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28.2.2018 Resource experts call for new st

Resource experts call for new strategy to build better cities


Source:, 2018-02-09

As urban areas around the world continue to grow, cities are placing an increasingly heavy burden on our environment. Policymakers should therefore treat resource efficiency as equal in importance to climate policy if they want to move towards a sustainable future, according to a new report from the International Resource Panel.

The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization calls for a new strategy to meet the needs of 21st-century urbanization, one that would result in cities that are low carbon, resource efficient, socially just, and in which people can live healthy lives.

Unless the worlds urban areas make optimal use of their resources, cities will soon demand far more resources than our planet can sustainably provide, placing a huge burden on agriculture, energy, industry and transport. In the next 30 years, 2.4 billion people are likely to move to urban areas, bringing the proportion of the global population living in cities by 2050 to 66 per cent.

The annual amount of natural resources used by urban areas could grow from 40 billion tonnes of raw materials in 2010 to 90 billion tonnes by 2050, an increase of 125 per cent, if changes are not made to how cities are built and designed.

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28.2.2018 Agriculture Is Creating Higher I

Agriculture Is Creating Higher Income Jobs in Half of EU Member States but Others Are Struggling


Source:, 2018-02-19

Half of EU member states have leveraged the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to significantly reduce poverty and drive higher incomes in farming, while other countries are still lagging, according to the latest World Bank study.

The Thinking CAP report details how new investments and services in farming, reinforced by the EUs flagship agriculture policy, can drive down poverty and transform agriculture into a sector which can provide higher paying jobs for those who farm.

Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Denmark and the Netherlands are all examples of member states that have successfully modernized their agricultural sectors by providing advisory services, roads, secure property rights and access to education and health services in rural areas. Others, such as Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Greece, still have some way to go in reducing poverty and ensuring that agricultural work pays. They can do so by improving the basic conditions for a successful agricultural sector, which would improve the results of the financial investments available under the CAP. Other remaining member states fall in between these two categories - achieving a successful transformation or lagging behind.

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28.2.2018 Resource experts call for new st

Resource experts call for new strategy to build better cities


Source:, 2018-02-21

UNECE and FAO advance reporting of sustainable forest management in the Caucasus and Central Asia

No country in the Caucasus or Central Asia prior to 2016 had developed indicators to monitor progress towards sustainable forest management at the national level. Two years later, thanks to a United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project implemented jointly by UNECE and FAO, five countries Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan are developing national forest monitoring systems.

Representatives of all five countries are meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, this week to share experiences and take stock of progress during a regional interim workshop. The workshop is organized in conjunction with a meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management to allow mutual support and exchange among experts.

The Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management considers criteria and indicator sets as a strong monitoring and forest policy tool, and we are glad they will now be applied in the Caucasus and Central Asia as well, said Dr Stein Tomter of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, leader of the Team of Specialists. This workshop in Tbilisi provides a fertile soil for cooperation, and we do hope to gain some perspectives and identify new members for the team here.

Since the project began, Georgia and Kazakhstan have significantly advanced the development of their national forest reporting systems.


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28.2.2018 59 of World

59 of Worlds Largest Banks Failing to Take Adequate Climate Action


Source:, 2018-02-21

The failure of 59 of the worlds largest banks to recognize climate risks and opportunities threatens to undermine efforts to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. This is the key finding of a report by Boston Common Asset Management report titled "Banking on a Low-Carbon Future".

Banks play a crucial role in the allocation of capital in the economy by providing financial services to businesses, households, governments and financial institutions.

As a result, banks are exposed to climate change-related risks including extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, storms and sea level rise, along with energy transition adjustments to limit greenhouse gas emissions which can create both risk and significant financial opportunities

In 2015, the international community adopted the Paris Agreement on climate action. The main objective of the agreement is to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2C and as close as possible to 1.5C.

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