Tagged on: Climate change

Serials
UNEP global environmental alert service: July 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

As changes to ecosystems and the environment continue to occur in response to growing population pressure and natural processes, ways to measure and observe these changes on a regular basis will become increasingly important. Satellite imagery offers an important way to provide evidence of such changes and connect local changes to wider audiences.


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2013
Summaries, Reports and Books
The PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

The PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change provides a framework for considering the full range of approaches to VIA assessment. It aims to help professionals such as researchers, policymakers, sectoral planners and consultants to select the appropriate methods and tools for their particular context and adaptation situation.


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2013
Reports and Books
Fiji National Report on Progress in implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for FurtherImplementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA);2010 2012
Fijian Government

The United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in2012 (known as Rio+20) called for the convening in 2014 of a third internationalconference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference alsorecognized the importance of coordinated, balanced and integrated actions to addressthe sustainable development challenges facing SIDS. Through the Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development & Statistics(MSPNDS), the Fijian Government committed to preparing its own progress report.This report focuses on progress achieved in the period 2010 to 2012. Consistent with theapproach of the national consultative process, the report assesses progress ofthematic areas which have been grouped under three broad clusters: Environment andClimate Change, Economic Development and Social Development. The report hasalso been framed in line with the reporting template of UNDESA which requires anassessment of progress, consideration of lessons learnt and gaps in implementation,and the identification of new and emerging challenges


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2013
Reports and Books
Consultation Report Human Rights and the Environment: Procedural Rights Related to Environmental Protection: Convened by the United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report summarises the outcomes of the consultation on procedural human rights related to environmental protection convened by the United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The consultation took place on 22-23 February in Nairobi, Kenya, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi


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2013
Reports and Books
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines - National Report for Third International Conference
Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) as an active member of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), endeavors to fulfill all of the obligations and reporting requirements to these organization and the international community as it relates to conventions and treaties. This country also embraced the principles of Agenda 21 and the 14 point program of the Barbados Program of Action (BPOA). This report is divided into six sections. Section 1 is a snapshot of the countrys current development standing while Section 2 takes a look at how the country got to this point. Section 3 speaks to the renewed commitment by government to achieve sustainable development through a Compaq with civil society and a continued search for reliable partnerships while Section 4 delineates the challenges to this effort [existing, new emerging]. The final two Sections highlight priorities for Sustainable Development (Section 5) and the main messages for the post 2015 period in Section 6.


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2013
Reports and Books
Seychelles - National Report for Third International Conference
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Development Programmeme (United Nations Development Programmeme)

The Seychelles has once more denoted strong political commitment to sustainable development through the cabinet endorsement of its Sustainable Development Strategy 2011-2020. The SSDS 2020 revises and builds upon a successive generation of highly successful Environment Management Plans of Seychelles (EMPS). The SSDS 2020 includes a greater input of other sectors and further alignment of the strategy with international conventions. It also provides stronger institutional framework with firmer mechanism for monitoring and evaluation. Generally, the Seychelles continues to attain a high level of implementation of the BPOA and MSI despite serious economic difficulties in the intervening years. Progress has been made across all thematic and notable high implementations were in areas with good access to funding or technical expertise. Progress in other sectors e.g. freshwater, was hampered by limited investments and exogenous factors such as climate change.


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2013
Reports and Books
Arctic Report Card: update for 2012 (NOAA 2012)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

What's new in 2012? New records set for low snow extent and sea ice extent, and for widespread ice sheet melting, despite air temperatures - a key cause of melting - being unremarkable relative to the last decade. Multiple observations provide strong evidence of widespread, sustained change driving Arctic environmental system into new state.


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2012
Reports and Books
The Emissions Gap Report 2012: A UNEP Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This report reviews a number of successful policy actions that have been effective in substantially reducing emissions at the national level. For example, appliance standards, performance standards for vehicles, and economic incentives to reduce deforestation to name but three. Many of these are being implemented for reasons other than climate change and they are generating multiple Green Economy benefits and opportunities right across the sustainable development landscape.


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2012
Reports and Books
Policy implications of warming permafrost
United Nations Environment Programme

This report describes the current and potential future status of permafrost and makes policy recommendations to address the impacts of permafrost degradation in a warming climate. Climate projections in the fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not account for carbon dioxide and methane emissions from thawing permafrost. The report recommends commissioning a special report on permafrost emissions from the IPCC, creating national permafrost monitoring networks and developing national adaptation plans for future permafrost degradation.


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2012
Our Planet
Rio+20 - Our Planet Special Issue: Celebrating 40 Years of UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme

As Environment Ministers gather in Nairobi for their annual meeting of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2012, all eyes are on the follow-up to the Earth Summit of 1992, or Rio+20. This meeting, taking place in June, may prove to be an opportunity where the Green Economy initiative is translated into a fresh and forward-looking way of finally realizing sustainable development for seven billion people, rising to over nine billion by 2050.


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2012