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Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water Use and Water Pollution: A Report of the Water Working Group of the International Resource Panel
Global trends point to a relative decoupling of water – that is, the rate of water resource use is increasing at a rate slower than that of economic growth. The Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water Use and ...
Recycling Rates of Metals: A Status Report
In theory, metals can be used over and over again, minimizing the need to mine and process virgin materials and thus saving substantial amounts of energy and water while minimizing environmental degradation. Raising levels ...
Assessing Mineral Resources in Society: Metal recycling - Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure - Summary
A Product-Centric approach is necessary to promote metals recycling in the 21st century. This means the application of economically viable technology and methods throughout the recovery chain to extract metals from the ...
Food Systems and Natural Resources: Building Resource-Smart Food Systems for Sustainable Development - Factsheet
Food systems fundamentally depend on natural resources, such as land, soil, water, biodiversity, minerals, biomass and fossil fuels. Key statistics show that in many cases these resources are not currently managed sustainably ...
Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy options
This report was produced by the Decoupling Working Group of the International Resource Panel. It explores technological possibilities and opportunities for both developing and developed countries to accelerate decoupling ...
City-Level Decoupling: Urban Resource Flows and the Governance of Infrastructure Transitions
This report examines the potential for decoupling at the city level. While the majority of the worlds population now live in cities and cities are where most resource consumption takes place, both the pressures and potentials ...
Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective
(United Nations Environment Programme, 2015)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim, by 2030, to end human deprivation worldwide. They represent a coherent, collective vision of a better future for all and provide a framework by which progress towards this ...
Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply
This report explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the ...
Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth
Humankind has witnessed phenomenal economic and social development in the past century. However, there are increasing signs that it has come at a cost to the environment and to the availability of cheap resources. Despite ...
Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ can Support a Green Economy: Summary for Policy Makers
This summary report highlights key findings from the report of the international resource panel: building natural capital: How REDD+ can support a Green Economy. It should be read in conjunction with the full report.