Policy and Strategy Documents
UNEP and Indigenous Peoples: A Partnership in Caring for the Environment: Policy Guidance: November 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this Policy Guidance to UNEP is to better understand and build on the Indigenous Peoples’ rights, knowledge, practices and systems that provide the framework for the harmonious relations that most Indigenous Peoples have with their environment. Furthermore, this Policy Guidance aims to ensure that United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) appropriately considers Indigenous Peoples in its activities, with the understanding that UNEP does not speak in the name of or represent Indigenous Peoples.


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2012
Reports and Books
Human Rights and the Environment Rio+20: Joint Report OHCHR and UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report seeks to make a substantive contribution to Rio+20 through an analysis of the interrelationship between human rights and the environment, both integral and indivisible elements of sustainable development. This linkage is central to efforts to move towards a green economy and to sustainable approaches to food, energy and water security.


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2012
Policy and Strategy Documents
Trade and Environment Briefings: Export Restrictions - Policy Brief 2
United Nations Environment Programme, International Trade Center (ITC), International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Natural resources – in the form of finite resources such as minerals and energy, and renewable natural resources such as agricultural commodities (including biofuels), timber, fish, leather and forest products – are increasingly in demand due to rising wealth and a growing population. Trade is an essential means to secure access to resources, not least as they are unevenly distributed across the globe, and no single country is entirely self-sufficient.


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2012
Summaries
Greening the blue helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This is the executive summary of the Greening the Blue Helmets report. The report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how peacekeeping operations affect and are affected by natural resources and environmental conditions. At the same time, the report also highlights the positive efforts that have been undertaken to reduce the environmental impacts of UN peacekeeping operations. This report shows that peacekeeping operations not only have important natural resource implications, as well as significant impacts on the environment, but also that natural resources are often a fundamental aspect of conflict resolution, livelihoods and confidence-building at the local level. The report is divided into two main parts. Part 1 reviews the environmental management of peacekeeping operations and showcases good practices, technologies and behaviours that have already been adopted. Part 2 examines the role that peacekeeping operations have played in stabilizing countries where violent conflicts have been financed by natural resources – including diamonds, gold, timber and oil – or driven by grievances over their ownership, access and control. It has been developed by UNEP in consultation with a number of international experts and nongovernmental organizations.


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2012
Reports and Books
Greening the Blue Helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations
United Nations Environment Programme

This report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how peacekeeping operations affect and are affected by natural resources and environmental conditions. The report is divided into two main parts. Part 1 reviews the environmental management of peacekeeping operations and showcases good practices, technologies and behaviours that have already been adopted. Part 2 examines the role that peacekeeping operations have played in stabilizing countries where violent conflicts have been financed by natural resources – including diamonds, gold, timber and oil – or driven by grievances over their ownership, access and control.


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2012
Reports and Books
The role of forest for the Kenyan economy
United Nations Environment Programme

This report deals with the economic valuation of the forestry sector, its linkages to the Kenyan industries and the drivers of consumption. Moreover, an input-output approach is used to quantify the indirect effects of regulating ecosystem services on the economy and to discuss sustainable forest management in the light of REDD+.


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2012
Reports and Books
Changing taiga: challenges for Mongolia’s reindeer herders
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication addresses the current state of reindeer husbandry of northern Mongolia and presents recommendations from the Mongolian reindeer herders for improving the sustainability of reindeer herding and the management of pastures and their homeland.


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2012
Reports and Books
The Uganda Atlas - Evidence of Uganda's changing environment
National Enviornment Management Authority (NEMA)

The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment, prepared by the National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda, provides extensive scientific evidence of Uganda's changing environment. Modelled after Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment previously published by UNEP, the Uganda Atlas seeks to safeguard the country's environment and inspire decision makers to action.


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2012
Reports and Books
Turkey Sustainable Development Report
Ministry of Development, Turkey

The aim of this report is to assess the actions which Turkey has realized during its sustainable development process, to reveal the policies which Turkey will apply in the future, to determine its national “vision” and to evaluate the possible contribution of Turkey to solve global problems. In addition, the report intends to determine Turkey’s opportunities and threats about implementing green growth as an instrument for sustainable development, and to discuss the fields which green growth may contribute to the creation of integrated policies for economy, society and environment.


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2012
Reports and Books
Integrated Watershed and Coastal Areas Management (IWCAM) Atlas
United Nations Environment Programme, The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

In the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), high population densities, combined with population growth, urbanization and increased development, particularly residential and tourist resort development, has led to the contamination of underlying aquifers and surface water, and deterioration of coastal water quality. The overall objective of this Project is to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the participating countries to implement an integrated approach to the management of watersheds and coastal areas. The long-term goal is to enhance the capacity of the countries to plan and manage their aquatic resources and ecosystems on a sustainable basis. In particular, project activities will be focusing on improvements in integrated freshwater basin-coastal area management on each island of the regional groupings of Caribbean SIDS.


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2012