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Paris to ban cars on 27 September

  Paris to ban cars on 27 September
3:20pm - 28 August 2015

The city of Paris will ban motorised vehicles from taking to the streets for the day on 27 September Paris as an experiment in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Europe, Carbon Reduction, Policy, Smart Cities, Transport

U.S. approves giant California solar project as part of Obama’s climate plan

  U.S. approves giant California solar project as part of Obama’s climate plan
9:32am - 28 August 2015

The United States’ government has approved a 485 megawatts solar project in California on Monday as part of President Barack Obama’s ambitious Climate Action Plan

North America, Policy, Sustainable Energy

U.S. and China reach “clean coal” deal

  U.S. and China reach “clean coal” deal
2:27pm - 27 August 2015

The United States and China agreed a deal on "clean coal" technologies on Tuesday and the move could significantly reduce the fuel's impact on climate change

Carbon Reduction, Policy, Tech. & Innovation
🎤CLIMATE INTERVIEWS
  Arçelik Group’s pioneering green products

Arçelik Group’s pioneering green products

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Levent Çakıroğlu, Arçelik CEO, about how the company is spearheading sustainability efforts in the white goods industry

🎤CLIMATE LEADER PAPERS
  Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Worldwide, Agriculture, Policy

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

EDITOR'S PICKS
  France doubles solar tender to 800MW after passing historic energy laws

France doubles solar tender to 800MW after passing historic energy laws

Europe, Policy, Sustainable Energy

The French government has doubled the size of an upcoming solar energy tender after approving a historic energy transition bill

  Iceland: reducing the world’s carbon footprint

Iceland: reducing the world’s carbon footprint

Europe, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Finance, Sustainable Energy, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Thordur Hilmarsson, Director of Foreign Direct Investment at Promote Iceland, about clean energy, carbon reduction and green business

  Renewables – the best value energy solution

Renewables – the best value energy solution

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy

Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

🎤PRESS RELEASES
  Sustainable Cities for Climate Action: An Infographic

Sustainable Cities for Climate Action: An Infographic

Worldwide, COP 21, Smart Cities

The latest infographic from Climate Action explores the role of cities in accelerating sustainable growth - including actions from utilising renewable energy to driving urban mobility to embedding efficiency measures

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  • Low-Cost Device Can Revolutionize Air Quality Monitoring and Help Countries Prevent Deaths from...

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    Largest Ever Citizen Consultation on Climate Change...

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    UNEP Executive Director Concludes Visit to Uganda...

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    Wastewater is an Underestimated Resource We Should Not Squander, Says New UN Study...

    From Argentina, to Finland, to Singapore - a new book highlights successful examples of converting wastewater to profit...

    Preparedness Key to Avoiding Worst Consequences of Disasters...

    On World Humanitarian Day UNEP provides guidance to help communities cope with technological hazards and environmental emergencies...

  • Ancient crops preserved for future generations in Arctic seed vault

    Potato varieties once thought lost to the Andean people who introduced them to the world will now be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice. The deposit is being made at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a back-up facility in the permafrost far north of the Arctic Circle that currently holds over 860,000 food crop seeds from all over the world.

    Open-access database will help water-scarce countries get more crop per drop

    A new open-access data portal to be developed by FAO will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.

    Soils are the foundation for vegetation

    Healthy soils are crucial for ensuring the continued growth of natural and managed vegetation, providing feed, fibre, fuel, medicinal products and other ecosystem services such as climate regulation and oxygen production. Soils and vegetation have a reciprocal relationship.

    Plastic pellets everywhere, and diving robot sensors

    The R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen, a research vessel oeprated by Norway's Institute of Marine Research with advice from FAO, is in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean, assessing the incidence of microplastics and the Gyre.

