Reports and Books
Africa environment information network: implementation guidelines
United Nations Environment Programme

These guidelines were developed to assist in the implementation of AEIN at the national level. They are designed to meet specific national priorities within a consistent regional framework using a harmonized approach. The guidelines are organized into six domains, each with its own sub-strategy, highlighting specific needs and issues relating to information management, information systems and information technology.


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2004
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UNEP programmes and resources for environmental education and training: an introductory guide
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide showcases some of UNEP's many programmes and resources that support the important work of environmental education and training. It contains details of courses in the UNEP Environmental Leadership Programme, UNEP networks for environmental training, our commitment to supporting environmental action learning activities that link schools with their communities, training programmes for women as managers of natural resources, and examples of our public education programmes in newspapers and television. These examples come from countries and regions around the world||from Finland to southern Africa, from Latin America and the Caribbean to Australia, and from the Himalayas to the USA.


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2004
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National Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management in Belarus
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, United Nations Development Programmeme/GEF

Meeting the commitments made by Belarus under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Convention on Biodiversity, and UN Convention to combat desertification/land degradation should be considered an important opportunity to make sure that the government does its best in managing natural resources and protecting the environment, assisting stakeholders in making their interactions and coordination more efficient, promoting research and scientific studies in the areas of expertise that pertain to the conventions.


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2004
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Policy Implementation and Fisheries Resource Management: Lessons from Senegal
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this project is to formulate an action plan that would contribute to a better preservation and promotion of the Senegalese piscatorial resources. The two measures represented in the action plan of this project are a complimentary research on the regulation of resource access for small-scale fishing and the establishment of a discussion forum on fishing regulations.


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2004
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Bamboo biodiversity: Africa, Madagascar and the Americas
United Nations Environment Programme

Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with many values and uses, ranging from construction to irrigation systems, musical instruments to food and fuel. But we still know relatively little about most bamboos in the wild. As forest ecosystems shrink under human pressure, the survival of many potentially important bamboo species may be threatened. The Bamboo Diversity Report represents the first step towards planning and implementing conservation and sustainable management of bamboos in the wild, in addition to making a significant contribution to the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, which aims to halt the current and continuing loss of plant diversity.


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2004
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Secretariat of the Convention on Biological diversity, CBD (2004) expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The objectives of the Convention are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The Convention sets out broad commitments by Governments to take action at the national level for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Since its entry into force, the Parties have translated the Convention into a series of programmes of work. Each programme of work establishes a vision for, and basic principles to guide, future work, identifies goals, objectives and activities, determines potential outputs and suggests a timetable and means for achieving these outputs.


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2004
GEO
Global Environment Outlook: user profile and impact study
United Nations Environment Programme

Global Environment Outlook.


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2004
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Environmental Indicators in South Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

Agenda 21 emphasized the need for developing indicators to provide the solid base for decision making at local, national, regional and global levels. The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation in 2002 reiterated the need for indicators to monitor economic, social and environmental progress for sustainable development. Goal 7 of the UN Millennium Development Goals is set for countries to ensure environmental sustainability through integrating principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes, and reverse the loss of environmental resources. This report on 'Environmental Indicators for South Pacific' has been prepared to present the trends of twenty three key indicators on air, water, land and biodiversity. It also presents trends on social and economic conditions through the selected indicators. Data have been collected for each indicator for each country in South Pacific for 1990, 1995 and 2000. This report provides an assessment of economic, social and environmental conditions in South Pacific based on available data and information. Lack of updated scientific database has been a major challenge in preparation of the report. This report highlights that South Pacific has the lowest population of all the sub-regions in Asia and the Pacific. South Pacific is economically and culturally a diverse sub-region consisting of developed countries such as Australia and New Zealand and smaller island nations with developing economies. The smaller island nations are being challenged by rapid urbanisation. These countries have fragile ecologies and it is imperative that the urbanisation process is tempered with awareness about the environment and safeguards to protect the natural environment along with improving living standards. This region also possesses great marine biodiversity. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of coral reefs in the world. This marine biodiversity is being threatened by increasing population, urbansiation and unsustainable land use patterns. Increasing global greenhouse gas emissions pose a threat to the lower lying islands of the sub-region. Water shortage and quality of drinking water are issues of concern in this sub-region. UNEP hopes that the 'Environmental Indicators for South Pacific' will be a useful document for government, nongovernment, regional and international organizations in the pursuit of developing policies and action plan. UNEP gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Environment Ministries, agencies, institutes and individuals in the preparation of the report.


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2004
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Barents Sea - GIWA Regional Assessment 11
United Nations Environment Programme, GIWA

This report presents the results of the UNEP/GIWA assessment for the Barents Sea region.


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2004
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From conflict to sustainable development-assessment of environmental hot spots: Serbia and Montenegro
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is not a comprehensive list of ‘hot spots' but the independent review of the Programme's work and an assessment of the priorities for the future at the sites and municipalities visited.


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2004