>> Can Nature Help Us Manage Risk in a Time of Growing Climate Extremes?
>> Applications Now Open for Greenhouse Gas Inventory Training
>> Scientists warn of dangerous decline in Asia-Pacific’s biodiversity
>> One year after the launch of #CleanSeas, the tide is turning
Can Nature Help Us Manage Risk i
Can Nature Help Us Manage Risk in a
Time of Growing Climate Extremes?
The world’s coastal cities are some of the most rapidly growing centers of human
activity. Sprawling formal and informal settlements are being built at the
expense of the ecosystems that act as a buffer against the forces of floods and
hurricanes. These ecosystems, including wetlands, mangroves, dunes and coral
reefs, can be effective in reducing disaster risk for vulnerable communities. In
the Philippines for example, mangroves mitigate the impact of flooding for more
than half a million people per year – many of whom are living in poverty – and
avert more than $1 billion in damages. Similarly, coastal wetlands on the US
East Coast reduced damages from Hurricane Sandy by an estimated $625 million.
Until recently, most flood risk management interventions involved conventional
engineering measures. These measures are sometimes referred to as “hard”
engineering or “gray” infrastructure. Examples include building embankments,
dams, levees, and channels to control flooding. Currently, nature-based
solutions are gaining momentum as an approach to manage disaster risk given the
wide range of benefits they can provide. Nature-based solutions can be
completely “green” (i.e. consisting of only ecosystem elements) or “hybrid”
(i.e. a combination of ecosystem elements and hard engineering approaches). A
growing body of evidence demonstrates that such nature-based solutions can
effectively and economically reduce risk and simultaneously create a broad value
chain for other sectors, including tourism, environment and housing, and provide
livelihoods for local communities. The capacity of mangroves to absorb carbon is
also much higher than terrestrial ecosystems. The combination of economic,
social and environmental benefits make green infrastructure an important
solution for resilient coastal and urban landscapes.
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Applications Now Open for Greenh
Applications Now Open for
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Training
The professional training programme on the transparency of climate action and
support is now officially open for applications.
The programme seeks to provide professional training on greenhouse gas (GHG)
inventories to national experts from developing countries.
The training programme, called UNFCCC-GIR-CASTT, is offered in collaboration by
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Greenhouse Gas
Inventory & Research Center of Korea (GIR). It is the first of its kind under
the UNFCCC-CASTT initiative on climate action support and transparency training.
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Scientists warn of dangerous dec
Scientists warn of dangerous
decline in Asia-Pacificâ€™s biodiversity
â€śBiodiversity â€“ the essential variety of life forms on Earth â€“ continues to
decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing natureâ€™s capacity
to contribute to peopleâ€™s well-being,â€ť says the latest Intergovernmental
Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report.
The report comprises four assessments covering Asia-Pacific as well as three
other major regions of the world. Over 120 experts from 27 countries were
involved in drafting the Asia-Pacific regional report.
The Asia-Pacific region, covering over 60 countries, is home to 17 of the 36
global biodiversity hotspots. Nearly 200 million people in the region directly
depend on the forest for their non-timber forest products, medicine, food, fuel
as well as other subsistence needs.
Biodiversity and ecosystem services contributed to rapid economic growth from
1990 to 2010, benefiting its more than 4.5 billion people.
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One year after the launch of #Cl
One year after the launch of #CleanSeas,
the tide is turning
Just over a year since
the launch, 42 governments – accounting for more than half the world’s coastline
– have signed up to the #CleanSeas campaign with many making specific
commitments to protect oceans, encourage recycling and cut back on single-use
Across the world, individuals have been inspired by #CleanSeas to re-evaluate
their use of plastic and they are now pushing their governments and the private
sector to deliver bold pollution-beating policies.
Nearly 80,000 people have taken the #CleanSeas pledge to eradicate single-use
plastics and microbeads from their lives. From Bali to Panama, they are cleaning
beaches, cataloguing what they find, and changing their own behaviour by, for
example, using cloth bags and carrying steel cups or cutlery with them, refusing
plastic straws and demanding the removal of plastic cups or single-use bottles
from their offices.
The scale of the problem demands a global response. Every year, around 8 million
tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans, poisoning our fish, birds and other sea
creatures. That’s the equivalent of one garbage truck of litter being dumped
into the sea every minute. In April, a sperm whale was found dead on the
southern coast of Spain and an autopsy revealed that it was killed by the 29
kilos of plastic found in its stomach. This, unfortunately, is not a unique
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