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May 2021
Your guide to the top environmental stories of the month
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In this month’s issue we look at the launch of a global drive to restore the planet, an ambitious push by Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees and one small town’s battle against single-use plastic.
 
 
 
Ecosystems
 
Planet gears up for World Environment Day – and this crucial decade
 
On 5 June government officials, business leaders, environmentalists and people will come together for World Environment Day. This year’s occasion, hosted by Pakistan, also marks the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global movement to halt and reverse degradation of our planet.
 
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Economy
 
Nature loss threatens global economy: UNEP report
Triple investments in nature-based solutions by 2030 or face USD 4.1 trillion gap in finance for nature up to 2050, warns a new report on the state of finance for nature.
 
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Ecosystems
 
Pakistan embraces mangroves in bid to combat climate change
The coastal forests, key warehouses of carbon dioxide, are a pillar of the government’s push to plant 10 billion trees by 2023.
 
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Waste management
 
In beach town’s battle against plastic, echoes of a global crisis
 
In Watamu, Kenya, locals are banding together to rid their shores of single-use plastics – and setting an example for other Indian Ocean communities inundated by litter.
 
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Restoration
 
In Haiti, a virgin forest makes its last stand
With help from UNEP, communities are working to save one of the country’s last tracts of untouched cloud forest – and other threatened landscapes.
 
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Law
 
UNEP’s Data Reporting Tool: a common system to report on biodiversity targets
13 countries have adopted a recourse called “DaRT,” which allows parties to multilateral environment agreements to record actions on a single platform, providing an overview of progress toward biodiversity goals.
 
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UNEP in the news
 
Investing 0.1% of global GDP could avoid breakdown of ecosystems, says UN report (The Guardian)
 
 
Protected areas now cover nearly 17% of Earth’s surface: U.N. report (Mongabay)
 
 
'We are falling short': UN warns world is on track to badly miss crucial Sustainable Development Goals (Business Green)
 
 
UN bodies set up 'One Health' panel to advise on animal disease risks (Reuters)
 
 
Horn of Africa's biodiversity threatened by climate change: experts (Xinhua)
 
 
 
 
publications
 
State of Finance for Nature
The new report tracks global trends in public and private investment in nature-based solutions to identify opportunities for governments, businesses and financiers.
Protected Planet Report 2020
The world has made progress in the last decade in expanding national parks and other havens for wildlife, but more work needs to be done to halt the looming extinction of thousands of species, says the latest edition of this biennial study.
 
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events
 
1-8 June
 
World Environment Day celebrations
 
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4 June
 
#GenerationRestoration: A Youth Call to Action
 
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4-5 June
 
World Environment Day official broadcast
 
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8 June
 
World Oceans Day
 
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