Policy and Strategy Documents
HS Codes for HFCs: Advice for countries in Advance of the 2022 HS Code Update - OzonAction Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme

Until the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, or Harmonized System (HS) is revised in 2022, all HS codes for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are contained in a single HS code which does not allow differentiation of the individual chemicals or of mixtures/blends. This document outlines a proactive interim approach, recommended by the World Customs Organization (WCO), to establish additional digits in the existing national HS codes to identify specific HFCs to facilitate monitoring of trade and enable a licencing system to function effectively.


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Belt and Road Initiative Green Development Coalition
People's Republic of China

BRIGC is an open, inclusive and voluntary international network which aims to incorporate green development into the Belt and Road Initiative, promote international consensus and collective actions on the development of Green Belt and Road and implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. BRIGC will provide platforms for policy dialogue and communication, knowledge and information, green technology exchange and transfer. By May 2019, BRIGC has more than 130 partners.


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Drawing a “Red Line” for Ecological Protection to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change
People's Republic of China

The initiative will call for active implementation of national spatial planning measures, based on scientific research and data, put forward a set of methodologies and guidelines for land use
planning including the "ecological red lines", and promote the use. The initiative will provide capacity-building and technical support for countries and regions planning to launch similar
initiatives or to conduct pilot demonstrations, including the exchange of knowledge and information, field visits and seminars. Using practical experience, the initiative will continuously improve the methodology and expand its application in different countries and regions to promote the
formation of coordinated action in a global sense.


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Building the Business Case for Nature-based Solutions for Watersheds
United Nations Global Compact

A private-public initiative to scale private investment in nature-based solutions by developing:
 a standardized framework to demonstrate and value stacked water-carbon benefits associated with the implementation of nature-based solutions for watersheds – which interfaces with established voluntary carbon markets; and identifies a range of locally relevant mechanisms for marketing water benefits (leveraging existing models); and
 a platform to match investment opportunities with potential projects.


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Green Supply Chain to Halt global Greenhouse Gas Emissions due to Deforestation and Degradation
World Wide Fund for Nature China

The key contribution of the initiative is to stop the global GHG emissions resulted
by global deforestation, land degradation and natural habitat conversion
(hereinafter as deforestation/conversion), through building up the ‘Deforestation /
Conversion Free Commodity Supply Chain’ that linking from producer countries
to market countries, and key business players throughout the supply chain
iv. How the contribution leverages living natural systems as a solution to


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Reports and Books
Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Selected Case Studies from Africa
United Nations Environment Programme

Efforts to protect the environment can have a negative impact on people’s livelihoods if it does not increase livelihood options from the ecosystem. So how do we maintain a healthy environment as
climate changes and at the same time meet people’s needs? Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) may be an answer. This report discusses five case studies related to vulnerable ecosystems and livelihood of people, in the application of EbA in Africa.


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Policy and Strategy Documents
SDG 13 Issue Brief: Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) - Promote Mechanisms for Raising Capacity for Effective Climate Change-related Planning and Management in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, including Focusing on Women, Youth and Local and Marginalized Communities
United Nations Environment Programme

Restoring degraded habitats such as
mangrove forests and peatlands reduce
risks related to climate change impacts,
will act as a vital carbon sink and promote
biodiversity recovery.


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Newsletters
Faith for Earth Updates - April 11, 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

Faith for Earth Updates


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2019
Reports and Books
Mapping Current and Future Priorities for Coral Restoration and Adaptation Programs: International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Ad Hoc Committee on Reef Restoration 2019 Interim Report
International Coral Reef Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme

This report summarises the findings of an initial scoping study which aimed to identify common interests, facilitate global and regional collaborations, and help identify opportunities for co-investment in research and development. This study is a starting point for a wider global review and conversation into how active interventions should fit within coral reef management in a changing world. This interim report recommends: • Strong action on climate change and other stressors: Coral restoration should not be viewed as a replacement for reducing local, regional and global stressors acting on reefs.
• Invest in research and development: Substantial research and development is required to scale up and improve all facets of restoration and adaptation.
• Promote knowledge-sharing and collaboration: There would be great benefit in global cooperation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing to ensure efficient use of resources. • Develop best practice guidelines: Science-based guidance for restoration practitioners is critically needed, and the UNEP and collaborating organisations have committed to facilitating the production of guidelines in the near future. • Develop policy and plans: New or refined policy and plans relevant to restoration and adaptation are needed. • Promote ‘blue restoration’: the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration represents an opportunity to promote ‘blue restoration’ including restoring coral reefs. Further, the goal of large-scale restoration, to sequester carbon and reduce anthropogenic climate change, could help mitigate the main threat to coral reefs.


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Reports and Books
Unwrapping the Risks of Plastic Pollution to the Insurance Industry - The First Global insurance Industry Study on Managing the Risks associated with Plastic pollution, Marine Plastic Litter and Microplastics
United Nations Environment Programme

This study identifies how risks related to plastic pollution play out across insurance lines and asset classes in which insurers invest. It argues that insurers should take an active role in addressing the risks related to plastic pollution and in contributing to global efforts to reduce it.


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2019