    FAO Food Price Index hits lowest level in almost six years

    The FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.6 points in July, down 1.0 per cent from June, and 19.4 percent from a year earlier. The trade-weighted index tracks prices on international markets of five major food commodity groups: cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • Increasing efficiency of Rwanda’s manufacturing industry

    Kigali, 31 August 2015 – UN-Habitat and its partners recently held a workshop on Increasing the Energy and Resource Efficiency of Rwanda Association of Manufacturing Companies in the Rwandan capital. The manufacturing sector in Rwanda is growing, and currently accounting for approximately 325 million US$ annually, which is equivalent to about 5.1 % of Rwanda’s […]

    Asian Mayors Forum convenes in Iran

    Tehran, 31 August 2015 – The Fifth Executive Board meeting of the Asian Mayors Forum has opened in Tehran at the Azadi Hotel.  The opening ceremony was attended by mayors of Asian cities, members of the diplomatic community and partners from international organisations. The Forum continues in Tehran and then moves to Qazvin, about 150 […]

    UN-Habitat in the Somali Region Newsletter – Issue 19

    Updates on the latest urban interventions:   1. Title deeds for internally displaced persons  2. New shelter projects  3. Public spaces revamped in Mogadishu  4. Municipal finance, GIS, and solid waste management  5. Employment for youth    

    Vietnamese city Quy Nhon holds a training workshop on development strategy

    Quy Nhon 26 August 2015—For three days beginning Wednesday, a training workshop will he held in the Vietnamese city of Quy Nhon to discuss its development. Organised by Quy Nhon People’s Committee in conjunction with UN-Habitat, the “City Development Strategy Methodology” workshop aims to share experiences, skills for local taskforce and stakeholders, to prepare the […]

    Hanoi workshop discusses international best practices in planning bill drafting

    Hanoi, 26 August 2015— Top planning experts, representatives from National Assembly committees, ministries, central and local departments, research institutes, universities, civic organisations and NGOs met in Hanoi for a workshop titled ‘Drafting of the Planning Bill – International best practices and suggestions for Vietnam’. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in conjunction with the […]

  • On the Run Again: Somali Refugees Return Home from Yemen

    More than 28,000 people – nearly half of them children – have arrived in Somalia fleeing the conflict in Yemen. Most are Somalis returning to their homeland.  

    WFP Continues to Support Sudanese Refugees in Chad

    Since 2003, when millions of civilians fled their homes to seek protection from violence in Sudan, Chad has become home to more than 400,000 Sudanese refugees. WFP is still providing them with food assistance despite their plight, but they risk to fall in oblivion amidst stretched resources as Chad struggles to host more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict, including thousands of people recently displaced by violence spilling across the border from Nigeria.

    Germany's DRC Ambassador, Wolfgang Manig visits C.A.R. Refugees

    German Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Wolfgang Manig, along with the World Food Programme's (WFP) Deputy Country Director Silvia Caruso, recently traveled to South Ubangi province bordering the Central African Republic where they visited activities implemented by WFP with funding from the Government of Germany. Upon Mr. Manig's return to Kinshasa, the DRC capital, we caught up with him to get his impressions of the mission.

    10 Facts About Hunger In Zimbabwe

    Here are ten things to know to understand the food and nutrition situation in Zimbabwe. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

    WFP Philippines: Inspiring Humanitarian Workers

    Three people from different parts of the Philippines joined by one organisation – the World Food Programme (WFP). This is the story of three humanitarian workers from WFP's offices in Manila, Cotabato, and Iligan, sharing the challenges and inspiration they encounter in their work.

  • Vanuatu Law Reforms Culminate in Launch of Online Business Registry

    The benefits of a series of legal reforms are set to be realized in Vanuatu, with the opening of an online service that will dramatically simplify the way business is done in the country.

    ADB President Pledges Expanded Support For Fiji and Pacific Islands

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao today met with Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

    ADB Extends $20 Million to Protect Vulnerable Batumi Coastline

    ADB has approved a $20 million loan to stem coastal erosion around the popular Black Sea tourist destination of Batumi.

    ADB dan PT SMI Bekerjasama untuk Dorong Proyek Pemerintah-Swasta di Indonesia

    Asian Development Bank dan PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur Indonesia hari ini menandatangani nota kesepahaman (Memorandum of Understanding, MOU) untuk memberi konsultasi bersama dalam kerjasama pemerintah-swasta.

    SMI, ADB Partner to Accelerate PPP Projects in Indonesia

    ADB and Indonesia’s PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur signed a memorandum of understanding today to co-advise on public-private partnerships.

  • Dynamic discussions at WFC 2015 in Durban? Think CIFOR

    We’re looking forward to some great knowledge exchange with our colleagues from around the world, at the World Forestry Congress...

