SBC Programme organized 4 November 2020 a Special Track 'Circular built environment - a global perspective' in the virtual World Sustainable Environment Conference. The session shared highlights from regional reports from Asia, Africa and Latin America and debated global conclusions with the audience.
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FAO, UNEP, UNDP and UNWTO have joined forces in a collaborative two-year project that aims to develop tools and approaches to achieve coherent policies and strengthened human capacities for sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems. The collaboration will include piloting activities at the national and municipal levels in Uganda and the municipal level in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learnings and outputs will contribute to o the UN Secretary General’s Food Summit.
The food sector: a dominant user of our natural resources
Food systems encompass the entire range of actors and their interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and the broader economic, societal and natural resource environments. Food systems touch upon everyone’s lives on a daily basis, ensuring food security, providing important nutrients, contributing to biodiversity and generating jobs along food value chains in rural and urban settings. Yet, constrained by population growth, urbanization, increasing consumption and climate change, food systems around the world are straining to deliver the desired benefits in a sustainable way.
For instance, food systems are responsible for up to 37% of global GHG emissions, 60% of global terrestrial biodiversity loss, and the overexploitation of 20% of the world’s aquifers. The largest impacts, contributing around 24% to global GHGs, come from land-use changes, high input agriculture, livestock and food losses. A third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, generating 8% of global GHG emissions.
How is this being addressed through the project?
The project aims to address these challenges by harnessing the combined expertise from the One Planet network.
Applying a science-based approach which considers the entire value chain, the project will develop and pilot tools for a whole-of-government approach for integrated food systems at national and sub-national levels, including an approach to foster multi-stakeholder collaboration for food system transformation, as well as for promoting sustainable food management in the tourism sector.
This will be complemented by efforts to establish partnerships and collaborations for sustainable food systems development in the two countries of implementation.
In addition, the project will support capacity building, awareness-raising and behavioral change through an advocacy campaign targeting governments, investors, small-scale value chain actors and consumers.
Experience and lessons learned in the pilot countries will be recorded to be available globally to support the adoption of sustainable food systems in other countries.
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This report examines the challenges and opportunities arising from transitioning to a circular economy in Australia and New Zealand. The fact is that as populations rise, material use increases. Historically, we have seen a trend globally whereby material use per person increases as incomes grow. In developed economies, waste has largely been ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are among the fastest developing in the world. However, their economies are currently largely based on a linear model which follows a ‘take, make, dispose’ approach. In addition, the region’s resources consumption rates are among the highest globally. This places a strain on finite natural resources and increases the demand for energy.
The United Nations (UN) One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction programme initiated a study to understand the current state of play with regard to circularity in the built environment in the seven different geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), North America and Oceania.
This study provides a brief overview of the state of play of the circular built environment in Africa in 2020. It sets out the characteristics of the sector and explores how these could be enhanced through circular economy approaches. It shows that significant challenges face the African built environment and construction sector.
This study undertaken to ascertain the potential sustainable impact of LC3 in India's cement mix. Conducting a comparative analysis of the environmental and resource performance between two diverse cement production scenarios - Business As Usual and Low-Carbon Pathway (LCP), the study concludes that introduction and growing proportion of LCPs have a better environmental and resource performance - thereby establishing the legitimacy of LC3 as the cement for sustainable future in India.
Consumer Information Tools and Climate Change - Facilitating low-carbon choices in Tourism, Buildings and Food Systems.
This report details how the use of consumer information tools can support greenhouse gas emission reductions in three industry sectors: tourism, buildings and food. Consumer information covers a range of tools and systems that seek to guide consumers to make more sustainable choices about goods and services (products), including in their use and end of life phase.