United Nations Environment Programme Faith for Earth Initiative

In 2008, the United Nations passed a resolution to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, and established the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Development in 2010. The task force is composed of 19 United Nations organizations, including United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Following a series of initiatives and conventions organized in partnership with faith-based organizations, UNEP launched the Faith for Earth Initiative in November 2017. The goal of Faith for Earth is to strategically engage with faith-based organizations and partner with them to collectively achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and fulfill the objectives of the 2030 Agenda. On July 15-16, the UN Office at Nairobi hosted Laudato Si’ Generation: Young People Caring for Our Common Home,” an international conference on the 4th anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ and the 5th anniversary of the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA).

UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology have agreed to unite efforts by drawing on UNEP’s extensive knowledge of ecological issues and the Forum’s comprehensive website on the world’s religions. As Iyad Abu Moghli, the UN Principal Coordinator of Faith for Earth Initiative, wrote: “I have had several very constructive and fruitful meetings during the Abrahamic Traditions and Environmental Change Workshop that was held June 23-26 in Rhodes, Greece. Faith for Earth has agreed with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology to unite efforts and strengthen one knowledge platform building on the vast and extensive work of the Forum over the past two decades.”

On October 8, 2020, the book Faith for Earth — A Call for Action was launched during the Faith for Nature Global Conference in Skálhol, Iceland. This booklet published by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Parliament of the World’s Religions describes the essential, unshakeable reverence that all religions have for creation and nature, and introduces the world’s major life support systems.


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UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

Resources for Faith-Based Organizations:
* Communication resources in 8 languages
* Interested FBOs may use the social media cards to show their action in different ecosystems. FBOs and others can add the organization logo next to the UN Decade logo to share FBO action.
* UN Decade Brand Guide
* Use #GenerationRestoration when posting on Social Media to connect FBO actions for the UN Decade. All actions are collected here.


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See also:

UN Environment Vision on Engagement with Faith-Based Organizations

UN Environment Strategy on Engaging with Faith-Based Organizations

UN Environment Foresight Brief - Faith for Earth

Faith for Earth Dialogue United Nations Environment Assembly 4 Synthesis Paper

Environmental and Humanitarian Faith-based Organizations



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Chemicals and Waste / Pollution


Bioremediation of soils saturated with spilled crude oil / N. Ali et al. Scientific Reports 10(1), 2020.

Co-gasification and co-combustion of industrial solid waste mixtures and their implications on environmental emissions, as an alternative management / C. F. Valdés et al. Waste Management 101, 2020.

Comparison of lead contamination among related scavenging birds sharing food sources: A call for caution when using surrogate species / , P. I. Plaza et al. Ibis, 2020.

An efficient waste management system with municipal solid waste incineration plant / M. Ozturk and I. Dincer Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 2020.

Electronic waste collection systems using Internet of Things (IoT): Household electronic waste management in Malaysia / K. D. Kang et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 252, 2020.

Estimation of plastic waste inputs from land into the Caspian Sea: A significant unseen marine pollution / M. Ghayebzadeg et al. Marine Pollution Bulletin 151, 110871, 2020.

Learning from the past and considering the future of chemicals in the environment / A.C. Johnson et al. Science 367(6476), 2020.

Management of ship-generated food waste and sewage on the Baltic Sea: A review / Vaneeckhaute, C. and Fazli, A. Waste Management102, 2020.

Marine debris—An emerging threat to the reef areas of Gulf of Mannar, India / J.K. Patterson et al. Marine Pollution Bulletin 151, 110793, 2020.

Potential microbial drivers of biodegradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in crude oil sludge using composting technique: Microbial drivers of biodegradation of PAH in crude oil sludge using composting technique / Obi, Linda, et al Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 2020.

Recent developments in environmental mercury bioremediation and its toxicity: A review / S. Kumari et al. Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management 13, 100283, 2020.

Review on plastic wastes in marine environment – Biodegradation and biotechnological solutions / G. Kumar et al. Marine Pollution Bulletin 150, 110733, 2020.


Climate Change


Behaviour change not climate change / J. Rutter. Property Journal Jan/Feb 2020, 54-55.

Climate change, ecosystems and abrupt change: Science priorities / M.G. Turner et al.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375 (1794), 2020.

Climate change and ecosystems: Threats, opportunities and solutions / Y. Malhi et al.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375, 20190104, 2020.

Climate change will drive novel cross-species viral transmission / C.J. Carlson et al. bioRxiv 2020.

Coal and carbonization in Sub-Saharan Africa / J.C. Steckel et al. Nature Climate Change 10, 83-88, 2020.

