Reports and Books
Technical Advisory Paper No. 2 - Goals and Targets for Global Water Quality Assessment: UNEP GEMS/Water Programme
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper represents the “corporate view” of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on global water quality monitoring, and the most salient issues facing GEMS/Water. It forms the basis for determining partnership activities: on one hand, the most constructive ways in which partner organizations can contribute to the successful implementation of core activities; and, on the other hand, the best ways for meeting partners’ data and service needs.


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2005
Serials
Tunza vol. 3 no. 1: green cities
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEPs magazine for youth.


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2005
Serials
Theo and the Giant Plastic Ball
United Nations Environment Programme

Theo and the Giant Plastic Ball is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). \" Tunza \" means \" to treat with care or affection \" in Swahilli. UNEP hopes to inspire caring for the Earth through creative literature that sparks the interest and awareness of children, their parents and teachers. See also 'Tessa and the Fishy Mystery' , 'Tina and the Green City', 'Tore and the Town on Thin Ice' and 'Trishna and the Dream of Water'.


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2005
Our Planet
Our Planet: the rule of law and the Millennium Development Goals
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2005
Reports and Books
Implementing the Montreal Protocol in Small Businesses: Chemical Management under a Multilateral Environmental Agreement
United Nations Environment Programme

This study provides National Ozone Units (NOUs) and owners/operators of SMEs with an overview of approaches adopted in different countries and in different sectors (refrigeration and air conditioning, solvents, foams, aerosols) to address the phase-out of ODS in SMEs. It also provides an assessment of which approaches have been most effective in each of the sectors to further support SMEs compliance with the Montreal Protocol and offers possible options that could be considered by NOUs to assist SMEs in their countries.


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2005
Book/Report
Regional Seas Partnerships for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

The Regional Seas Programme (RSP) was launched in 1974 in the wake of the 1972 United Nations
Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden.
The RSP aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world's oceans and coastal areas
through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environments, by engaging
neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their shared marine
environment.


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2005
Reports and Books
Selection, design, and implementation of economic instruments in the solid waste management sector in Kenya: the case of plastic bags
United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research & Analysis (KIPPRA), the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

This report presents Kenyan government's efforts to reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with the production and disposal of solid waste.


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2005
Reports and Books
Assessment of environmental hot Spots in Iraq
United Nations Environment Programme

It is estimated that Iraq has several thousand contaminated sites resulting from a combination of general industrial activities, military activities, post-conflict damage and looting. Many of the sites are derelict and open to public access. They contain substantial quantities of hazardous waste and present a threat to human health and to the environment. In partnership with the Iraq Ministry of Environment and with funding from the Government of Japan, UNEP implemented an Environmental Site Assessment project to assist Iraq in tackling this problem. The project combined practical capacity building for the Iraq partners with detailed assessment work on five priority sites. These included a demolished plating works, a looted pesticides warehouse, a fire damaged chemicals warehouse, a sulphur mining and processing complex, and a military equipment scrap yard. All of the sites investigated had multiple environmental problems, however one site was found to present an immediate and severe health hazard due to the presence of highly toxic waste. At the national level, two priorities were identified||firstly the expansion of this first phase of work into a priority programme of site assessment and emergency intervention, and secondly the construction of a central hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility. A follow up UNEP and Ministry of Environment project to address the identified toxic waste on the worst of the first five sites has commenced.


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2005
Reports and Books
The trade and environmental effects of ecolabels: assessment and response
United Nations Environment Programme

The study researches the trade and environmental effects of ecolabels through a literature review, including with reference to five specific labels. It reveals data limitations on identifying and quantifying these effects, and sets out further research and multistakeholder exchange that is required to support design and application of ecolabels which support sustainable development. The interaction between trade and environmental policies, and public policies and market forces are examined in some depth.


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2005
Reports and Books
Integrated assessment of the impact of trade liberalization: a country study on the rice sector in China
United Nations Environment Programme, State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), School of Environment, Beijing Normal University (BNU).

This country study focuses on the environmental, economic and social effects of trade liberalization on the rice sector in China. It demonstrates that the WTO Agreements on Agriculture did not have much impact, but that the regional agreements are more likely to have one. This study also demonstrates that in many instances, other factors of liberalization, including changes in the exchange rate and measures of internal market liberalization, have had a more profound impact than the multilateral trading system. Research institutions in this country, which are familiar with the local economy, the environmental challenges and the policy priorities, conducted this assessment.


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2005