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  • Ecotourism playing key role in Mongolia`s Transition to green economy

    Only a few hours' drive from Mongolia's capital Ulaaanbaatar, where the smokestacks of power plants darken the skyline and cars snarled in traffic honk day and night, there lies a tranquil paradise where such human hustle never intrudes. Hustai National Park sprawls across hills that fold up from the earth and recede to a distant blue haze in a seemingly endless ripple of green landscape. Amidst ...

  • Sharks Ecotourism Could Double in Next Two Decades, Study Says

    According to a new global analysis led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and other scientists, shark watching is a major economic driver for dozens of countries, generating $314 million annually. Citing the study's projections that shark-related tourism could more than double within 20 years, generating over $780 million annually, The Pew Charitable Trusts ...

  • WESTON to offer sustainable development solutions as project manager of India ecotourism park

    Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON®) announced today that its subsidiary Weston Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd. will manage India’s first LEED® Platinum targeted ecotourism project at Hyderabad, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh for Delara Tourism Corporation Limited (DTCL), a Group Company of NCS. WESTON will provide an integrated approach to combine construction management and green development ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • UN and Chile launch sustainable tourism initiative for Easter Island

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile have embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year. “The project aims to develop tourism strategies that respect the outstanding universal value of the Rapa Nui National Park,” UNESCO said in a news release. The programme, financed ...


    By United Nations

  • GA approves establishment of UN environment assembly in support of the strengthening and upgrade of UNEP

    The UNEP Governing Council - home to the world's largest annual gathering of environment ministers - will in future be known as the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP, following a new resolution by the UN General Assembly. The re-designation endorses a decision by governments at the 1st Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council, held last month under the themeRio+20: From Outcome ...

  • Nagoya 2010: protectedplanet.net takes you to 150,000 of the world`s most spectacular nature sites

    Moving from the breathtaking fjords of western Norway to Australia's only active volcanoes, touring 150,000 of the world's protected areas from an armchair is now possible with the click of a mouse. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to create protectedplanet.net - an interactive, social media-based ...

  • The failure of reconstruction after the 2004 tsunami

    It was 00.58 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on 26 December 2004 — ten years ago today — when a magnitude 9 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, unleashed energy estimated to be equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. The tremor triggered a series of waves. In the open ocean, these travelled at hundreds of miles an ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Environmental progress hindered by lack of qualified employees

    A landmark report has reviewed the emergence of a 'green economy'. It predicts that adaptation to climate change and emissions reduction schemes are creating new employment opportunities across the globe. One aspect of the report highlights the need for new training schemes to meet the growing needs of green industries. The annual global market for environmental products and services is projected ...

  • Tourism key to conservation-poverty reduction link

    Conserving wildlife reduces poverty in nearby areas according to evidence from Bolivia, Costa Rica and Thailand — but how it does that has puzzled scientists. Now a study has shed some light on the matter. It looked at Costa Rican communities whose welfare rose after protected areas were set up ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New report outlines key steps to reduce poverty in a green economy

    Despite global development progress, some 1.3 billion people are living on less than US $1.25 per day, with 900 million facing hunger. Efforts to tackle poverty are being compounded by the continued degradation of ecosystems and the effects of climate change, to which poor communities are often most vulnerable. A new report from the ...

  • Balancing urban expansion with biodiversity conservation

    In developing countries economic growth is linked with expansion of urban areas and changes in land use, including conversion of forests to agricultural land. An investigation of the impacts of two neighbouring cities in central Panama has revealed that continued expansion is likely to cause future habitat loss, which in turn could lead to a decline in species diversity. A key factor underpinning ...

  • Chile Rejects $8 Billion Dam Project in Patagonia

    Chile's government rejected an $8 billion proposal to dam Patagonian rivers to meet the country's growing energy demands, handing a victory to environmentalists who praised Tuesday's ruling as a landmark moment. A ministerial commission rejected the HidroAysen plan, which would have tamed two of the world's wildest rivers and built more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of power lines to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Costa Rica strives for a high tech future says president Chinchilla

    Costa Rica is striving to be a mecca for eco-tourism as well as high technology business said the nation's president Laura Chinchilla speaking to a School of Business audience recently in California. Costa Rica now exports 4,000 products and is working to attract more technology companies she told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience as the nation broadens its economic base from the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Motiva Settles 20 Year Delaware Refinery Water Pollution Case

    WILMINGTON, Delaware, October 8, 2007 (ENS) - Texaco and its successor corporation Motiva Enterprises have settled a legal battle with two environmental groups that lasted nearly 20 years by agreeing to fund $2.25 million in environmental benefit projects in the Delaware City area. Days before a contempt trial, the company reached a settlement agreement Thursday with the Natural ...

  • UN and Mongolia Announce Major Partnership during World Environment Day

    The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday announced that Mongolia would be one of the first countries in the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE)?a major new initiative to assist the global transition to a green economy. Speaking during celebrations of World Environment Day in Ulaanbaatar?the capital of this year's host nation?UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive ...

  • Greening Trade Imperative for Sustainable Development

    Greening global trade is a vital step to achieving sustainable development, and developing countries are well positioned to help catalyze this transition, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). "In today's increasingly interconnected world, where trillions of dollars worth of goods and services are traded annually, greening global trade still ...

  • Spain-UNEP LifeWeb Conservation Initiative Wraps Up With Bid for Stronger Financing, Law Enforcement and Community Empowerment for Protected Areas

    From the valuation of ecosystem services in El Salvador and Panama and the restoration of nearly 60 hectares of critical orangutan habitat in Indonesia to the use of conflict resolution to raise community support for conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Spain-UNEP LifeWeb initiative finds that better financing, community empowerment, monitoring, and law enforcement are ...

  • José Maria Figueres joins Carbon War Room as new president

    The Carbon War Room is honored to welcome Jose Maria Figueres. former President of Costa Rica, as the new President of the Carbon War Room, taking over from former CEO Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison. Jose Maria Figueres is an internationally recognized leader in the achievement of sustainable development goals. He served as President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. becoming the youngest Latin ...


    By The Carbon War Room

  • African river study fills gap in carbon emissions tally

    African rivers emit a vast amount of greenhouse gases, a major paper on this understudied topic reveals. As rivers carry organic matter from the land to the oceans, bacteria turn it into greenhouse gases. While previous analyses had quantified emissions of these gases from rivers in Brazil, Europe and North America, the study in the journal Nature ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mediterranean land degradation threatens food security

    Climate change, tourism and population growth are all accelerating land degradation in the Mediterranean region, according to recent research. This can have severe impacts: the amount of available agricultural land per capita in the region could have dropped by half by 2020, compared with 1961, the study estimates. The Mediterranean region covers about 850 million hectares in 22 countries across ...


    By European Commission

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