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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).…
Land restoration is not a “glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers,” admits Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD). But she also stresses that by 2050, the world population will reach 10 billion. To feed that extra 2.4 billi…
Next-generation soil information system of Africa
Central to the issues of climate change, land degradation and loss of biodiversity, adaptation involves increasing agricultural productivity and laying the foundations for a rational and sustainable use of natural resources. Over time, adaptation must contribute to the development of a diversified,…
A new map was released today detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet, helping to ensure global food and water security in a sustainable way.
Drought is arguably one of the most devastating natural disasters in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Climate change is expected to add to this threat. Drought has far-reaching socio-economic and ecological implications that include loss of lives and livelihoods, famine, lack of water f…
GCECA is an initiative by UN Environment, the Government of the Netherlands and Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and has formed partnerships with over 50 international organisations, NGOs, governments, financial institutions, knowledge institutions and businesses to joint…
When journalists write about climate-linked migration, who do they turn to for information? Who do they interview, and who are their trusted sources? These are vital questions as the people the media turn to are – in part – the people who get to define the debate about climate-linked migration.
Adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts are key factors driving food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Thursday. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nu…
State of the art in sustainability thinking, inspired by interdisciplinary ideas of ecological economics. This book is focusing on sustainability pathways, new economic theory, democracy and institutions, multidimensional assessment of sustainability, macroeconomic modelling and policies, climate ch…
A recent article in Reviews of Geophysics examined the areas of land globally that are classified as drylands and the impact of their growth on human communities.
Disconnects from the land Across the globe, more people are moving into cities. More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, thus emptying our rural landscapes and creating a bigger disconnect between people and the land than ever before. I count myself among the many that have mad…
In recent debates on climate change and migration, the focus on the figure of ‘climate refugees’ (tainted by environmental determinism and a crude understanding of human mobility) has given ground to a broader conception of the climate–migration nexus. In particular, the idea that migration can repr…
Land Degradation faces complex challenges at the beginning of the XXI century, with environmental, social, economic and political dimensions. Although the topic was originally focused on the arid, semiarid, and dry sub-humid regions, land degradation is increasingly seen as a worldwide threat. This…
The report focuses on the roles of smart policy reform and innovative business models, to create an enabling environment for developing countries to implement their NDCs under the Paris Agreement. It identifies seven key industry sectors to catalyze private investments in green businesses.
The UN World Data Forum called for proposals around the six thematic areas of its next meeting in October 2018, including on the use of non-traditional sources of data. Other recent meetings on data considered the need to balance privacy and security concerns with openness.
It may sound fanciful, but researchers say a world running on 100% renewable electricity is attainable by mid-century, or even earlier.
On November 2, 2017, the book “ International Society and Sustainable Development Goals ,” prepared by the SDG Fund and the Academic Chair on Development and Poverty Eradication , was officially presented at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library . The event brought together UN agencies and mem…
This report is the first major comparative analysis of usage data for open access (OA) and non-OA scholarly books. Our findings establish that there is a performance benefit from publishing a book OA as they are downloaded seven times more, cited 50% more and mentioned online ten times more. The int…
Negotiators and stakeholders headed to Bonn, Germany, for next week’s UN climate summit continue to confront a range of questions surrounding one essential query: How do we meet the imperative to lower greenhouse gas emissions now — quickly — to minimize the most severe impacts of climate change? To…
Our consumption of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years and a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded. There is an urgent need to find solutions for land management policy, planning and practices. A new ISO standard will help land managers at global and national…
The health and productivity of global land resources are declining, while demand for those resources is increasing. The aim of land degradation neutrality (LDN) is to maintain or enhance land-based natural capital and its associated ecosystem services. The Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land De…
Climate change is already forcing people from their land and homes, and putting many more at risk of displacement in the future. Supercharged storms, more intense droughts, rising seas and other impacts of climate change all magnify existing vulnerabilities and the likelihood of displacement – dispr…
This publication features the key provisions on land (governance) in recent relevant international frameworks including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III), the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Fore…