Tagged on: Disasters and Conflicts

Annual Reports
UNEP - WCMC annual report 2001
United Nations Environment Programme

Biodiversity is the defining characteristic of planet Earth. But our understanding of living things, their role in ecological processes and, most importantly, their significance to our own future, remains poor. What we do now know is that human beings dominate all other species. We divert more than one third of the sun's life-giving power to feed ourselves and our livestock, we have transformed around one third of land to agriculture, and we capture probably more than half the fish production of the oceans and seas every year. The Centre's role is to establish and communicate the impact this dominance has on other life forms, and to evaluate this in terms of its sustainability. Turning complex data into policy-relevant information is one of the tasks that the Centre does best. The World Atlas of Coral Reefs and our input to the Biodiversity Convention's Global Biodiversity Outlook are good examples of successes in 2001. In the coming year we will, amongst other projects, develop further assessments on the world's mountains, seagrass beds and great apes.


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2001
Reports and Books
Reference manual for the integrated assessment of trade-related policies
United Nations Environment Programme

This Manual is designed to help policy makers and practitioners - in the developed world and in developing countries - to conduct integrated assessments of the economic, environmental and social impacts of trade policy and trade liberalization. An integrated assessment considers the economic, environmental and social effects of trade measures, the linkages between these effects and aims to build upon this analysis by identifying ways in which the negative consequences can be avoided or mitigated and the positive effects can be enhanced.


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2001
Reports and Books
Post-conflict environmental assessment of Macedonia
United Nations Environment Programme

Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment


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2001
Annual Reports
UNEP annual report 2000
United Nations Environment Programme

This Annual Report reflects the work the organization and its accomplishments during 2000.


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2001
Report
Depleted uranium in Kosovo: post-conflict environmental assessment
United Nations Environment Programme, UNCHS

Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment.


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2001
Reports and Books
Post-conflict environmental assessment: Albania
United Nations Environment Programme

Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment in Albania.


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2001
Reports and Books
Insight on common/key indicators for Global Vulnerability Mapping
United Nations Environment Programme

With growing infrastructures complexity, the world population is facing increasing environmental risks such as water, air and soil contamination due to organic, chemical or nuclear wastes and accidents. Human activities pressures natural habitat through agricultures practices and forest fires, leading to biodiversity losses. The vegetation removal increases the risks of extended floods and soil erosion occurrence. Adding to these human induced threats, natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods and earthquakes are causing more and more victims due to higher population densities. In order to prioritise the populations that are facing higher threats, maps showing risks could be a useful tool for decision makers. Whereas for a selected hazard mapping is easy to achieve at a local scale, the question is much more complex and controversial, if we speak of multiple hazards at a global scale. Some elements of discussion and approaches will be discussed in this presentation.


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2000
Reports and Books
Our land our future
United Nations Environment Programme

Human development can only lead to ever greater degradation of the land all of us depend on. An urgently need strategy is required to permit both development and conservation. The starting point of that strategy is land itself.


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1999
Reports and Books
The Kosovo conflict consequences for the environment and human settlements
United Nations Environment Programme, UNCHS

This final report of the Joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) is a detailed assessment of the environmental and human settlement consequences of the Kosovo conflict.


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1999
Reports and Books
Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Tisza RIver Basin
United Nations Environment Programme

Almost five years after a cyanide spill from a gold mine in northern Romania travelled down the Tisza river in Hungary, leaving a trail of ecological destruction in its wake, local communities in the region remain at risk from floods and industrial pollution. Despite the lessons learned from the Baia Mare catastrophe in January 2000, the Tisza river basin, its people and nature remain threatened by environmental insecurity, in particular from floods and accidental pollution risks, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The new report notes that the Tsiza river basin ecosystem is regenerating itself after the cyanide accident, with wildlife largely recovering. But, it says more concerted action is needed to address environmental threats or insecurities, and recommends an Integrated Sustainable Development Strategy for the entire catchment area of the river Tisza, which includes Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia and Montenegro.


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1998