Reports and Books
Uganda Wetlands Atlas - Volume I
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This publication has been driven by the need to address the rising concerns about the impact of human activities on wetlands in Uganda, particularly those around the Kampala metropolitan area. This visual portrayal is clustered into five major themes: an introductory overview of wetlands management, institutional, policy and legal framework for general awareness of issues in the wetlands of Uganda and the Kampala metropolitan area; a brief overview of major wetland systems in the study area comprised of Kampala City, Mukono and Wakiso districts; a general description of the drivers of wetland changes, with detailed analysis for selected hotspots in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono; wetland pressures, impacts, constraints and opportunities; and strategies for ensuring the wise use of these vital but fragile ecosystems. With up-to-date maps, recent and historical satellite images, ground photographs, data tables, graphs and compelling storylines, the Wetlands Atlas provides a vivid depiction of the state of Uganda’s major urban and peri-urban wetlands. It is envisaged that this Atlas will serve as an important reference tool for policy makers, legislators, corporate bodies, environmentalists, educators, students and the general public.


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2015
Reports and Books
Regional State of the coast Report Western Indian Ocean: Split
United Nations Environment Programme, Bosire, Jared, Paula, José, Schleyer, Michael H.
Download: Chapter 2, Chapter 1, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20
2015
Manuals and Guides
Putting Rio Principle 10 into Action: An Implementation Guide for the UNEP Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
United Nations Environment Programme

The current publication is intended as a tool to help countries implement the Bali Guidelines. The Guide collects examples of legislation and action from countries in a variety of regions and stages of development, demonstrating the viability of Principle 10 ideas in a wide variety of contexts. The Guide also provides countries with practical ways to address uncertainties that can arise during the drafting and implementing stages of new legislation.


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2015
Reports and Books
Interim Assessment of Revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPS)
United Nations Environment Programme, Fridtjof nansens instiutt, Global Environment Facility, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

This interim assessment of post-2010 NBSAPs undertakes a preliminary review of how countries have considered the Strategic Plan of the CBD and the readiness to achieve the Aichi Targets at national level.


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2015
Reports and Books
Technology, Finance and Statistics for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programmeme

As this report points out, mostly the news is good. In 2001, it may have seemed a daunting task to halve the 1990 poverty rate − the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day. In fact Asia and the Pacific has cut that poverty rate by more than two-thirds. The region has not achieved all the goals, and some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others. Moreover, because of inevitable lags in gathering the most recent information, this report, whose data largely correspond to 2014, should perhaps be seen as the final milestone rather than the finishing post. Nevertheless, even at this stage it is clear that the MDGs have spurred heartening levels of commitment and achievement.


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2015
Reports and Books
The Regional State of the Coast Report: Western Indian Ocean
United Nations Environment Programme

The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, the pace and scale of environmental changes taking place in the region and the opportunities to avoid serious degradation in one of the world’s unique and highly biodiverse oceans. The report goes a step further and presents exploratory scenarios and policy analysis to better inform anticipatory planning and management of coastal and marine resources.


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2015
Reports and Books
The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: impacts of change in land cover and climate

Over the past century, orangutan populations in Southeast Asia have seen a very steep decline, driven to the brink of extinction by a host of man-made threats. Deforestation, illegal logging, the expansion of agro-industrial plantations and hunting – these forces combined to isolate orangutans into precarious pockets of forest on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Now, a new threat has emerged: climate change. This report from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the Liverpool John Moores University assesses the impacts of land cover change and climate change on Borneo's endangered orangutans. The report also examines the major driver of deforestation – the expansion of oil palm – and analyses how various land-use scenarios might impact the region through different climate change projections. The report concludes, sadly, that a combined model of climate change and landuse change could result in a further three quarter loss of orangutan habitat from the present day.


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2015
Reports and Books
New Rules for New Horizons: Report of the High Level Symposium on Reshaping Finance for Sustainability
United Nations Environment Programme

Finance is the means by which we channel accumulated wealth into productive new activities to generate more real wealth and wellbeing.


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2015
Reports and Books
Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective
United Nations Environment Programme

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim, by 2030, to end human deprivation worldwide. They represent a coherent, collective vision of a better future for all and provide a framework by which progress towards this vision may be monitored. One of the great strengths of the SDG framework in its current formulation is its recognition of the intimate links between human well-being, economic prosperity and a healthy environment. In its adoption, it must send out a clear message that restoring and maintaining the health of the natural resource base is a necessary condition for eradicating poverty and sustaining economic progress for all.


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2015
Reports and Books
The Value of Everything
United Nations Environment Programme

Discussions regarding the global financial system often happen without a complete and robust understanding of the total value, impact and relevance of all stocks and flows. Indeed, even the “Value of Everything” is not known, insofar as that being measured as the total present day market value of all global capital assets, let alone the relevance of ongoing flows of commerce as they impact the system. The purpose of this paper is to begin the process of clarifying global asset value especially as may be affected by the sustainability (or lack thereof) of financial systems, and not just that which is represented by institutional assets under management. Often such attempts to assess the value of financial markets only look at total managed assets by financial institutions, or through attempts to assess somewhat isolated international money flows via say Community Development Financial Institutions alone, among what is in effect a series of partial analysis on this question that exist in the literature. This paper, therefore, will answer this question of what is the actual total value of all global asset classes individually and in aggregate, towards helping inform money flows as they relate to this overall global stock, and how do they or can they influence total value, as well as how should these stocks and flows shift to enable the financial system to become truly sustainable and how to measure for that. Attempts have been made to assess the value of global assets but they are always insufficient for purpose, either missing categories such as the value of state-owned enterprises, the value of people’s homes, the true nature of cash in the market and more. Such partial analysis has revealed useful aspects of this single total value figure, which we will make good use of, but our picture will be holistic and complete, or will certainly attempt to be so. The first place to start then is in establishing categories of assets needed to be understood in order to fully assess a static, present day Value of Everything. We start with a look at publicly traded companies, fixed income as an asset class, as well as property owned by individuals or in managed portfolios. These are the three largest categories of assets by value. State-owned enterprises need to be added to this picture as does the total value of infrastructure portfolios (both through direct investment and project finance). Private equity and venture capital are rising in relevance and they too will be assessed as will the value of so-called real assets encompassing forests, commodities and more, and finally the value of issued dollars in the market both in cash and in the nominal value of instruments not directly tied to assets. This analysis will represent a first single static Value of Everything, in effect the total value of global assets.


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2015