Gender in climate change, agriculture and natural resource policies: Insights from East Africa / E. Ampaire et al. Climatic Change 158(1), 43-60, 2020.

How small daily choices play a huge role in climate change: the disposable paper cup environmental bane / S. Foteinis. Journal of Cleaner Production 27 January 2020.

Learning from climate change perceptions in southern African cities / Steynor, A. et al. Climate Risk Management 27,  100202, 2020.

Natural halogens buffer tropospheric ozone in a changing climate / F. Iglesias-Suarez et al. Nature Climate Change 10, 147-154, 2020.

Nature-based approaches to managing climate change impact in cities / S.E. Hobbie and N.B. Grimm. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 27 January 2020.

Seeking for a climate change mitigation and adaptation nexus: Analysis of a long-term power system expansion/ K. Handayani et al. Applied Energy 262, 2020.

The two faces of ozone. Nature Climate Change 10, 97, 2020.


Disasters and Conflict


Climate disruption and planning: Resistance or retreat? / M. Scott and M. Lennon. Planning Theory & Practice 21(1), 2020.

The dark side of environmental peacebuilding / T. Ide. World Development 127, 2020.

A framework to assess integration in flood risk management: implications for governance, policy, and practice / L. Cumiskey et al. Ecology & Society 24 (4), 1-13, 2020.

Involving citizens in sharing disaster experiences across areas: An investigation into disaster-stricken communities and observing communities / T. Kato et al. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 42, 2020.

The mechanism of disaster capitalism and failure to build community resilience in post-disaster situations: Learning from L’Aquila earthquake / A.J. Imperiale et al. Disasters 2020.

Natural disasters, aid distribution, and social conflict-micro-level evidence from 2015 earthquake in Nepal / A.D. Juan et al. World Development 126, 2020.

Practitioner perspectives of disaster resilience in international development / A. Keating et al. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 42, 2020.

State and Societal responses to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean history / Q.P. Dauer. History Compass 2020.

Sustainability of post-disaster and post-conflict sheltering in Africa: what matters? / F. Pomponi et al. Sustainable Production and Consumption 20, 140-150, 2020.

Towards a legal toolkit for disaster resilience and transformation / D. Mataya. Disasters 2010.

Vulnerability and resilience of the tourism sector in India: Effects of natural disasters and internal conflict / M.R. Barbhuiya et al. Tourism Management Perspective 33, 2020.


Ecosystem Management / Oceans and Seas


Aligning biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in spatial planning: Focus on ecosystem processes / K. Van der Biest et al.  Science of The Total Environment 712, 2020.

Company engagement with supply chains to protect biodiversity and rare, threatened, and endangered species / R.M. Kashmanian. Environmental Quality Management, 2020.

Ecosystem accounting’s potential to support coastal and marine governance/ W. Chen et al. Marine Policy 112, 2020.

Environmentally Sensitive Areas to Land Degradation and Desertification (LDD) at the Global Level: Updating the MEDALUS‐ESA Framework for Worldwide LDD Assessment / A. Ferrara et al Land Degradation & Development, 2020.

European firms’ corporate biodiversity disclosures and board gender diversity from 2002 to 2016 / F. Haque and M.J.  Jones. The British Accounting Review 2020.

Forest management influences the effects of streamside wet areas on stream ecosystems / M. Erdozain et al. Ecological Applications 2020.

From marine deserts to algal beds: Treptacantha elegans revegetation to reverse stable degraded ecosystems inside and outside a No‐take marine reserve / A. Medrano et al. Restoration Ecology, 2020.

Getting the most out of citizen science for endangered species such as Whale Shark / G. Araujo et al. Journal of Fish Biology, 2020.

Mitigation of ozone damage to the world’s land ecosystems by source sector / N. Unger et al. Nature Climate Change, 2020.

Mountain-to-sea ecological-resource management: Forested watersheds, coastal aquifers, and groundwater dependent ecosystems / C.A. Wada et al. Resource and Energy Economics 59, 2020.

Multiple values for the management and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystem services / S. Chakraborty et al. Ecosystem Services 41, 2020.

The socioeconomic value of multiple ecosystem types at a biosphere reserve as a baseline for one holistic conservation plan / O. Raviv et al. Ecosystem Services 41, 2020.

Understanding the fate of shrimp aquaculture effluent in a mangrove ecosystem: aiding management for coastal conservation / K.E. Hargan. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2020.


Environmental Governance


Does Tanzania participatory forest management policy achieve its governance? / K. Magessa et al. Forest Policy and Economics 111, 2020.

The effect of environmental policy tools on regional green innovation: Evidence from China / C. Shen et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 254, 120122, 2020.

