Tagged on: Resource Efficency

Reports and Books
Green Economy in a Blue World: Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The Green Economy in a Blue World report analyzes how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment – the blue world –can make the transition towards a Green Economy. The findings underline that a shift to sustainability in terms of improved human wellbeing and social equity can lead to healthier and more economically productive oceans that can simultaneously benefit coastal communities and ocean-linked industries.


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2012
Reports and Books
Our Planet 40 years of WED
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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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
Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2012: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Year Book 2012 shows that we have been experiencing an exceptional level of ecological extremes. However, scientists and policy makers have been making headway on addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues. The 2012 Year Book presents the most important events and developments from the year, gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators, and also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The Year Book is intended to strengthen the science-policy interface by informing interested parties about the most relevant environmental issues.


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2012
Reports and Books
Sustainable consumption and production for poverty alleviation
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper explores the type and quality of linkages between the objective of achieving sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, and those of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The paper constructs a theoretical framework based on the analysis of development specialists, as well as scenarios and empirical data which show how natural resources and the environment underpin development efforts. A number of case studies in key economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, waste management and urban development are provided, to validate this theoretical framework. These case studies identify and where possible quantify the combination of economic, social and environmental gains secured by shifting towards SCP patterns. The relationship between indicators of development and SCP is also explored, highlighting important overlaps and complementarities between them. The papers conclusions highlight the economic and social gains for developing countries from the shift to SCP, which also sustains nature’s productive ecosystems.


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2012
Annual Reports
Environmental statistics 2012 - Mauritius
Mauritius, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

This issue of Economic and Social Indicators presents Statistics on Environment for year 2012 based on data gathered from various institutions. The main environment indicators over the ten-year period, 2003 – 2012 are given in Table 1 while technical notes are given at Annex.


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2012
Reports and Books
Advancing sustainable tourism: a regional sustainable tourism situation analysis
Andrews. Sherma, Cumberbatch, Janice, Hinds, Catrina

The Caribbean economy is highly dependent on the tourism industry, and the protection of the natural and cultural attractions on which it depends, is critical. To address this concern, this study was conducted to provide a progress report on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean region. It reports on the sustainable tourism priorities of Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) member countries to identify country needs, priorities, barriers and opportunities, as well as current funding and the types of projects funded in the region.


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2012
Our Planet
Rio+20: Where the World Stands Now - Our Planet September 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2012
Serials
Tunza: waste not
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP magazine for youth


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2012
Reports and Books
Moving towards a climate neutral UN: the UN systems footprint and efforts to reduce it
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents most recent analysis of the UN's performance in implementing the UN's Climate Neutral Strategy. It includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for 54 entities in 2010, as well as a breakdown of emissions by activity. It also details progress in reducing emissions and plans for the future.


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2012