Our Planet
Environmental Crime: Tackling the Greatest Threats to our Planet - Our Planet March 2017
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

This issue of UN Environment's flagship magazine, Our Planet focuses on Environmental Crime and features in-depth commentary, analysis and recommendations from a number of qualified contributing authors on this most topical of subjects. It also includes important updates on our work to tackle chemicals and waste crime, strengthening laws protecting endangered species and making environmental law work for planet and people.


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2017
Book/Report
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-efficient Electric Motors and Motor Systems
United Nations Environment Programme, United for Efficiency

The report guides policymakers on how to promote energy-efficient electric motors in their respective national markets. The report is part of a series of U4E reports on five product groups. The other reports in the series cover air conditioners, distribution transformers, lighting, and residential refrigerators. An additional overarching report, “Policy Fundamentals Guide,” provides crosscutting, general guidance critical to the establishment of​ ​a successful energy efficiency programme.


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2017
Assessment report
Strategic Report: Environment, Peace and Security: A Convergence of Threats
United Nations Environment Programme, International Criminal Police Organization

This report summarizes some of the key areas in which INTERPOL and UN Environment are developing their strategies and activities to counter environmental crime – a collective term describing any illegal activity carried out by a criminal entity to generate profits, which results in harm to our ecosystem, by damaging environmental quality, hastening biodiversity loss, and depleting natural resources.


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2016
Factsheet
Promoting low-GWP Refrigerants for Air-Conditioning Sectors in High-Ambient Temperature Countries (PRAHA)
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Factsheet on Promoting low-GWP Refrigerants for Air-Conditioning Sectors in High-Ambient Temperature Countries (PRAHA)


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Booklet/Brochure
Ebola & Great Apes
United Nations Environment Programme

There are direct links between Ebola outbreaks in humans and the contact with infected bushmeat from gorillas and chimpanzees


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Book/Report
Palm Oil Paradox : Sustainable Sustainable Solutions to save the great Apes
United Nations Environment Programme

This report highlights the need for the conservation community and the oil palm industry to find common ground on which to collaborate, and works towards the development of a global sustainable palm oil strategy for the benefit of humankind and biodiversity.


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Case Study
River Partners: Applying Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya Basin, Democratic Republic of the Congo
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2013-2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC) supported a pilot demonstration project on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Eco-DRR project aimed to reduce flood and gully erosion risks and support community livelihoods through applying Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya River basin, located in the outskirts of the capital Kinshasa. The project clearly demonstrated that Eco-DRR can be successfully applied through an IWRM framework. The overall success of the field demonstrations is evident by the strong community uptake of the interventions for their multiple benefits, including soil stabilization, flood and gully erosion risk reduction, as well as boosting agricultural yields and household incomes.


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Booklet/Brochure
Ecosystem based Adaptation
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Program, International Union for Conservation of Nature
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Policy/strategy document
Making the case for ecosystem-based adaptation: building resilience to climate change
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Program

Healthy ecosystems provide valuable services such as food, clean water, protection from disease, and flood and erosion control, while at the same time building resilience against climate change impacts. This has been recognized by the UNFCCC in decision 1/CP.16 inviting Parties to enhance action on adaptation by “building resilience of socio-ecological systems, including through economic diversification and sustainable management of natural resources”.


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Booklet/Brochure
Vision: A Prosperous Western Indian Ocean Region with Healthy Rivers, Coasts and Oceans
United Nations Environment Programme

The Nairobi Convention is a partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector, working towards a prosperous Western Indian Ocean Region with healthy rivers, coasts and oceans. It pursues this vision by providing a mechanism for regional cooperation, coordination and collaborative actions; it enables the Contracting Parties to harness resources and expertise from a wide range of stakeholders and interest groups; and in this way it helps solve inter-linked problems of the region’s coastal and marine environment.


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