Publication

WAVES Highlights African and Australian NCA-Related Events and Publications [viewed]

wavesApril 2015: The World Bank recently hosted a two-day event, titled 'Advancing Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Government, Business, and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions,' as reported in the April edition of the WAVES (Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services) newsletter. The meeting, which convened from 8-9 April 2015 in Washington DC, US, brought together representatives from the public, business and finance sectors to align approaches on accounting for natural capital, build consensus and establish priorities to work together.

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Reports Highlight Microplastic Threats, Underscore Value of Ocean Economy [viewed]

imo_wwf27 April 2015: Microplastics may be as harmful to marine life as larger marine debris, such as fishing nets and plastic bags, according to a report by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a UN advisory body. The report is the first global-scale assessment to identify the sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the ocean.

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UNEP Report Details Contribution of Timber, Wildlife Crime to DRC Conflict [viewed]

UNEP16 April 2015: Organized crime in timber, wildlife and gold continues to finance transnational organized criminal networks in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines transitional environmental crime as one of the key factors fueling the conflict cycle in eastern DRC and provides analysis on the illegal exploitation of natural resources, including their values, stakeholders in the trade, smuggling routes and impacts.

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Major Groups Partnership on Forests Calls for New UN Body on Forests [viewed]

major_groups_partnership_on_forestsApril 2015: The Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF) prepared three papers ahead of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11). The papers cover: financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), perspectives on a new UN body on forests, and expectations for the participation of Major Groups.

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CARIAA Explores Adaptation in Climate Change Hotspots in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has released an open access special issue of the Regional Environmental Change series, titled ‘Adaptation in climate change hotspots: Change under way in Africa and Asia.'

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GWF Article: Wise Resource Allocation Critical to Achieve Water, Food Security SDGs [viewed]

Global Water ForumMarch 2015: Implementing smart policies related to land and water resources can help to achieve water and food security objectives within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a paper published by the Global Water Forum (GWF). The article stresses that, as long as resources are wisely allocated and managed, sufficient water will exist to achieve food production goals and sustain livelihoods.

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IASS Report Addresses the Role of Biomass in the SDGs [viewed]

iass_unep 22 April 2015: A report, titled 'The Role of Biomass in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Reality Check and Governance Implications' and published by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), was jointly launched by IASS and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the sidelines of the Third Global Soil Week in Berlin, Germany.

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IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forum22 April 2015: A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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International Organizations Call for Urgent Action to Manage and Conserve Global Groundwater [viewed]

groundwater_governance13 April 2015: A consortium of international organizations launched a framework for action to better manage and conserve global groundwater resources, calling for collective action at local, national and, where appropriate, trans-boundary levels to protect aquifers from depletion, pollution and saltwater intrusion.

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UN-Water Report Highlights Achievements of Decade for Action [viewed]

water_for_lifeMarch 2015: Significant achievements during the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 include achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water, and declaration of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), according to a report by UN-Water.

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