Living Planet report

WWF has launched its Living Planet Report for 2016.  This global report is produced every two years, and is a comprehensive study of trends in species populations and the health of the planet. It aims to support governments, communities, businesses and organisations to make informed decisions on using and protecting the Earth’s resources. The report reveals that,…

An OECD action plan on the SDGs

Our Webwatch section continues its focus on those crucial international targets that were agreed a few months ago: the Sustainable Development Goals.  Today we look at the OECD. The OECD presented its strategic action plan for the Sustainable Development Goals to ministers from member countries on the meeting in Paris last June. The action plan is divided into four…

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

More today on the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe asks: What is your country doing to implement the sustainable development goals?  The Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) is organized into nine geographical & thematic desks and a library.  UNRIC aims to inform but also to engage Europeans in issues of global reach, and it works…

UNESCO Launches Education Atlas for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal 4

Over the next few days, our Webwatch section is focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals: those crucial international targets that were agreed a few months ago.  Today’s focus is a series of maps produced by UNESCO.  Read on … UNESCO, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has launched a collection of interactive maps presenting indicators…

Global learning – lenses on the world

Tide~’s new resource “Global learning – lenses on the world‘ is now available online. It addresses questions about poverty and wealth; hunger and food; and sustainable development. It has five free downloadable sections, supported by over 80 additional downloads, and is available in both English and Spanish. The resource shares work from Tide~’s three year project ‘Young people…

The Burntwood Lecture

The IES 2016 Burntwood Lecture is to be given by Baroness Parminter.  Her title is: Separation anxiety: The challenges for the environment from Brexit   The organisers say that this lecture series provides an opportunity for an eminent speaker to talk on a current, critical and often controversial environmental theme to an invited audience from the professions, universities and government.  In this…

Everyone needs green spaces

The Guardian reports a new YouGov survey commissioned by Groundwork which reveals the stark fact that 30% of 16- to 24-year-olds from lower income families say they never visit a local park – more than double the number from higher income families.  The importance of green spaces to young people’s social and physical development is well understood.…

From bare to beautiful

As part of Groundwork’s Active Neighbourhoods project in Birmingham, local residents wanted to make their area in Alum Rock more useful and attractive in the form of a garden. The existing site was a simple green triangle between the junctions of several roads. After an initial site visit, Groundwork’s Landscape Designer produced a design proposal. The scheme…