Mid-term Conference SWIFTLY Green: Greening of transport – greening of Core Network Corridors

The outcome of the SWIFTLY Green project will be recommendations and proposed concrete measures for greening of transport corridors. At this conference the latest outcome and results of the project will be shared.

4 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

More information and registration under http://www.swiftlygreen.eu/en

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Worldwide Integrated Assessment

Concern about the impact of systemic pesticides on a variety of beneficial species has been growing. The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides – a group of global, independent scientists affiliated with the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and the IUCN Species Survival Commission has found that there is clear evidence of harm sufficient to trigger regulatory action.

The analysis, known as the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA), to be published in the peer-reviewed Journal Environment Science and Pollution Research, finds that neonics pose a serious risk to honeybees and other pollinators such as butterflies and to a wide range of other invertebrates such as earthworms and vertebrates including birds. Neonics are a nerve poison and the effects of exposure range from instant and lethal to chronic. Even long term exposure at low (non-lethal) levels can be harmful.

The analysis found that the most affected groups of species were terrestrial invertebrates such as earthworms which are exposed at high levels via soil and plants, medium levels via surface water and leaching from plants and low levels via air (dusts). Both individuals and populations can be adversely affected at even low levels and by acute (ongoing) exposure. This makes them highly vulnerable to the levels of neonics associated with agricultural use.

Neonics have become the most widely used group of insecticides globally, with a global market share now estimated at around 40% and sales of over US$2.63 billion in 2011. This gives reason for concern and limited actions have been taken yet.

Read more under Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (http://www.tfsp.info/worldwide-integrated-assessment/)

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Open-access ebook: Global Water – Issues and Insights. 38 concise chapters from leading researchers

The Global Water Forum ( http://www.globalwaterforum.org/  ) and the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance are pleased to publish the open-access collected volume: Global Water: Issues and Insights.

This ebook discusses key academic research and issues in water management and policy. Coverage of a wide range of specific issues and its accessible style make it an excellent textbook for introductory to intermediate courses in water governance, a reference for readers working in water, or simply a good read for anyone interested in water policy.

The 38 concise chapters cover a broad range of topics, from water consumption in energy production to measuring the water-related Millennium Development Goals, information exchange in water treaties to improving the productivity of water services in Africa, among many others. A full of table of contents can be found below.

Find eBook here

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A participatory approach for tracking community-based adaptation: Introducing CARE’s revised PMERL Manual

Community-based adaptation to climate change involves learning at all stages – learning about how climate change affects people and their livelihoods and environment, learning how to adapt to these changes, measuring progress, and then reflecting on how to improve all of the above. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Reflection and Learning, or PMERL for short, aims to facilitate this process, providing guidance on how to develop a participatory process that supports monitoring and evaluation, reflection and learning in community-based adaptation  projects, as well as projects integrating community-based adaptation .

CARE has introduced a revised PMERL Manual. This manual is intended for use by project managers and field staff, communities and local partners engaged in designing and implementing community-based adaptation projects. It is based on the original PMERL manual which CARE developed in 2011/12 with the International Institute for Environment and Development.

The manual is available here

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Research is ‘no panacea’ for development, finds DFID

Governments of low-income countries and international development donors are increasing their funding for research, at least in part, on the assumption that research has positive impacts on socioeconomic development. But this commonly held assumption is not backed up by the evidence. A report from the Department for International Development questions the impacts of research on international development.

Read full report under, What is the evidence on the impact of research on international development?

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Earth Overshoot Day 2014

From the Global Footprint Network
August 19th is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, the approximate date humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what the Earth can renew this year. In less than 8 months, we have demanded an amount of ecological resources and services equivalent to what Earth can regenerate for all of 2014.

On Earth Overshoot Day, humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. For the rest of the year, we are drawing down our ecological assets. Ecological deficit spending is made possible by depleting stocks of fish, trees and other resources, and accumulating waste such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans. Currently, the carbon Footprint is the largest portion of humanity’s Footprint — a result of emitting greenhouse gases faster than they can be absorbed by forests and oceans — and contributes significantly to humanity’s ecological overspending.

Find out more from the Global Footprint Network .

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Webinar: Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus – Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection, June 30th

Monday, June 30th, 10am PDT/1pm EDT/5pm GMT(UTC)

Water and energy are profoundly connected and sustainable management of either resource requires consideration of the other.  As the need for energy increases, the need for water also increases, and vice versa. With the growing human population there is growing demand for both of these resources. It takes a considerable amount of water to produce energy for fuel production, cooling, and power production. It also takes a large amount of energy to extract, treat, and transport water for household, commercial and industrial uses. Lowering demand for both energy and water would help to mitigate greenhouse gases and climate change. Water and energy efficiency will also become increasingly necessary for climate adaptation. Our upcoming webinar will feature several case studies that examine this connection, and reveal fresh approaches to the management of energy and water.

Speakers include Ned Spang, Ph.D., Program Manager for the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency; Heather Cooley, Director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program; and Amanda Acheson, Sustainable Building Program Manager for Coconino County, Arizona.

Please register online at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/456342814

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