Stories

Top marks for ecosystems course
February 22, 2017

The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to focus on the ecosystem approach and systems thinking, which ran for several months at the end of 2016, was a great success, according to UN Environment’s final evaluation report.

Running low on bushmeat and timber
February 14, 2017

Picture yourself in a densely populated part of sub-Saharan Africa and imagine a development agency is implementing a project that is bringing people together to develop and conserve the land and its biodiversity in a sustainable way.

Running low on bushmeat and timber
February 14, 2017

Picture yourself in a densely populated part of sub-Saharan Africa and imagine a development agency is implementing a project that is bringing people together to develop and conserve the land and its biodiversity in a sustainable way.

Designed by nature
February 1, 2017

In the Spanish region of Andalucía there are several concentrated solar plants that, from the air, look amazingly like the floral heads of sunflowers. This is no artistic or random arrangement, but a highly practical one. The hundreds of heliostats, or mirrors, rotate with the sun to reflect concentrated sunlight towards a central tower, where water is heated to steam, which drives a turbine that produces electricity. However, having this many heliostats takes up a lot of space unless they...

Wetlands limit impact of floods, drought, cyclones
January 31, 2017

Wetlands, as defined by the Ramsar Convention, include all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peat lands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and other coastal areas, coral reefs, and all human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs and salt pans.

Seven hot environment stories to look out for in 2017
January 24, 2017

Welcome to 2017. Pollution is going to be a big topic this year, particularly of the air and sea. Air pollution is the world's biggest environmental health risk, costing the lives of 7 million people every year. On sea pollution, more countries are taking action against marine litter that is clogging ecosystems and endangering food chains. To keep these urgent issues high on national agendas, pollution is the focus of this year’s UN Environment Assembly in December. Other major issues that...

Citizen science helps ecosystem renewal in Kenya
January 18, 2017

Nairobi, 18 January 2016: Kenya faces diverse sustainability challenges such as climate change, degraded ecosystems, poor health, waterborne diseases, and poor waste management. Unsuitable consumption patterns and limited environmental awareness are compounding the problem.

There is, therefore, an increased need for capacity development, environmental awareness, and information exchange to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens capable of positive...

Protecting our water sources brings a wealth of benefits
January 12, 2017

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security

The journey of our water from source to tap is long, and not one we think much about. For most of us, our water starts high in the mountains, hundreds of miles away. From there, water flows across natural and working lands until a portion is channeled to water pipes that move water to our faucets, to farms and to various types of businesses. Most often we think of those pipes as being our main water infrastructure, but upstream...

Gambia project helps combat coastal erosion, flooding
January 9, 2017

9 January 2017: The West African country of The Gambia is prone to flooding and coastal erosion. The River Gambia, which passes through it, is both a source of livelihoods for communities and at the same time can become an environmental hazard severely affecting the capital, Banjul, and almost half the country.

Better ecosystems management can help address this challenge. To this end, the Global Environment facility supported a UN Environment-led project titled ...

Conserving Bahrain’s oyster beds
January 3, 2017

3 January 2017: Bahrain is renowned for its world-famous, high quality pearls. They have a unique lustre because they are formed in seawater through which bubbles of fresh water flow from the sand below.

The pearls are found in a species of oyster known as “pearl-forming oysters”.

The trail was recently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site due to its prestigious cultural and natural value which the government is keen to preserve.

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