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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
Our Planet
The First United Nations Environment Assembly - Our Planet June 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

The first ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the core theme of this issue of Our Planet. Sustainable Development Goals, the need to decouple economic growth from natural resource depletion and the way forward within the context of the Post-2105 Development Agenda are all robustly discussed in this edition’s feature articles. With contributions from experts in sustainable development, the topics range from the role cities can take in lowering their carbon footprint, through progress in environmental planning in China, to Africa’s opportunities to develop its renewable energy sources. Three inspiring innovations relating to sustainable development are also covered along with UNEP’s latest publications and a section on the organization’s dedicated goodwill ambassadors.


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2014
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
Reports and Books
Frozen heat: a global outlook on methane gas hydrates - Volume 1
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commissioned the Global Outlook on Gas Hydrates as part of its mandate to examine the environmental aspect of key emerging issues and provide accurate and objective scientific assessments for the benefit of the science community and policy makers. This report, written by experts in the field, provides a review of the science and history of this emerging energy source, evaluates the current state of research and explores the potential impacts of gas hydrates on the future global energy mix. By commissioning this report, UNEP neither encourages nor promotes the development and use of gas hydrates as an energy source.


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2014
Reports and Books
Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development: An invitation & background briefing
United Nations Environment Programme

Considerable finance is needed to drive the transition to a green, inclusive economy. A “clean trillion” of additional investment is needed annually up to 2030 to enable new infrastructure to be made green. Private capital is needed to finance this transition, complemented by public expenditure, but is currently being channeled into an unsustainable economy. Traded financial capital globally amounts to US$225 trillion, but little of this is being used to power the transition to a green and inclusive economy. Aligning the financial system to enable the long-term health of the real economy may require changes to its architecture, the ‘rules’ governing how it operates. UNEP has established the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System to address this high-potential policy arena. Building on UNEP’s green economy initiative and two decades of work of the UNEP Finance Initiative, the Inquiry is being guided by a high-level Advisory Panel, and involves wide-reaching engagement and research at the national and international levels.


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2014
Reports and Books
Global Environment Outlook: Small Island Developing States : Outlook - GEO SIDS
United Nations Environment Programme

GEO SIDS Outlook is a contribution to the 2014 Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which has an overarching theme of the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships. It is also an important and new contribution to UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook that looks at the drivers for change and highlights opportunities and challenges for SIDS in a rapidly changing world.


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2014
Reports and Books
The National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (2013 – 2017) for Iraq
Ministry of Environment - Republic of Iraq

The Strategy identifies urgent priorities such as protecting and improving the quality of water, soil and air||preserving biodiversity and marine and coastal environment||minimizing oil, radioactive and chemical pollution and waste in general||and developing the institutional and legislative framework. Furthermore, the Strategy has an implementation plan that includes several programs to protect and enhance the environment over the next five years.


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2013
Reports and Books
Integrating the environment in urban planning and management: key principles and approaches for cities in the 21st century
Dodman, David, McGranahan, Gordon, Dalal-Clayton, Barry

Cities can use a range of principles and approaches to integrate the environment in urban planning and management. This report is intended to encourage and support urban decision-makers in this process. It starts with recognizing that action taken in towns and cities is essential for addressing global environmental problems. It accepts that, with an increasing proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas in low- and middle-income countries, these are important sites for engaging with the environment. The report describes the social and economic benefits that can be generated by addressing environmental challenges, and provides convincing evidence to support engagement with these issues.


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2013
Reports and Books
Small holders, food security and the environment
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Environment Programme

Small holders form a vital part of the global agriculture community yet they are often neglected. The report analyses the food security and environment with respect to small holders.


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2013
Serials
UNEP global environmental alert service: October 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

Waste management has become an issue of growing global concern as urban populations continue to increase and consumption patterns change. The health and environmental implications associated with garbage disposal are mounting in urgency, particularly in developing countries. However, the growth of the solid-waste market, increasing resource scarcity and the availability of new technologies are offering opportunities for turning waste into a resource.


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2013