Foresight
Emerging Sponge Cities - Foresight Brief No. 005
United Nations Environment Programme

As global populations converge steadily into cities (UN, 2017), fast growing cities are suffering with intensi ed hydroclimatic hazards. In China, more cities are facing challenges associated with urban sustainability and urban water issues such as aging/outdated water and wastewater infrastructures, urban ooding and a high frequency of extreme weather (Li et al., 2017; Lv and Zhao, 2013). The emerging concept and construction of “sponge cities” is an effective approach to solving urban rainstorms(Liu et al., 2015; Xia et al., 2017) and seeks to enhance cities capacity on ood prevention.


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2018
Book/Report
Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends. It does this primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. These steps include: (1) Screening; (2) Scoping and Impact Analysis; (3) Review of the EIA/SEA report; (4) Decision-making; (5) Follow-up and Adaptive Management and (6) Public Participation as a cross-cutting issue.


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2018
Foresight
The Changing Aral Sea - Foresight Brief No. 003
United Nations Environment Programme

The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest inland lake. Its hydrological balance is strongly determined by inflows from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers which are fed by glacial melt waters from the southwestern Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan and the Tien Shan Mountains that border Kyrgyzstan and China. Research indicated the Aral Sea would eventually split into two by 2030. However, re-engineering along the Syr Darya River delta in the Small Aral Sea has shown the possibilities of deliberate intervention.


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2017
Our Planet
The Global Environment Facility: Delivering Solutions for a Sustainable Future - Our Planet September 2017
United Nations Environment Programme

In this issue of Our Planet, government leaders, policymakers and experts explore the work of the
Global Environment Facility and how the partnership is
working to drive progress on the world’s most pressing
environmental challenges.


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2017
Periodical/Newsletter
UN Environment Africa Office Newsletter; May-June 2017
UN Environment

UN Environment Africa Office Newsletter May-June 2017


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2017
Periodical/Newsletter
UN Environment Africa Office Newsletter; March - April 2017
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment Africa Office Newsletter March - April 2017


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2017
Our Planet
Environmental Crime: Tackling the Greatest Threats to our Planet - Our Planet March 2017
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

This issue of UN Environment's flagship magazine, Our Planet focuses on Environmental Crime and features in-depth commentary, analysis and recommendations from a number of qualified contributing authors on this most topical of subjects. It also includes important updates on our work to tackle chemicals and waste crime, strengthening laws protecting endangered species and making environmental law work for planet and people.


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2017
Policy/strategy document
Freshwater Strategy 2017-2021
United Nations Environment Programme

This document describes UN Environment’s five-year Freshwater Strategy from 2017 to 2021. As a living document, it is intended to guide work related to freshwater across UN Environment’s divisions, sub-programmes and regional offices, as well as interactions with governments and partners at national, regional and global levels. The Freshwater Strategy supports the implementation of UN Environment’s Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work adopted by universal United Nations (UN) membership through the UN Environment Assembly. Coming at a critical time for freshwater in general, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular, this strategy aims to unlock the potential of integrated collaboration and spur leadership on freshwater issues globally.


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2017
Summary
Roadmap for a Sustainable Financial System - Summary for Consultation
United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment and the World Bank Group view the over-arching objective of a sound financial system as being to provide finance that meets the long-term needs of an inclusive, environmentally sustainable economy. While there is no single blueprint or unique pathway for creating such a “sustainable financial system”, it is possible to describe its many characteristics and progress towards it. The Roadmap initiative intends to design an action plan that moves towards a sustainable financial system, including its elements, sequencing and principal actors, and a basis for measuring progress. The Roadmap will build on the extensive experience of both partners and many other active in the field.


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2017
Factsheet, Book/Report
2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement provides an up-to-date overview of the scale and type of sustainable procurement activities undertaken worldwide in the past three years. It addresses a longstanding need of stakeholders to access reliable and comprehensive information on activities and organizations involved in this critical organizational function.


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2017