The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) unveils global standard for sustainability

Since 2010, Bright Green Learning has been engaging with groups aiming to improve the Aluminium industry’s environmental, social and governance performance throughout its value chain.  Specifically, since 2013 BGL has been actively supporting IUCN as coordinator of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standard-setting process, in process design and facilitation. We are therefore particularly delighted to announce that in December 2014, following a series of face-to-face meetings and two rounds of public consultations, leaders from the aluminium value chain unveiled a new comprehensive standard that aims to improve the industry: the “ASI Performance Standard Version 1 (Part I: Principles and Criteria)”.  More >>

Developing Public Private Development Partnerships (PPDP) for poverty alleviation

Learning about Public Private Development Partnerships (PPDP) as an approach to vocational training is the focus of this new tool that will be of interest to others thinking about innovative ways to strengthen vocational training for poverty alleviation. Addressing what makes the Public Private Development Partnerships (PPDP) approach successful and what to watch out for, this tool also provides How-To guidance, from concept development to implementation, based on experience in Iraq, Ethiopia and Uruguay. This guide was produced by the Learning and Knowledge Development (LKD) Facility – written by Bright Green Learning’s Gillian Martin Mehers as learning expert.  The LKD Facility is an initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Decoupling economic growth from environmental impacts

How can the EU shift onto a pathway where its resource use and the associated environmental impacts decline in absolute terms while the economy continues to thrive?  How can we decouple growth from resource use and its environmental impacts?

DYNAMIX – an EU funded project – aims to identify dynamic and robust policy mixes that can lead to decoupling the environmental impact of EU resource use from economic growth.  Having facilitated the three DYNAMIX policy platform meetings, we share with you this set of 15 case studies and a summary report “Evaluating existing policy mixes to identify solutions for EU resource efficiency” as part of the journey towards clear policy recommendations to provide EU and national policy-makers with tangible support towards implementing powerful resource-efficiency policies.

Building the Future with Women’s Vision

This is the tag-line of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, which will be celebrating the 10th edition of its global meeting this year from the 15th to 17th of October in Deauville, France.  For the last few years Bright Green Learning has been involved in the Forum, including running opening and closing sessions, as well as environmental panels.  (Gillian was particularly honored when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – one of the founding members and current Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma – joined one of her panel sessions! ) And at this year’s global meeting, entitled “Leading for a More Equitable World”  we are proud to announce that Gillian will be the MC.  See you there!

Champions for improved Transboundary Watershed Management

It’s wonderful when you get great feedback from the implementation of initiatives in the field, so we were thrilled to read this story about the success of the BRIDGE project’s Champions Network in Mesoamerica.  Read the News Story here >>.

For more information about the BRIDGE project, including leadership development with the champions networks, read the BRIDGE brochure >>.

New Partnership for World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism







In June 2014, UNESCO and cruise operator Seabourn announced a $1 million, 6-year partnership aimed at reinforcing protection for World Heritage and promoting sustainable tourism.  Since the October 2011 expert meeting to design a World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme, these organizations and others have made great strides demonstrating shared commitment in safeguarding World Heritage by promoting sustainable tourism at these iconic destinations. Read about the partnership and the UNESCO WHST Programme.


Updated 3D Aerial Mapping for Natural Resources Management

Those who joined us for TEDxEcoleHotelièreLausanne back in 2013, you will remember that we invited Olivier Kung, founder of Pix4D, to speak about the major breakthroughs in 3D aerial mapping technologies.  Well an updated version of Pix4Dmapper is out now, along with new webpages describing applications for the technology, including natural resource management, agriculture and disaster response.  You’ll also find case studies, such as Saltmarsh vegetation monitoring in Scotland, monitoring the accretion of new saltmarsh to the reserve and identifying small ephemeral pools suitable for rare species such as Tadpole Shrimp and Natterjack Toad that utilize such fringe habitats.  Exciting stuff!


Climate Change Adaptation: Using Indigenous knowledge and gender-sensitive approaches

Congratulations to the team – the report is now online. Read the report of the UNFCCC technical expert workshop (Bonn, April 2014) on the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and gender-sensitive approaches to climate change adaptation.  The report includes identification of good practices, opportunities and challenges, concluding with recommendations for consideration by the Adaptation Committee and SBSTA under the Nairobi Work Programme.


Occupational Health and Safety: Focus on the root causes of non-communicable diseases

Over the last few years we’ve been working with a service addressing Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) within a United Nations agency.  In one workshop we reviewed recent OHS literature and explored key ideas emerging.  The message seemed clear: overwhelming scientific evidence shows that non-communicable diseases are caused by lifestyle (stress, alcohol, tobacco, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet) and eliminating these root causes needs to be the focus of OHS operations and policy.   Some key articles:

Water and Biodiversity Management in Holcim

This summer, IUCN and Holcim celebrate the conclusion of a successful relationship producing important tools for the cement and aggregates sector. Read the full news story on the IUCN website.

It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with these organizations throughout this seven-year relationship and we are delighted to know that training in the use of the Integrated Biosiversity Management System and its implementation continues in great hands.

For more on the outputs of this relationship: Visit the Biodiversity pages on the Holcim website (featuring graphic illustration by our friend Tom Benthin); or read the Managing Biodiversity at Holcim Brochure.


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