    A panel of experts discuss landscapes at World Water Week

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    52nd Annual Meeting of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

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    Who Pays and Who Benefits? – Side event at SBSTA-42

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    A Science–Policy Interaction Platform on Forests – Side event at UNFF-11

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  • EU Bank intensifies activity in Western Balkan countries

    Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB, announced at the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna a number of projects which the EU Bank is ready to finance in the near future, including the “Rail Route 10” within Kosovo * . Further operations envisaged by the EU Bank include the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP-project), where EIB launched the initial appraisal. The TAP-project will help diversify gas supply to the European Union and provide an opportunity to develop the use of gas as source of energy in th...

    EIB adds third benchmark to its EUR Green Bond curve

    CAB 2023 complements CAB 2019 and CAB 2026 EUR 10bn CAB issuance testament to EIB’s strategic commitment Highest Sustainability Bond Rating yet assigned by oekom On 20 August 2015, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU Bank owned by the EU Member States, rated Aaa/AAA/AAA (Moody’s / Standard and Poor’s / Fitch), issued a new EUR 600m Climate Awareness Bond (CAB). The issue carries an annual coupon of 0.5%, has a final maturity date of 15 November 2023 and has been priced in line with ...

    EIB and Šiaulių agree funding for refurbishing Lithuanian homes

    Continuing a longstanding cooperation, AB Šiaulių bankas and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a EUR 68 million operational agreement under the Jessica II fund which will support the refurbishment and modernisation of around 350 multi-apartment buildings in Lithuania. In addition, Šiaulių bankas agreed to provide EUR 30 million of own funds for the refurbishment of a further 125 multi-apartment buildings. In May this year the EIB was appointed manager of the EUR 150 million “Jess...

    Bank deleveraging slowed down in Eastern Europe while capital outflows moderated

    Banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) reduced the pace of deleveraging in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, and the related capital outflows moderated. Credit growth continued to diverge across the CESEE region, according to the latest report from the Vienna Initiative Steering Committee . Banks reporting to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) reduced their exposure to the region by 0.3 percent of GDP in the first quarter of 2015, follo...

    MEF-EIB agreement: EUR 133 million to Anas for road and tunnel safety

    An agreement for financing Anas's three-year plan to upgrade the Italian road network was signed today between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Economics and Finance Ministry (MEF) at the Ministry's offices. The agreement was signed by the Director General of the Italian Treasury Vincenzo La Via and EIB Vice-President Dario Scannapieco in the presence of Anas CEO Gianni Armani. The loan amounts to EUR 133 million, the first tranche of total financing of EUR 300 million. Specifically...

  • Cities and Local Governments Day

    Paris, France

    People´s Climate March

    Paris, France

    City Climate Leadership Award Ceremony

    Paris, France

    UCLG World Council (exact dates tbd)

    Paris, France

    CEMR Annual Meeting (exact date tbd)

    Paris, France

  • IDB selects 15 startups to participate in Demand Solutions program

    IDB chooses 15 startups from Latin America and the Caribbean to take part in Demand Solutions on September 29 in Washington.

    Jamaica will promote economic growth with IDB support

    Jamaica will strengthen its structural program for economic growth with a $130 million loan from the IDB.

    Jamaica launches new electronic procurement system

    The government of Jamaica announced today the launch of the countrys first electronic procurement platform: eTendering System.

    IDB supports energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes in low-cost housing project

    IDB approved a non-refundable financing that will support efficiency and renewable energy schemes in low-cost housing project in Argentina.

    Inter-American Development Bank report highlights business opportunities at the base of the pyramid in Latin America and the Caribbean

    IDB releases report on market at the base of the pyramid in Latin America and the Caribbean, with significant potential for private sector.

  • IISD Refreshes Its Visual Identity

    In the 25 years since IISD was established our mission to promote human development and environmental sustainability has become more urgent. History-making strides have been made to lift billions out of poverty, yet the burden that we place on our natural environment is less sustainable than ever.

    It was with that broad canvas as a back-drop that IISD renewed its strategic plan last year. The result places a tighter focus on six core priorities that meet the critical need for applied sustainability solutions.  



