Tagged on: Harmful substances

Reports and Books
Workshop on bycatch management and low impact fishing
General Board for Fish Resource Development - Iraq

Iraq can be considered one of the marine countries, Situated at the head of the Arabian Gulf. The area of national territorial waters about 900 km 2, from FAW port . this area is characterized by lack of depth waters where the maximum depth is about 15 m and this waters are under effects of tidal currents, where the water levels rises and lowers about 2.40 m. regional coastal waters are directly continued with gulf waters and exchanging with marine waters by tidal movement, as the water flows from Gulf and Karun river to Shatt al-Arab and back, Therefore this area is characterized with high fertility water which attracts fishes for feeding or breeding purposes, few species of these fishes may continue to migrate to internal waters through Shatt al-Arab and marshes.


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2012
Reports and Books
Global Chemicals Outlook: synthesis report for decision-makers
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Chemicals Outlook aims to provide a coherent, comprehensive framework for assessing and setting priorities in chemicals policy to stimulate further international attention and action on sound management of chemicals.


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2012
GEO
GEO-5 summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a summary for policy makers. It highlights the findings of the fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report.


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2012
Reports and Books
Converting Waste Oil Palm trees into a Resource, Sep 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

Oil palm trees are the most important plantation crop in Malaysia and Indonesia. Each year several million trees are felled and large quantities of biomass waste generated. But currently, this resource is under-utilized. In order to explore potential uses for this biomass, a study was carried out in Malaysia to determine the feasibility of converting waste oil palm trees (WPT) into a resource, either as raw material for various industrial applications or for utilization in energy generation.


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2012
Reports and Books
Poverty-Environment Initiative: annual progress report 2011
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Continued integration of pro-poor environmental sustainability issues into development processes is at the core of the work of the joint United Nations Development Programme United Nations Environment Programme Poverty-Environment Initiative (UNDP-UNEP PEI). PEI is an exemplar of how to articulate social, economic and environmental sustainability in development policies and plans at the country level. The year 2011 has been a critical one in accomplishing the transition from making the case for the integration of poverty-environment objectives into key development issues and actually making this integration happen. This report highlights many of the successes and some of the challenges PEI has faced during 2011.


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2012
Annual Reports
UNEP 2011 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

2011 proved a landmark year in which many of the transformational reforms, launched in 2008, really began to bear fruit in terms of a transition to a results-based, more effective and more responsive UNEP. This is a summary of UNEP's work in 2011.


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2012
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 5: Environment for the future we want
United Nations Environment Programme

In 1995, in support of UNEPs unique mandate within the UN system to keep under review the world environmental situation, (GA resolution 2997 of December 1972), the UNEP Governing Council requested a new, comprehensive report on the state of the world environment (Decision 18/27 C). The tool that UNEP employs to do this is the Global Environment Outlook or GEO. GEO is a process of conducting a global integrated environmental assessment that delivers the best available scientific findings to policy makers so that they can make informed decisions. In this way, the assessment bridges the science and policy realms. GEO is also a product. Using integrated environmental assessment (IEA) methodology, UNEP has produced a series of GEO reports which have analyzed environmental state and trends at the global and regional scales, described plausible outlooks for various time frames and formulated policy options. Each GEO report builds on the assessment findings of its predecessor and also draws from lessons learned on process. The 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council, through Decision 25/2: III, requested the Executive Director to undertake a comprehensive integrated global assessment, the fifth report in the Global Environment Outlook series, GEO-5.


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2012
Reports and Books
UNEP science strategy 2011-2013
United Nations Environment Programme

The science strategy addresses the need to strengthen the scientific base of UNEP and to reinforce its work on the science-policy interface. The Strategy has four overarching goals covering the areas of emerging issues, sustainability scenarios, sustainability science, and scientific competence.


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2011
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Asbestos Damage Relief System
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Use of asbestos and products containing asbestos is banned in Korea because it was scientifically proven to cause malignant diseases such as cancer. But asbestos-related diseases have been found to occur among ordinary citizens as well as workers, and damage from the exposure to asbestos has become pretty tangible considering the growing number of patients. Ordinary citizens, who haven't worked any asbestos-related job, faced many challenges that hamper their attempts to receive compensation because the diseases do not surface for many years and asbestos exist in various forms throughout the living environment||hence the difficulty in pinpointing the cause. In this situation, government and industries that earned profits from the use of asbestos jointly assumed responsibility based on the principle of shared responsibility and took a step to ensure compensation to ordinary citizens. Against this background, the Ministry of Environment enacted the Act on Asbestos Damage Relief in March 2010 to provide the basis for compensation to those with illness caused by asbestos.


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2011
GEO
Estado del Ambiente y Perspectivas - GEO Rosario
Intendencia Municipal de Colonia, Uruguay

El proceso de preparación del Informe GEO Rosario recorrió todas las fases programadas, y concluyó con un texto analítico basado en la mejor información disponible y el aporte de especialistas y el saber local, y con un conjunto de conclusiones y recomendaciones que identifican una visión estratégica y lineamientos para la gestión del medio ambiente urbano en la ciudad de Rosario.


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2011