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Nature-based Solutions to the World’s Water Challenges

nature based solutions to water challenges

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 […]

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Enter your Innovative Ideas to Transform the Cities of Our Future

Cities for Our Future Challenge Shanghai

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 […]

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New Report Shows that Money Does Grow on Trees

Forest Day

A new report by World Resources Institute (WRI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reveals that businesses around the world are making money by planting trees, unleashing a growth opportunity for venture capital, private equity and impact investors. The research indicates the restoration economy is at a tipping point. The new report, The Business of Planting […]

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Fall in love with sustainable alternatives this Valentines Day

Fall in love with sustainable

The United Nations Environment Program is urging people around the world to ‘break up’ with plastic and fall in love with sustainable alternatives this Valentines Day. UNEP has created this 2-minute Valentine’s day film, “It’s not me, it’s you,” which shows our growing dependence on single-use plastics through the story of a difficult breakup. And like many love […]

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New Report Identifies Opportunities to Achieve Global Goals

Global Opportunity Report 2018

This year’s Global Opportunity Report is focused on solutions and identifying new markets that could help accelerate action towards achieving the targets of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The report address solutions related to Goals 10, 12, 13 and 14 on Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action and Life Below […]

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FAO launches new Climate-Smart Agriculture web platform

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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. “Hunger, poverty, and climate can be tackled together through approaches such as Climate-Smart Agriculture that recognize the critical linkages between sustainable agriculture and […]

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Volvo Ocean Race Team to Turn the Tide on Plastic

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Each year, teams compete in the world’s longest and toughest professional sporting event and arguably sailing’s toughest team challenge – the Volvo Ocean race. This year, one team “Turn the Tide on Plastic’, will be racing to raise awareness on the growing threat of marine plastic in the world’s oceans. This team is also the youngest and only mixed […]

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African Ministers Announce New Commitment to Sustainability

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This month, Ministers from 12 African countries have announced a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). The meeting also served to formally welcome Madagascar as a new signatory to the GDSA.   The GDSA is an African-led initiative that puts sustainability […]

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World’s First Augmented Reality Wildlife Photographer of the Year Announced

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A world-first, augmented reality (AR) photo competition using Safari Central, a gaming app encouraging wildlife conservation, has resulted in hundreds of submissions from smartphone users worldwide resulting in the selection of contest winner, Richard Gudz from Pennsylvania in the United States of America. A panel of celebrity judges (wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein, activist and writer […]

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Africa’s Watershed Moment: Better Water Management is the Key to Sustainable Development, says new report

River Taxi, Madagascar

A new report commissioned by WWF – Africa’s Watershed Moment: How better water management can underpin Africa’s development – highlights how the management of water is fundamental to sustainable development across the continent. With demand for water in Africa set to increase dramatically as populations, cities and economies expand, this report calls on decision makers to prioritize […]

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