Fight Against Climate Change

FLOATING SUSTAINABILITY: THE CASE OF AQUATIC PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANTS

This innovative technology offers interesting advantages in term of space and optimization of aquatic resources Author: Luis Sánchez Torrente The search of energy solutions with no social and environmental impact is still one of the main challenges of the sustainable agenda. The field of renewable energies and their dizzying expansion over the last decades has implied great progresses in reducing ...[Read More]

THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SGDs

A study realized by the AECID analyzes the role of Spanish companies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America Author: Mélanie Romat The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, approved during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, has been considered as a milestone in terms of commitments for development, with the potential to orient public policies from ...[Read More]

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]

BIG DATA AND DEVELOPMENT: THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL PULSE INITIATIVE

INTERVIEW OF MIGUEL LUENGO-OROZ As a follow up to our previous post analyzing opportunities related to Big Data in terms of development, we are posting today an interview of Miguel Luengo-Oroz. Miguel is Chief Data Scientist at UN Global Pulse, initiative of the United Nations Secretary General focusing on data-driven innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. NWS: When has UN...[Read More]

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