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African banks should add nature clauses to loan agreements to address biodiversity loss says report Johannesburg, 24 April 2024 – A new report reveals how one Africa’s leading development banks is attempting to address the challenge of reducing its impact on nature and biodiversity. The report, titled “A case study on nature data” was commissioned...
Nature is important to African societies and the African economy. Africa is rich with natural capital and has a wealth of indigenous and local knowledge. Africa is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate, caused by a few key drivers of change. Nature loss is a global problem which countries, regulators, and standard setters are addressing....
Based on data layers from diverse sources, such as satellites, national and global science teams, and Indigenous Peoples and local communities, UNBL maps constitute a powerful resource to address the planetary crises by providing new ways to generate insight for nature and sustainable development. This annual report presents the key activities, outcomes, and achievements of...
Mechanization covers all levels of farming and processing technologies, from simple and basic hand tools to more sophisticated and motorized equipment. It eases and reduces hard labour, relieves labour shortages, improves productivity and timeliness of agricultural operations, improves the efficient use of resources, enhances market access and contributes to mitigating climate related hazards. Sustainable mechanization...
Natural water infrastructure services: soil and slope stability, clean water supply, water purification, soil fertility and nutrient recycling, water storage, air quality control, habitat provision and biodiversity protection, food provision, groundwater recharge, recreation and tourism, disaster risk reduction, flood control
Climate change is the greatest global threat to coral reef ecosystems, and scientific evidence now clearly indicates that the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean are warming. A changing climate is affecting coral reef ecosystems through sea level rise, changes to the frequency and intensity of tropical storms, and altered ocean circulation patterns. When combined, all of these impacts...
This white paper offers guidance to corporate stakeholders, policy-makers, standard-setters and broader ecosystem actors on how to measure progress on reuse models in a consistent way that enables target-setting at scale. It is a culmination of working group member input, reuse metrics testing outcomes and team recommendations. Accelerating the adoption of reuse is an essential...
It was 2016 when Jurandir Jekupe noticed the bees were gone. Their nests were once common in Yvy Porã, the Guarani Mbya village where Jekupe grew up and still lives. But now the uruçu, a species known for its honey, had all but vanished, and sightings of the jataí, a species sacred to the Guarani Mbya, were...
Biodiversity is important to our health, security and economies, but it’s declining rapidly threatening the very foundations of our future. There is a need to raise financing for nature, and biodiversity credits are a crucial tool to channel investments for nature-positive outcomes. The International Advisory Panel on Biodiversity Credits is bringing together stakeholders to drive...
Intensified farming practices to feed a growing population are having severe impacts on the environment. Regenerative agriculture can ease the impact on the planet, and if adopted correctly, could potentially increase yields as one of its many benefits. To implement scalable and efficient regenerative farming practices, systemic transition is needed with three key changes: cross-value...
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