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Reports and Books
Sustainable infrastructure and finance - How to contribute to a sustainable future
United Nations Environment Programme

The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has been initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme to advance policy options to improve the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital towards a green and inclusive economy – in other words, sustainable development. Established in January 2014, it published its final report, The Financial System We Need, in October 2015 and is currently focused on actions to take forward its findings.


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2016
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Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics: Global Lessons and Research to Inspire Action and Guide Policy Change
United Nations Environment Programme

Plastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics, and describes approaches and potential solutions to address this multifaceted issue. The study is divided into four main sections: Background, Evidence Base, Taking Action, and Conclusions and Key Research Needs.


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2016
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Unlocking the sustainable potential of land resources: Evaluating systems, strategies and tools
United Nations Environment Programme

Better matching of land use with its sustainable potential is a “no-regrets” strategy for sustainably increasing agricultural production on existing land, targeting restoration efforts to where they are likely to be most successful, and guiding biodiversity conservation initiatives. Land potential is defined as the inherent, long-term potential of the land to sustainably generate ecosystem services. This report provides an introduction to land potential evaluation systems, strategies and tools necessary to implement this strategy. It provides information that both private landowners and policymakers can use to increase long-term productivity and profitability, while at the same time addressing global objectives defined through land-related Sustainable Development Goals, and particularly 15.3 (land degradation neutrality).


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2016
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Regional oceans governance: Making regional seas programmes, regional fishery bodies and large marine ecosystem mechanisms work better together
United Nations Environment Programme

This review is intended to assist states that participate in existing regional oceans governance mechanisms, as well as those that are considering participating, by clarifying the key distinctions between their mandates, highlighting the successes and challenges of existing mechanisms, and outlining cooperation and coordination efforts. Options are identified for strengthening existing mechanisms and cooperation and coordination between them, as well as for the creation of new regional oceans governance mechanisms, with particular reference to EBM.


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2016
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Mediterranean strategy for sustainable development 2016-2025: Investing in environmental sustainability to achieve social and economic development
United Nations Environment Programme, Mediterranean Action Plan

The aims of the Strategy are as follows: to provide a strategic policy framework to secure a sustainable future for the Mediterranean region||to adapt international commitments to regional conditions, to guide national strategies and to stimulate regional cooperation in the achievement of sustainable development objectives||to link the need to protect the environment to socio-economic development.


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2016
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Green energy choices: The benefits, risks and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the first in-depth inter national comparative assessment of the envir onmental and resource impacts of different energy technologies, modelled over the whole life cycle of each technology, from cradle to grave.


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2016
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Global gender and environment outlook: The critical issues
United Nations Environment Programme

The global gender and environment outlook provides an overview of critical evaluations and analyses of the interlinkages between gender and the environment, and their importance for gender-sensitive policymaking and actions.


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2016
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Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services
United Nations Environment Programme

This report tries to advance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. Five case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America are used to illustrate effects through realworld examples, covering a range of climatic stressors, such as drought, floods, heat waves, and cyclones.


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2016
Reports and Books, Summaries
Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) Vol. 5: Open Ocean: Status and Trends - Summary for Policy Makers
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Environment Programme

The Open Ocean Assessment provides a baseline review of issues linking human well-being with the status of the open ocean through the themes of governance, climate change, ocean ecosystems, fisheries, pollution, and integrated assessment of the human-ocean nexus. It uses indices and indicators where data exist, in many cases with future projections due to global climate change, complemented by expert scientific assessment of numerous low certainty but potentially high impact issues where global ocean monitoring is inadequate.


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2016
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Transboundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP) Vol. 6: Crosscutting Analysis - Transboundary Waters Systems: Status and Trends
United Nations Environment Programme

This volume of the TWAP reports presents a unique and first global overview of the contemporary risks that threaten international water systems in five transboundary water system categories, building on the detailed quantitative indicator-based assessment conducted for each water category.


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2016