Tagged on: Africa

Reports and Books
Regional Synthesis Report on the Status of Pollution in the Western Indian Ocean Region
United Nations Environment Programme, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

The focus of this report is on land-based sources of marine pollution, typically addressed under the UNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) and the Nairobi Convention. It does not deal with sea-based sources of marine pollution (e.g. maritime transportation and offshore dumping of waste), which are typically dealt with under other international conventions.


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2009
Reports and Books
Freshwater under threat: Africa-Asia Summary - Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change.
United Nations Environment Programme

Africa and Asia's dependence on natural resources makes their people most vulnerable to environmental change. This vulnerability includes both natural and human phenomena, including climate change and variability, pollution, population growth, competition for water resources, data availability and quality, and knowledge gaps. Vulnerability assessments of water resources are urgently needed on both continents, as ecosystems are already endangered, threatening the livelihoods of the many poor who are least capable of adapting to environmental change.


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2008
1st Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) International Conference: Practical Conference Outcomes
United Nations Environment Programme
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2008
Guidelines for Impact Assessment in the Western Indian Ocean Region
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme Institutional authors

The purpose of these guidelines is to:
- Highlight the issues of concern in the WIO region, especially how transboundary impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems could foreclose future livelihood and development options.
- Provide guidance on how transboundary impacts should be assessed, using Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) tools.
- Advise on how best to develop and/or strengthen legal and administrative instruments in the WIO Region.
This document is primarily intended for people who have to make decisions on environmental issues through the impact assessment process, namely: national, provincial/state and local authorities who comment on impact assessment reports and make decisions about the environment and development. These authorities include, but are not limited to: local authorities, departments or ministries of environment, planning and land use, mines, energy, water, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, housing, roads, tourism, heritage and health.


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2007
Reports and Books
Banking on value: a new approach to credit risk in Africa
United Nations Environment Programme and ATF

This report was commissioned by United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) African Task Force (ATF) Prepared in partnership with the University of South Africa Center for Corporate Citizenship (UNISA CCC)


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2007
Reports and Books
Banking on value: a new approach to credit risk in Africa
United Nations Environment Programme

A report of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) African Task Force (ATF).


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2007
Reports and Books
Reactive nitrogen in the environment
United Nations Environment Programme

This non-technical report summarizes the present scientific understanding of the major issues surrounding reactive nitrogen, and discusses the overarching environmental, human health and economic issues created by both excesses and deficiencies. The report provides case studies of effective policy implementation and reviews emerging policies to show how negative impacts associated with reactive nitrogen may be successfully addressed locally, nationally and regionally, given similar challenges, shared experiences and effective solutions.


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2007
2006-2007 UNEP/ UNESCO / AAU / UNU/GVU Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability into African Universities Partnership AWARDS
United Nations Environment Programme

The MESA Universities Partnership aims to enhance the quality and policy relevance of university education in Africa through the implementation of environment and sustainability as an underlying topic in diverse curricula and as practice in all other aspects of university life.


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2007
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Evaluacion del Medio Ambiente Cubano - GEO Cuba
Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente (CITMA)

La Evaluación del medio ambiente cubano GEO Cuba 2007 es el resultado de un proceso de consultas con organismos e instituciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales del país. La obra en sus seis capítulos recoge las principales tendencias sociales, económicas y ambientales de los últimos siete años. Asimismo, pretende relacionar las dimensiones humanas con los cambios que se han producido, así como las oportunidades que el medio ambiente proporciona para el bienestar humano. Ofrece también una perspectiva del futuro, y de las opciones políticas para solucionar los problemas ambientales actuales y emergentes.


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2007
Reports and Books
History of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)

Sustainable growth and development of Africa depend on the sustainable use of the continent's natural resources. The increasing degradation of the continent's environment and natural resources made it imperative for African Governments to put in place steps to safeguard these assets, including the adoption of the landmark Lagos Plan of Action in 1980, which proposed concrete measures to address the interface between environment and development of the region. The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was established in December 1985, following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt in order to promote regional cooperation in addressing environmental issues confronting the region. Being mindful of the link between poverty and the environment, the mandate AMCEN set for itself at its inception was to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa||ensure that basic human needs were met adequately and in a sustainable manner||ensure that social and economic development was realized at all levels||and ensure that agricultural activities and practices met the food security needs of the region.


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2007