Tagged on: Disasters and conflict

Policy and Strategy Documents
National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)
United Nations Environment Programme

This National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) for Afghanistan has been prepared by the National Environmental Protection Agency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, with technical and advisory inputs from relevant government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international development organizations and user groups at both national and provincial levels. The NBSAP’s purpose is two-fold: firstly, to provide the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with a policy document that can help guide the development of the country’s future biodiversity conservation and management programming, and secondly to communicate biodiversity conservation priorities in Afghanistan to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (a requirement of all countries acceding to the Convention), to other government agencies in Afghanistan, and to Afghanistan’s development partners.


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Factsheets
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland: Site Specific Fact Sheets: Okuluebu - Ogale (005-001)
United Nations Environment Programme

Site fact sheets for Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland


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Summaries
From conflicto a la consolidación de la paz: La función de los recursos naturales y el medio ambiente
United Nations Environment Programme

This report, which inaugurates a new policy series by UNEP on the environmental dimensions of disasters and conflicts, aims to summarize  the current academic knowledge and field experience on the linkages between environment, conflict and peacebuilding, and to demonstrate the need for those linkages to be addressed in a more coherent and systematic way by the UN, Member States and other stakeholders. Written to inform UN entities, Member States and other peacebuilding actors, it presents fourteen case studies and provides key recommendations for addressing natural resources and the environment in conflict management.


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Discussion paper
Preventing Conflict in Resource-rich Countries: The Extractive Industries Value Chain as a Framework for Conflict Prevention
Ríos, Mauricio O., Bruyas, Florian, Liss, Jodi

The report’s main objective is to examine the potential opportunities for conflict prevention (both post and pre-conflict) along the extractive industries value chain. This paper aims to demonstrate the feasibility and challenges faced by adopting a conflict-sensitive approach within the World Bank’s EI Value Chain. The approach was to assess each of the links (chevrons) of the value chain in order to identify the potential conflict risks, as well as the potential entry points for conflict prevention measures and policies that will help government, industry, and community, to avoid exacerbating violent conflict in a resource-rich country or project. Such a body of knowledge can help the World Bank, the UN and EU, as well as client countries and other partners, in their planning and coordination of complementary activities when implementing their programmes and projects, particularly when working in the same resource-rich countries.


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Reports and Books
Experts’ Background Report on Illegal Exploitation and Trade in Natural Resources Benefiting Organized Criminal Groups and Recommendations on MONUSCO’s Role in Fostering Stability and Peace in Eastern DR Congo
United Nations Environment Programme, Mission des Nations Unies en République Démocratique du Congo

The report examines the role of transnational environmental crime as one of several key factors fuelling the protracted conflict cycle in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It makes recommendations on how the Mission des Nations Unies en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), in its forthcoming downsizing  phase, might endeavour to support the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to address apparent segments of the Congolese political economy that are linked to transnational environmental crime. The report was reviewed at an experts’ meeting held in Goma, DRC, from 17-18 February 2015.


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Factsheets
Coastal Partners: Reducing Disaster Risk through Sustainable Coastal Zone Management: Eco-DRR project fact sheet: Haiti
United Nations Environment Programme

This is a site fact sheet for the Haiti ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) project conducted by UNEP and the European Commission from 2012-2015. It highlights the project’s key partnerships, interventions and targets.


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Factsheets
Environmental Audit of the Sites Impacted by the "Probo Koala" Toxic Waste Dumping in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - Site 8: Agboville
United Nations Environment Programme

On 19 August 2006, the ship Probo Koala off-loaded 528 cubic meters of liquid wastes in the port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The material was transferred onto tanker trucks operated by a local contractor, and dumped in twelve different locations around the city. In June 2012, UN Environment received a formal request from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to undertake an independent and scientific environmental audit of the sites that were impacted by the dumping of wastes of the Probo Koala.
The Government wished for UN Environment to determine whether the sites continued to pose risks for the environment or for public health, and to make recommendations about additional or corrective clean-up measures that would need to be carried out in case contamination was detected.


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Factsheets
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland: Site Specific Fact Sheets: Okenta - Alode (002-007)
United Nations Environment Programme

This fact sheet is part of a series prepared as part of the Environmental Assessmentof Ogoniland by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It provides the observations and results from one of the individual sites studied in detail, plus the specific risk reduction measures for follow-up action. This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the main assessment report


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Factsheets
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland: Site Specific Fact Sheets: Debon - Bodo/ Mogho (019-010)
United Nations Environment Programme

This fact sheet is part of a series prepared as part of the Environmental Assessmentof Ogoniland by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It provides the observations and results from one of the individual sites studied in detail, plus the specific risk reduction measures for follow-up action. This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the main assessment report available at: www.unep.org/nigeria.


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Reports and Books
Environmental Impact Assessment - UNSOA (United Nations Support Office for AMISOM): Proposed Expansion of Logistics Base, Mombasa, Kenya
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Support Office for AMISOM is a logistics operation that supplies the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with necessary supplies and equipment. The Mombasa logistics base acts as a hub in this operation to which goods from different suppliers are tested for functionality and temporarily stored before being repackaged and shipped by sea to Somalia. Due to increases in troop numbers stationed in Somalia, it is proposed that the logistics base is required to expand – this expansion may take the form of increase in area of the existing base AWL site or the development of a new base within the compound of the Mombasa Airport site. On request from the UN Department for Field Support a reduced scope environmental impact assessment has been conducted to assess key environmental concerns related to the two alternatives. The EIA included looking at potential impacts on the human, physical, and ecological environment. This includes (to the extent possible given the resources available) socioeconomics, community infrastructure and services, health, safety and security issues, natural resources, pollution of air, soils, or water resources, and impacts on protected reserves. The results of the assessment are followed by suggestions on suitable mitigation efforts.


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