Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Guidelines for Impact Assessment in the Western Indian Ocean Region
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of these guidelines is to:
- Highlight the issues of concern in the WIO region, especially how transboundary impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems could foreclose future livelihood and development options.
- Provide guidance on how transboundary impacts should be assessed, using Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) tools.
- Advise on how best to develop and/or strengthen legal and administrative instruments in the WIO Region.
This document is primarily intended for people who have to make decisions on environmental issues through the impact assessment process, namely: national, provincial/state and local authorities who comment on impact assessment reports and make decisions about the environment and development. These authorities include, but are not limited to: local authorities, departments or ministries of environment, planning and land use, mines, energy, water, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, housing, roads, tourism, heritage and health.


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2007
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
Reports and Books
Life Cycle Management: A Business Guide to Sustainability
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2007
Factsheets
What Can We Do about Marine Litter
United Nations Environment Programme, Northwest Pacific Action Plan
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2007
Reports and Books
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation: global mechanisms, conservation and livelihoods (2007)
United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

This briefing considers the implications for biodiversity conservation and local people's livelihoods of the current discussion on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries (RED-DC, henceforth RED) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


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2007
Reports and Books
UNEP Post-Conflict Capacity Building Programme in Liberia
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP commenced its post conflict work in Liberia in November 2003 by assuming the lead for the cross-cutting theme of “environment” in the UN/WB Needs Assessment. This responsibility involved integrating environmental issues and priorities in the needs assessment report, reviewing information from other sectors, holding consultations with stakeholders and fielding missions in 2003/ 2004. As supplementary information to the Needs Assessment, UNEP produced the “Desk Study on the Environment in Liberia”, which was presented at the International Reconstruction Donors Conference in New York on 5-6 February 2004. The report aimed at providing a rapid and strategic overview of the environmental problems faced by the country, and identified the immediate needs to be addressed during the reconstruction and development process. Overall, the study found that the misuse of natural resources has not only been a source of conflict in Liberia and the wider region, but has also sustained it. Furthermore, the massive movement of refugees and internally displaced people have had very serious impacts on the environment. Based on these findings and in consultation with the national authorities, it was agreed that an important contribution towards increasing national and regional stability would be to provide the Liberian Government with the capacity and proficiency to manage its natural resources and economic development in an environmentally sustainable and equitable manner. To this end, UNEP’s efforts over the past two and half years have focused on strengthening the enabling policy and legislative frameworks and the technical capacity of the country’s nascent environmental administration. In April 2005 UNEP established a Project Office in Monrovia, led by an international UNEP staff member.


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2007
Reports and Books
e-Waste Management in South Asia - Scoping exercise
Development Alternatives (DA), South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP)

Development Alternatives (DA) and South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) on 22 September 2007 jointly organised the scoping exercise on e-waste management in South Asia in New Delhi, India. The workshop was attended by representatives from all sectors, government, industry, non-governmental organisations and reach institutions from across South Asia.


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2007
Reports and Books
Unlocking value
United Nations Environment Programme

A report of the UNEP Finance Initiative Asset Management Working Group.


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2007
Reports and Books
Environment and Health Risks from Climate Change and Variability in Italy
World Health Organization

The report shows that information to assist in anticipating potential threats and impacts can be developed and can be extremely useful in preparing people and the overall societal structure for adverse events, as well as in facilitating the response as extreme weather-related events occur.


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2007
Reports and Books
Global trends in sustainable energy investment 2007: analysis of trends and issues in the financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency in OECD and developing countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the dollar view of the current status of sustainable energy development, including both the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency?(EE) sectors. The analysis is based on the different types of capital flows and their movement over time, combined with regional and sectorial trends. The implications for all stakeholders of this rapidly evolving capital build-up are examined. The information is intended to provide financiers and policy makers with an overview of the status and drivers of the sustainable energy market development to help them weigh their commitments to the sector.


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2007