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Waste of food, natural resources, and human talent taking a toll on Mediterranean agriculture and rural development. New book examines shared challenges facing the region's food systems — and options for responding. Loss and degradation of land. The book warns of "the whittling away of arable land b…
he challenge is massive, but so is the promise. Healing 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa will bring countless benefits: fresh air and water, food and energy —the very stuff of survival. It will also build people’s climate resilience, and contribute in a big way to globa…
The map of potential natural vegetation of eastern Africa, gives the distribution of potential natural vegetation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi and Zambia. The map distinguishes 48 vegetation types, divided in four main vegetation groups: 16 forest types, 15 woodland…
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) highlighted ongoing efforts to leverage private funding for large-scale land restoration, through the newly launched LDN Fund, a public-private funding mechanism. Simone Quatrini, Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, said more than 100 countries so far h…
It highlights several important technological and cultural advances that may transform drylands research and improve the links between research, management, and knowledge in dryland landscapes. Second, it highlights several cultural advances that promote interactive environments for sharing, explori…
It pays particular attention to three dimensions: economic and financial volatility, the role of the private sector, and the domestic resource mobilization.
A study released by the European Commission today shows that green bonds have enjoyed extraordinary growth, since they were first issued in 2007. The study on the potential and functioning of green bond markets also identifies key bottlenecks and measures to overcome them so they can fulfil their hu…
On 2 December 2016, the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) launched two new tools: the Migration Data Catalogue and the Dynamic Data Hub. These tools centralise migration related data, to better understand migration flows, trends and their impact on societies a…
Thirty kilometres from the bustle of downtown Abu Dhabi, lies a remarkable undertaking that could one day change the environmental impact of air travel. Set on a two-hectare farm down the road from the IRENA Headquarters building, a pilot project conducted by Masdar Institute’s Sustainable Bioenergy…
In eastern Niger, 241 hectares of degraded land was converted into productive farms for 10,770 women through the Bio-reclamation of Degraded Lands (BDL) system. This has resulted in a 50% increase in agri-income over non-BDL participants. These impacts are from a mid-term evaluation study conducted…
The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report that finds that, despite improvements in air quality, air pollution remains the largest single environmental health hazard in Europe, contributing to an estimated 467,000 premature deaths annually. Also on air quality, the environment and healt…
The momentum of urbanization and its impacts are so massive that we must face up to this trend. In view of the existing cognitive, technical, economic and institutional path dependencies, a policy of business as usual – i.e. an unstructured, quasi-automatic urbanization – would lead to a non-sustain…
In 2015, alone, climate-related disasters displaced 14.7 million people, a new report from CARE Danmark shows. Unless governments take strong preventive action and invest in adaptation, climate change-related phenomena could push the total number of permanently displaced as high as 250 million peopl…
The State of Environmental Migration 2016: Review of the Year 2015 is the sixth annual volume of the series, which selects and compiles Masters students’ work from the course “Environment and Migration” at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po in an ongoing partnership with…
The University of Liège launched a new research hub in November, dedicated specifically to the study of environmental change and migration.
This research produced by the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division of the International Organization for Migration summarizes the references to migration in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the United N…
Migration’s potential contribution to environmental and climate change adaptation has been recognized at both the regional and global levels. Alongside institutional recognition of migration’s relevance to adaptation, however, there is also a need for further empirical research on the link between m…
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As climate change and extreme weather events increasingly threaten traditional landscapes and livelihoods of entire communities the need to study its impact on human migration and population displacement has never been greater. The Atlas of Environmental Migration is the first illustrated publicatio…
Migration out of rural areas is a complex issue, especially when caused by distress and lack of alternatives. The decision to migrate depends on a number of variables, including poverty, food insecurity, lack of employment opportunities, conflicts, natural disasters, poverty employment opportunities…
Published at a time when countries are developing in earnest their plans to implement the 2030 Agenda, the “Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality” strongly echoes this assertion. It calls on Arab States to invest in their youth, and t…
Restoration needs along Africa's drylands have been mapped and quantified for the first time. A groundbreaking map of restoration opportunities along Africa's Great Green Wall has been launched at the UN climate change conference, based on collection and analysis of crucial land-use information to b…
Researchers have assessed how changes in production efficiency and dietary patterns can combine to ensure food supply whilst minimising the global environmental impact of food production. The gain in the production efficiency of agriculture was found to be insufficient to meet future food demand whi…
The International Responsibility Dimension of the SDGs: Tracking Germany’s External Footprints. Germany, like other countries, has committed to global achievement of the SDGs, as expressed, for example, in its new National Sustainable Development Strategy. But the growing externalization of Germany’…
One year following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 102 Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have embarked on national processes to set voluntary targets to LDN, one of the targets under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Protect, restore and…