An empirical analysis of government direct environmental regulation and heterogeneous innovation investment / W. Wu et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 254, 120079, 2020.

Gendered woodcutting practices and institutional bricolage process – the case of woodcutting permits in Burkina Faso / J. Friman. Forest Policy and Economics 111, 2020.

Governance principles for community-centered conservation in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework / D. Armitage et al. Conservation Science and Practice 2020.

The influence of governance rearrangements on flood risk management in kampala, Uganda/ S. chereni et al. Environmental Policy and Governance, 2020.

Opportunities for women in the green economy and environmental sectors / G. Nhamo et al. Sustainable Development 2020.

Study of International Regulatory Co-operation (IRC) arrangements for air quality: The cases of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement, and co-operation in North East Asia / C. Kauffmann and C. Saffirio. OECD Regulatory Policy Working Papers 12, 2020.

The making of a conservation landscape: Towards a practice of interdependence / A. Toomey. Conservation & Society 18(1), 25-36, 2020.

The path analysis of carbon emission: A case study of the Silk Road Economic Belt / Y. Kong et al. Environmental Engineering Research 25(1), 71-79, 2020.

Valuing development, environment and conservation: Creating values that matter / D. Pumamita et al. Conservation & Society 18(1), 68-69, 2020.


Resource Efficiency / Circular Economy


Designing business models in circular economy: A systematic literature and research agenda / P. Centobelli et al. Business Strategy and the Environment, 2020.

Determinants of renewable energy production in transition economies: A panel data approach / W. Przychodzena. et al. Energy 191, 2020.

Education for sustainable consumption: A social reconstructivism model / S. McGregor. Canadian Journal of Education 42(3), 745-766, 2019.

Eliminating plastic pollution: How a voluntary contribution from industry will drive the circular plastics economy / A. Forrest et al. Frontiers in Marine Science 2019.

Empirical assessment of the circular economy of selected European countries / T. Škrinjarí. Journal of Cleaner Production 255,  120246, 2020.

Empowering sustainable consumption by giving back to consumers the ‘Right to Repair’ / R.J. Hernandez et al. Sustainability 2020.

The impacts of economic growth, trade openness and technological progress on renewable energy use in organization for economic co-operation and development countries / M.M. Alama. Renewable Energy 145, 2020.

Municipal solid waste to clean energy system: A contribution toward sustainable development / Z. Usmani et al. Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2020.

Opportunities for women in the green economy and environmental sectors / G. Nhamo and C. Mukonza. Sustainable Development, 2020.

Pathways to circular construction: An integrated management of construction and demolition waste for resource recovery / S.H. Ghaffar et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 244, 2020.

Sustainable consumption from the consumer’s perspective: Antecedents of solar innovation adoption / K.K. Kapoora et al. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 152, 2020.

Sustainability and consumption: what’s gender got to do with it?/ B. Bloodhard et al. Journal of Social Issues 2020.

Toward eco-efficient production of natural nanofibers from industrial residue: Eco-design and quality assessment / L. Berglund et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 255, 120274, 2020.

Towards a circular economy: A comprehensive study of higher heat values and emission potential of various municipal solid wastes / M. Bagheria et al. Waste Management 101, 2020.


Sustainable Development Goals / Environmental Data and Information


Analysis of obstacles to sustainable development of ecotourism in nature reserves in Liaoning province / X. Lu et al. Journal of Resources & Ecology 11(1), 50-58, 2020.

Are we on the right path to achieve the sustainable development goals? / J.D. Moyer et al. World Development 127, 2020.

The cost of saving our ocean-estimating the funding gap of sustainable development goal 14 / D.F. Johansen et al. Marine Policy 112, 2020.

The importance of achieving foundational sustainable development in reducing global risk / T. Cernev et al. Futures 115, 2020.

Reduced biodiversity in modernized villages: A conflict between sustainable development goals / Z.M. Rosin et al. Journal of Applied Ecology 2020.

Sustainable development goal disclosure: Do they support responsible consumption and production? / J. Gunawan et al. Journal of Cleaner production 246, 2020.

The role of artificial intelligence in achieving the sustainable development goals / R. Vinuesa et al. Nature Communications 11, 1-10, 2020.

The Southern origins of sustainable development goals: Ideas, actors, aspirations / S. Fukuda-Parr et al. World Development 126, 2020.

To achieve a sustainable blue future, progress assessment must include interdependencies between the sustainable development goals / K.L. Nash et al. One Earth 2020.

Tracking the sustainable development goals: Emerging measurement challenges and further reflections / H.A.H. Dang et al. World Development 2020.




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