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A new report from the United Nations Environmental Field Programme (UNEP) was launched recently during ‘World Water Week’ in Stockholm, Sweden – ‘An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security’. It was ‘written by over 50 contributors from 21 organizations and uses case studies from China, Guatemala, Jordan and other communities’.
It not only highlights how to conserve food and water resources and make them more widely available, but explains in detail how ‘ecosystem services’ can play a crucial role in resilience to climate change, a growing world population and increasing scarcity of food and water resources. Read more
How do we address the problem of polluted water in the UK? Run-off from agricultural pollution and waste discharge has been a major concern in the UK for the public, environmental groups and government alike. One way to understand how agricultural pollution occurs in UK’s rivers, lakes and ground water is by looking at how they are connected to areas that produce large amounts of pollution. This is where SCIMAP comes in to identify the locations where pollution can enter bodies of water in order to inform decision-makers in government, NGOs and land owners about how they can protect UK water environment. One of the leaders of the project and Director of Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Professor Stuart Lane, gives a screen cast introduction to SCIMAP: