Like many other Pacific Island countries, Fiji is one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the world. At the same time, it is a microcosm of some significant development and environmental challenges. A natural resource-dependent country with limited land area, Fiji experiences intense competing pressures for agriculture, tourism, transport, water, and other needs.
Global co-operation, with businesses playing a critical role, is needed to transform the seafood industry
It is estimated that approximately three billion people around the world rely on seafood for their primary source of protein, making flourishing oceans an integral part of the global commons and healthy living worldwide.
Innovation, sustainability and the efficient use of capital are mutually reinforcing
More and more private companies are incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their operating strategies and using them as business opportunities.
Approved by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the goals have now become a shared endeavour transcending national borders and individual sectors.
We must make the most of a super-year in 2020 for saving the global commons next year
There are growing calls to declare climate and nature emergencies. But are these justified? The latest scientific assessments on the state of Earth’s climate and biodiversity provide robust evidence.
The latest and most damning report on the state of the global commons, published in May, revealed that our rapacious appetite for resources threatens one million of the estimated nine million species on the planet with extinction.
Local communities need to be engaged when it comes to using their natural resources sustainably
Madagascar, island of a thousand wonders, is well known for its many endemic species of plants and animals. With more than 13 million hectares (more than 50,000 sq miles) of forest, it is home to more than 100 species of lemurs and seven species of baobabs, six of them endemic.
Public-private partnerships are proving to be an effective way of solving Nigeria's energy supply crisis
My country, Nigeria, will soon become the third most populous country in the world, reaching a forecast 400 million people in 2050. This demographic growth is happening at an incredible speed.
Elderly residents of Lagos will tell you their memories of their home town in the days when the number of inhabitants did not even reach one million. Today, it is a 20-million metropolis that never ever rests.
Urban areas can change the broken food system that causes ill-health and environmental degradation
Over half of the world’s 7.7 billion people live in towns and cities. By 2050, more than two thirds of them will do so. Materials, waste, emissions, knowledge and influence follow this population explosion.
Cities will increasingly hold sway over the way the global economy functions. They thus have the ability and responsibility to address major global challenges. And perhaps none is more pressing than our broken food system.
Products that are sustainably harvested from the Amazon can form a powerful bioeconomy
Climate change is coming to the global policy agenda, and damage to the world’s tropical rainforests is a key component of it.
Profitability and sustainability can reinforce each other. Business should do well, do right and do good – and it pays
When starting a business, founders grapple with its purpose – the reason for it to exist. This purpose has multiple dimensions, seldom one. These could include: developing goods and services to meet needs in the community; creating employment for people in the region; generating prosperity for its owners and workers; pioneering, innovating and growing; and hopefully, making a positive contribution to the society in which it operates.
The British daily newspaper The Guardian recently updated the language it uses to write about the environment, introducing terms that more accurately describe the environmental predicament facing the world. Terms like climate change will give way to preferred terms like “climate emergency, crisis, or breakdown” to better reflect what The Telegraph sees as a catastrophe for humanity. Addressing this climate crisis needs to be an all-hands effort.