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UNEP Publications Feature Efforts in Botswana, China, Costa Rica and Germany towards Sustainable Societies [viewed]

UNEP26 May 2016: Two reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) explore China's plans to build an "ecological civilization," Bhutan's use of its Gross National Happiness Index, Germany's efforts to build a circular economy, Costa Rica's use of payments for ecosystem services and Botswana's use of Natural Capital Accounting.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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World Bank Paper Quantifies Coastal Protection Provided by Mangroves [viewed]

Mangroves as Protection from Storms Surges in a Changing ClimateMay 2016: The World Bank Group has published a working paper that quantifies the coastal protection provided by mangroves in 42 developing countries under the current climate scenario and a future climate change scenario with a one-meter sea-level rise and 10% intensification of storms. The findings show that, although sea-level rise and increased storm intensity would put infrastructure at risk, the greatest impact is the expected loss of mangroves.

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Bioversity International Coproduces Special Issue on ABS and Family Farming [viewed]

Farming Matters - Special Issue2 May 2016: A special issue of 'Farming Matters,' produced in collaboration with Bioversity International, shares examples of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) systems from several countries, exploring the interface between formal and informal systems, challenges, and relevance for family farmers.

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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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FAO Study Draws Lessons from Korean Forest Rehabilitation Plans [viewed]

Integrated Policy for Forests, Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods: Lessons from the Republic of KoreaMay 2016: A working paper produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Korea Forest Service draws lessons learned from the Republic of Korea's experience in formulating and implementing integrated forest rehabilitation and food security policies and programmes.

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PROFOR 2015 Annual Report Discusses Impacts of the Program [viewed]

PROFOR13 April 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has circulated its 2015 annual report, which provides an overview of its activities on informing forest sector investments, integrating forest-related considerations across sectors and shaping forest engagement. It also discusses communication and knowledge management, and financial and administration issues, as well as assesses the impact of the Program.

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Zhuhai Declaration Focuses on Forests and Trees in Asia-Pacific's Urban Planning [viewed]

APUFM-18 April 2016: The Zhuhai Declaration, adopted at the First Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting, highlights the benefits of urban forests and trees to cities and residents. The Declaration also relays challenges and priorities for urban forestry development in the Asia-Pacific region and makes a series of recommendations, including on awareness-raising, enhancing policy support, and increasing public participation and community involvement in forestry.

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G7 Agriculture, ICT and Science and Technology Ministers Agree on Strategic Actions in Support of SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Group of 7 (G7) Ministers of Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Science and Technology gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit for a series of ministerial meetings held throughout Japan. Each group of ministers agreed on a Communiqué or Declaration for the consideration of G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and the US at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, which will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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