Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Guidelines for Monitoring Marine Litter on the Beaches and Shorelines of the Northwest Pacific Region
United Nations Environment Programme, Northwest Pacific Action Plan
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2007
GEO
Perspectiva del Medio Ambiente Urbano - GEO Santo Domingo
Consejo Nacional De Asuntos Urbanos (CONAU), República Dominicana

A principios del año 2005, se concretaron los acuerdos Inter-institucionales entre las diferentes entidades encargadas de producir el informe GEO Santo Domingo, el cual se desarrolla en la región metropolitana del Gran Santo Domingo con el apoyo del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente, la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, los Ayuntamientos que conforman este territorio y una serie de actores relacionados con el medio ambiente urbano en la República Dominicana.


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2007
Reports and Books
National Environment Policy - Mauritius
Ministry of Environment and NDU

This White Paper defines the new National Environment Policy of the Republic of Mauritius, establishes a clear policy framework and sets appropriate environmental objectives and strategies. It is based on a review of key environmental issues, challenges and opportunities that are specific to our national context and it sets a policy framework under which we have to mainstream environmental considerations in all development programmes and projects. It serves as a guide and a tool for decision-making and action for both environmental management and economic development. The goal of this new environmental policy is therefore two-fold: it has to help in the management of our ecosystems which supports the economic growth of the country and it has to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the Mauritian population. This new policy will be implemented mainly through the revised National Environment Strategy and Action Plan detailing strategies and action plans and setting time-frames and targets.


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2007
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Policies on Conservation of the DMZ District Ecosystem
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The Korean Peninsula has been divided by the 248km-long Military Demarcation Line (MDL) from East to West across the areas of Ggeutseum Ganghwa-gun, and Myeongho-ri Goseong-gun since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Along this line a 2km-wide Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was set up on both sides of the line. As a historical relic of national division the DMZ is unique because it allowed the conservation of the natural ecosystem as both North and South Korea have strictly restricted access to the area. Along with the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range and Coastal areas the DMZ is one of the three Core Eco-Networks for the conservation of the national natural environment (See Fig.1). To systematically manage the DMZ District thorough analysis of the ecosystem including the natural environment should come first. In line with this there have been a number of studies beginning in 1965 with an investigation of the ecosystem along the northern part of the Civilian Control Line (CCL) conducted by The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. However since the studies place disproportionate emphasis on partial aspects of the ecosystem and maintenance plans an effective plan has yet to be introduced. In particular as environmental conservation plans are not embodied development plans and actions are not controlled so the area that needs conservation is not managed properly.


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2007
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update
Asian Development Bank

Developing Asia's prodigious growth continued through the first half of 2007, setting the scene for another bumper year. The region is now expected to expand by 8.3. But this Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update cautions that the prognosis for 2008 is now hazy. Although growth in 2008 is seen slowing gently to 8.2%, the likelihood of a more abrupt deceleration is increasing. Exceptional performance in both the People's Republic of China (PRC) and India is again propelling growth in the region. In the first half of 2007, the PRC grew faster than at any time since 1994 and India, building on its best rate in 18 years in the year to March 2007, registered strong growth in April-June this year. Beyond the gyrations in the global economy, the Update stresses that developing Asia's growth prospects will continue to depend on how well it copes with its own domestic challenges. It is now much better placed to cope with adverse external developments, with its stout financial defenses and some room for policy adjustment. The Update looks at the dynamics of export performance in East Asia. It suggests that supply-side factors-including the quality of infrastructure and the business investment climate-play an important role export performance and that external demand remains an important driver of trade in parts and components. The role of the real exchange rate has changed overtime, as composition of exports has changed.


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2007
Reports and Books
Technical report - Improving preparedness of the region To assess and devise appropriate interventions To address challenges in 'adaptation to climate change'
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), Centre for Environment Education (CEE)- India

South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) attempts to fulfill its mandate ofproviding and enabling technical assistance at the regional level to address environmental challenges with a bearing on the developmental agenda of the countries in South Asia. SACEP recognizes the enormous significance of adaptation to climate change in this context. This is in response to a felt need to synergize expertise and efforts through mutually reinforcing interventions centered on a participatory process as articulated by its Governing Council. SACEP's collaboration with Centre for Environment Education (CEE) -India signified such a synergy, aimed at a reality check of the needs and the development ofa menu of responses.


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2007
Reports and Books
UNU-IAS Pocket Guide: Access to Genetic Resources, Benefit Sharing and Bioprospecting
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)

For several thousands of years humankind was freely using as well as exchanging biological and genetic resources around the world for betterment of life. This situation has now changed due to emergence of issues like privatization of resources and knowledge through components like intellectual property rights (IPRs) and patents. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which came into force on 29 December 1993 outlines clear principles on access to biological and genetic resources and equitable sharing of benefits from using such resources. The Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) provisions of CBD are based on the principles of prior informed consent (PIC) on access as well as use of resources with people who have such resources through a set of mutually agreed terms(MATs).


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2007
Reports and Books
Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication describes some of the exemplary projects that have been undertaken pursuant to article 10 of the Montreal Protocol.


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2007
Reports and Books
Balkan vital graphics
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmental protection is one of the areas where the Balkan countries still face a big challenge to catch up with their western neighbours. After the 1990s conflicts and the breakup of Yugoslavia, six new Balkan states emerged. Apart from integrating environmental concerns into the new policies, a major challenge is environmental management across new borders. What used to be six international river basins in the Balkans have now evolved into 13 internationally shared river basins and four transboundary lake basins.


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2007
Reports and Books
Integrated assessment of black carbon and tropospheric ozone: summary for decision makers
United Nations Environment Programme

This document summarizes findings and conclusions of the assessment report: Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone. The assessment looks into all aspects of anthropogenic emissions of black carbon and tropospheric ozone precursors, such as methane. It analyses the trends in emissions of these substances and the drivers of these emissions||summarizes the science of atmospheric processes where these substances are involved||discusses related impacts on the climatic system, human health, crops in vulnerable regions and ecosystems||and societal responses to the environmental changes caused by those impacts. The Assessment examines a large number of potential measures to reduce harmful emissions, identifying a small set of specific measures that would likely produce the greatest benefits, and which could be implemented with currently available technology. An outlook up to 2070 is developed illustrating the benefits of those emission mitigation policies and measures for human well-being and climate. The Assessment concludes that rapid mitigation of anthropogenic black carbon and tropospheric ozone precursor emissions would complement carbon dioxide reduction measures and would have immediate benefits for human well-being. The Summary for Decision Makers was prepared by a writing team with inputs from the members of the High-level Consultative Group and with support from UNEP and WMO. It is intended to serve decision makers at all levels as a guide for assessment, planning and management for the future.


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2007