A new Pan African Research College on Sustainable Cities has been established at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
UN Environment and Google have announced a global partnership that promises to change the way we see our planet. Combining environmental science, big data and unprecedented accessibility, this joint effort aims to expand what the world knows about the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems.
Technology and innovation have the ability to provide solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges and vital components of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The SEED global partnership believes that the promotion of social and environmental enterprises is pivotal to a world of flourishing communities where entrepreneurship drives sustainable development. Through SEED's annual awards, grass roots eco innovators are supported and encouraged so that they can to scale their operations and provide replicable business models that can be used around the world.
Today is World Water Day and this year's theme 'Nature for Water' focuses on nature-based solutions to the world's water challenges. The 'answer is in nature' campaign aims to help raise awareness for nature-based solutions (NBS) such as tree planting to replenish forests, re-connecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands - as sustainable and cost-effective ways to help re-balance the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods.
A new global competition is encouraging students and youth to submit their innovative urban solution ideas to help transform the cities of our future. The contest aims to identify the top solutions to specific challenges facing 24 cities around the world and the winning idea will receive a prize of £50,000 to assist with implementation. The competition 'The Cities for Our Future Challenge' is run by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) to mark its 150th anniversary and was launched in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has produced a new online sourcebook for how to implement "climate-smart" approaches to agriculture, launched at the UNFCCC's COP23 climate summit in Bonn this month.