Resources

UN Biodiversity Lab: 2022 Annual Report

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…

Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization

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…

GOING WITH THE FLOW working with nature

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

Land-based sources of pollution are posing a major threat to our coral reefs

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…

Scaling Reuse Models: A Guide to Standardized Measurement

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…

How Indigenous people are working to restore Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

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…

How biodiversity credits can finance nature-positive outcomes

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…

The 3 changes that can pave the way for regenerative agriculture

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…

2023 in review: In hottest year on record, nature is a key climate ally

It’s off the charts: 2023 has been the hottest year on record by a wide margin. Across the world, skyrocketing temperatures fueled climate-induced disasters — leaving communities to grapple with deadly floods, wildfires, droughts and storms. Yet against this backdrop, new research highlighted nature as a powerful climate solution. In the final weeks of the year, Conservation…

New study reveals seaweed’s hidden climate benefits

Humble seaweed is having a moment. It’s been heralded as a sustainable superfood, a biodegradable replacement for plastic packaging and a feed supplement to cut cows’ methane emissions. Now, new research shows that seaweed forests — such as massive underwater towers of kelp — may play a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought. A study by researchers at Conservation…