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After more than three years of implementation (January 2014 – March 2017), the European-Union funded "Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy“ (MECLEP) project ended in March 2017. The project was implemented by IOM in a consortium of six universities:
After more than three years of implementation (January 2014 – March 2017), the European-Union funded "Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy“ (MECLEP) project ended in March 2017. The project was implemented by IOM in a consortium of six universities
On Wednesday, Facebook introduced a new disaster maps initiative. The company will share aggregated, de-identified location information on Facebook users who have their location settings enabled with a few select disaster response organizations. Facebook will provide location density maps, movement…
The OECD has released the report "Green Finance and Investment: Mobilising Bond Markets for a Low-Carbon Transition." The report finds that the market for green bonds has risen from US$3 billion in 2011 to US$95 billion in 2016. The OECD provides an overview of global green bond market developments…
Women have more sustainable consumption choices and, as household energy managers, tend to have a bigger say in household energy decisions. Thus, from the standpoint of consumption, the design, production, distribution and sales of sustainable energy technologies (for example, clean cooking stoves a…
The co-facilitators for the global migration preparatory process released the summary of the second informal thematic session on ‘Addressing drivers of migration'. UNICEF issued the report ‘A Child is a Child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation,’ and IOM stressed i…
Ahead of the G7 meeting held in Taormina, Italy, from 26-27 May 2017, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee issued a special report titled ‘Food and Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa,’ calling for increased international development support on water and…
Access to land is at the heart of rural livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, the pace and scale at which land is changing hands are increasing fast. Understanding these changes in land access is crucial if the systems of land governance, the practices of companies and organisations, and the initiativ…
Starting with the vision of what LDN is expected to achieve, the conceptual framework focus is “on maintaining or enhancing the land resource base, (the stocks of natural capital associated with land resources), in order to sustain the ecosystem services that flow from them, including food productio…
Representatives from countries accounting for 90 percent of the world’s clean energy investment and 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions—including the United States—will gather in Beijing this week to discuss how to scale renewables, improve efficiency and cooperate on clean energy initiatives…
Land is the wellspring of life. Investing in this most precious asset will place us on the development path that will lead us towards our shared global vision of prosperity, health and dignity for all the world’s citizens. Today, many people living in developed countries and in large urban centers g…
The 1st international conference on high latitude dust took place in Reykjavík, Iceland on May 22 - 25 2017. More than 51 scientists from 15 countries contributed by presenting current research on all aspects of dust which is sourced from within the high latitudes
The Canary Islands have the potential to become carbon neutral by 2050, a new study indicates. This could be achieved by shifting to a 100% renewable energy supply, improving energy efficiency and building new grid connections between islands. Energy solutions for small island regions, such as the C…
EKLIPSE has just published the report from its first request from policy makers for synthesizing available knowledge. The resulting report Nature-based solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas – developing an impact evaluation framework is now available online. This report is the outco…
The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by world leaders in September 2016, foresees the development of a Global Compact for Migration, to be adopted by 2018. ICMPD is taking part in the consultative phase that kicked-off this April.
This publication presents experiences from researchers and practitioners from a variety of geographical contexts on how they have been included and have participated in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities. It aims to highlight the importance and benefits of, as well a…
A new global wetlands map suggests that more peatlands exist in the tropics — at least three times more than previously estimated. Developed by scientists from the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Programme, the map shows South America housing most of the world’s peat by area and volum…
One of the greatest sources of uncertainty for future climate predictions is the response of the global carbon cycle to climate change1. Although approximately one-half of total CO2 emissions is at present taken up by combined land and ocean carbon reservoirs2, models predict a decline in future car…
The workshop took place in Ispra, Italy (20-22 March 2017) and was organized by the Joint Research Centre (JRC). It hosted more than 110 participants and the 83 presentations are available for download. This workshop discussed mainly issues how the local/regional model­ing results can be upscaled (o…
A new interface of this important archive is presented in ESDAC. The 5500 maps are available for download (PDF, JPEG) and allow the user to browse by country or continent. The EuDASM archive is the result of a collaboration between JRC and ISRIC. The objective of this collaboration was to transfer p…
This report calls attention to the worsening condition of wetlands in the Sahel and explains how this decline is undermining human well-being and compelling people to migrate, including to Europe. The rivers, lakes, floodplains and deltas of the Sahel are highly productive and biologically diverse e…
Water plays a critical role in development strategies at global, regional, national and local levels. Many aspects of water can threaten human security, for example floods from rivers or the sea as well as water pollution, but water scarcity is regarded as the most important water issue in relation…
Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth provides an assessment of how governments can generate inclusive economic growth in the short term, while making progress towards climate goals to secure sustainable long-term growth. It describes the development pathways required to meet the Paris Agreement…
The UN General Assembly recently declared that achieving land degradation neutrality “would serve as an accelerator to ending poverty and hunger, tackling inequality, empowering women and stimulating economic growth.” It cannot come too soon. For a very long time, land was forgotten. It was unapprec…
The Global Soil Week 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will do so by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the High-level Political Forum 2017 (HLPF) through the perspective of land and soils, thereby providing a…