GEO
Africa Environment Outlook 2: our Environment, our wealth
United Nations Environment Programme

The main focus of the AEO-2 report is on sustainable livelihoods and the environment. The report profiles Africa's environmental resources as assets for the continent's development. It highlights the potential of the region's natural resource base to support the development agenda of NEPAD and sustain human livelihoods. The report has five sections namely: Environment for Development, Environmental State-and-Trends: 20-Year Retrospective, Emerging Challenges, Outlook and Policy Recommendations.


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2006
Reports and Books
Africa's lakes: Atlas of our changing environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Water is vital for our survival. Africa is the second largest and the second most populous continent after Asia. It is endowed with both natural and artificial lakes and is home to some of the largest lakes in the world. These lakes are used for fishing, recreation, transport, irrigation, power generation, disposal of waste and a variety of domestic purposes. Over the years, human factors combined with natural conditions of climate and geology have influenced their water quality and quantity to some extent. Negative impacts have resulted in environmental disruptions to some of the Lakes basins. This atlas vividly illustrates some of the changes people and nature have brought about on Africa's lakes -both good and bad- over the last decades and presents an overview analysis of Africa's lakes situation.


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2006
Reports and Books
Strategic approach to international chemicals management
United Nations Environment Programme, Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), World Health Organization (WHO)

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework for international action on chemical hazards. It supports achievement of a central goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development to ensure that by 2020 chemicals a reproduced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. This publications contains the SAICM texts and resolutions of the international conference on chemicals management.


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2006
Reports and Books
The hydrogen economy: a non-technical review
United Nations Environment Programme

As a clean energy carrier that can be produced from any primary energy source, hydrogen used in highly efficient fuel cells could prove to be the answer to our growing concerns about energy security, urban pollution and climate change. This prize surely warrants the attention and resources currently being directed at hydrogen even if the prospects for widespread commercialisation of hydrogen in the foreseeable future are uncertain.


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2006
Reports and Books
Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas
United Nations Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature

The conservation and sustainable use of the
vulnerable ecosystems and biodiversity in deep
waters and high seas are among the most critical
oceans issues and environmental challenges today.
Immediate impacts and threats, such as those
posed by fishing, have to be reduced urgently.
Activities that generate long-lasting pollution, alter
climate, disrupt oceanic circulation regimes and
acidify ocean waters have to be addressed, while
we still can.


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2006
Our Planet
Renewable Energy - Our Planet Vol. 16 No. 4, 2006
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2006
Book
Accounting for Economic Activities on Large Marine Ecosystems and Regional Seas: UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 181
United Nations Environment Programme

The report compiles estimates of activity levels of the relevant marine sectors (e.g fisheries,
aquaculture, tourism, shipping, oil etc.) of countries bordering the world’s LMEs and RSs.


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2006
Manuals and Guides
Manuel judiciaire de droit de l'environnement
United Nations Environment Programme, Canivet, Guy, Lavrysen, Luc, Guihal, Dominique

Basé sur la publication intitulée "UNEP Judicial Handbook on Environmental Law", ce Manuel a pour but de permettre aux juges nationaux de tous les types de tribunaux des juridictions de droit écrit d’identifier les problèmes environnementaux auxquels ils sont confrontés et d’être conscients de l’étendue des options dont ils disposent pour interpréter et appliquer la loi. Il tente de fournir aux juges un guide pratique des principes et des problèmes environnementaux de base qui risquent d’apparaître au cours des litiges. Cela inclut des informations sur le droit international, le droit de l’environnement comparé et des références à la jurisprudence pertinente.


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2006
Reports and Books
Handbook for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Seventh edition - 2006
United Nations Environment Programme
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2006
Reports and Books
The Hungary National Report
WWF Europe, Land Use Policy Group (LUPG)

The environmental analysis has shown that Hungary is a priority country for the EU in terms of biodiversity and that rural funds are more than relevant to preserve many of these values at least in their present state. Compliance with EU environmental legislation, with the Habitats and the Birds Directives and then with the Water Framework Directive are priority issues for the national administration as well as for stakeholders/nGOs.


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2006