United Nations
Environment Programme

Publications

Funding the Future

Public sector economic decision-making can account for between 15–60 per cent of a country’s Gross Domestic Product. That is why aligning economic decision-making with the health and productivity of the ecological foundation is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Fostering Future Professionals

Creating the future we want depends on collective action across all sectors of our society and economy. Ensuring the health and productivity of ecosystems will not only fall to our natural scientists but to all professional disciplines.

Putting Policy to Work

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the face of increasing demands for ecosystem goods and services depends on integrated solutions. Aligning the supply and demand for resources will require systemic change towards better ecosystem management as well as sustainable consumption and production.

Turning a Healthy Profit

The corporate sector’s embrace of ecosystem considerations is one of the most promising means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while also reducing risks and providing new opportunities for companies, investors, lenders and insurers.

Valuing the Essentials

Our ecosystems provide water and food for billions of people while also protecting them from natural hazards and the worst impacts of climate change. Yet despite a growing number of assessments revealing ecosystem services worth billions of dollars to national economies, traditional monitoring and monetary measures still fail to account for them as indispensable assets to sustainable development.

Safeguarding the Ecological Foundation

To continue meeting our existing needs and to provide the basis for the achievement of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), the health and productivity of ecosystems must be maintained. This means conserving biological diversity by protecting species, landscapes and seascapes, and maintaining the integrity of the earth’s ecosystems by ensuring that the processes within them are unimpaired.

Reducing risk: Landscape approaches to sustainable sourcing

Climate change, ecosystem degradation, and increasing competition over limited resources pose significant risks to agrifood businesses. In this report, LPFN looks at what agribusinesses stand to gain from a landscape approach, and examines the benefits and trade-offs faced by early adopters.

Towards a global map of natural capital

For the first time, a composite map of the world’s ecosystem assets has been produced, covering both marine and terrestrial realms. In this report for the UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment, UNEP-WCMC has combined information about key ecosystem assets into global maps. The assets included are freshwater resources, soil quality, organic carbon, terrestrial and marine biodiversity, and global fish catch (as a proxy for marine fish stocks). The report builds on a considerable body of work in the fields of natural capital accounting and the mapping of ecosystem services.

Pastoralism and the green economy – a natural nexus?

This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands.

Measuring ecosystem services: Guidance on developing ecosystem service indicators

This publication presents a series of guidelines that have been produced to support the development of ecosystem service indicators at the national and regional level for uses in reporting, policymaking, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, environmental management, development planning and education. The guidance is designed to assist in the development of ecosystem service indicators on both a ‘one-off’ basis to meet the needs for a particular study or report (e.g. ecosystem assessments), or for long-term reporting and decision making (e.g. to Conventions such as the CBD).

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