Policy and Strategy Documents
UN Environment and EbA - Briefing Note 7
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment has a strong history of supporting the development and implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Since the term EbA was adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010, UN Environment has worked with decision-makers and practitioners from around the world to understand how EbA can best contribute to national adaptation efforts and to support best-practice implementation of EbA measures on the ground.
This briefing note highlights UN Environment’s key strengths in relation to EbA and outlines some of UN Environment’s priorities for EbA work going forward while drawing on its extensive network and resources.


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2019
Factsheets, Policy and Strategy Documents
Taking Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impact - SDG13 Issue Brief
United Nations Environment Programme

Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) – to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact is one of gravest existential threats facing our collective, sustainable future survival on this planet.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies Opportunities and Challenges in the ASEAN Region - Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme, University of Malaya, Technical University of Denmark

Trade in environmentally sound technologies offers triple win opportunities for the environment, economy and people in developing countries. This project aims to support and enable developing countries in the ASEAN region to objectively assess and understand the opportunities, benefits and challenges of liberalized trade in environmentally sound technologies and thus contribute to the implementation of climate goals and the Sustainable Development Goals related to trade, energy, technology and climate change.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Unlocking Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies to Tackle Air Pollution
United Nations Environment Programme, African Center for Technology Studies, Technical University of Denmark

Environmentally Sound Technologies are defined as technologies that protect the environment, are less polluting, use all resources in a
more sustainable manner, recycle more of their wastes and products and handle residual wastes in a more acceptable way than the
technologies for which they are substitutes. They can also be referred to as “clean” technologies.
Increasing the uptake of environmentally sound technologies can result in several benefits for the environment, including reduced air
pollution. Access to cost-effective technologies through trade can help to both stimulate the green economy and to achieve global sustainable development objectives.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
SDG 16 Issue Brief: Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) - Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development, Provide Access to Justice for All and Build Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions at All Levels
United Nations Environment Programme

SDG 16, with its emphasis on realizing peaceful, inclusive and just societies, provides the foundations for achieving all other SDGs. No resource or tool is more powerful in making progress, economically, environmentally and socially, than a sum of persons empowered to fulfill their potentials in a safe and secure environment, where rule of law prevails.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Shades of Green: An Introduction to the Green Economy for Parliamentarians - Issues Brief February 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

In line with the partnership between UN Environment and the IPU, this issue brief aims to provide parliamentarians with a basic understanding of the green economy and of the policies required to transition toward it.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
SDG 4 Issue Brief - Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All
United Nations Environment Programme

In order to address climate change and mitigate its impact, systemic changes are
required in education


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Navigating the Adaptation Challenge - Briefing Note 2
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This Briefing Note introduces how resilience thinking, which considers interactions within a coupled socialecological system, can help to navigate the adaptation challenge and explores the use of ecosystems as part of the solution to the overall challenge. It also discusses a number of challenges inherent to EbA itself and how to move forward in addressing them.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
SDG 10 Issue Brief: Sustainable Development Goal 10 (SDG 10) - Reduce Income Inequality within and among Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

The UN Environment Assembly 4 resolution on the poverty-environment nexus urges Member States to apply integrated, innovative and
coherent approaches in developing and
implementing policies, laws, plans and budgets for poverty eradication through
sustainable environment and natural resource management, in alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
EbA in Different Ecosystems: Placing Measures in Context - Briefing Note 3
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This briefing note provides an overview of EbA measures commonly implemented in particular ecosystems (mountains, drylands, wetlands, coasts, and urban systems), reflecting interventions supported by UN Environment EbA projects, and highlights through example outcome indicators how their contribution towards achieving identified adaptation goals can be monitored. To set the scene, it describes typical degradation cycles for terrestrial and coastal ecosystems and explores the environmental, climatic and socio-economic dynamics particular to selected ecosystems.


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2019