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Natural Resources and the Environment

In 2023 alone, 400 million hectares were consumed by flamesan area twice the size of Mexico. Forest fires cause biodiversity loss, release large quantities of carbon dioxide, and degrade the soil and contaminate water resources. Today, more than half of forest fire-related costs go toward rapid response. But  is spent on planning for and preventing this environmental threat. Costa Rica's Volunteer Forest Fire Brigade has been supported by the Global Environment Facilitys Small Grants Programme (), implemented by the 51勛圖 Development Programme (), in fighting forest fires for the last 30 years.

Restoring Mediterranean forests has been recognized as a under the , offering hope and solutions to these pressing challenges.

, including forest restoration and nature-friendly management practices, play a crucial role in mitigating climate risks in the Carpathian Mountains, while promoting biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.

presents Nepals as one of the last places where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and humans co-exist. In recent years, the countrys tiger population has tripled but attacks were on the rise. 

The Terai Arc Landscape has been recognized as a World Restoration Flagship under the .

Hussen Nasser Al-Yabari, Yemeni environmental journalist, embodies an unwavering courage and dedication as he illuminates critical environmental issues amidst conflict.

highlights the vital role of insects for migratory birds and the concern that declining insect populations along migratory routes are threatening bird survival and impacting ecosystems. Habitat loss due to agriculture and urban development, along with pesticide use, contributes to declining insect populations, and insect scarcity affects bird migration and breeding, reducing reproductive success and increasing mortality rates. Conservation efforts focus on promoting and preserving natural habitats to support bird survival and ecosystem balance.

Secretary-General Ant籀nio Guterres (centre), along with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (centre left), Foreign Minister of Pakistan, briefs the media after witnessing the impact of the floods in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.

This years World Press Freedom Day (3 May) focuses on the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the context of the global environmental crisis. Journalists face significant challenges in gathering and disseminating information on issues such as climate change, illegal mining, and deforestation. Misinformation campaigns pose a threat to informed public debate and can undermine international efforts to tackle environmental issues. Accurate, timely and comprehensive reporting on environmental issues is critical to achieving sustainable development.

In an episode of , host Samata Pattinson engages with sa Degerman, Ben Selby, and Carlo Covini to delve into the urgent need for sustainability within the fashion and textile industry. The discussion centers on the pivotal role of forests and innovative technologies in fostering a more sustainable and circular fashion ecosystem.

With a focus on transformative practices, the conversation highlights how integrating forest-based materials and cutting-edge technologies can revolutionize the industry, promoting environmental conservation and reducing waste. The podcast aims to inspire industry stakeholders and consumers alike to embrace sustainable fashion practices for a greener future.

Photo: UNECE

Biodiversity conservation is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture, empowering communities and securing a resilient food future. 

Giant palm protecting the Earth

From extreme heat and rising sea levels to biodiversity loss and pollution, Mother Earth is in peril and making a clear call to action - a need to shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. This International Mother Earth Day, lets mobilize for the planet and all the life it supports. There are steps every one of us can take to protect nature, tackle climate change, and promote harmony with the Earth. Speak up, log your actions, and help save our planet with the UNs ActNow campaign!

Social forestry initiatives in Indonesia are playing a pivotal role in safeguarding the nation's precious forests, serving as a beacon of hope in the fight against climate change.

Trees communicate and cooperate through underground networks of fungi known as the 'wood-wide web'. Mycorrhizal connections facilitate complex ecological systems that represent the best of innovation. , an effort between the Malaysian Government and international bodies to conserve biodiversity, worked to restore contiguous forest landscapes throughout the Central Forest Spine. As part of these efforts, a forest tree nursery programme was initiated in 2022 to support the national social forestry initiative. The indigenous community in Air Banun Orang Asli Resettlement, in Malaysia, was selected as the central village to host this initiative, where the main nursery holds 10,000 seedlings of forest tree species.

The  programme, launched by Food and Agriculture Organization of the 51勛圖 () and the UK government, aims to provide countries with technological means to combat deforestation and actively involve Indigenous Peoples in forest monitoring. The programme has already begun implementation in 11 countries, including Papua New Guinea, where it combines modern technology with traditional knowledge to halt deforestation and restore degraded land. Custodians like Besta Pulum can now monitor their forest area using high-resolution satellite imagery and Open Foris Ground, a tool that allows them to demarcate their forest and monitor it using Google Earth.

Bird's eye view of a green forest in the Amazon rainforest

On the International Day of Forests (21 March), we recognize the transformative impact of innovation and technology on forest monitoring, enhancing tracking and reporting capabilities for countries. With 10 million hectares lost yearly to deforestation and 70 million hectares affected by fires, combating deforestation demands new technological advancements. These are crucial for early warning systems, sustainable commodity production, and empowering Indigenous Peoples. Join the Day's celebration and engage in the conversation on social media using the #ForestDay hashtag and the .

The Young Champions of the Earth initiative recognizes and celebrates ambitious young individuals worldwide, who demonstrate exceptional ideas and initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring the environment.