Tagged on: Ecosystem management

Reports and Books, Summaries
Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) Vol. 4: Large Marine Ecosystems: Status and trends - Summary for Policy Makers
United Nations Environment Programme, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

This LMEs assessment is the first indicator-based global, comparative, baseline assessment of the 66 LMEs. To facilitate the comparative assessment, LMEs were grouped into five colour-coded categories of relative risk, from lowest to highest. Results are at the scale of each entire LME and do not reflect management approaches of any one country within an LME. A sub-set of indicators was also assessed for the Western Pacific Warm Pool.


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2016
Reports and Books, Summaries
Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme Vol. 2: Transboundary lakes and reservoirs: Status and future trends: Summary for policy makers
ILEC, United Nations Environment Programme

The lakes component of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Program (TWAP) was undertaken to compare the relative threats to transboundary lakes (and implicitly all “lentic waters”). Because of the greater complexity characterizing transboundary lake basins and their ecosystem services, compared to other freshwater systems, adopted management approaches must lead to a well-coordinated global process to address such challenges if their sustainability is to be attained. The assessment methodology must not only identify transboundary lake basin threats, but also help all involved basin stakeholders fully understand the need for collaborative efforts directed to gradual, incremental and long-term lake basin governance improvement.


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2016
Policy and Strategy Documents
UNEP Medium Term Strategy 2018-2021
United Nations Environment Programme

The medium-term strategy (MTS) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) sets out an analysis of the significant environmental challenges that the world will face in the coming years. Within this framework, the MTS for the period 2018 - 2021 is informed by relevant resolutions and decisions of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the General Assembly and the UNEP Governing Council, and by the strategies and plans of multilateral environmental agreements and other internationally agreed environmental goals.


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2016
释放土地资源可持续潜力 评估系统、战略与工具
United Nations Environment Programme

各国的政策制定者、国际发展组织、农民和环保主义者,可以利用土地评估来提高生产效率、增加 生物多样性保护的成功率,并促进创新。土地评估有助于针对如何使用土地做出更好的决策,因此是实 现防治土地退化(可持续发展目标15.3)不可或缺的。我们需要充分认识土地的长期潜力,以便: (1)提 高土地生产效率同时适应气候变化;(2)尽量减少土地利用变化产生的社会、经济和环境风险;(3) 提高土地恢复的成功率并识别可被修复的土地;(4)促进创新与知识共享。在20世纪,很多高质量的评 估已经完成,这些评估为新的评估工作奠定了基础。本报告为农场实施和完成土地评估提供工具,并使 其在国家范围内规模化。


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2016
Reports and Books
World heritage and tourism in a changing climate
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), Union of Concerned Scientists

This report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.


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2016
Reports and Books
Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) Vol. 4: Large Marine Ecosystems - A Global Comparative Assessment of Baseline: Status and Future Trends
United Nations Environment Programme, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

Volume 4 presents the results of the first global indicator-based, comparative assessment of large marine ecosystems,prepared in partnership with IOC-UNESCO (lead), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),the University of West Indies (Cave Hill) Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), theCenter for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP) University of California Santa Barbara, Dalhousie University, theJoint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), the InternationalGeosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), the Universityof British Columbia Sea Around Us (UBC SAU), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC),and a number of independent experts. An assessment of the Western Pacific Warm Pool, based on a sub-set of theindicators, is included.


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2016
Reports and Books
Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems: A lifeboat for coral reefs?
United Nations Environment Programme

Picture a coral reef — most people will probably imagine brightly coloured corals, fish and other animals swimming in well-lit shallow waters. In fact, the coral reefs that live close to the surface of the sea — the ones that we can swim, snorkel, or dive near and see from space — are only a small portion of the complete coral reef ecosystem. Light-dependent corals can live in much deeper water (up to a depth of 150 m in clear waters). The shallow coral reefs from the surface of the sea to 30–40 m below are more like the tip of an iceberg||they are the more visible part of an extensive coral ecosystem that reaches into depths far beyond where most people visit. These intermediate depth reefs, known as mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs), are the subject of this report.


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2016
Annual Reports
United Nations Environment Programme: Annual Report 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Annual Report


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2016
Reports and Books
Uganda Wetlands Atlas - Volume II
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Wetlands underpin the livelihoods of people and their integrity is fundamental to national development. The Uganda Wetlands Atlas, Volume II presents a comprehensive overview of the state and pressures on the wetlands in various parts of the country. Satellite and other visual presentations provide a compelling evidence of the changes taking place in the wetlands as a result of human activities. The Atlas identifies key hotspots where wetland degradation is proceeding at such a rapid pace that it now threatens to undermine the security and social fabric of communities. The Atlas sets the context by providing an introductory overview of wetlands management in the country, as well as the institutional, policy and legal framework. The visual analysis is then clustered in seven different wetland systems and basins. The seven wetland systems are; Lake Victoria Basin, Lake Kyoga Basin, Lake Albert Basin, Lake Edward Basin, Albert Nile Basin, Achwa, and Victoria Nile. The Atlas also proposes a series of options to remedy the current degradation and ensure a sustainable use of the country’s wetlands. It is envisaged that this publication will serve as an important reference tool for policy and decision makers, civil society, educators, students, and the general public.


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2016
Reports and Books
Some, For All, Forever: Emerging Development of Integrated Water Resources Management in Non-Nile Sudan
United Nations Environment Programme

The report highlights examples from a number of areas of Sudan of good water management implemented by different actors, including both national and international organisations. The report is written to support the work undertaken by the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity (MWRE), the Ministry of Environment Forests and Physical Development (MEFPD) and UNEP on IWRM and to reflect the vision and recommendations of Sudanese participants in the South African IWRM exchange programme.


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2016