Tagged on: Disasters and conflict

Reports and Books
The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration: Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This report focuses on the role of natural resources in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes and illustrates how the management of natural resources can be used to promote more effective and sustainable reintegration. Part 1 of the report explores the relationship between natural resources, conflict economies and armed groups. Part 2 introduces the linkages between various natural resource sectors and DDR programmes, covering both potential risks as well as opportunities. Part 3 elaborates on the key entry points for DDR programmes to engage different natural resources sectors, particularly for reinsertion and reintegration activities. The recommendations put forward in Part 4 help policy makers and practitioners to effectively integrate the opportunities and mitigate the risks from natural resources to ensure more sustainable and effective DDR programmes.


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2013
Reports and Books
Haiti - Dominican Republic: Environmental Challenges in the Border Zone 
United Nations Development Programme

This report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of an 18 month long assessment of the border between the two countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola – Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the Dominican Republic, a middle-income country. It provides up-to-date information and confirms the close relationship that exists between the state of trans-boundary natural resources, poverty, and recurring social conflicts.


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2013
Manuals and Guides
Community Environmental Action Planning: A Handbook for Practitioners in Sudan - Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The Synthesis provides an overview of tools and approaches that could be used by individuals, groups or organisations to plan, carry out and evaluate environmental management activities on a participatory and sustained basis, either on their own initiative or with outside facilitation and assistance.


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2013
Summaries
Haiti - Dominican Republic: Environmental Challenges in the Border Zone - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This document provides up-to-date information and confirms the close relationship that exists between the state of transboundary natural resources, poverty, and recurring social conflicts.


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2013
Summaries
Greening the blue helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

This is the executive summary of the Greening the Blue Helmets report. The report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how peacekeeping operations affect and are affected by natural resources and environmental conditions. At the same time, the report also highlights the positive efforts that have been undertaken to reduce the environmental impacts of UN peacekeeping operations. This report shows that peacekeeping operations not only have important natural resource implications, as well as significant impacts on the environment, but also that natural resources are often a fundamental aspect of conflict resolution, livelihoods and confidence-building at the local level. The report is divided into two main parts. Part 1 reviews the environmental management of peacekeeping operations and showcases good practices, technologies and behaviours that have already been adopted. Part 2 examines the role that peacekeeping operations have played in stabilizing countries where violent conflicts have been financed by natural resources – including diamonds, gold, timber and oil – or driven by grievances over their ownership, access and control. It has been developed by UNEP in consultation with a number of international experts and nongovernmental organizations.


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2012
Factsheet
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland: Site Specific Fact Sheets: Buemene-Korokoro
United Nations Environment Programme

Site fact sheet for Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland


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2011
Chapters and Articles
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland Chapter 4: Assessment of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
United Nations Environment Programme

This chapter deals with site-specific land contamination issues where the focus was on soil and groundwater contamination. Sites were assessed on a case-by case basis, where it was often possible to pinpoint the source of the contamination and identify the operator responsible for clean-up.


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2011
Chapters and Articles
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland Chapter 2: Background to Environmental Degradation in Ogoniland
United Nations Environment Programme

This section describes in detail Ogoniland’s environmental setting and oil industry operations.


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2011
Reports and Books
Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Partnership (2004-2008 Report): Supporting Universities to Respond to Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Challenges
United Nations Environment Programme

This report documents the growth, in participation in MESA since 2004, as well as the outcomes that are visible at university and regional levels following various activities that have taken place across the African continent to support universities to respond to climate change, and other environment and development challenges.


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Reports and Books
Assessment of Solid Waste Management in Liberia
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP conducted a technical mission to study both the technical and institutional issues associated with solid waste management in Liberia. The mission was hosted by the EPA and undertaken between 17– 27 June 2007. This report summarizes its findings.


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