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Costs of Inaction on the Sound Management of Chemicals

Costs of Inaction on the Sound Management of Chemicals
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2013
  • Harmful chemicals damage the environment, thus impairing its ability to provide environmental goods (such as food and water) and ecosystem services (such as air and water purification). This document provides a practical assessment of the current state of knowledge of the economic costs of inaction on the sound management of chemicals. It aims to raise political awareness of the benefits stated in economic terms of providing resources to sound management of chemicals and to strengthen the rationale for inclusion of sound chemicals management priorities into national development policies and plans. It also aspires to build capacity for ongoing assessment at international, national, and local levels through demonstration and practical application of proven techniques. The report includes an extensive literary review in order to identify economic information on the health, environmental, and development planning effects of harmful chemicals. Chemicals reviewed within the scope of study include industrial, minerals and metals, agricultural, household chemicals and pharmaceuticals among others.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Environment, Health, Industry, Pollution
  • Main target audience: Ministries, National administrations, Policy makers, Political leaders
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Assessment, Awareness raising
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Facts and figures, Key messages, Recommendations
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Published in 2015