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UNEP Green Infrastructure Guide

By Bridget Elliott on 14th October 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

A Green Infrastructure (GI) Guide launched at World Water Week in September is set to raise greater awareness of the benefits of GI solutions for water resources management. The Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management: Ecosystem-based Management Approaches for Water-Related Infrastructure Projects responds to the increasing recognition that GI represents an important opportunity to address the complex challenges of water management.

Every year, the European Environment Agency seeks to raise awareness around a number of environmental issues through the publication of its annual Signals report. Signals 2014 focuses on the links between our well-being, the economy and the environment. The report explores how our well-being depends on the extraction of resources for the production of essential items such as food, buildings, furniture, electronic devices, and clothes. Yet, our exploitation of resources outpaces the environment’s ability to regenerate them and provide for us.

A recent working paper by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out the essential premise of their ‘Towards A New Social Settlement’ project: that the goals of social justice and environmental sustainability are profoundly connected and interdependent. The paper examines why these goals are linked together and how they affect each other. It then explores the implications for policy and practice, arguing that a new social settlement cannot depend on continuing economic growth.

Natural Capital Summit- ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’

By Bridget Elliott on 19th August 2014
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00

British Library, London, UK

Over recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing. Research has shown that separation from nature is implicated in declining physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. A special issue on ‘Health Benefits of Nature’ has been published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

A new report by Natural England demonstrates the benefits of the natural environment to people. The report reviews evidence across a wide range of themes, including economic growth, health, social cohesion and resilience to climate change.

The concept of ecosystem services is increasingly being promoted as a means better to protect ecological systems through more informed decision–making, but in practice much less is known about how far this shift in thinking is actually affecting the way in which ecosystem knowledge is used, especially by decision makers.

The International Resource Panel (IRP), under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), recently launched a new report ‘Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy.’ REDD+ is an approach adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests. If pursued, REDD+ could bring new momentum and funding to preservation. This report provides a concise summary of the pieces necessary for integrating REDD+ into a Green Economy.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 09:00 to 18:30

Brussels, Belgium

Date and Time: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 08:00 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:30

University of Dundee, Scotland

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