing good practices, learning lessons from failure and seeking options to use ODA more effectively. The TWG will undertake an evidence-based review of policy coherence issues, financing instruments and e…
The Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) provides a scientific foundation for understanding, implementing and monitoring LDN. It has been designed to create a bridge between the vision and the practical implementation of LDN, by defining LDN in operational terms. The…
African Studies Abstracts Online 57 (2017) has now been published and is available in Leiden University repository
Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses t…
This contribution traces the history of environmental rights over the past few decades, focusing on international and regional human rights instruments, as well as case law. It does so in the context of the environmental principles associated with environmental rights. It explores the meaning of a ‘…