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  >> EU Member States are stepping up measures to protect seas and oceans, but more improvements are needed
>> World Water Week - How Renewable Energy Can Ease Water Stress
>> UN Environment and partners show global restoration success in unprecedented study
>> Restoring degraded land highlights opportunities for sustainable development in Africa



31.8.2018 EU Member States are stepping up

EU Member States are stepping up measures to protect seas and oceans, but more improvements are needed

 

Source: ec.europa.eu, 2018-08-01

A new European Commission report shows that EU Member States have made considerable efforts to address pressures on the marine environment. Despite this, the measures are not yet sufficient to achieve good, healthy and productive seas by 2020.

Today the European Commission published a report on the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive assessing the measures put in place by EU Member States[1] to achieve 'good environmental status' by 2020. This concept is defined by measures conserving biodiversity and tackling pressures like overfishing, seabed damage, marine litter and contaminants.

Read more at:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/member-states-are-stepping-measures-protect-seas-and-oceans-more-improvements-are-needed-2018-aug-01_en


31.8.2018 World Water Week - How Renewable

World Water Week - How Renewable Energy Can Ease Water Stress

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2018-08-28

Following months of weather extremes around the globe including droughts, wildfires and crop shortfalls in Europe, a major World Water Week conference in Stockholm is taking place at a time of heightened awareness for the role of climate change within the nexus of water and development.

Water is fundamental for food security, human health, energy production, industrial productivity, and biodiversity.

Because of this, the main opening event was attended by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who highlighted the holistic approach of the event.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General reminded the audience that water is crucial for achieving almost every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and that sustainable water management also plays a central role on the way to achieving the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This is what the Sustainable Development Goals are about: Bringing this conceptual paradigm shift of doing things together and not in silos, she said.

Read more at:
https://unfccc.int/news/world-water-week-how-renewable-energy-can-ease-water-stress


31.8.2018 UN Environment and partners show

UN Environment and partners show global restoration success in unprecedented study

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2018-08-28

Showcasing the success of large-scale restoration of landscapes burdened by natural or man-made disasters, UN Environment today launched the report: Restoring forests and landscapes, the key to sustainable future.

The unprecedented study chronicles the results of long-term and large-scale research and outlines several case studies in forest and landscape restoration. The report bears a positive message, presenting a variety of time-proven opportunities to bring unfertile land back to life.

With wildfires, droughts and the steadily increasing number of migrants driven from their homes by land degradation, food insecurity or conflict over natural resources dominating the news, the report comes at a pivotal moment.

Securing enough healthy and fertile landscapes are key to address these pressing challenges. With 40% of global soil cover already being used for agricultural purposes, room for expansion is limited. Every year, we are losing ecosystem services including food production worth more than $6 trillion a year to erosion and other forms of degradation.

Read more at:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/un-environment-and-partners-show-global-restoration-success


31.8.2018 Restoring degraded land highligh

Restoring degraded land highlights opportunities for sustainable development in Africa

 

Source: unenvironment.org, 2018-08-30

Almost 1,000 participants joined the Global Landscape Forums GLF Nairobi 2018 at United Nations Office in Nairobi to hear speakers from across Africa discuss their experiences and successes restoring forests, farms and coastlines. A global audience participated online and the event was a top-trending social media site in Kenya.

Community leaders, including Serge Zoubga and Concepta Mukasa discussed their efforts to restore local landscapes, while Rwandan Minister of Lands and Forestry Francine Tumushine, UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim, Stefan Schmitz of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Director General Robert Nasi shared insights into the role of restoration in sustainable development and climate mitigation and adaptation.

Read more at:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/restoring-degraded-land-highlights-opportunities-sustainable

     

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