Tagged on: Environment Under Review

Reports and Books
Towards a global map of natural capital: key ecosystem assets
United Nations Environment Programme

Natural capital is fundamental to human wellbeing, underpinning the global economy. Natural capital comprises both ecosystem assets (such as fresh water) and natural resources (such as fossil fuel deposits). This report presents the first attempt to give an overview of the global distribution of ecosystem assets. Ecosystem assets have the capacity to generate a basket of ecosystem services, and this capacity can be understood as a function of the extent (quantity) and condition (quality) of the ecosystem. The report builds on a considerable body of work in the fields of natural capital accounting and the mapping of ecosystem services. In particular, it draws on the UN Statistics Division's System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and its Experimental Ecosystem Accounting approach, as well as the work by many other researchers.


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2014
Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2014: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Ten years after the first Year Book in this series appeared, a special e-book anniversary edition – UNEP Year Book 2014 – presents a fresh look at ten issues highlighted over the past decade. This UNEP Year Book 2014 takes advantage of the latest technology, providing a multi-media experience that helps illustrate the environmental challenges we face today and some of the innovative solutions that have been created to solve those challenges. Video, animations, data visualization and stunning images from around the world help tell the stories.


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2014
Reports and Books
Africa Mountains Atlas
United Nations Environment Programme

The mountains of Africa provide water and food, rich biodiversity, recreational areas and serve as important centres of cultural integrity and heritage. However, Africa faces growing challenges in ensuring the sustainable development of mountain areas, such as poverty and climate change and addressing the feat of transboundary co-operation. Through use and integration of local and indigenous knowledge, supporting green investments and addressing the multidimensional nature of poverty and food security, these challenges can be surmounted. The Africa Mountains Atlas defines these challenges and presents the associated opportunities that can be seized to prevent unsustainable development of Africa’s mountain ecosystems.


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2014
Reports and Books
Building Urban Resilience: Assessing Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Addis Ababa
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings of a knowledge assessment on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) for the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that was conducted in 2012. It examines the state of UPA in the city through the lens of intensifying urban pressures and increasing climate risks with the objective of identifying how these and other drivers potentially interact to affect the long-term sustainability of UPA, and what response options are needed to address existing and emerging challenges.


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2014
Reports and Books
Building Urban Resilience: Assessing Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Tamale
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings of a knowledge assessment on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) for the city of Tamale, Ghana, that was conducted in 2012. It examines the state of UPA in the city through the lens of intensifying urban pressures and increasing climate risks with the objective of identifying how these and other drivers potentially interact to affect the long-term sustainability of UPA, and what response options are needed to address existing and emerging challenges.


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2014
Reports and Books
Building Urban Resilience: Assessing Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Kathmandu
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings of a knowledge assessment on peri-urban agriculture in the Kathmandu Valley. This assessment locates peri-urban agriculture within larger, ongoing change occurring in the Kathmandu Valley's food system by identifying and describing the multi-stressor context related to intensifying urban pressures, environmental degradation, and increasing climate risks.


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2014
Reports and Books
Building Urban Resilience: Assessing Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Kampala
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings of a knowledge assessment on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) for the city of Kampala, Uganda, that was conducted in 2012. It examines the state of UPA in the city through the lens of intensifying urban pressures and increasing climate risks with the objective of identifying how these and other drivers potentially interact to affect the long-term sustainability of UPA, and what response options are needed to address existing and emerging challenges.


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2014
Reports and Books
Croatia Environmental Performance Reviews: Second Review
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Croatia began in October 2012 with a preparatory mission. During this mission, the structure of the review report was discussed and the time-schedule established. A review mission took place on 12-19 March 2013. The team of international experts taking part included experts from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, the Republic of Moldova, Slovakia and as well as from the EEA and the secretariats of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNECE.


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2014
Reports and Books
Strategic Environmental Assessment, Cyprus
European Union

The Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain programmes on the environment requires certain programmes, which are likely to have significant effects on the environment, to be subject to an environmental assessment. This assessment specifically enables environmental considerations to be integrated in the preparation and adoption of these programmes. It also contributes to sustainable development.


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2014
Reports and Books
Évaluation de L’état de Préparation en vue d’une Initiative d’ouverture des Données
Gouvernement du Burkina Faso

Le gouvernement du Burkina Faso est en capacité de lancer une initiative d'ouverture des données rapidement. Il deviendrait ainsi le premier pays d'Afrique francophone à se doter d'un programme d'open data. Il assumerait alors un rôle de pionnier dans la sous-région et pourrait profiter de cette visibilité pour attirer développeurs, ONG et entrepreneurs qui pourront proposer de nouveaux services et applications.


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2014