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Reports and Books
The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration: Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This report focuses on the role of natural resources in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes and illustrates how the management of natural resources can be used to promote more effective and sustainable reintegration. Part 1 of the report explores the relationship between natural resources, conflict economies and armed groups. Part 2 introduces the linkages between various natural resource sectors and DDR programmes, covering both potential risks as well as opportunities. Part 3 elaborates on the key entry points for DDR programmes to engage different natural resources sectors, particularly for reinsertion and reintegration activities. The recommendations put forward in Part 4 help policy makers and practitioners to effectively integrate the opportunities and mitigate the risks from natural resources to ensure more sustainable and effective DDR programmes.


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2013
Reports and Books
Haiti - Dominican Republic: Environmental Challenges in the Border Zone 
United Nations Development Programme

This report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of an 18 month long assessment of the border between the two countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola – Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the Dominican Republic, a middle-income country. It provides up-to-date information and confirms the close relationship that exists between the state of trans-boundary natural resources, poverty, and recurring social conflicts.


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2013
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
National Inventory of Mercury Releases in [Country] [Template]
United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment's Toolkit for identification and quantification of mercury releases, hereafter referred as the Toolkit, is intended to assist countries to identify and quantify the sources of mercury releases.Inventory Level 1 calculation spreadsheet is a simple and easy to use tool. The calculation spreadsheet is accompanied by the guideline manual and the reporting template.


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2013
Reports and Books
Global Mercury Assessment 2013: Sources, emissions, releases, and environmental transport
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents sources of mercury emissions to air and water. It presents estimates of anthropogenic emissions to air from various sources based on data from 2010 and estimates for releases to aquatic environment. The report also presents the latest information on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry , fate and transport. It is an overall summary report for the policy makers based on a technical background report.


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2013
Reports and Books
There is no Green without Blue. An analysis of the importance of coastal and marine resources to the development of Green Economies by Caribbean SIDS
Christopher Corbin - United Nations Environment Programme

A worldwide transition to a low- carbon, resource- efficient Green Economy will not be possible unless the seas and oceans are a key part of these transformations. The marine environment provides a range of services including food security and climate regulation to nutrient cycling and storm protection. Despite these services, there has been increased degradation from inter alia pollution, overfishing and climate change. This affects the livelihoods of people who depend directly and indirectly on these coastal and marine ecosystems for goods, services and jobs. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of developing countries facing specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. The sustainable use of coastal and marine resources is a major challenge for SIDS and oceans and fisheries issues should be prioritized on any national and regional sustainable development agendas. The transformation of SIDS Economies will ultimately depend on the transformation of attitudes, behaviors and actions of their people.


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2013
Reports and Books
Bamako Convention: Conference of the States Parties
United Nations Environment Programme

Bamako Convention: Conference of the States Parties - Decisions


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2013
Reports and Books
Atlas of Our Changing Environment: Zambia
United Nations Environment Programme

The Zambia Atlas of Our Changing Environment is one way of increasing awareness on environmental trends and is a call to all for improved management of our natural resources. The Atlas aims at providing scientifically-based and credible evidence of the changes occurring across Zambia, as well as their causes, and communicates the urgency of addressing them to policy- and decision-makers and the public. It has been produced through a broad participatory process involving many stakeholders. This Atlas demonstrates the government’s commitment to mainstreaming environment into planning so that economic and social development and the environment are fundamentally interdependent. In other words, the way we manage the economy and political and social institutions has critical impacts on the environment, while environmental quality and sustainability, in turn, are vital for the performance of the economy and social well-being. The government has and will continue to review the legal framework in the environment sector so as to ensure that they are in line and consistent with current macro-economic reforms. Environmental issues in Zambia are no longer the responsibility of government alone. The private sector and local communities also play an important role in environment and natural resources management.


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2013
Reports and Books
ILAC Colombia
United Nations Environment Programme (PNUMA), Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística

El informe de seguimiento de los indicadores de la Iniciativa Latinoamericana y Caribeña para el Desarrollo Sostenible (ILAC) Colombia, constituye una información útil como herramienta de monitoreo y evaluación de los avances y logros alcanzados en ciertos procesos de gestión ambiental y desarrollo social y económico, mostrando tendencias e impactos a lo largo del tiempo a nivel nacional. Adicionalmente, la información aquí presentada puede ser utilizada en la comparación del estado y de los avances con otros países de la región, así como también pueden hacer parte de las compilaciones y análisis del conjunto de países latinoamericanos y del Caribe.


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2013