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Climate change is upsetting rainfall patterns and the frequency of flooding in West Africa as it makes the region's Sahel storms three times likelier.
A growing number of studies analysing the statistical relationship between climate change and violent conflict have appeared in recent years. Whilst this research offers a comprehensive and systematic assessment of emerging climate-security risks, its results remain ambiguous and are often misinterp…
Despite the recent slowdown of the global economy and the weakening of Africa’s economic performance with the attendant implications for inclusion and sustainability, the long term growth outlook for Africa remains promising. The region’s long-term fundamentals remain strong as the pace of growth st…
Energy consumption in Africa is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000 shows a new Atlas recently released by the UN Environment and African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum being held in Durban, South Africa. Current energy production in Africa…
Without urgent action to address low levels of competitiveness, Africa’s economies will not create enough jobs for the young people entering the job market. If current policies remain unchanged, fewer than one-quarter of the 450 million new jobs needed in Africa in the next 20 years will be created.…
A guidebook on gender mainstreaming, a brief on the role of women in climate change adaptation in the Himalayas, and a report on decent work for indigenous peoples have pointed to the role of women and indigenous peoples in addressing climate change. These publications highlight the interlinkages am…
The SBI will convene two mandated events on capacity building: the first meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building taking place from 11-13 May 2017; and the sixth meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building to be held on 10 May 2017. The SBSTA is expected to address the development an…
Natural water-retention measures, which ‘keep the rain where it falls’, have great potential to be used as part of flood-risk management plans. But their benefits for downstream urban areas can bring costs to the upstream agricultural areas where they are installed, a recent analysis explains. The r…
A new study provides clues as to which innovative low-carbon technologies will successfully get onto the market quickly. The historical analysis of 16 energy technologies — from steam engines to wind power — found that the average length of a product’s ‘formative phase’ is 22 years. This important p…
2017 is a defining year for the partnership between Europe and Africa. In a rapidly changing global landscape, Africa is experiencing profound economic, political and societal changes, and its importance to the internal and external dimensions of Europe's security and prosperity is becoming ever mor…
This publication is a Technical report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process. The scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the Europ…
A joint Conference of the “International Soil Conservation Organization” (19th ISCO ), the “World Association for Soil and Water Conservation” (WASWAC), the “European Society for Soil Conservation” (8th ESSC Congress), the “International Union of Soil Science (IUSS-), the Soil and Water Conservation…
This dataset is derived from the integration of the LUCAS soil survey data with the bio-geochemistry process-based model DayCent. The model was ran for more than 11,000 LUCAS sampling points un­der agricultural use, assessing also the model uncertainty. Meta-models based on model outcomes and the Ra…
The development of the Rainfall Erosivity Database at European Scale (REDES) and its 2015 update with the extension to monthly component allowed to develop monthly and seasonal R-factor maps and assess rainfall erosivity both spatially and temporally. During winter months, significant rainfall erosi…
The special report, titled ‘Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems,’ will document existing scientific knowledge on the linkages between climate change and land, of relevance…
According to the UN, there are 20 million people in the Sahel who are food-insecure, mainly due to lack of water. If development plans for hydropower and irrigation projects do not position ecosystems at the heart of national and regional development strategies, Europe and other nations will fail to…
Global early warning - early action report on food security and agriculture April – June 2017
This course is aimed at beginners, business students and professionals as well as anyone with an interest in business-driven landscape restoration. It offers comprehensive knowledge of landscape degradation and landscape restoration from both the perspective of natural science and from an economics…
SOIL is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of high-quality research in the field of soil system sciences. SOIL is at the interface between the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. SOIL publishes scientific research that contributes to unde…
FORUM paper: The significance of soils and soil science towards realization of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). In this FORUM paper the authors discuss how soil scientists can help to reach the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals in the most effective manner. Soil science,…
Our sustainability reports and publications highlight some of the best examples of sustainability leadership that have emerged over the past few years and explore new ideas and approaches that have the potential to deliver transformational change.
The Global Tracking Framework 2017 (GTF) aims to provide the international community with a global dashboard to register progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. It assesses the progress made by each country on these three pillars and provides a snapshot of how far we are f…
Africa’s urban population is projected to rise from 400 million to 1.34 billion between 2010 and 2050 which represents nearly half of the projected rise in numbers of urban dwellers globally. To date urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa has not, for the most part, been matched with improvement in serv…
In 2013, 232 million people worldwide were living outside their country of origin and, according to estimates by experts on internal migration, one billion people permanently moved to another place of residence within their country of birth. According to UNHCR, 65.3 million people worldwide were for…
The EUEI PDF is a multi-donor facility that contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on energy. As a flexible instrument of the European Union, the EUEI PDF promotes sustainable energy for equitable development in Africa, Latin America and Asia.