    Underpinning our strategy is a belief that communicating both the vital importance of developing sustainably, as well as the work that IISD is doing in support of that objective, is essential to its success. IISD was a global leader in the use of innovative communication when it was founded, including as an early adopter of Web-based communications. But the communication landscape is moving at speed. So must we.

    A new IISD visual identity, released over the...

    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem

    Migration is playing a significant role in the deterioration of the Lake Albert ecosystem in Buliisa District. Migrants, mainly coming from neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pulled to the region by the economic opportunities presented by the fishery, and are willing to work for wages lower than those demanded by the local population. Expanding access to new markets, made possible by infrastructure investments linked to oil and gas exploration, have similarly increased demand for fish from buyers as far away as Kampala. These two forces—increasing demand for fish and increasing supply of labour—have resulted in a fishery dangerously close to collapse: larger species of fish are increasingly rare, while the fish caught are of increasingly smaller size across species. While the implications of this for local livelihoods are significant, current political incentives are aligned with maintaining the status quo. The fishery will continue to...

    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Migration is playing a significant role in the deterioration of the Lake Albert ecosystem in Buliisa District. Migrants, mainly coming from neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pulled to the region by the economic opportunities presented by the fishery, and are willing to work for wages lower than those demanded by the local population. Expanding access to new markets, made possible by infrastructure investments linked to oil and gas exploration, have similarly increased demand for fish from buyers as far away as Kampala. These two forces—increasing demand for fish and increasing supply of labour—have resulted in a fishery dangerously close to collapse: larger species of fish are increasingly rare, while the fish caught are of increasingly smaller size across species. While the implications of this for local livelihoods are significant, current political incentives are aligned with maintaining the status quo. The fishery will continue to...

    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem

    Human migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the overexploitation of key natural resources in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, to the detriment of conservation and traditional livelihoods. A similar process of land conversion is taking place in the absence of an influx of migrants, albeit at a much slower pace, and the ecosystem is under threat from a variety of factors, including population growth, changing climate conditions, and shifting livelihood strategies and socioeconomic expectations of the resident population. But in a context of rapid socioeconomic change and escalating internal population pressures, migration accelerates and intensifies the livelihood changes and associated land conversion processes that are inevitable in the long term. This will continue, unless effective and sustainable resource management systems are put in place.

    This report presents an assessment of the migration context in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, as...

    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Human migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the overexploitation of key natural resources in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, to the detriment of conservation and traditional livelihoods. A similar process of land conversion is taking place in the absence of an influx of migrants, albeit at a much slower pace, and the ecosystem is under threat from a variety of factors, including population growth, changing climate conditions, and shifting livelihood strategies and socioeconomic expectations of the resident population. But in a context of rapid socioeconomic change and escalating internal population pressures, migration accelerates and intensifies the livelihood changes and associated land conversion processes that are inevitable in the long term. This will continue, unless effective and sustainable resource management systems are put in place.

    This policy brief summarizes an assessment of the migration context in the Bale Mountains...

  • Auctions Emerge as Key Instrument to Promote Renewable Energy

    El Salvador’s National Energy Council recently announced plans to auction 150 MW of renewable energy projects. Brazil awarded contracts to the developers of 669.5 MW of clean energy capacity last week in its latest auction. And the ACT government in Australia has launched its second large-scale wind farm auction, which is expected to double the … Continue reading Auctions Emerge as Key Instrument to Promote Renewable Energy

    Saving Power for Rainy Days

    As rapid cost reductions for renewable energy technologies drive an energy transition across the globe, one fundamental question remains regarding a future powered by renewables: “What about when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?” Electricity storage is often positioned as THE solution to the problem of variable (i.e. not consistent) power generation from solar … Continue reading Saving Power for Rainy Days

    Energy Efficiency Vital to Doubling Global Share of Renewables

    It may sound obvious that efforts to scale-up renewable energy and efforts to improve energy efficiency are interlinked. We consume less energy overall when we implement energy efficiency measures like installing building insulation or efficient lighting. In parallel, as we add more renewable energy to the world’s energy mix, the share of renewable vs. non-renewable … Continue reading Energy Efficiency Vital to Doubling Global Share of Renewables

    Pacific Island Countries and Territories Explore Ways to Transform Energy Systems

