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.
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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
Indicators for a resource efficient and green Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

This report reveals the patterns and the evolution of natural resource use in Asia and the Pacific region over the last 40 years. The analysis shows that resource use in the region is both inefficient and unsustainable. The Asia-Pacific region will not be able to base its future economic growth on declining costs of natural resources as was possible during most of the twentieth century. An increasing reliance on resources from abroad and volatility in the global resource markets will pose challenges to the economic resilience of countries in the region. In this new economic context resource efficiency and decoupling of economic growth and resource use will be fundamental to the economic success of the region. Nevertheless there is a window of opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to invest in policies and the infrastructure that will support resource efficiency in the decades to come. Acting now will reduce economic vulnerability, especially of low income groups, and will help secure the competitiveness of tomorrow in a low carbon resource efficient global economy.


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2015
Reports and Books
Values Based Banking: Bringing the Voice of the Citizen into Finance
United Nations Environment Programme

Today’s financial system is in many ways too large, too complex, and too removed from the real economy. It has become focused on short--‐term profit maximisation, it does not pay enough attention to social and environmental risks, and it leaves 2.5 billion people without access to adequate or any financial services. Banks play an important role in the economy intermediating between savers and borrowers. As such the role banks can play in contributing to or undermining sustainable development is profound. Values based banking is purposively oriented towards the development of a sustainable economy.


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2015
Reports and Books
Sustainable Consumption and Production: a Handbook for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme

This Handbook is an output of UNEP’s work towards the implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). This global edition is based on a pilot edition for Asia and the Pacific region that was developed under the EU funded and UNEP managed Regional Policy Support Component of the SWITCH-Asia programme. It is designed to assist policymakers in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies that support the transition towards SCP. It includes numerous case studies highlighting SCP opportunities and existing successful initiatives from across the world.


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2015
Reports and Books
Sourcebook of Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation among the Biodiversity Related Conventions at National and Regional Levels
United Nations Environment Programme

The Sourcebook focuses on what can be achieved through cooperation among those implementing the Biodiversity-related Conventions at national and regional levels. It provides practical examples, checklists, lessons learnt and case studies from around the world which can provide an inspiration for those countries interested in exploring synergies opportunities in their own national and local circumstances.


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2015
Reports and Books
ECGFS Detailed Recommendation 4: Discounted Green Loans
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2014 the Resuarch Bureau of the People’s Bank of China convened a Green Finance Task Force made up of 40 experts from ministries, financial regulators, academics, banks and other financial institutions, complemented by international experts brought together


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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