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Oceans are vital, not only to a wide array of biodiversity and ecosystems, but also to the food chains, livelihoods and climate regulation for a human population heading towards nine billion people. That is why this report shares stories that illustrate how economic indicators and development strategies can better reflect the true value of such wide spread benefits and potentially even build on them.
Higher and more volatile food prices are key transmission mechanisms through which environmental risks and constraints such as climate change, ecosystem degradation and water scarcity will impact national economies. If these impacts are significant enough, they may affect a country’s credit rating and the risk exposure of sovereign bondholders.
The aim of this guide is to raise awareness of the benefits of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions for water resources management. It takes a pragmatic approach to water management, and shows that GI can provide significant water management benefits and co-benefits, and also can support benefits from existing grey water infrastructure through a mutually complimentary mix of green and grey solutions.
This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands.
The Protected Planet Report 2016 assesses how protected areas contribute to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights current research and case studies as examples of the role protected areas play in conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage.
This e-book looks at different ways to manage wastewater and provides real-life examples of what national and local governments have done to do so.
Edited by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and the United Nations Environment Programme, The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction is one of the first books to compile latest knowledge and evidence on the links between healthy ecosystems and resilience to disasters.
Most human activities that use water produce wastewater. As the overall demand for water grows, the quantity of wastewater produced and its overall pollution load are continuously increasing worldwide. Over 80 per cent of the world’s wastewater – and over 95 per cent in some least developed countries – is released to the environment without treatment.
The world is facing a water quality challenge. Serious and increasing pollution of fresh water in both developing and developed countries poses a growing risk to public health, food security, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. Pollution is strongly linked to economic development – with population growth and the expansion of agriculture, industry and energy production all in turn producing wastewater, much of which goes into surface and groundwater bodies uncontrolled or untreated.
The world is facing a water quality challenge due to serious and increasing water pollution, both in developed and developing countries. This poses a growing risk to public health, food security, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. It is urgent to assess where water quality is inadequate or under threat and to incorporate the need for good water quality into the concept of water security.