From shrinking glaciers, to wetlands and floodplains: WEAP 2015

From shrinking glaciers, to wetlands and floodplains: WEAP 2015

Recent SEI projects have added major new features to the water systems modelling software and made it up to 100 times faster; now these enhancements are available to users worldwide.

Why the menstruation and sanitation revolutions need to talk

Why the menstruation and sanitation revolutions need to talk

Menstrual hygiene management is finally being recognized as an urgent development challenge. But what are the implications for other sustainable development agendas – particularly sanitation?

Joint Implementation has undermined global climate ambition, study finds

Joint Implementation has undermined global climate ambition, study finds

The first in-depth review of JI’s environmental integrity shows about three-quarters of credits may not represent actual emission reductions, and their use to meet mitigation targets may have increased emissions by about 600 million tonnes.

SEI at World Water Week 2015 – celebrating 25 years as a convenor

SEI at World Water Week 2015 – celebrating 25 years as a convenor

This year World Water Week in Stockholm celebrates its 25th anniversary. World Water Week originally began as the Stockholm Water Symposium in 1991 and has been convened annually ever since. This year’s theme is Water for Development.

Will 'bottom-up' climate action live up to its promise?

Will 'bottom-up' climate action live up to its promise?

As pledges towards the Paris climate agreement fall short of 2°C-level ambition, many hope that innovative actions by governments, businesses and civil society will fill the gap. Can they deliver?

Q&A: Kaja Peterson on protecting ‘absolutely vital’ pollinators

Q&A: Kaja Peterson on protecting ‘absolutely vital’ pollinators

Experts working under the auspices of the United Nations are preparing an assessment of pollinators and food production to inform decision-making and the post-2015 development agenda.

Sierra Leone study highlights benefits, limits of FDI as driver of development

Sierra Leone study highlights benefits, limits of FDI as driver of development

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa see foreign direct investment as crucial for jump-starting their economies, but strong public-sector engagement is crucial for success.

In memoriam: Nick Sonntag, SEI's third Executive Director

In memoriam: Nick Sonntag, SEI's third Executive Director

Nicholas (Nick) Sonntag, a Canadian engineer, expert in sustainable development internationally, and SEI Executive Director 1996–1999, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at home in Gibsons, BC, on 27 June 2015. He was 67.

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Managing environmental systems

Managing environmental systems


Growing populations, rapid urbanization and increased consumption put unprecedented pressure on land, water and air resources. We show how to manage these resources together to protect food security, human health and biodiversity.

Reducing climate risk

Reducing
climate risk


Emissions of greenhouse gases are built into our economic systems. Our research shows the benefits of a low-carbon future and describes how we get there by mitigating and adapting to climate change.



Transforming governance

Transforming governance


The social, institutional and political setting is vital for improving livelihoods, sustain- ability and resilience. We provide insights into good governance for sustainable develop- ment in the face of social and ecological change.


Rethinking development

Rethinking development


The global economy has brought welfare and prosperity to the world. But it has also depleted natural resources and vital ecosystem services. We set out alternatives for a sustainable future, from the planetary scale down to local, on-the-ground solutions.




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