Tagged on: Resource Efficency

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
Serials
Tunza: waste not
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP magazine for youth


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2012
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 5 for local government: solving global problems locally
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an assessment of the state and trends of the global environment in relation to internationally agreed goals||evaluates the gaps and barriers in their implementation||and provides policy options that have the potential to speed-up realization of these goals.


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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
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2012: Confronting Rising Inequality in Asia
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook (ADO) provides a comprehensive analysis of economic performance for the past year and offers forecasts for the next 2 years for the 45 economies in Asia and the Pacific that make up developing Asia. Despite weak global demand, Asian Development Outlook 2012 expects that developing Asia will largely maintain its growth momentum in the next couple of years, in an environment of easing inflation for most regional economies, although policy makers must be alert to further oil-price spikes arising from threats of oil supply disruptions. The report sees that the greatest risk to the outlook is the uncertainty surrounding the resolution of sovereign debt problems in the eurozone. Still, in the absence of any sudden shocks, developing Asia can manage the effects on its trade flows and financial markets. The theme chapter looks at widening inequality: in spite of developing Asia’s great success in raising living standards and reducing poverty, swelling income disparities threaten to undermine the pace of progress. Regional policy makers need to ensure that the benefits of growth are widely shared.


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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
Reports and Books
Enhancing information for renewable energy technology deployment in Brazil, China and South Africa
United Nations Environment Programme

This report documents crucial information to support deployment of renewable energies in three key emerging markets - Brazil, China and South Africa - and provides information for policy-making aimed at supporting renewable energy markets in these countries. Specifically this study collates information on solar and wind resources and resource information, renewable energy support policies and goals, risk management and technologies integral to the increased renewable energy technology deployment.


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2012
Serials
Freshwater - Tunza Vol. 10 No. 4
United Nations Environment Programme

As you can read in these pages, lots of you are already actively seeking solutions to the world’s water problems, but we all have a part to play. It can be as simple as not leaving the tap running while you wash your teeth, taking a shorter shower than usual or sharing a small bath, and applying the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – in everything you do. It takes around 3,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans, while it takes 1,500 litres to grow enough cotton for a t-shirt. So make your clothes last longer – and when they wear out, consider garments made from less thirsty crops like linen, hemp or even nettles.


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2012
Our Planet
Rio+20 - Our Planet Special Issue: Celebrating 40 Years of UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme

As Environment Ministers gather in Nairobi for their annual meeting of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2012, all eyes are on the follow-up to the Earth Summit of 1992, or Rio+20. This meeting, taking place in June, may prove to be an opportunity where the Green Economy initiative is translated into a fresh and forward-looking way of finally realizing sustainable development for seven billion people, rising to over nine billion by 2050.


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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