Booklets and Brochures
Ecosystem based Adaptation
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature
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2014
Reports and Books
Greece Report on Sustainable Governance Indicators
Bertelsmann Stiftung

In the period under review Greece underwent a severe economic crisis which affected all core dimensions. The quality of democracy was negatively affected by a new sharp divide between supporters and opponents of the bailout extended to Greece by its creditors under strict austerity conditions.


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2014
Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2014: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Ten years after the first Year Book in this series appeared, a special e-book anniversary edition – UNEP Year Book 2014 – presents a fresh look at ten issues highlighted over the past decade. This UNEP Year Book 2014 takes advantage of the latest technology, providing a multi-media experience that helps illustrate the environmental challenges we face today and some of the innovative solutions that have been created to solve those challenges. Video, animations, data visualization and stunning images from around the world help tell the stories.


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2014
Reports and Books
2014 United Nations List of Protected Areas
Deguignet M., Juffe-Bignoli D., Harrison J., MacSharry B., Burgess N. D. & Kingston N.

The United Nations List of Protected Areas has its origins in the recognition of the importance by the United-Nations of the “national parks and equivalent reserves” for the conservation of the Earth’s natural places and for the protection of biodiversity. These lists are a compilation of data and information about the world’s global protected area network. They represent a useful and efficient tool for tracking progress on the global protected areas’ network coverage.


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2014
Reports and Books
Africa Mountains Atlas
United Nations Environment Programme

The mountains of Africa provide water and food, rich biodiversity, recreational areas and serve as important centres of cultural integrity and heritage. However, Africa faces growing challenges in ensuring the sustainable development of mountain areas, such as poverty and climate change and addressing the feat of transboundary co-operation. Through use and integration of local and indigenous knowledge, supporting green investments and addressing the multidimensional nature of poverty and food security, these challenges can be surmounted. The Africa Mountains Atlas defines these challenges and presents the associated opportunities that can be seized to prevent unsustainable development of Africa’s mountain ecosystems.


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2014
Reports and Books
Natural resources and conflict: a guide for mediation practitioners
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide collects and summarizes good practices on the successful mediation of resource conflicts. It draws on the field experiences of mediators and mediation experts, specifically those with natural resource expertise. It also features lessons learned from UNEP’s work on environmental diplomacy in different conflict-affected countries, with a particular focus on how to use impartial technical knowledge to equalize stakeholder information in a mediation process.


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2014
Reports and Books
Measuring success: indicators for the regional seas conventions and action plans
United Nations Environment Programme

This report collates information on ecosystem-based indicators and indices currently being measure by regional entities and seeks to identify common elements. From this analysis the report postulates whether a limited generic set of indicators can be derived. A series of case studies are used to exemplify the diversity of ways indicators have been applied. For State of the Environment reporting, ecosystem-based indicator systems have developed in an ad hoc way, influenced by regional pressures and priorities. Indicator systems linked to targets and objectives have been more coordinated (e.g. Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) approach to indicators is an example of pan-regional coordination associated with regulatory requirements.


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2014
Reports and Books
The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

Over the past four years the “emissions gap” series published by the United Nations Environment Programme has analysed the size of the gap and has provided insights on options to close it. This fifth report provides an updated measure of the emissions gap. In addition, this year’s update of the analysis calculates an emissions gap relative to expected emission levels in 2030, in recognition of the growing focus that action beyond 2020 is gaining in international climate change negotiations. Not least, the report provides an assessment of the carbon budget that is consistent with the 2° Celsius temperature target.


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2014
Reports and Books
Building Urban Resilience: Assessing Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Addis Ababa
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings of a knowledge assessment on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) for the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that was conducted in 2012. It examines the state of UPA in the city through the lens of intensifying urban pressures and increasing climate risks with the objective of identifying how these and other drivers potentially interact to affect the long-term sustainability of UPA, and what response options are needed to address existing and emerging challenges.


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2014
Reports and Books
Building Urban Resilience: Assessing Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Tamale
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the findings of a knowledge assessment on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) for the city of Tamale, Ghana, that was conducted in 2012. It examines the state of UPA in the city through the lens of intensifying urban pressures and increasing climate risks with the objective of identifying how these and other drivers potentially interact to affect the long-term sustainability of UPA, and what response options are needed to address existing and emerging challenges.


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2014