Reports and Books
Design for Sustainability: A Practical Approach for Developing Economies
United Nations Environment Programme, Dutch Delft University of Technology

The package will introduce the D4S (Design for Sustainability) concept and how to apply it in a company setting in developing countries. It can be used to pursue internal D4S efforts (via the supply chain or single operation context) and by intermediaries who work with companies. Relevant examples and case studies will be included based on demonstration projects carried out in Costa Rica and Morocco.


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2006
GEO
Global Deserts Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Deserts Outlook is the first thematic assessment report in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A UNEP contribution to the International Year of Deserts and Desertification in 2006, the report aims to help raise global public awareness of the state of the world's deserts. The Global Deserts Outlook presents a panorama of the environmental status of the world's deserts : their location and extent, uniqueness and vulnerability, biodiversity and natural resources. The report provides a balanced picture of deserts as ecosystems which form a special part of the world's natural and cultural heritage, and not simply as land that is the end result of the process of desertification. Few places on earth contain a richer collection of natural adaptations to the environment. Readers are challenged to consider the development potential of deserts and their conservation needs, to explore what would be the most appropriate and sustainable livelihoods for people living in desert areas. Deserts do not have much water, but they do have other natural resources. The knowledge and technology exist to manage these resources sustainably||the challenge lies with determining and implementing appropriate actions for desirable long-term outcomes.


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2006
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
Our Planet
Caribbean Environment Programme - Our Planet Special Issue 2006
United Nations Environment Programme

Our Planet special issue: Caribbean Environment Programme


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2006
Our Planet
Our Planet: climate change and economic development
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2006
Our Planet
Our Planet: deserts and drylands
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2006
Presentations, Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Judicial Training Materials on Environmental Law : Application of Environmental Law by national Courts and Tribunals
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP’s Global Judges Programme was conceived in the context of strengthening the Rule of Law in the area of sustainable development. The Rule of Law comprises an intricately inter-linked chain of fundamental ideas including equality before the law, the independence of the judiciary, transparency, consistency and accountability in the administration of law and the notions of equity, justice and fairness. The Rule of Law is also essential for the realization of sustainable development, which itself is founded on equitably balancing environmental, social and economic considerations in decision-making at all levels.


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2006
Booklets and Brochures
Invasive Alien Species: A Growing Threat in Regional Seas
United Nations Environment Programme

Invasive species have been identified as one of the four greatest threats to marine and coastal ecosystems, together with land-based sources of marine pollution, overexploitation of living marine resources, and habitat degradation.Apart from their ecological impacts, marine and coastal invasive species also have a range of economic and human health consequences.


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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
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