Tagged on: Asia and the Pacific

Reports and Books
Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific provides perspectives on a range of issues to advance implementation of the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF) Ministerial Declaration and the Plan of Action. It identifies key challenges and presents selected case studies, offering these as a basis for further regional energy cooperation initiatives.


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2015
Report of the Meeting - Twentieth Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
Workshop on Sound Management of Used Lead Acid Batteries: Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This is a report from a workshop on the environmentally sound management of used lead acid batteries (ULAB) held in Osaka, Japan on 26-27 November 2015. UNEP partners with governments and stakeholders to address the environmental and health risk pose by lead. Most of lead is used for batteries globally, and their unsound management and recycling are causing health and environmental
damage in many places. This small workshop was aimed at initiating the analysis of the trade, recycling and health/environmental impact of ULAB, and elaborate on possible UNEP activities to address this issue, starting with some countries in Asia. Draft analysis was presented at the workshop, and the development of regional, subregional and national strategies was proposed.


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2015
Report of the 18th MERRAC Focal Points Meeting & the 10th Competent National Authorities Meeting
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
Reports and Books
Investing in Natural Capital for a Sustainable Future in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Asian Development Bank

Natural capital has been a key contributor to the subregion’s rapid economic growth over the past 3 decades or so. However, the subregion’s key natural capital stocks are in a state of decline. This is evident by the degradation of arable land||considerable losses in forests, wetlands, and mangroves||and many species of fauna and flora becoming endangered or even extinct. The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is poised to continue developing at a significant pace.


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2015
Reports and Books
Indicators for a resource efficient and green Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

This report reveals the patterns and the evolution of natural resource use in Asia and the Pacific region over the last 40 years. The analysis shows that resource use in the region is both inefficient and unsustainable. The Asia-Pacific region will not be able to base its future economic growth on declining costs of natural resources as was possible during most of the twentieth century. An increasing reliance on resources from abroad and volatility in the global resource markets will pose challenges to the economic resilience of countries in the region. In this new economic context resource efficiency and decoupling of economic growth and resource use will be fundamental to the economic success of the region. Nevertheless there is a window of opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to invest in policies and the infrastructure that will support resource efficiency in the decades to come. Acting now will reduce economic vulnerability, especially of low income groups, and will help secure the competitiveness of tomorrow in a low carbon resource efficient global economy.


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2015
Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development
22-26 September 2014, Shanghai, China
Theme: Ecosystems Management and Sustainable Development


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2014
Reports and Books
Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific : a practical guide
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

This guide aims to provide an insight in to various questions about mainstreaming as well as provide a practical step-by-step framework on how to mainstream climate change into PICTs development plannimg and decision-making process. The approach recommended in this guide combines standard policy cycles that are commonly used in the Pacific and elsewhere round the world with analytical inputs from the climate risk management (CRM) framework.


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2014
Serials
The Future of the Aral Sea Lies in Transboundary Cooperation - WMO Bulletin;Based on the UNEP Global Environment Alert Service (GEAS) bulletin January 2014
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Diversion of water sources has caused the Aral Sea in Central Asia to decline significantly over the past five decades. It has broken into several smaller seas, leaving behind a vast desert and a multitude of environmental, economic and social problems. Recent restorative action has produced a rebound in the fishing industry in what is now the North Aral Sea, possibly indicating a turn for the better, but it has come at the expense of the South Aral Sea which was starved of water flow when the Kok- Aral dam was constructed. Although the water levels of the Aral Sea may never return to pre-1960s levels, transboundary co-operation on the implementation of and compliance with conservation policies and activities provides some hope for the survival of the Aral Sea and security of livelihoods in the region.


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2014
Nineteenth Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan: Report of the Meeting
United Nations Environment Programme
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2014