Tagged on: Environmental Governance

Reports and Books
UNEP's environmental, social and economic sustainability: Stakeholder response mechanism
United Nations Environment Programme

These operating procedures establish the process and guidelines for the operation of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) stakeholder response mechanism through an independent Office for Stakeholder-related Response (the IOSSR). The procedures inform and guide UNEP staff, UNEP implementing and executing partners, and people affected by UNEP projects in bringing and responding to safeguard-related stakeholder responses conerning compliance review and dispute resolution in the context of the UNEP’s Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability Framework (ESES).


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2018
Reports and Books
UNEP environmental, social and economic sustainability framework
United Nations Environment Programme

The ESES Framework is UNEP’s response to call by member states in Rio+20 for strengthening UNEP. It is compliant with the requirements of “A Framework for Advancing Environmental and Social Sustainability in the United Nations System (2012),” prepared by the Environmental Management Group (EMG), and the ‘Environmental and Social Safeguards’ and Gender’ Policies of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


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2018
Book/Report
Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends. It does this primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. These steps include: (1) Screening; (2) Scoping and Impact Analysis; (3) Review of the EIA/SEA report; (4) Decision-making; (5) Follow-up and Adaptive Management and (6) Public Participation as a cross-cutting issue.


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2018
Foresight Briefs
Emerging Sponge Cities - Foresight Brief No. 005 - January 2018
United Nations Environment Programme

As global populations converge steadily into cities (UN, 2017), fast growing cities are suffering with intensi ed hydroclimatic hazards. In China, more cities are facing challenges associated with urban sustainability and urban water issues such as aging/outdated water and wastewater infrastructures, urban ooding and a high frequency of extreme weather (Li et al., 2017; Lv and Zhao, 2013). The emerging concept and construction of “sponge cities” is an effective approach to solving urban rainstorms(Liu et al., 2015; Xia et al., 2017) and seeks to enhance cities capacity on ood prevention.


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2018
Reports and Books
Wild Life, Wild Livelihoods: Involving communities on Sustainable Wildlife Management and Combating illegal Wildlife Trade
United Nations Environment Programme

The report summarizes insights from decades of research on community wildlife management, and draws lessons from new analyses focused specifically on engaging Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) in combating the illegal trade in wildlife (ITW). Based on a recognition of the importance of community “voice” in enabling sustainable and effective outcomes, it goes on to survey the opportunities and constraints for IPLCs in terms of their participation in key international policy forums that influence wildlife management.


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2018
Foresight Briefs, Serials
Hacking Economics for People and Planet - Foresight Brief No. 006 - February 2018
United Nations Environment Programme

As global environmentalism and environmental policy-making has moved into the 21st century, it has not significantly addressed a critical blindspot: the fundamental human system that lies at the root of our ecological and social challenges. This Foresight brief will focus on that particular ‘scientific’ field, that is seemingly immune to the oft-spoken mantras promoting change, innovation and new critical thinking in all other fields.


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2018
Community-based Monitoring to End Oil Contamination in the Peruvian Amazon - Perspectives Issue No. 26
Capasso, Camilla

The Wampis nation of Peru is intrinsically linked to their environment. They have built their culture and knowledge from interacting with nature. Therefore when frequent and irreparable oil spills were occurring, the local community of Wampis took action where the relevant authorities and oil companies failed to. International bodies have noted the importance of traditional knowledge and perspectives. Merging of traditional knowledge with cutting-edge technologies to eradicate oil contamination of the Amazon forest is the most sustainable way to control pollution. This combination provides communities with monitoring results that hold the authorities accountable and a means to seek remediation. Community-based programmes have made a positive impact by influencing the signing of the Acta de Dorissa agreement by the Peruvian government and Argentina-based oil company PlusPetrol.


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2017
Our Planet
The Global Environment Facility: Delivering Solutions for a Sustainable Future - Our Planet September 2017
United Nations Environment Programme

In this issue of Our Planet, government leaders, policymakers and experts explore the work of the Global Environment Facility and how the partnership is working to drive progress on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.


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2017
Our Planet
Environmental Crime: Tackling the Greatest Threats to our Planet - Our Planet March 2017
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

This issue of UN Environment's flagship magazine, Our Planet focuses on Environmental Crime and features in-depth commentary, analysis and recommendations from a number of qualified contributing authors on this most topical of subjects. It also includes important updates on our work to tackle chemicals and waste crime, strengthening laws protecting endangered species and making environmental law work for planet and people.


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2017
Chapters and Articles
Environmental Displacement: Human mobility in the Anthropocene - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Brown, Oli

The interlacing trends of climate change, population growth, rising consumption, large infrastructure projects and environmental degradation may lead to greater numbers of people displaced in future. This is particularly likely if these trends occur in the context of inadequate responses from governments and the international community to build the resilience of countries and communities to these changes. The most commonly cited figure is that there could be as many as 200 million people displaced for environmental reasons by 2050.


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2017