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>> One year after the launch of #CleanSeas, the tide is turning

30.4.2018 Can Nature Help Us Manage Risk i

Can Nature Help Us Manage Risk in a Time of Growing Climate Extremes?


Source:, 2018-04-12

The worlds 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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30.4.2018 Applications Now Open for Greenh

Applications Now Open for Greenhouse Gas Inventory Training


Source:, 2018-04-12

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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30.4.2018 Scientists warn of dangerous dec

Scientists warn of dangerous decline in Asia-Pacific’s biodiversity


Source:, 2018-04-23

“Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being,” 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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30.4.2018 One year after the launch of #Cl

One year after the launch of #CleanSeas, the tide is turning


Source:, 2018-04-30

Just over a year since the launch, 42 governments accounting for more than half the worlds coastline have signed up to the #CleanSeas campaign with many making specific commitments to protect oceans, encourage recycling and cut back on single-use plastics.

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. Thats 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 case.

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