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Countries commit to restore global land area the size of China
Countries have committed to restoring up to 1 billion hectares of land lost to development, an area roughly the size of China, according to a new study released…
New report explores the impact of sand and dust storms
On the launch of the report, Impacts of Sand and Dust Storms on Oceans: A Scientific Environmental Assessment for Policy Makers, author and University of Oxford…
The runner with a tree on his back
To mark World Cities Day, we profile Siyabulela Sokomani, a young South African committed to greening his township. The environmental issues he raises awareness…
“Sponge City”: San Salvador uses nature to fight floods
For World Cities Day on 31st October, we follow the story of how the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is working with San Salvador city and its…
Digital hub designed to protect coral reefs shortlisted for global award
A new digital platform to help dive professionals protect fragile coral reefs has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Con X Tech Prize, an award that…
New Restoration Seed Capital Facility launched to promote investment in forest landscape restoration
Geneva, 27 October 2020 - A Restoration Seed Capital Facility with initial capitalization of EUR 25 million launched today aims to boost the contribution of private…
New strains of rice could address climate change
Rice is a staple for more than 3.5 billion people, including most of the world’s poor. But it can be a problematic crop to farm. It requires massive amounts of…
Climate change: Proof in numbers
UNEP’s novel ‘World Environment Situation Room’ provides real-time data on PM2.5 levels across the planet, informing scientists, policy-makers and citizens alike.…
Amid COVID-19, these 10 countries are aiming to kickstart their economies by repairing nature
In 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order allocating US$ 10 million for emergency conservation efforts under the New Deal, putting…
Another wake-up call: sea ice loss is speeding up
Unprecedented wildfires, storms and glacier melt are the strongest indications yet of how climate change threatens life on Earth. The world has seen big declines in…
Rosewood conservation: a success story from Madagascar
For Madagascar farmer Edmond, who goes by one name, it was a breakthrough. In 2019 he perfected a complicated technique to grow a rare species of tree known as…
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: 10 years to heal the planet
On 15 September 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) launched the strategy…