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Dr. Trista Patterson is a Sustainability Executive with over 24 years of experience in public and private sectors. She currently serves as Director of Sustainability at Microsoft.  She has formed & advises numerous, large industry and NGO alliances, including the UN Playing For the Planet Alliance, representing the activity of ~1.5 Billion consumers.  Her former roles include Chief Economist at UN Environment Partner Agency GRID-Arendal, and Senior Economist and Founder/Director of Research for the US Department of Agriculture Sustainable Operations, the pioneering unit which created the first methodologies to Carbon Footprint US Government Operations, and the emergence of US Government Natural Capital Accounts. She advises private sector entities on ESG regulations and reporting, roadmapping carbon & renewables, and AI for Sustainability, and advises intragovernmental organizations (UN Environment, World Bank, Nordic countries) on policy for emerging technology, public private partnerships, and private sector support of the SDGs.  She is multilingual with extensive global experience across the Americas & Europe, Africa, with extended field studies in the HImalayas, the Arctic & 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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