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
Policy Brief
Growing a green economy in Africa: why forests matter
United Nations Environment Programme

There is economic potential in African forests but it is threatened by an increasing demand for forest products, and by encroachment from other sectors. The Briefing explores the potential of a ‘green economy’ approach to the forest sector, which seeks to improve human wellbeing and social equity while reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Interventions across Africa that aim to conserve, enhance and restore natural capital||increase resource efficiency||or promote sustainable consumption, show how forests could help drive a green economy transformation. Our scenario analysis indicates that a selection of such interventions, when scaled up, could help to meet increased demand for timber while enabling sustainable forest management. But scaling up of promising interventions will require action to create an enabling environment.


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2015
Our Planet
Global Climate Action: Innovations and Best Practices - Our Planet December 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

The momentum towards a low-carbon economy is unstoppable. This is the year in which the world not only decided that growth must be sustainable, equitable and low carbon, but also took crucial strides towards the inclusive, green economy. This issue of Our Planet highlights the measures various governments and other stakeholders have taken towards a low-carbon economy. Emphasis is given on the need for accelerated progress towards this change. Most encouraging is that the push for low carbon, sustainable growth is gathering momentum in the financial sector. Governments as well as the private sector now have a better understanding of the links between environmental, social and financial performance. It is now up to the governments to deliver the deal that ensures that the change towards a low-carbon economy occurs in time.


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2015
Our Planet
Healthy Planet, Healthy People - Our Planet May 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

Perhaps nowhere is the importance of a well-managed environment as clear as in human health”, write Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a joint editorial of the latest issue of Our Planet. This issue demonstrates, through contributions from leading authors, how environmental risk factors such as pollution, chemical contamination and climate change bring diseases and death. It further emphasizes the importance of reducing environmental threats in order to improve human health. Relevant work carried out by UNEP and its partners in this area is also highlighted


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2015
Our Planet
Sustainable Development: Time for global action - Our Planet March 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

As we move towards the historic post-2015 summit at the 70th UN General Assembly next September, governments will be expected to adopt a transformational sustainable development agenda, including the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of Our Planet emphasizes the importance of an integrated and universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. The SDGs are based on three principles: 1) leaving no-one behind (in terms of poverty alleviation and development)||2) ensuring equity and dignity for all||3) achieving prosperity within the Earth's safe and restored operating space. Our Planet also carries articles from leading authors on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, as well as highlighting relevant work that UNEP has been carrying out in relation to the SDGs.


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2015
Reports and Books
Africa’s Adaptation Gap 2: Bridging the Gap – Mobilising Sources
United Nations Environment Programme

The report assesses the wide range of options for triggering the resources needed for closing the adaptation gap.


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2015
Reports and Books
Forest Ecosystem Valuation Study - Indonesia
United Nations Office for REDD Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), United Nations Environment Programme

Over the last few years, Indonesia has demonstrated considerable leadership in recognising the value of its natural capital. With the third largest area of tropical forest in the world, Indonesia’s forests play a significant role in climate change mitigation at the national and global level. They are also critical for economic growth and the welfare of people. Therefore, recognising, capturing and demonstrating the benefits provided by forest ecosystems in Indonesia can significantly assist the country in transitioning towards a green economy. This can result in equitable growth, stable economic development and the preservation of Indonesia’s natural assets for its future generations.


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2015