Tagged on: Book/Report

Assessment report, Book/Report, Global environment outlook (GEO)
Global Gender and Environment Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme

The GGEO provides an overview of current knowledge and
gives a first set of answers to the following key policy-relevant
• What social forces are producing the changes seen in the
environment, and are they gender-dependent?
• What are the large-scale consequences of ongoing
environmental changes for social systems and
human security, and are these consequences genderdifferentiated?
• What do future projections and outlooks look like, are
they gender-differentiated, and will there be different
outcomes for women and men?
• What actions could be taken for a more sustainable
future that would position women and men as equal
agents in taking such actions, and which socio-economic
factors could shape different outcomes and responses
for women and men?
We look forward to the uptake of GGEO’s findings throughout
the environmental sector at international and national levels

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The Financial System We Need: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

The global report of the UNEP Inquiry argues that there is now a historic opportunity to shape a financial system that can more effectively finance the development of an inclusive, green economy. This opportunity is based on a growing trend in policy innovation from central banks, financial regulators and standard setters, who are incorporating sustainability factors into the rules that govern the financial system. The report draws together practical examples of policy changes in banking, capital markets, insurance and institutional investment, drawing on detailed work in countries such as Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, the UK and the USA. It offers a Framework for Action that shows how a systematic approach can now be taken at both the national and international levels.

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Haiti-Dominican Republic: Environmental Challenges in the Border Zone 
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of an 18 month long assessment of the border between the two countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola – Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the Dominican Republic, a middle-income country. It provides up-to-date information and confirms the close relationship that exists between the state of trans-boundary natural resources, poverty, and recurring social conflicts.

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National and Regional Networks of Marine Protected Areas: A Review of Progress
United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

The report describes 30 national and 35 sub-national
ecological MPA network initiatives. Most are still
under development with very few formally gazetted,
and even fewer fully managed. Those that have been
declared and are being implemented are primarily
networks that cover small areas, or that are part of
large management initiatives or multiple-use MPAs

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After the Tsunami: Coastal Ecosystem Restoration: Lessons learnt
United Nations Environment Programme

This report explains what is known about coastal ecosystems in the Indonesian province of Nanggröe Aceh Darussalam (NAD or Aceh), their status before the tsunami of 2004, and how they fared after it. It reviews the ecosystem restoration activities that were undertaken in 2005-2006 by a variety of governmental and non-governmental actors, in partnership with many different stakeholder groups, and updates findings into 2007.

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On the Role of Central Banks in Enhancing Green Finance - Inquiry Working Paper 17/01
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper examines the role of central banks in ‘greening’ financial systems. Given the enormous investments needed to bring about a green transformation, the financial sector will have to play a central role in allocating resources towards a sustainable and green economy – and stop financing activities that harm the environment. Against this backdrop, the paper examines the extent to which environmental factors impinge on central banks’ conventional goals and provides a theoretical analysis of the cases for and against central banks to respond to environmental and sustainability challenges.

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Book/Report, Case Study
Global Drinking Water Quality Index Development and Sensitivity Analysis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

As the principal United Nations body on environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) had been tasked by UN-Water to lead on freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystem data and information inputs to the World Water Assessment Programme, and the main WWAP output, the World Water Development Report series. Part of this task involves developing global water quality indicators and ultimately, a global water quality index.

UNEP delegated this responsibility to its GEMS/Water Programme, with direction to convene an international experts’ workshop designed to implement the indicators and index requirements.

The workshop, attended by a group of selected indicator specialists, was convened at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria (May 4th – 6th 2005) with the objective of reviewing the topic of water quality indicators/indices and making recommendations and suggestions on approaches and actions that GEMS/Water might consider in its future operations. The experts’ first recommendation was that GEMS/Water should develop a pilot study to develop an index to assess the global status of drinking water in source water supplies (UNEP GEMS/Water, 2005). The experts’ recommendation report is available on the GEMS/Water website.

This report presents the results of implementing the experts’ first recommendation. It outlines an approach taken to develop a global water quality index, as well as preliminary sensitivity analysis and validation of the index against real water quality data. Limitations to the index are discussed, as well as next steps.

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Sustainability Reporting in the Financial Sector: A Governmental Approach
United Nations Environment Programme, Group of Friends of Paragraph 47

This report takes a detailed look at reporting by the financial sector. It explores the variety of laws, regulations, codes and voluntary initiatives that
have driven reporting, illustrated through case studies.

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Book/Report, Project documents
Nile River Basin: Nile Basin Adaptation to Water Stress: Comprehensive Assessment of Flood & Drought Prone Areas
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a contribution to the UNEP project “Adapting to climate change induced water stress in the Nile River Basin”. It summarises the technical
developments and assessments carried out under Work package WP1.1 “Comprehensive Assessments of Flood and Drought Prone Areas” by DHI and the
UK Met Office in collaboration with the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI).

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Minimising Quarantine and Pre-shipment (QPS) Uses of Methyl Bromide: Tools for Controlling, Monitoring and Reporting
United Nations Environment Programme

This UNEP OzonAction publication is intended to help National Ozone Units understand why the close supervision of MB use in QPS applications is important for their countries continued compliance with the Montreal Protocol. It provides information about how to correctly identify MB QPS uses, data management, reporting, stakeholder engagements, and how to control and prevent potential illegal trade of this ODS.

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