UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series

  • img-PB3UNU-IAS Policy Briefs present analysis and policy recommendations for addressing sustainability challenges, in a short and accessible format. The series aims to inform high-level policymaking and debates, enhancing research uptake and providing actionable recommendations for decision-makers at the global, national and local levels.

    Each policy brief is the result of UNU-IAS research within the institute’s three thematic areas: sustainable societies, natural capital and biodiversity, and global change and resilience. Launched in 2015, the series is designed to complement more in-depth UNU-IAS academic publications such as journal articles, books and working papers. An external peer review process engages both scholarly experts and policymakers to ensure quality, accuracy and added value.

    This publication series is a key initiative for the policy development role that is at the core of the UNU-IAS mandate. It recognizes that strengthening links between research and policymaking is critical to advancing global sustainability, as emphasized in recent global agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    All UNU-IAS Policy Briefs are available to read and download through UNU Collections.

    Latest Policy Briefs


    Building Local Resilience Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction

    No. 22, 2021

    A new UNU-IAS Policy Brief provides recommendations on building local resilience platforms for disaster risk reduction. The brief, Building Local Resilience Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction, offers recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders concerned with creating multi-stakeholder platforms at the local level to bring together knowledge and resources for resilience building. It is authored by Riyanti Djalante, Mizan Bisri, Glenn Fernandez, Natsuko Imai, Osamu Saito, and Kenji Okazaki.

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    Landscape Approaches for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Agenda: Perspectives from Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes

    No. 21, 2020

    A new UNU-IAS Policy Brief provides recommendations on landscape approaches for the post-2020 biodiversity agenda. The brief offers recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders concerned with sustainability and nature conservation to take advantage of landscape approaches in achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity. It is authored by Maiko Nishi and Mari Yamazaki.

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    Sustainable Land Management in Asia: Applying a Land-Use Function Approach

    No. 20, 2020

    This UNU-IAS Policy Brief provides approaches and recommendations for sustainable land management in Asia, based on research conducted in Bangladesh, China, and Japan. The brief presents approaches for assessing the multiple functions embedded in land use and management and provides a set of recommendations for advancing sustainable land management, primarily for policymakers and practitioners in the public and private sectors in Asia. It is authored by Kikuko Shoyama, Zhichao Xue, Lin Zhen, and Md Giashuddin Miah.

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