|The European environment — state and outlook 2015 — synthesis report
The synthesis report informs future European environmental policy in general and its implementation between 2015 and 2020 in particular. It includes a reflection on the European environment in a global context, as well as chapters summarising the state of, trends in, and prospects for the environment in Europe.Land use is a major factor influencing the distribution and functioning of ecosystems and thus the delivery of ecosystem services. The degradation, fragmentation and unsustainable use of land is jeopardising the provision of several key ecosystem services, threatening biodiversity, and increasing Europe's vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters. It is also exacerbating soil degradation and desertification. More than 25% of the EU's territory is affected by soil erosion by water, which compromises soil functions and freshwater quality. Soil contamination and soil sealing are also persistent problems
Doing business with nature: Opportunities from natural capital
This report aims to engage industry in a review of the global challenges around water, biodiversity and soil and showcases the extent to which companies are working together to develop new interventions in the face of natural capital degradation. The report shares some business responses to these challenges while also highlighting the barriers to long-term and sustainable management of natural capital
Natural resources and conflict: A guide for mediation practitioners
Natural resources such as land, water, timber, minerals,metals and oil are vitally important sources of livelihoods, income and influence for countries and communities
around the globe. When natural resources are poorly managed or inequitably shared, however, or when business operations are implemented without due consideration for
context and communities, they can contribute to tensions that can escalate into violent conflict, or feed into and exacerbate pre-existing conflict dynamic.
Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land
WRI Installment 9 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy inherently comes at the cost of not using that land for growing food or animal feed, or for storing carbon.
Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy report
The new report released just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time. The report found opportunities to achieve strong growth with lower emissions in three key sectors of the global economy – cities, land use and energy. But Governments and businesses need to improve resource efficiency, invest in infrastructure, and stimulate business innovation.
Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy report - The infographic
Land use productivity will determine whether the world can feed a population projected to grow to over eight billion by 2030, while sustaining natural environments. Food production can be increased, forests protected and land use emissions cut by raising crop and livestock productivity, using new technologies and comprehensive approaches to soil and water management. Restoring just 12% of the world’s degraded agricultural land could feed 200 million people by 2030, while also strengthening climate resilience and reducing emissions.
Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa (KTAA)- Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
This publication reviews the current context and future implications of Climate Change impacts in Africa. It highlights the impact these changes have had and will have on the people of Africa. It reviews solutions for responding to the challenges posed by climate change. Solutions include sustainable approaches to enhancing environmental/ecosystem resilience to Climate Change such as buffer strips, on-site water conservation, use of native species, change in cropping systems, landscape-scale management, protection of water resources, use of natural infrastructure and the incorporation of local knowledge into agro-ecological production systems.
The publication provides a pictorial and easy-to-reference summary for policy-makers and the public alike
National Geographic began a series envisioning the future of food.
This eight month series covers topics ranging from fish farming and meat production to hunger in America and land grabs in sub-Saharan Africa. Their goal is to explore how to feed a growing population, without overwhelming the planet. In May, National Geographic hosted a dialogue between leading food, agriculture, and policy experts to examine which issues must be addressed to successfully feed the planet
UNESCO Documents Impacts of Sustainable Drylands Management Program
Tracking lessons learned from the second phase of the Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has produced a policy brief on the integration of sustainable land management and improved livelihoods. The publication describes the major achievements and challenges faced through support to nine dryland centers in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Tunisia
How energy issues should be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?
Over the last 10 years, continuing technology advances and rapid deployment of many renewable energy technologies have demonstrated that the question is no longer whether renewables have a role to play in the provision of energy services, but rather how we can best increase the current pace to achieve a 100 per cent renewables future with full energy access for all.The report "Renewables 2014: Global status report" credits support policies with driving global renewable energy capacity to a new record level last year – more than 1,560 gigawatts, up more than 8 per cent from 2012.
Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA)
The educational resource for development practitioners and policy makers explores how land and natural resource rights affect, and are effected by, development in Africa.Through raising awareness of these issues, FOLA aims to elevate land and natural resource rights as an urgent priority for development in Africa.