Tagged on: Disasters and Conflicts

Reports and Books
Protecting the environment during armed conflict: an inventory and analysis of international law
United Nations Environment Programme

Findings from these assessments shows that the exploitation and illegal trade of natural resources frequently fuel and prolong armed conflict, particularly in countries where laws and institutions have been weakened or have collapsed. As peacebuilding often addresses the allocation, access and ownership of natural resources, there is an urgent need to strengthen their protection during armed conflict. There can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods are damaged, degraded, and destroyed. The existing international legal framework contains many provisions that either directly or indirectly protect the environment and govern the use of natural resources during armed conflict.


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2009
Reports and Books
Vital GEO graphics
United Nations Environment Programme

Vital GEO Graphics is an electronic booklet that is based on the UNEP publication Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4). This is one of many publications produced within the popular Vital Graphics series. The aim is to promote communication of scientific findings in accessible easily readable and environmentally friendly format.


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2009
Reports and Books
Assessing the vulnerability of local communities to disasters: an interactive guide and methodology
United Nations Environment Programme

Most communities face risks which they have to assess and manage. Risks may arise from human activities such as industrial accidents, or they may be of natural origin such as floods, earthquakes, etc. Risks need to be taken into account in the decision making process of the overall disaster management policy of such communities. Assessing risks is not an easy task. It requires conducting in-depth studies, which will only be justified if the expected level of risk is high. Against this background, UNEP decided to develop this Community Risk Profile (CRP) tool to provide communities with a means of making a rough estimate of various types of risks they are exposed to, supporting the decision making process, especially as to whether or not further assessments are needed. The CRP is not, therefore, a risk assessment tool. It is a tool that will provide users with a qualitative approach to characterise an expected level of risk and thus decide on the necessity for further assessment. It is also a tool that can be used to support awareness raising and capacity building activities.


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2008
Annual Reports
UNEP 2007 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

This summary of UNEP's activities in 2007 provides an overview of the organization's contribution to the fight against climate change in a year in which unequivocal evidence established that global warming is the defining challenge of our era. The report also looks at the broad range of other activities carried out by UNEP as it follows its mandate to provide environmental leadership and promote sustainable development.


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2008
Reports and Books
Disaster Risk Reduction: A Toolkit for Tourism Destinations: Practical Examples from Coastal Settlements in Asia
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication was made possible through funding from the EU-Asia Pro Eco II B Post-Tsunami Programme and is part of the project on Disaster Reduction through Awareness, Preparedness and Prevention Mechanisms in Coastal Settlements in Asia - Demonstrations in Tourism Destinations. The project was implemented over a two year period and aimed to build capacity for disaster risk reduction in three tsunami-affected tourism destinations in India and Thailand. The toolkit provides information and resources based on the project experience in the three demonstration sites. It is destined to local municipalities and to the various actors involved in emergency planning and response. Users will find information relating to the various steps that need to be undertaken, from the preliminary assessment, to capacity building, disaster prevention and preparedness planning, to communicating and disseminating key information.


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2008
GEO
Kathmandu valley Environment Outlook
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

This publication provides a detailed account of the status of the Kathmandu Valley environment. The report highlights the five key environmental issues of air quality, settlement, drinking water, waste management, and natural disaster preparedness, reviews their status, and recommends measures to prevent or minimise the negative impacts. It provides direct options for management by various levels of government, civil society, the public-private sector and residents. These include improved planning and zoning, land pooling, solid waste management, rainwater harvesting, a variety of infrastructural and technical measures and vastly improved coordination and enforcement. Community mobilisation is critical to achieving these goals. With the potential for catastrophic disaster from earthquakes, many of these measures are not only important for human health, tourism development and the quality of life but also essential to the preservation of life when the inevitable earthquakes occur.


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2007
Annual Reports
UNEP 2006 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2006 annual report is a summary of UNEP's activities in 2006.


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2007
Serials
Tunza vol. 5 no. 1: meltdown
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP magazine for youth.


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2007
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 4
United Nations Environment Programme

The fourth report in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides a comprehensive, scientifically credible, policy-relevant and up-to-date assessment of, and outlook for, the state of the global environment. GEO-4 is published 20 years after the landmark World Commission on Sustainable Developments Bruntland Report of 1987. Environment for Development is the GEO-4 underlying theme and the report pays special attention to the role and impact of the environment on human well-being as well as to the use of environmental valuation as a tool for decision-making. GEO-4's specialized report, the Summary for Decision Makers is an essential guide for policy-makers. Both publications are excellent tools for teaching and research and relevant in the field of international environmental governance as they highlight policy opportunities for a more sustainable approach to economic growth and development.


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2007
Reports and Books
UNEP handbook for drafting laws on energy efficiency and renewable energy resources
United Nations Environment Programme

With its emphasis on adaptation to local country needs and conditions, this handbook describes key environmental and implementation issues associated with efficiency and renewable energy resources, presenting legislative options from both developed and developing countries for dealing with them.


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2007