    “What is the utility business model after all? It’s making returns on assets. And moving from fossil fuels to renewables will increase the asset base and the actual value of the utility, increasing its revenues.”- Dutch Kuyper, Parker Ranch In explaining the sound business case for transitioning traditional utilities to renewable energy, Dutch Kuyper of … Continue reading Pacific Island Countries and Territories Explore Ways to Transform Energy Systems

    REthink Energy on the Road to Paris

    In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), 30 November – 11 December in Paris, we are encouraging our readers to REthink energy. The energy sector accounts for more than two thirds of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Under current policies and national plans, carbon dioxide emissions will not fall enough to avoid … Continue reading REthink Energy on the Road to Paris

  • Regional Development Forum for Asia-Pacific held in Bangkok

    The ITU Regional Development Forum (RDF) for Asia and the Pacific was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 and 22 August 2015 under the theme “Smartly Digital Asia-Pacific”. The Forum was attended by about 100 participants from over 31 Member...

    ITU Distributes Trend Micro 2Q 2015 Security Roundup

    In line with the collaboration between ITU and Trend Micro, with an objective to facilitate sharing of relevant cybersecurity material and enhance cybersecurity awareness of Member States, ITU is distributing the Trend Micro 2Q roundup report for 2015. Titled ‘A...

    Communiqué: ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Myanmar

    International relief effort underway in aftermath of widespread floods Geneva, 18 August 2015 – ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Myanmar following severe floods which have claimed many lives and submerged more than 200,000 acres of farmland, damaging essential infrastructure and...

    Meet the winners of the #speakstandards video competition

    A team of four from Mexico has won first prize in the #speakstandards video competition. Their video highlighting the importance of standardized graphical symbols in our daily life received half of the nearly 6,500 public votes. The #speakstandards video competition challenged people...

    Press Release : ITU announces Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards

    Award to recognize small businesses and entrepreneurs using innovative ICT solutions for social good Geneva, 11 August 2015 – ITU has launched the ITU Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards 2015, a new awards programme for the most innovative start-ups, micro-, small and medium-sized businesses...

  • Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  (August 26, 2015) – A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

    NRDC Turns Up Pressure on Subway to Disclose Antibiotic Use in Meat Production

    WASHINGTON D.C. (August 26, 2015) – As Subway marks its 50th anniversary later this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today launched a national campaign urging Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain by number of locations, to publicly commit to phasing out the purchase of meats raised with the routine use of antibiotics. Many of Subway’s competitors, including McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and Panera Bread, and others, have announced major initiatives to eliminate routine use of antibiotics by their suppliers, leaving Subway far behind the pack.  

    Report: Significant Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Ohioans for Years to Come

    CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – A new study finds there is huge potential in Ohio to save families and businesses money on their utility bills through energy saving programs. This study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which examines reports from Ohio utilities as well as industry-standard programs that Ohio has yet to take into account, concludes the state has significant, cost-effective, and untapped energy efficiency potential just waiting to be utilized.

    New Jersey Court Approves Bad Deal Between Christie Administration & ExxonMobil Over Decades of Oil Refinery Pollution

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (August 25, 2015) – A New Jersey court today approved a settlement between ExxonMobil and Governor Chris Christie’s administration over damages due for decades of toxic soil and water contamination in the northern part of the state. The settlement gives the oil giant a more than 98 percent discount on the state’s original price tag for restoring and replacing the resources.

    NRDC: White House Initiative on Energy Efficiency and Other Clean Energy a Huge Step Forward

    WASHINGTON (August 24, 2015) – The public-private initiative announced today by the Obama Administration will ease some of the worst impacts of climate change being felt in America’s low-income communities, where parents struggle to pay high energy bills and their children suffer from intensified cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases.

  • Corporate WASH pledge helps 1.6 million people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene

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    Sustainable Procurement Guide

    Informed procurement choices can support the sustainable management of forests, help protect workers’ health and the rights of the people who depend on forests. Growing numbers of private and public sector actors are setting ambitious targets to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. The question remains: How to implement and deliver on these commitments?

    From waste to opportunity: Over 20 companies launch new project to scale up material reuse across US facilities

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    Raising the bar for the forest products value chain

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    Land degradation neutrality: Why this should be on top of the business agenda

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