Enabling Environment

Worldwide Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Report: An IPBES Primer

22nd September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This primer was developed by IPBES.  Highlights: World’s 1st comprehensive evidence-based assessment report on land degradation will be launched in March 2018  Best-available evidence for decision makers to make informed decisions to halt & reverse land degradation  Prepared by more than 100 leading international experts from 45 countries over 3 years  Draws on more than… [more]

Malaysian Federal Government Proposes 110 New Eco-Parks to Encourage Burgeoning Ecotourism Industry

21st September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Clean Malaysia. “Beautiful beaches. World-class diving spots. Scenic forests. Picturesque landscapes. Misty mountaintops. Fantastic biodiversity. Malaysia is a land of unsurpassed natural beauty with unique treasures. Not surprisingly, tourists from around the world keep flocking to the country. Last year alone nearly 27 million visitors came, generating MR82 billion in tourism… [more]

Efforts to Reduce Pollution from Agriculture Slowly Paying Off

21st September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study found that that depending on the type of terrain, efforts to reduce algae-causing nutrients… [more]

Researchers Want to Breed the World’s Hardiest Corals in Labs & Return them to the Sea to Multiply

21st September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The New York Times. “As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world’s hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions. On the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia — After a plunge beneath the crystal-clear water to… [more]

Environmental Accounts Promise Big Changes for Water & Forests in Australia

20th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This podcast was originally published on ABC Radio.  “As Australia’s biodiversity is increasingly threatened and environmental pressures continue to get worse, it’s long been proposed that part of the solution is valuing ‘natural capital’ — things like clean air, water, healthy soils and environmental assets like forests. A framework for a national system of environmental… [more]

Integrating Multiple Wetland Values into Decision-Making

20th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This brief was developed by Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Policy Recommendations:  To achieve wise use, and for wetlands to contribute fully to sustainable development, policy-makers and practitioners (such as site managers) should recognize the multiple values of wetlands, and reflect them in their decisions, policies and actions. Assessments of the multiple values of wetlands must… [more]