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Issue 6, 2013: 3rd June

News & comment on sustainable development

Mainstreaming Sustainable Development

Defra has reported on the Government's achievements towards mainstreaming sustainable development across its buildings and estates, the goods and services it buys, and the policies it makes.

Focusing on trees, we look at the Government's Forestry and woodlands policy statement, action on ash dieback, and UK support for the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020.

Among other news, a commitment to integrate health and social care services aims to achieve high quality care for better health and wellbeing. The Green Investment Bank has mobilised over £2.3 billion investment in the green economy, while the Green Growth Knowledge Platform is proposing indicators on global progress on green growth.

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UK Government news »

Government Progress in Mainstreaming Sustainable Development »

Government achievements towards mainstreaming sustainable development across its estates, the goods and services it buys, and the policies it makes.

» From the archive: The Coalition Government’s vision for sustainable development

» From the archive: Why the Government is mainstreaming sustainable development

Joining up health and social care »

Leaders in health and care commit to helping local areas integrate services to achieve high quality, compassionate care for better health and wellbeing.

» From the archive: First do no harm? The ethics of sustainable health and social care

Green Investment Bank accelerates transition to a green economy »

The Green Investment Bank, the first investment bank dedicated to greening the economy, has mobilised £2.3 billion of investment in low-carbon infrastructure.

» From the archive: Government and business working together for green growth

Valuing England’s National Parks »

A new report, Valuing England’s National Parks, shows the importance of National Parks as thriving rural economies contributing to national prosperity and well-being.

» From the archive: Sustainable Development in England’s National Parks

News round-up »

Big Society Capital, policy evidence plans, environment guidance for business, sustainable fisheries, EU action on climate change, funding environmental projects.

Trees, forests and woodland »

Sustaining and enhancing trees, forests and woodland »

The Government's Forestry and woodlands policy statement commits to protect, improve and expand woodlands. Recent projects address the particular threat to ash.

» Controlling ash dieback – the importance of biosecurity

» From the archive: Protecting trees and forests from increasing pests and diseases

UK joins Tropical Forests Alliance 2020 »

The UK has pledged support for the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, a partnership set up by the Consumer Goods Forum and the US Government to tackle deforestation.

» From the archive: UK commitments to source sustainable palm oil

International news »

Think.Eat.Save: the food that goes uneaten »

The international Think.Eat.Save campaign aims to support the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge and galvanize action to reduce food waste.

» From our archive: Hospitality and Food Service Agreement to reduce waste

» From our archive: Sustainability is changing the grocery business

Public procurement for sustainable and inclusive growth »

The OECD sets out lessons on public procurement systems in recognition of their economic significance and potential contribution to sustainable develoment.

» From our archive: New e-learning resource to open up sustainable procurement savings

Towards a common approach on green growth indicators »

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform proposes a set of headline indicators for monitoring progress on a greener economy and an international agenda for action for taking these forward.

» From our archive: Environmental Audit Committee report on the green economy

Business news »

The Circular Economy 100 »

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 helps businesses move to a circular economy model, in which resources circulate or re-enter the biosphere safely.

» From our archive: Circular economy business toolkit

» From our archive: Rethinking the future: Ellen MacArthur takes on a challenge that "really does matter"

Civil Society news »

Is sustainability still possible? »

State of the World 2013 asks whether a society guided by sustainability is even possible, considering how “sustainability” should be measured and how to attain it.

» From our archive: State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet

Research news »

Publications round-up: education, environmental monitoring, food policy, low-carbon transport »

Recent publications on education for sustainable development, environmental monitoring in Natural England, food policy and low-carbon land transport.

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