Tagged on: Disasters and Conflicts

Annual Reports
UNEP 2008 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

This summary of UNEP's activities in 2008 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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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
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
Serials
Tunza vol. 5 no. 1: meltdown
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP magazine for youth.


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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
Reports and Books
Sudan post-conflict environment assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

In January 2005, after more than two decades of devastating civil war, the Sudanese central government in Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in the south signed a historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This landmark achievement – which was followed by the adoption of an Interim Constitution – brought peace to most of the country for the first time in a generation. Now, thanks to the rapid development of its oil industry, Sudan is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Direct investment and international aid are starting to flow into the country on a large scale, and some parts of Sudan are undergoing brisk development. As it focuses on recovery and development, however, the country faces a number of key challenges. Chief among them are several critical environmental issues – such as land degradation, deforestation and the impacts of climate change – that threaten Sudan’s prospects for long-term peace, food security and sustainable development. In addition, complex but clear linkages exist between environmental problems and ongoing conflict in Darfur, where violence and insecurity continue to prevail despite the signing of a peace agreement in May 2006. Not only are the adequate management and rehabilitation of natural resources fundamental prerequisites to peacebuilding in Darfur and the rest of Sudan – they must be considered national priorities if the country is to achieve long-term social stability and prosperity. With a view to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the current state of the environment in Sudan and catalysing action to address the country’s key environmental problems, the Government of National Unity (GONU) and Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) requested the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to conduct a post-conflict environmental assessment of Sudan. The goal of the UNEP assessment was accordingly to develop a solid technical basis for medium-term corrective action in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.


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2007
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 4: summary for decision makers
United Nations Environment Programme

The Summary for Decision Makers (SDM) was prepared by UNEP with technical inputs from the coordinating lead authors and inputs from the members of the High-level Consultative Group. It underwent two rounds of extensive expert and government peer review. Finally, the SDM was subject to in-depth consideration by the Second Global Intergovernmental and Multistakeholder Consultation in September 2007. The consultation adopted a statement which endorsed the SDM.


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2007