UNEP 's CLIMWARN Project has been researching in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Kenya on how Early Warning Systems (EWS) can be more functional. EWS can improve resilience of households to climate related hazards, by providing information for early action. However, to be effective, EWS must incorporate aspects of resilient systems: diversity, flexibility, local relevance, learning, acceptance of change, consideration of justice and equity. This short video features early warning and climate change
Ecological Civilization in the City of Guiyang
The video on the city of Guiyang, located in southwest China, explores how local policymakers have abandoned traditional development models in favour of constructing an Ecological Civilization City, which benefits the economy, environment and local communities. As a result, the city has accelerated the pace for eliminating heavy pollution industries and encouraged the development of green industries.
Ecological Civilization in the City of Karamay
The video on Karamay in China’s far western province of Xinjiang explains how the oil extraction industry caused serious damage to the region’s vegetation and soil, as well as to the water and air quality. In recent years, however, Karamay has created a cleaner and greener city by promoting an ecological civilization approach.
Ecological Civilization in the City of Minhang
The video on the Minhang Development Zone demonstrates the need to balance economic growth with the environment. Established in the 1980s, the development zone is home to many Fortune 500 companies. The zone is located in southwest Shanghai, on the upper stream of the Huangpu River, which is the main water source for the city.
Forests - We all depend on them
Forests provide employment for up to 1 billion people and contribute over US$ 450 billion to the global economy. Yet in some regions, deforestation continues at an alarming rate. Produced by UNEP to mark the International Day of Forests, this film highlights the critical role of forests in supporting the environment, the economy, and human well-being.
UNEP Bridging Gaps. Are you? Mind The Gap
This mini-series based on UNEP Bridging the Gap report, shows that solutions to keep average global temperature rise to below 2°C are available and being implemented in many different settings, helping countries to adapt to changing climates, move towards lower emission development pathways and often also boosting economies and alleviating poverty.