Tagged on: Harmful substances

Reports and Books
Converting Waste Plastics into a Resource-Assessment Guidelines
United Nations Environment Programme

This document pertains to the methodology for waste plastics characterization and quantification (mainly for conversion into resource/fuel) and the assessment of current waste management system including the identification of gaps therein. It is aimed to raise awareness and assist policy makers and managers on the collection and analysis of data to generate a baseline on waste plastics to further develop viable business propositions for converting waste plastics into fuels and to identify, assess and select Environmental Sound Technologies (EST) suitable for local conditions.


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2009
Reports and Books
Assessment of Mercury Releases from the Russian Federation
Russian Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Atomic Supervision, Danish Environmental Protection Agency

The present assessment of the releases of mercury from the Russian Federation has been prepared as part of the Arctic mercury project as a background document for the Russian reporting to a common regional mercury assessment. The regional assessment summarises information on mercury release from all eight countries in the region.


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2005
Reports and Books
Implementing the Montreal Protocol in Small Businesses: Chemical Management under a Multilateral Environmental Agreement
United Nations Environment Programme

This study provides National Ozone Units (NOUs) and owners/operators of SMEs with an overview of approaches adopted in different countries and in different sectors (refrigeration and air conditioning, solvents, foams, aerosols) to address the phase-out of ODS in SMEs. It also provides an assessment of which approaches have been most effective in each of the sectors to further support SMEs compliance with the Montreal Protocol and offers possible options that could be considered by NOUs to assist SMEs in their countries.


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2005
Reports and Books
Environmental Management Strategy and Action Plan
Antigua and Barbuda

Over the last decade, Antigua and Barbuda as well as other OECS Member States have undertaken a number of economic reforms to better prepared them for the existing and emerging global challenges. The change from agriculture to tourism, financial and other service industries has been a positive one for per capita income and wealth for these countries


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2004
Annual Reports
UNEP - WCMC annual report 2001
United Nations Environment Programme

Biodiversity is the defining characteristic of planet Earth. But our understanding of living things, their role in ecological processes and, most importantly, their significance to our own future, remains poor. What we do now know is that human beings dominate all other species. We divert more than one third of the sun's life-giving power to feed ourselves and our livestock, we have transformed around one third of land to agriculture, and we capture probably more than half the fish production of the oceans and seas every year. The Centre's role is to establish and communicate the impact this dominance has on other life forms, and to evaluate this in terms of its sustainability. Turning complex data into policy-relevant information is one of the tasks that the Centre does best. The World Atlas of Coral Reefs and our input to the Biodiversity Convention's Global Biodiversity Outlook are good examples of successes in 2001. In the coming year we will, amongst other projects, develop further assessments on the world's mountains, seagrass beds and great apes.


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2001
Reports and Books
Inventory of technical and institutional resources for promoting methyl bromide alternatives
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication presents an international directory of organizational resources for promoting methyl bromide alternatives. It identifies a wide range of potential project partners for government officials who are designing projects promoting alternatives to methyl bromide, including agricultural NGO networks, intergovernmental and bilateral agricultural programmes, international agricultural research networks, and international NGO agricultural programmes. It also lists organisations and individual consultants with expertise in agricultural project design, as well as programmes and institutions offering agricultural policy resources. Contact information and a brief description, including available publications and online resources, are included for each listing.


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2001
Policy and Strategy Documents
UNEP Strategy for Environmental Education and Training: A Strategy and Action Planning for the Decade 2005 - 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

This Strategy presents the required strategic elements and the associated actions necessary for UNEP to play its role in meeting the goals of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). It further paves the way for UNEP's active engagement in the International Implementation Scheme of the DESD; particularly on the environment component of Education for Sustainable Development.


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Reports and Books
Opening the Door to Cleaner Vehicles in Developing and Transition Countries:The Role of Lower Sulphur Fuels - Report of the Sulphur Working Group of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication provides information to help policymakers in developing and transi- tion countries understand the effects of the presence of sulphur in transportation fuels and the options available to lower sulphur levels to reduce vehicular emissions. The publication provides a general, non-technical overview of the considerations, benefits, and options for the development of policies and actions to reduce the level of sulphur in transportation fuels.


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Reports and Books
Promoting the Phase Down of Dental Amalgam in Developing Countries
World Health Organization and United Nations Environment Programme

Promoting the Phase Down of Dental Amalgam in Developing Countries


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Manuals and Guides
Unit-based Sustainability Assessment Tool: A resource book to complement the UNEP Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Partnership
Togo, Muchaiteyi, Lotz-Sisitka, Heila
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