Tagged on: China

Reports and Books
Integrated Assessment of Trade Liberalization and Trade-Related Policies: UNEP Country Projects – Round II: A Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This document provides a synthesis of the integrated assessment studies conducted in the third, most recent, round of country projects commissioned by UNEP, which focused on the rice sector. Over the past two years, UNEP has worked closely with national institutions in China, Colombia, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Viet Nam to identify the environmental, social and economic implications of trade liberalization in the rice sector.


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National Report: The Role of China’s Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations in Marine Litter Control
United Nations Environment Programme, Northwest Pacific Action Plan

A number of environmental non-governmental organizations ENGOs have taken substantial measures to control marine litter in China. However, in comparison to other member states within and outside of the region, Chinese ENGO activities have been relatively under-recognized by the public, the local government, and regional and international organizations. In order to facilitate
the communication and collaboration of other partners (e.g. governments, regional and international organizations, private sectors and the public) with Chinese ENGOs under the GPML framework, the author presents this national report on the work of Chinese ENGOs in marine litter control under the SSFA signed between CRAES and NOWPAP RCU. This report aims to provide the most up-to-date information regarding their activities and an in-depth analysis of their legal status, which is highly relevant to their development.


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Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management Approaches to Support the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Targets 14.1 and 14.2 - Conceptual Guidelines. UN Environment Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 207
United Nations Environment Programme
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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Contributions to Reducing Global Emissions - Third Report
United Nations Environment Programme, The 1 Gigaton Coalition

Providing real world examples of RE and EE initiatives in developing countries, this report features six in-depth case studies of ongoing programmes and policies in cities throughout the world. These case studies demonstrate the compounding benefits to human health, the economy, and environment that result from smartly planned RE and EE efforts. The cases feature collaborative initiatives in which the public sector and private companies work together to develop, implement, and scale climate action.


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Overview Report III: Existing National, Regional, and Global Regulatory Frameworks Addressing Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
United Nations Environment Programme, International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP)

This report aims to serve as a compendium of information that provides an overview of existing national, regional and global regulatory frameworks and policy initiatives that address EDCs. In particular, the report has a focus on frameworks that explicitly address EDCs (i.e., frameworks that consider both adverse effects and their endocrine causes in the assessment of chemical(s)). Explicit frameworks from countries and regions across five continents are identified and information essential for understanding their basic functioning is summarized (including their scope and general processes, public participation and stakeholder involvement, processes relevant for EDCs, criteria utilized, and data requirements).


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Problems And Prospects Desertification of Desertification Control in the ESCAP Region
United Nations Environment Programme, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Desertification has always been one of the major environmental problems of the developing countries in Asia as well as Australia. To focus world attention on this serious problem, the United Nations Conference on Desertification was convened in 1977 and adopted a Plan of Action to Combat Desertification for promoting and catalysing concerted efforts to counter this disaster. Echoing the recommendations of the Con- ference, the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 32/172, requested the regional commissions to support national efforts and co-operate with governments in their plans to combat deser-tification. In response, ESCAP organized a Technical Workshop in October 1981 to consider the steps taken by the Governments of the region to implement the Plan of Action.
After reviewing the problems, progress and prospects in combating desertification, the Workshop felt that the order of priorities of the Plan of Action should be rearranged so as to ensure more efficient use of resources while recommending a series of activities in research, monitoring, training and information for concerted action at the regional level.


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Cleaner Production Worldwide
United Nations Environment Programme

This booklet aims to show through examples that by applying cleaner production, industry and consumers anywhere in the world can gain environmental benefits while reducing costs. The purpose of this booklet is to illustrate the variety of approaches that are possible and to stimulate readers to find similar cost-effective solutions. The applications here range from low to high technology. They show examples from small and medium sized enterprises, large industrial companies, and from plants in rural locations to those in overcrowded and highly industrialised cities, in a variety of countries. They show how seriously the concept of cleaner production is being taken by some governments, industries and individuals. The fundamental point is this: If is better for society to prevent, than cure.


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Policy and Strategy Documents
Managing Watersheds for Urban Resilience: Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme, Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction

This policy brief is intended to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable watershed management for resilient urban planning, and to provide recommendations on how city and municipal governments can effectively utilize a watershed management approach for urban risk reduction. The policy brief aims to contribute towards the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient” and strategic outcomes of the 2011 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Through four different case studies this brief demonstrates how ecosystem-based approaches in watershed management can provide complementary solutions to help achieve urban development goals, as well as protect people and development investments against water-related disasters and climate change.  


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Integrated Report on Ocean Remote Sensing for the NOWPAP Region
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this report is to provide and share information on the status of Ocean Remote Sensing in the NOWPAP Region, and to address issues to be tackled through activities carried out by NOWPAP Special Monitoring & Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Centre (NOWPAP CEARAC). To this end, common issues regarding Ocean Remote Sensing in the NOWPAP Region are identified.


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Public and Leadership Attitudes to the Environment in for Continents : A Report of a Survey in 14 Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the results of a large multinational survey of public and leadership attitudes to environmental issues; conducted in 14 countries by Louis Harris and Associates for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


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