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Dr. Trista Patterson is a consulting economist, synthesis author, and senior advisor for intragovernmental organizations (UN Environment, World Bank, Nordic countries, former US govt). She specializes in emerging/disruptive technology and innovation, economic policy and valuation, systems analysis and strategic foresight for improved return on investment for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Current projects guide globally influential public/private consortia in newmedia and economic development (green/circular economy/indicators). Her synthesis and fieldwork has covered remote and under-reported regions in the Arctic, Himalayas, Africa and Brazilian Amazon.

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An initiative for UN Environment to facilitate collaboration, ambitious goal setting, and achievements for the environment by the 20 most influential video game companies in the world (Sony, Microsoft, GoogleStadia, Rovio, Supercell, Sybo, Ubisoft, WildWorks others). The Playing For the Planet Alliance was formally launched 23 September 2019 at UN Headquarters, NYC, to harness the power of their platforms to take decisive action in response to the climate crisis.

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The new Green Economy Africa Synthesis Report -launched at the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) in March 2015 – highlights the key findings of agriculture, energy, water, fisheries, buildings, manufacturing, transport and tourism assessments carried out in eight African countries. (Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa).


This synthesis is a compilation of numerous Green Economy Scoping Studies, Assessments and Sectoral studies which were commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the request of respective governments. The reports examine the opportunities for, and challenges to, a green economy transition.

This synthesis summarizes incentives for ecosystem services relevant to countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) as the region faces pressing environmental and developmental challenges. Rural, mountainous, and marginalized areas are most deeply affected. Deforestation, changes in land use, and unsustainable soil and water management practices present physical challenges, while outmigration, gender inequality, and challenges to health, education, poor infrastructure and market access complicate poverty challenges.

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