Factsheets
Protecting Habitats and Migration Corridors for Marine Mammals in the South and Northeast Pacific and the Wider Caribbean through Marine Protected Area Networks
United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the efforts on the establishment of comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative regional systems of marine protected areas by 2012 for the conservation of marine mammals in countries of Latin America and Caribbean, through the application of an Ecosystem Based Management approach and spatial planning.


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2010
Reports and Books
Compliance-Related Texts and Decisions of Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication intends to ensure that existing compliance and non-compliance regimes are documented in one source to assist and support any future negotiations on the revision of existing regimes or the creation of new ones.


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2010
Reports and Books
The Greening of Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme, International Water Law Project

The greening of water law is both a theoretical and practical effort to modernize legal regimes governing the management and allocation of freshwater resources.


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2010
Factsheets, Summaries
Action plan for the Caribbean of Marine Mammals (MMAP) in the Wider Caribbean Region
United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme

The Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, born out of the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention), came into force in 2000 and is the only regional biodiversity legal agreement for the advancement of the conservation and protection of the marine environment in the Wider
Caribbean Region (WCR). All the species of the WCR listed in Annex II of the SPAW Protocol are considered to be threatened or endangered species and their capture, take or possession is prohibited, unless for traditional use to satisfy cultural and subsistence
needs. The SPAW Protocol calls for the development and implementation of conservation, recovery or management programmes, as well as guidelines and criteria for the management of protected species.


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2010
GEO
Perspectivas para O Meio Ambiente Urbano - GEO Piranhas
Brazil, Ministério do Meio Ambiente

Como parte do Projeto GEO, o Projeto GEO Cidades é uma iniciativa lançada pelo PNUMA especifi camente para a América Latina e o Caribe e que procura fornecer a governos nacionais, cientistas, tomado res de decisão e ao público em geral informações atu ais e de fácil entendimento sobre suas cidades, visan do à melhoria ambiental e socioeconômica.


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2010
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Water Quality Monitoring Using IT
Ministry of Environment Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

The water quality monitoring systems based on Water Quality Tele-Monitoring System (Water TMS) and Internet Protocol-Ubiquitous Sensor Network (IP-USN) are the representative IT based water management systems in Korea. Water TMS was introduced to improve the conventional method of assessing effluent charges for facilities discharging wastewater, and can perform real time monitoring and management of discharging facilities, enabling prevention of water pollution incidents. Water TMS also effectively establishes integrated watershed management systems by monitoring point-sources, and produces the raw data required to enforce Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) in the four major rivers. Water TMS can effectively establish a monitoring system in the four major rivers and is linked with automatic water quality monitoring networks. In addition, the monitoring system based on IP-USN that has been tested in the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, can be useful in strengthening the water pollution monitoring system, and can contribute to the building of a base infrastructure for a future advanced intelligent society.


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2010
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Korea’s Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Daily Life
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

One of the representative environmental problems these days is climate change. The reduction of the greenhouse gases from the industrial sector is important, however, the non-industrial sectors, such as homes, businesses, and transportation are also important. Understanding this necessity, the Korean government has been staging a movement to reduce greenhouse gases, through the Green Start campaign. The Green Start is driving the implementation of greenhouse gas reduction by the cooperative governance between the government, commerce, and civilian organizations. In 2009, the Korean government reaffirmed their strong will to expand the green life practice, by setting a five-year plan for green growth, in which they emphasized the Green Revolution of Life . Green life movement in Korea is implemented through the Green Start Movement, promoting green consumption, the Green Transportation Movement, reducing food waste, and making green homes. In order to motivate people to actively participate in the movement, incentives such as the carbon points systems are provided. The government plans to train leaders, construct a cyber center, and legislate necessary laws for green life and organize systems and institutions to support the movement.


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2010
Reports and Books
Review of marine turtles legislation in Tuvalu
Mataio Tekinene - National Consultant

This review documents existing legislation and policies as well as the country's participation in international/regional agreements and conventions relevant to marine turtles.


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2010
Reports and Books
UNEP emerging issues: global honey bee colony disorder and other threats to insect pollinators
United Nations Environment Programme

This report concludes that currently available global data and knowledge on the decline of pollinators are not sufficiently conclusive to demonstrate that there is a worldwide pollinator and related crop production crisis. Although honey bee hives have globally increased close to 45% during the last 50 years, declines have been reported in several locations, largely in Europe and Northern America. This apparent data discrepancy may be due to interpretations of local declines which may be masked by aggregated regional or global data. During the same 50-year period, agricultural production that is independent from animal pollination has doubled, while agricultural production requiring animal pollination has increased four-fold (reaching 6.1% in 2006). This appears to indicate that global agriculture has become increasingly pollinator dependent over the last 50 years.


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2010
Reports and Books
Barbados national assessment report of progress made in addressing vulnerabilities of SIDS through Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation(MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action
The Ministry of the Environment Water Resources and Drainage - Government of Barbados

The United Nations General Assembly (GA) Resolution 63/213 (February 2009) reaffirmed the GA decision 62/191 to review the progress made in addressing the vulnerabilities of small island developing states through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (MSI). The Resolution stressed ‘that the review should provide the international community with an opportunity to conduct an assessment of the progress made, lessons learnt and constraints encountered in the implementation of the MSI and agree on what needs to be done to further address the vulnerabilities of SIDS’.Barbados has met and even exceeded many of the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Barbados has also been able to highlight some of its successes in its annual Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) reports. Barbados still remains one of the few countries in the Western Hemisphere to develop and implement a national policy for sustainable development. The Barbados Sustainable Development Policy (BSDP) is our National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) which provides a national framework, guidelines and principles that we can employ in our everyday activities. The policy promotes a motto of “Doing the right thing by doing things right!”


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2010