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Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Reconciling Economic Growth and Forest Protection
  • Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Reconciling Economic Growth and Forest Protection
  • World Bank. February 2013
  • This study analyzes the current and future pressures exerted by different sectors of the economy on Congo Basin forests, and highlights policy options to limit deforestation while pursuing inclusive, green growth. Emerging environmental finance mechanisms, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) under the climate change negotiations, may provide additional resources to help countries protect their forests. The structure of this report is as follows: - Chapter 1 gives an overview of the forests of the Congo Basin, includin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Livelihoods, Mining, Sustainable development

From Rio to Rio. A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies
  • From Rio to Rio. A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies
  • Global Environmental Facility (GEF). June 2012
  • This book provides a succinct narrative and analysis of the 20 year history of GEF projects. While the Rio +20 conference provided the initial rationale for the book, it is intended to have lasting value for anyone interested in issues about the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, or about the institutional framework for sustainable development. The book also draws on the tangible experience of GEF projects in the field and offers compelling and pertinent stories that demonstrate the GEF's accomplishments, evolutio...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Community participation, Ecosystems, Energy, Financing, Forests, Green economy, Investments, Sustainable development, Transboundary waters

Water Issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Challenges and Opportunities
  • Water Issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Challenges and Opportunities
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2011
  • This report highlights the need for a better understanding of the critical role of ecosystem services in securing national and MDG targets of providing people with safe and sustainable sources of water. The study focuses on the key challenges in the water sector, which in the case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are strongly centred on drinking water supply. This technical report comprises an integral part of the broader United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) post-conflict environmental assessment (PCEA) of the DRC. The UNEP PCEA aims to ev...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Ecosystem services, Groundwater, Infrastructure, Legal aspects, Pollution, Rural areas, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water demand, Water governance, Water quality, Water supply, Watersheds

Africa Water Atlas
  • Africa Water Atlas
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2010
  • This Atlas is a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of photos. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change. The Atlas starts with a special feature that focuses on the often two-sided nature of water issues in Africa: surplus and scarcity, under-developed and overexploited and challenges and opportuniti...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Dams, Drinking water, Energy, Environment, Food security, Gender, Groundwater, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pollution, River Basin Management, Rural areas, Sanitation, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water allocation, Water availability, Water balance, Water demand, Water governance, Water quality, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds, Wetlands

Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service
  • Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2010
  • This report, commissioned as a contribution to the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, focuses on the importance of inland fisheries as an ecosystem service that significantly contributes to food production and livelihoods in many parts of the world but at the same time depends upon a sustained supply of freshwater of appropriate quality and sustainable ecosystems functioning. The assessment looks at the pressures and the drivers of ecosystems degradation that affect inland fisheries, and reviews opportunities on how to m...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Northern America
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Livelihoods, Sustainable development, Water conservation

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