Natural Resources and the Environment

aerial view of mangroves in Cambodia

On Earth Day, harnessing the power of nature to heal herself

Butterflies cover a tree

In the path of the monarch butterfly

Forests are vital for biodiversity, providing a home to 80 percent of life on land. But with millions of hectares of forest lost every year, biodiversity is under threat. We need to care for our only home by caring for our forests.

Waterfalls in the forest

Guardian of the ‘Knuckles’ range

Indigenous man stands in a small boat with his child sitting next to him. The man hunts for fish with a spear.

Forests Matter

In the heart of the spectacular forests of Papua New Guinea, zoologist Grace Luke is on a team collecting data to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that negatively impact the p

A beautiful panoramic view of mountains and trees shrowded in early morning dew.

Protecting Humanity’s Safety Net

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The mining sector, if carefully managed, presents enormous opportunities for advancing sustainable development particularly in low-income countries, the International Resource Panel says in its latest report

Coral reef in Alor, Indonesia

The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and is home to some 80% of all life in the world, making it the planet's largest biosphere. But the ocean is facing unprecedented threats as a result of human activities. In preparation for the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference, the General Assembly is convening a 2-day meeting to support SDG 14 - conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The Conference will propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. 

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Nominations for 2020 opened on 20 January 2020 for four categories:

  • - Policy leadership
  • - Inspiration and action
  • - Entrepreneurial vision
  • - Science and innovation

Submission deadline: 20 March 2020.

sea turtle enmeshed in plastic

This initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to tackle the root causes of plastic pollution, enabling businesses and governments to take joint action. To achieve this vision, tourism companies and destinations will be required to make a set of concrete and actionable commitments by 2025.

forest fire

The huge wildfires in Australia, Amazon, California, the Congo basin and Indonesia have drawn the world’s attention to the risks associated with extended periods of unusually hot and dry weather, which is an effect of climate change. The global average temperature is now 1.1°C higher than at the beginning of last century. Higher temperatures create, in some parts of the world, drier conditions, increasing the likelihood and intensity of wildfires, and megafires. 

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As you make your New Year’s resolutions, keep the environment in mind. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. UNEP’s change-maker community is happy to lead the way. Read on for inspiration, so that you can kick off 2020 as a more sustainable global citizen!

From grassroots champions and corporate leaders to political pioneers, we celebrate champions taking bold action for our world. Now is the time to step up. We need heroes to champion change.

evergreen forest

2019 has been a huge year for global discussion and momentum on climate; the climate emergency and the unprecedented youth demands for action captured headlines, but that’s not all. See a recap of the UN Enironment Programme's most read stories.