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The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics was first launched in 1967. Over the past 50 years, the series has evolved to incorporate new statistics and ensure that readers have access to the best possible information available. The 2017 edition of the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics continues in this tradition…
Land-resource planning key to feeding growing world, preserving resources. One-third of planet’s land is degraded, hitting food production and damaging livelihoods
Despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency reported Thursday. 37 countries require external assistance for food The new edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Agency's…
What are drylands and why are they important? Present in each continent and covering over 40 per cent of the earth, drylands generally refer to arid, semi-arid and dry subhumid areas, and are home to more than 2 billion people, or one in three people in the world. Drylands are key to global food and…
Today, about 244 million people live outside their country of birth. That's 3% of humanity. Migration has always been changing, but the ways it intersects with socio-economic, demographic and technological transformations are now reshaping it in unprecedented ways. What are the 10 trends currently s…
How do peatlands fit into the landscapes approach? What are the biggest challenges when it comes to the management of peatlands?
Contributes to the understanding of soils in relation to ecosystem services (ES). Temporal and geographical distribution of soil ES studies has been analyzed. Highlights use of soil information on the spatial aspects of soil ES studies. Recommends the future soil ES research focus.
Variety is not just life’s spice, but its support system. But it may not be so simple for mixed forests, researchers say.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) currently uses INFORM to analyse and highlight different aspects of internal displacement. It shows the countries with the highest levels of new displacement associated with disasters and conflict plotted according to their INFORM Global Risk Index…
hotter world could be on the way, unless nations act. That’s because the gloomiest predictions may not have been gloomy enough.
The Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (GSOCmap) is not just a map! It is also a consultative and participatory process involving 110 countries, which makes this map totally new and unique! The GSOCmap provides users with very useful information to monitor the soil condition, identify degraded areas, se…
With the reality of climate change becoming more real by the day, including its impact on food sources, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging communities around the world not to take the prickly cactus for granted. “Climate change and the increasing risks of droughts a…
The EEA ‘Environmental Indicator Report 2017’ gives an overview of the EU’s progress towards 29 environmental policy objectives. These are relevant to the achievement of the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) three key priority objectives: natural capital; resource-efficient, low-carbon economy;…
COP23 adopted gender action plan that co-opts women in climate change fight. Women’s roles to include decision making in adaptation, mitigation processes. But impact of gender-sensitive projects is unclear and traditional values could be barrier
Hadjara Ali watched with displeasure as a tractor dug trenches through the parched earth in her remote Niger village, preparing ground for planting where grass has not grown in years. By using machines, women will no longer be obliged to do the back-breaking work left by men who leave their villages…
Damage to vulnerable infrastructure caused by climate hazards could triple by the 2020s and rise over ten-fold by the end of the century.
The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it or else walk all over it: the soil beneath our feet. The earth possesses five major pools of carbon. Of those pools, the atmosphere is already overloaded with the stuff; the…
This Policy Brief considers the interlinkages between climate change, migration and security. It argues that despite the lack of scientific consensus the potential consequences are too large to ignore and no-regret policy options should be adopted. Furthermore it discusses the relationship between c…
Desertification is a very broad term, which has been defined in many different ways. One definition is “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub- humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities".
Managed carefully, soils are a reusable resource, but in a scale of human lifetimes they cannot be considered as a renewable resource. Land Degradation Neutrality is a new paradigm in environmental politics for avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation in an integrated way. The response hier…
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23), held under the Presidency of Fiji, concluded on 17 November 2017. This COP represented the opportunity to take stock of how climate migration continues to be integrated not only in the official climate negotiations but also in the numerous e…
When the heat is on, ground shrinkage means subsiding soils. Sustained drought could cause structural problems in parts of Spain.
In 2013 and 2014, Jordan updated its Rangeland Strategy to enshrine Hima into law, helping to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15, Target 3, to stop desertification and restore degraded land and soil. Jordan’s Hima policies have won recognition in the form of a Future Policy Award from the World…
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss: Terrestrial ecosystems provide a series of goods, raw materials for construction and energy, food and a series…
This article examines the relationship between gender inequality and food security with a particular focus on the role of international research and funding institutions, using the examples of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).…