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 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
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
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
Selecting Complementary Adaptation Measures - Briefing Note 4
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

To respond to climate change hazards and impacts, an overall adaptation strategy should be devised drawing on the full range of possible adaptation solutions.
This briefing note provides an overview of the range of adaptation approaches that can be implemented alongside EbA measures to form a holistic adaptation strategy. It explores complementarities and limitations between measures, as well as how to bring together the various approaches effectively under one strategy.


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2019
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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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Developing the Economic Case for EbA - Briefing Note 5
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This briefing note highlights the range of information that should be incorporated in making an economic case for EbA, and the relevance of compiling it for all adaptation solutions to help ensure that EbA options are fairly compared with other adaptation approaches.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Integrating EbA into National Planning - Briefing Note 6
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

To effectively address the negative impacts of climate change now and in the future, climate change adaptation strategies need to be integrated into wider national policies and planning processes – adaptation cannot stand in isolation.
This Briefing Note covers why, where, when and how to integrate EbA into national adaptation strategies and other sectoral policy, planning and budgetary processes.


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2019
Reports and Books, Policy and Strategy Documents
Law and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper provides an overview of current thinking and the experience of countries in using legal frameworks to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level through National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and provides options for enhancing legal preparedness in revising and implementing the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.


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2018
Policy and Strategy Documents
Voluntary National Reviews: The Environmental Dimension - Policy Brief [including Tables Annex]
United Nations Environment Programme, Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE)

By focusing on the extent to which the environmental dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been addressed in the voluntary national reviews (VNRs) submitted by countries to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017, the policy brief uses a set methodology to review all the voluntary national reviews submitted by 64 countries in 2016 and 2017. Though early in the timeline, the two cycles of reviews indicate the growing interest of member states to focus on actions related to environmental dimension of achieving the SDGs. The brief also provides an overall assessment of the VNRs as a review mechanism and suggests recommendations to strengthen the reporting of the environmental dimension moving forward.


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2018