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
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
Antigua and Barbuda: National GEF Implemetation Strategy 2012 - 2014
Antigua and Barbuda

The National Portfolio Formulation Exercise identified the modalities of access, direct or indirect that Antigua and Barbuda will consider using over the next GEF cycle and will be building its capacity to meet the equirements that this approach demands.


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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
Our Planet 40 years of WED
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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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
Annual Reports
UNEP 2010 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2010 Annual Report catalogues the beginning of a new, strategic and transformational direction for UNEP as it began implementing its Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 across six areas: Climate change||Disasters and conflicts||Ecosystem management||Environmental governance||Harmful substances and Hazardous waste||Resource efficiency, Sustainable consumption and production. 2010 was important for many reasons, a year of on-going financial instability set against an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters and shifting weather patterns. UNEP's broad response is catalogued in this 2010 Annual Report from global assessments to rapid mechanisms in Haiti in response to the January earthquake and advisory services to countries interested in transitioning to greener economies. This report attempts to set UNEP's work over the last year in context and show its future relevance in meeting the emerging challenges of the coming years. The core objective of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is to serve as an authoritative advocate for the global environment, to help governments set the global environmental agenda, and to promote the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system.


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2011
Our Planet
Global Commons: The Planet We Share - Our Planet September 2011
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2011
Reports and Books
Green economy: cities investing in energy and resource efficiency
United Nations Environment Programme

The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP's Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth||that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a green economy.


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2011
Reports and Books
Towards a life cycle sustainability assessment: making informed choices on products
United Nations Environment Programme

Every day, unsustainable patterns of consumption, unsustainable production methods and population growth challenge the resilience of the planet to support human activities. At the same time, inequalities between and within societies remain high leaving billions with unmet basic human needs and a disproportionate vulnerability to global environmental change. To counteract this trend, UNEP and SETAC have worked together to develop the current work Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. This has been achieved through the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.</p><p>A key objective of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is to help extend life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and practices. One major achievement has been the development of methods and techniques that can measure sustainability and allow LCA to support decision-making toward more sustainable product and process systems. In this way, life cycle techniques can be used to carry out life cycle sustainability assessments. This guidance document provides a starting point for learning about the methodologies and techniques suitable for life-cycle-based ways of measuring sustainability.</p><p>Environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle costing and social life cycle assessment are techniques with similar aims and methodological frameworks addressing individually the three sustainability pillars. Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment shows how it is possible to combine them into an integrated assessment and outlines how they can be used to contribute to an overarching life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA).</p><p>This publication is a natural step in UNEPs work, which has in the past decade focused on developing the 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Development and which is now also focusing on economic sustainability through the UNEP Green Economy Initiative. This publication will increase the awareness of stakeholders and decision-makers in governments, agencies for international cooperation, business and consumers associations who are called on to take integrated and holistic decisions on products.


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2011