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Aligning the financial system with sustainable development
  • Aligning the financial system with sustainable development
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2015
  • This paper summarises the case for linking the development of the financial system with green and inclusive policy objectives, highlights emerging innovation across the world, and offers a set of questions and themes to frame inputs and feedback to the Inquiry's work. This paper is based on an initial mapping of existing efforts to align the rules that govern the financial system with a green and inclusive economy, as well as inputs from the Inquiry's Advisory Council and dialogue with policymakers, financial institutions and civil society organisations. It i...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Green economy, Sustainable development

Atlas of our changing environment. A manual
  • Atlas of our changing environment. A manual
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2014
  • This booklet is a manual for GIS and remote sensing practitioners that provides a step-by-step method for communicating the scientific findings of time-series satellite imaging studies to a wide lay audience. It makes creative use of environmental stories, satellite images, aerial photos, maps and pictures to illustrate environmental change in a clear and comprehensible way. The ultimate aim is to make the scientific evidence compelling enough to stimulate sound environmental policy-making. This manual will be especially useful in learning how to effectively ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Environment, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Information and data

UNEP Yearbook 2014. Emerging issues in our global environment
  • UNEP Yearbook 2014. Emerging issues in our global environment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2014
  • The UNEP Yearbook compiles data on all areas of UNEP's work, divided into 10 chapters that cover different emerging issues. The chapter 'Excess Nitrogen in the Environment' focuses on the consequences of pollutants in the water cycle whereas the chapter 'The emergence of infectious disease' demonstrates the importance of access to clean water and sanitation in the battle against the spread of disease. The combination of different areas of focus demonstrates the diverse roles water and sanitation play.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Disease, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Health, Land management, Pollution, Resilience, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge, Water cycle

Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2014
  • The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)'Our Planet' magazine focuses on the interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas. The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation. The UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Achim Steiner, opens the publication. This is followed by feature articles by Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati and Razan Khalifa Al Mubara...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Ecosystems, Environment, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Mitigation, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Youth

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2014
  • This fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) provides a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the UN Decade on Biodiversity. It summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Biodiversity, Capacity building, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Knowledge management, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Participation, Pollution, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy mak...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality

Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • The Green Infrastructure approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost benefits. The case studies in this guide provide examples of GI options that address water management challenges, while delivering a number of significant co-benefits. T...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Investments, Rainwater harvesting, Risk management, River Basin Management, Urban areas, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Wetlands

Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2014
  • Using projects conducted in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this publication shows, in myriad ways, the direct benefits of adaptation actions and their capability to provide transitional pathways to green growth and sustainable development. It also shows how concrete demonstration actions can provide solutions that can move countries and communities in Africa towards climate-resilient development. The first part of the booklet presents "snapshots" of the many elements of the climate change context (including water scarcity, agricultural production, ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Drought, Energy, Floods, Forests, Green economy, Health, Land management, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water scarcity

Building disaster-resilient communities and economies
  • Building disaster-resilient communities and economies
  • United Nations Environment Programme Financing Initiative (UNEPFI). June 2014
  • The UNEPFI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative brings together insurers from around the world to help communities manage risk. The PSI Initiative's Global Resilience Project represents a phased approach to protecting communities from natural disasters. The report looks at disaster risk reduction measures assessed according to how much they cost, the economic benefits they bring and their potential to save lives and reduce the number of people adversely affected. The analysis also looks at downstream benefits and other advantages to communiti...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Desertification, Disasters, Drought, Drylands, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Environment, Financing, Floods, Information and data, Land management, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Risk management, River Basin Management, Rivers, Wetlands

Towards Integrated Water Resources Management. International experience in development of river basin organisations
  • Towards Integrated Water Resources Management. International experience in development of river basin organisations
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2014
  • This report looks at the development of River Basin Organisations (RBOs) in terms of availability of data, logical demarcation, adequate organisational design, clear mandates, stakeholder participation and transparent decision-making, integrated planning systems and capacity building amongst others. It contains five central chapters including a background on IWRM, Justification for river Basin Management through River Basin Organisations, Types of River Basin Organisations, Decentralisation and Subsidiarity and Development of River Basin Organisations.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Cost recovery, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Legal aspects, Participation, River Basin Management, Rivers

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Published in 2015