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Our Planet: Greening business
  • Our Planet: Greening business
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2014
  • The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity. In particular the article 'Achieving more with Less' focuses on access to clean water as the world¿s biggest future challenge, citing the consequences of water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation as impacting factors on food and energy security as well as health and livelihood. [Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Energy, Forests, Green economy, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water efficiency, Water quality, Water scarcity

UNEP 2013 Annual Report
  • UNEP 2013 Annual Report
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). March 2014
  • The 2013 Annual Report lays out the highlights of UNEP's work in 2013, focusing on UNEP's achievement in the key focus areas of Climate Change; Disasters and Conflicts; Ecosystem Management; Environmental Governance; Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste; Resource Efficiency; and Sustainable Consumption and Production. There is specific reference to the impacts on and necessity for water, the human reliance upon this resource and the scarcity caused by our changing environment. Water as a theme runs throughout, but is more clearly summarised under the title ...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Ecosystems, Environment, International trade, Resilience, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water scarcity

The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2014
  • This paper looks at the diminishing level of the Aral Sea and the multitude of economical, environmental and social problems this has caused. This is an interactive paper, with links to a video and interactive map as well as satellite images demonstrating the shrinking of the sea. The paper answers why this issue is important and provides the findings in support, demonstrating the status today plotted against previous years, the impacts and responses and concluding with the implications for policy.
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Drought, Ecosystems, Environment, Livelihoods, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water cycle, Water governance, Water scarcity

Assessing global Land Use: Balancing consumption with sustainable supply. Executive summary

Assessing global Land Use: Balancing consumption with sustainable supply
  • Assessing global Land Use: Balancing consumption with sustainable supply
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2014
  • This report explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the field to the sustainable management of global land use as a whole. Specifically, this report looks at the impacts of global trends - population growth, urbanization, and changes in diets and consumption behaviors - on global land use dynamics, considering the consequences for biodiversity, the supply of food, fibres and fuel, and the long-las...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Ecosystems, Energy, Food security, Human resources, Land degradation, Land management, Monitoring

Guidance manual on value transfer methods for ecosystem services
  • Guidance manual on value transfer methods for ecosystem services
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • The purpose of this guidance manual is to show how the value of ecosystem services can be estimated and incorporated into decision making. Specifically, it is designed to help a broad audience of conservation managers, government officials, private sector managers, NGOs, and statisticians to understand the available information on the values of ecosystem services and how this information can be transferred to inform the decisions that they make. The specific objective of the manual is to explain how the method of value transfer can be used to provide such inf...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Valuation

Dniester without borders. Project results: Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin: PHASE III ¿ Implementation of the Action Programme (DNIESTER-III). Executive summary
  • Dniester without borders. Project results: Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin: PHASE III ¿ Implementation of the Action Programme (DNIESTER-III). Executive summary
  • Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), Organization Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • This publication delivers results from the project 'Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin.' The project was led and implemented by three of the ENVSEC partners UNECE, OSCE and UNEP. The publication summarizes project activities and describes transboundary water monitoring, fish fauna conservation, information sharing on the basin level, public awareness, reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change and the development and signing of the Moldovan-Ukrainian Dniester River basin Treaty. It aims to provide...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Floods, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Rivers, Transboundary waters, Water management

Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Climate Change: Implications for Shared Water Resources in the West Asia Region. Executive summary

Research priorities on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. Responding to the climate change challenge
  • Research priorities on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. Responding to the climate change challenge
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • Climate variability and change affect virtually all physical, biological and human systems on the planet. A major challenge of the research community is to provide relevant information to policymakers on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in the context of a changing climate and to do so in a coherent and coordinated way. This report consists of 33 topics presented in three sections: Information to Support Policymaker Decisions, Systems and Regions and Emerging Topics. Each of the 33 topics includes a description of why the research is needed, followed by ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Energy, Participation, Vulnerability

Guidelines for national waste management strategies. Moving from challenges to opportunities
  • Guidelines for national waste management strategies. Moving from challenges to opportunities
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • Poor waste management can lead to some significant environmental and health hazards. For example, leachate from waste can contaminate soil and water, open burning of waste can cause air pollution, and a failure to use recycled materials from waste means an acceleration of the depletion of raw' materials. In June 2012 the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development adopted, as part of the main outcome document, "The Future we Want", a call for countries to develop and enforce comprehensive national and local waste management policies, strategies, laws...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Recycling, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water treatment

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Published in 2015