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Strengthening Legal Frameworks for Licit and Illicit Trade in Wildlife and Forest Products: Lessons from the Natural Resource Management, Trade Regulation and Criminal Justice Sectors
United Nations Environment Programme

This analysis provides a working understanding of illicit
trade in wildlife and forest products. In parallel to the
conduct of this analysis, UN Environment has been
facilitating an experts’ process on crimes that have serious impacts on the environment. This process has resulted, among others, in a publication by UN Environment entitled "The State of Knowledge of Crimes that have Serious Impacts on the Environment".


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2018
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The Environmentally Sound Management of Used Lead Acid Batteries and the Use and Application of the Benchmarking Assessment Tool Workshop
United Nations Environment Programme
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2018
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From NIPs to Implementation: Lessons Learned Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The UN Environment, Chemicals and Health Branch implemented the full size Global Environmental Facility (GEF) project „Global project on the updating of National Implementation Plans for POPs“and the medium size GEF project „Global project on the updating of National Implementation Plans for POPs – add on to umbrella FSP project“. The objective of the two projects is to assist countries to review and update the National Implementation Plan (NIP) in order to comply with reporting obligations (Article 15) and updating of National Implementation Plans (Article 7) under the Stockholm Convention. The current report has been compiled considering the valuable information provided by a large majority of the projects countries, as well as by other invited countries with relevant experience on the developing, updating or revising of the national implementation plans. Moreover, information provided by other GEF implementing agencies, as well as by the non-governmental organizations was also considered.


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2018
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism - 2nd Edition
United Nations Environment Programme

This Handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism: we address what it is, the peculiar practical and procedural issues it presents, and how courts from around the globe have engaged it.


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2018
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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This report aims to enhance understanding of the implications, capacity needs and enabling conditions for trade liberalization of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), with focus on developing countries. It focuses its analysis on five ESTs, namely solar photovoltaic cells (PVs), water filters, waste incinerators, gas filtering machinery, hemp and flax fibers.
To do that, the study takes a holistic approach and combines trade flow analysis with policy research. It draws upon findings from two regional assessments on EST trade in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East African Community (EAC), including country case studies in Malaysia and Kenya. Data was collected from multiple sources, including the United Nations Comtrade database, the World Trade Organization (WTO) database on trade in services, country- and company-level data, as well as scientific publications.


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2018
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Procedure for Air Monitoring using Active Air Samplers (HVS)
United Nations Environment Programme

“Sampling methods for air and QA/QC procedures should, as far as possible, be adopted from existing air monitoring programmes1 for POPs, but they will need to be adapted to and validated for the specific conditions, concentration levels and temperature at the sampling sites.” This document therefore comprises, as a contribution to the capacity building efforts under the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention by the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic, a description of the operation procedure and methodology for sampling of ambient air by active sampler as a first attempt to bring key steps into one document. As there are several monitoring programmes, each of them using different type of active sampler, we are hereby describing a case study example of the device Leckel MVS-6 (middle volume sampler) used in the sampling sites in Africa.


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2018
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Factors Driving the Gender Gap in Agricultural Activity: Malawi
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, United Nations Development Programme, Poverty-Environment Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme

This study confirms the presence of a gender gap in agricultural productivity in rural Malawi. Agriculture comprises 30% of Malawi's gross domestic product. Closing the gender gap in Malawi could result in an increase of USD 100 million in gross domestic product and lift 238,000 Malawians out of poverty each year over a 10-year period.


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2018
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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies in the East African Region
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) are increasingly being promoted internationally, regionally and nationally as potential solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change and pollution, while building resilience and creating opportunities for trade, economic growth and jobs. This report provides an overview of trade in ESTs in the East African Community (EAC) and its drivers and barriers, aiming to support policy makers in knowledge-based decision making, enabling them to harness the opportunities that trade in ESTs offers. It therefore maps the policy landscape related to trade in ESTs and provides a detailed account of trade in five selected ESTs in the East Africa region, with a focus on identifying opportunities and barriers to such trade. The specific ESTs considered in the report are solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar water heaters, wind turbines, biomass boilers and hydroelectric technology. While the trade flow analysis focused on these goods, it should be noted that EST goods and services are oftentimes complementary and delivered in a joint manner. Barriers to the trade and diffusion of one therefore also often hampers the deployment of the other. The report also provides an in-depth case study of the national solar PV industry in Kenya, and analyses the main opportunities and barriers to trade and to the diffusion of solar PV products along the domestic value chain.


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2018
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Overview of the Guidelines for the Monitoring and Assessment of Plastic Litter in the Ocean
United Nations Environment Programme, Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection

The report is intended to provide a step-by-step approach to designing and implementing a programme for
monitoring marine plastic litter, assuming no prior knowledge (Figure 1). Using definitions and terminology that
are widely accepted and understood by the user group is key to creating a harmonised approach and increasing
the potential for sharing data and information.


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2018
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Ulaanbaatar Household Waste Composition Study Report 2018 (Mongolia)
United Nations Environment Programme, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, The Asia Foundation

The report is one of the products of the Waste and Climate Change project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and implemented by UNEP IETC in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar City Mayor’s office, and the Asia Foundation. This new study is expected to play a vital role in policy development, as the city had relied on the outdated waste composition study conducted in 2007 until this new report was completed.


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2018