Tagged on: Environmental Governance

Reports and Books
Definitions and Concepts: Background Note. Inquiry Working Paper 16/13
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper provides an initial mapping of existing practice in G20 and other countries and, where relevant internationally, highlights areas of convergence and difference, as well as distinctions between green, climate, and sustainable finance


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Position Paper - Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Nutrient Performance Indicators. A publication of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Partnership on Nutrient Management

This paper offers the technical basis and supporting research for using Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) as a performance indicator to improve global food production and control the potential harmful environmental impacts of excess nitrogen-based compounds from manufactured and animal waste fertilizers. NUE implies a more precise application of nutrients that is based on current agronomic principles in combination with other factors like soil health, water availability, climate, and type of crop.


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Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP is implementing a global GEF project for Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), as an add-on to the UNEP-GEF Project for Development of National Biosafety Frameworks. UNEPGEF will assist up to 50 countries to participate in the BCH by building human and institutional capacity and by providing countries with the minimum equipment required for the national participation in the BCH. An effective BCH is an essential component of the successful implementation of the Cartagena Protocol, and an important step towards providing countries with the opportunities to participate in the safe use of biotechnology.


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Reports and Books
Climate Change and Human Rights
United Nations Environment Programme, Columbia University, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

This UNEP report sheds light on the human rights obligations of both governments and private actors in responding to climate change, including those relating to rights to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice, as well as obligations relating to adaption and mitigation.


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Report of the Independent Group of Experts on New Mechanisms for Stakeholder Engagement at UNEP: Final Report
United Nations Environment Programme, Expert Group for New Mechanisms for Stakeholder Engagement at United Nations Environment Programme

The Expert Group for New Mechanisms for Stakeholder Engagement at UNEP (EG, or the Group) analyzed and advised on UNEP‟s future accreditation policy, working methods and processes for stakeholder contributions towards intergovernmental decision making processes, mechanisms for expert input and advice, and access to information policies. The Group considered stakeholder engagement at stages of agenda setting and policy making, decision making, and implementation, taking into consideration current and appropriate international practice, against the background of relevant decisions of UN and UNEP governing bodies.


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Manuals and Guides
International Environmental Law: Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Department of Legal Affairs

Vietnam’s measures to prevent environmental deterioration and to respond to climate change are increasingly driven by commitments under multilateral environmental agreements on the one hand and domestic needs on the other hand. This requires government officials to not only understand how to implement existing international commitments, but also how to contribute to the negotiation of new international commitments. As a prerequisite, a sound understanding of the development, features, functioning and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements is necessary. The purpose of this handbook is to give a general introduction to international environmental law as well as the most important and well-known multilateral environmental agreements that Vietnam is a Party to.


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Guideline
Variables Ambientales en la Medición Multidimensional de la Pobreza: Guía Práctica y Ejemplos de America Latina y el Caribe
United Nations Environment Programme

El documento presenta una guía didáctica con una propuesta práctica para la incorporación de las variables ambientales más relevantes para cada país en los sistemas de medición de pobreza; esta guía consiste en una propuesta de doce pasos, ilustrados a través de ejemplos prácticos.


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Reports and Books
Public Participation and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A Review for DfID and UNEP-GEF
Institute of Development Studies

The paper is a commissioned review on Public Participation in relation to the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety prepared by IDS for DFID and UNEP-GEF. This study looks at public participation in the development of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs).


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Review of Existing Water Quality Guidelines for Freshwater Ecosystems and Application of Water Quality Guidelines on Basin Level to Protect Ecosystems: Technical background document for theme 1: “Water Quality and Ecosystem Health”
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this study is to identify and review existing Water Quality Guidelines (WQGs) that protect the health of (water) ecosystems and their respective mechanisms like institutional arrangements, processes, methodological approaches and reporting mechanisms.


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