Environmental Policy

WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM THE DROUGHT

The city of Cape Town needs to develop innovative solutions to compensate for the decrease of water resources available in the city Author:  Dr Kevin Winter [i] Water consumers in Cape Town rely almost entirely on stored surface water for drinking and every other purpose. There are not many countries that are capable of achieving water quality to potable standards. The population of Cape Town has ...[Read More]

OPTIMIZING THE EXPLOITATION OF WATER RESOURCES IN MOROCCO

The Modernization Project for Irrigated Agriculture involves a significant improvement of the efficiency of the irrigation system destined to agriculture, contributing to the country’s resilience to climate change. Author: Yvan Castaigne Irrigated agriculture represents 45% of the value-added, 50% of the rural employment and 75% of the agricultural exportation of the country. In 2008, Morocco laun...[Read More]

SUPPLY OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IN RURAL AREAS OF LATIN AMERICA

A study published by the itdUPM analyzes six relevant initiatives aimed to improve the energy distribution network in Latin America.  Author: itdUPM The itdUPM has recently published a study, commissioned by the Multilateral Development Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (FOMIN/BID) analyzing six initiatives of energy distribution networks in Latin America. These initiatives are designed ...[Read More]

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN AFRICA

What Africa’s drought responses teach us about climate change hotspots? Author: Gina Ziervogel [i] The world may still argue about whether or not climate change is for real. But in vast expanses of arid southern Africa, the daily struggle to cope with a changed climate is well under way. The lessons being learnt here on a small scale could prove vital in the fight for human survival. The impact of...[Read More]

THE EU COMMITMENTS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The EU has reaffirmed its commitment in the fight for sustainability through a document recently released. Author: Mélanie Romat The European Union has released last week a communication[1] explaining in details its commitments, policies and actions contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations. The 19 pages document establishes connec...[Read More]

NEW PROTECTED AREA IN THE BENI PROVINCE (BOLIVIA)

The proposal has been developed with the support of the Biodiversity Sustainable Conservation Support Program (PACSBio), funded by the European Union Author: Andrés Visinoni The creation of a protected area is a complex task, involving local and national authorities, communities and populations, organization of financial and thematic support. In this post we will go through the process that has en...[Read More]

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AGREEMENTS

The Environmental Performance Agreements allow establishing a compromise between three key actors in the fight for an eco-responsible society: citizen, government and business. Author: Yves Garenne The 21st century is somewhat unique since it brings to light several new elements regarding the environmental impact of our capitalist society. Science has confirmed the hypothesis that human activity h...[Read More]

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE LAW – A NEW APPROACH IN WALES

Charities in UK must expect to be challenged on the alignment of their investments with their charity’s purposes, which requires they re-focus on good governance, ethics and the law. Author: Julie Hutchison [i] Sustainable practices can be created in a number of ways.  This blog looks at one example in Wales, where new legislation has created new norms when it comes to embedding sustainability int...[Read More]

THE CHALLENGES OF THE 71st UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The yearly meeting organized in New York from September 13 to 26 aims to be a key event articulating leaders’ reflections to deal with the global issues we are facing. The 71st UN General Assembly has been inaugurated on September 13. With an agenda full of sessions, meetings and activities, it aims to gather heads of state in order to find solutions to the global issues faced by the nations. Seve...[Read More]

FACING FLOODS AND TYPHOONS IN LAOS AND CAMBODIA…

The natural disasters management seen from the perspective of the company Eptisa, which has a large experience in management of projects related to this problematic. Authors: Mª Ángeles Ramos and Fernando Mendizábal    In Laos, massive deforestation combined to the effects of climate change has led to a progressive increase of floods, causing a social, environmental and economical impact in rural ...[Read More]

MANAGING TO CONSERVE BETTER

Few days after the International Day of Forest, it is interesting to reflect on modalities of management that allow guaranteeing the preservation of these ecosystems, optimizing their resources. Author: Pablo Martínez de Anguita Most of the planet’s forests, and their associated biodiversity, disappear for a problem of opportunity cost. The concept of opportunity cost it is also related to the lev...[Read More]

THE PRICE OF GREEN

Steps towards environmental management in Argentina. Author: Luis Sánchez Torrente Putting a price to nature has not always been an appealing idea, at least at first instance, among those who care about the environment. The suspicion of veiled economic interests or the alleged invaluable character of Mother Nature have been common, and not entirely misleading, arguments wielded against any attempt...[Read More]

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