United Nations Environment Programme environment for development

Events

  • 13-15 August 2014
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    IRP side event at the Biannual Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics.
  • 17-18 September 2014
    The Hague, Netherlands
    International Resource Panel - Food Working Group meeting.
  • 24-25 September 2014
    Tokyo, Japan
    International Resource Panel – Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity Working Group meeting.
  • 1-2 October 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    International Resource Panel workshop on “Innovation and Remanufacturing”.
  • 7-8 October 2014
    Paris, France
    International Resource Panel workshop on “Nexus Between Resources”.
  • 9-10 October 2014
    Brussels, Belgium
    International Resource Panel workshop on “Sustainable Management and Use of Biotic and Abiotic Marine Resources”.
  • 19-22 October 2014
    Arequipa, Peru
    2014 World Resources Forum
  • 3-7 November 2014
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    15th Meeting of the IRP and its Steering Committee
  • 10-11 November 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    European Resources Forum

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MANAGING AND CONSERVING THE NATURAL RESOURCE BASE FOR SUSTAINED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

A reflection from the International Resource Panel on the establishment of Sustainable Development Goals aimed at decoupling economic growth from escalating resource use and environmental degradation

February 7, 2014

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Did you Know?

  • Human health is most affected by poverty: malnutrition, unsafe drinking water, and indoor air pollution.

  • The collapse of several fish resource stocks is a clear sign that humans can overexploit the Earth’s natural resource base.

  • Agriculture is responsible for 50% of land use and 70% of water use.


  • The production of goods and services for household consumption is the most important cause for greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Forests have effectively disappeared from 25 countries and more than 90 % of forest cover has been lost in a further 29 countries.

  • Deforestation and forest degradation are ultimately driven by consumption patterns and processes in virtually every sector of the economy.

  • Forests can help regulate the amount of water reaching rivers and reduce the risk or magnitude of flooding.

  • 60 million indigenous people depend on forests.


  • Over 2 billion people use wood fuel for cooking and/or heating.


  • 33 of the world’s 105 largest cities obtain their fresh water directly from protected areas.

  • Forests are the habitat for 77% of globally threatened birds.


  • Cities are where the major global and national resource flows connect as resource inputs, stocks and outputs (goods, services and wastes).

  • The rising levels of investment in urban infrastructures provide a unique opportunity to prepare cities for both, inclusive economic development and sustainable consumption of natural resources.
  • Traditional biomass use currently provides 13% of global final energy demand.

  • Increased biofuel production is expected to have large impacts on biological diversity.

  • Around 23% of global soils are estimated to be degraded.


  • Change to more meat-based diets will result in a significant increase in the need for agricultural land.

  • Taking modest estimates of additional land requirements by 2050 reveals that cropland altogether is expected to expand by around 320 to 850 Mha.

  • Around one third of edible food is lost or wasted annually.


  • Total material extraction in the 20th century increased by a factor of about 8, and the price index of resource declined by about 30 %.

  • Internationally traded materials increased from 5.4 billion tons in 1970 to 19 billion tons in 2005.

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