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
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ILAC México
United Nations Environment Programme (PNUMA) ;Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, México, Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI), Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD)

El desarrollo de los indicadores en México se realizó de manera conjunta por la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) y el Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI). El resultado de este esfuerzo fue el cálculo de 35 de los 38 indicadores propuestos originalmente, la mayoría de ellos con datos que permiten observar los cambios acontecidos a través del tiempo. Además, en la medida de lo posible se incorporaron mapas con la información desagregada para mostrar la heterogeneidad al interior del país.


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2005
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Evaluation intégrée de l’impact de la libéralisation du commerce: Une étude de cas sur la filière du riz au Sénégal
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication assesses the environmental, economic and social effects of trade liberalization and other trade-related policies in the particular sector or rice in Senegal.


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2005
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Africa Environment Tracking: issues and developments
United Nations Environment Programme

When the first Africa Environment Outlook (AEO) report was presented to the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) in 2002 it was adopted by the Ministers as a tool for African policy makers to use in the assessment of the pressing environmental issues facing the region. UNEP, through its Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) and the Regional Office for Africa, continues to assist AMCEN with the regular production of the report. This booklet has been prepared as a complimentary product of the AEO and summarizes major environmental events and trends from July 2002 - May 2004, focusing on poverty and environment, freshwater, land, biodiversity, environmental emergencies and security, small islands developing states, climate and the major regional institutional developments in the area of environment. The objective is to keep these rapidly evolving issues in the focus of the decision makers in the region and stimulate timely action to address them.


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2005
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Ecosystem and Human Well-Being - Synthesis
World Resources Institute (WRI)

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was called for by United Nations Secretary-General Koffi Annan in 2000 in his report to the UN General Assembly, We the Peoples: The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century. Governments subsequently supported the establishment of the assessment through decisions taken by three international conventions, and the MA was initiated in 2001. The MA was conducted under the auspices of the United Nations, with the secretariat coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, and it was governed by a multistakeholder board that included representatives of international institutions, governments, business, NGOs, and indigenous peoples. The objective of the MA was to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human well-being. This report presents a synthesis and integration of the findings of the four MA Working Groups (Condition and Trends, Scenarios, Responses, and Sub-global Assessments). It does not, however, provide a comprehensive summary of each Working Group report, and readers are encouraged to also review the findings of these separately. This synthesis is organized around the core questions originally posed to the assessment: How have ecosystems and their services changed? What has caused these changes? How have these changes affected human well-being? How might ecosystems change in the future and what are the implications for human well-being? And what options exist to enhance the conservation of ecosystems and their contribution to human well-being?


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2005
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Checklist of CITES Species and Annotated CITES Appendices and Reservations
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

This book provides a Checklist of the fauna and the flora listed in Appendices I, II and III of CITES as adopted by the Conference of the Parties, valid from 17 February 2005. It is hoped that these lists will act as an aid to Management and Scientific Authorities, Customs officials, and all others involved in implementing and enforcing the Convention.


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2005
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Integrated assessment of the impact of trade liberalization on the rice sector, UNEP country projects round III: a synthesis report
United Nations Environment Programme

This document provides a synthesis of the integrated assessment studies conducted in the third, most recent, round of country projects commissioned by UNEP, which focused on the rice sector. Over the past two years, UNEP has worked closely with national institutions in China, Colombia, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Viet Nam to identify the environmental, social and economic implications of trade liberalization in the rice sector.


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2005
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Report of the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States Port Louis, Mauritius 10-14 January 2005
United Nations

Report of the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States


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2005
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Environment Management and Disaster Reduction
United Nations Environment Programme

Session concept paper of UNEP Thematic Session on 'Environmental Management and Disaster Reduction: Building a Multi-stakeholder Partnership ' which was held on 19 January 2005 at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, 2005.


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2005
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The state of the environment in Somalia: a desk study
United Nations Environment Programme

As part of its response to the Indian Ocean tsunami, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conducted a short study on tsunami-affected areas of Somalia in February 2005 to identify possible environmental impacts of this natural disaster which might have posed a threat to human health and livelihoods. Two main issues of concern were highlighted: the possible existence of tsunami-related hazardous and other waste that might pose a health hazard to the population and a threat to the environment||and the lack of up-to-date information on the state of the environment in Somalia, including lack of accurate data on the impact of the tsunami on the people. UNEP was requested by the Somalia Transitional Federal Government to conduct a detailed Desk Study on the state of the environment in Somalia. It is against this background that this Desk Study has been prepared.


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2005