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Innovative financing to implement multilateral environmental agreements: the case of the Montreal protocol, proceedings of the technical workshop on concessional lending
United Nations Environment Programme

On 22 July 2002 an International workshop was convened under the auspices of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol to exchange views on the objectives and modalities of concessional lending, and to review the experiences in innovative financing related to the implementation of this multilateral environmental agreement. These proceedings include the workshop summary and presentations and papers delivered during the workshop.


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2003
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Bamboo biodiversity: information for planning conservation and management in the Asia-Pacific region
United Nations Environment Programme

Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with a wide range of values and uses. They play a significant role in biodiversity conservation and contribute to soil and water management. They are important for biomass production and play an increasing role in local and world economies. This study used an innovative approach to map potential current distributions of nearly 1 000 individual bamboo species that occur naturally within remaining forests of the Asia-Pacific region. The maps were also combined to generate regional maps showing potential species and generic richness. By quantifying the area of forest cover remaining within each species range, this study shows that more than 400 bamboo species are potentially threatened by the destruction of natural forest cover. Conservation and sustainable management of wild populations of bamboo should be high priority, especially where diversity is high or deforestation is a significant threat.


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A manual for water and waste management: what the tourism industry can do to improve its performance
United Nations Environment Programme

This manual provides guidelines and examples of how tourism operations can achieve positive results and minimize harm to a community's ecological and physical systems. Specific case studies highlight larger hotel chains, which have already implemented environmental management systems but the main focus is on SMEs in developing countries, Small Island Developing States and developing tourism destinations.


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2003
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2002 report of the Solvents, coating and adhesives technical options committee
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2002 report is considerably different from previous reports of the Solvents Technical Options Committee (STOC). The physical structure has been designed so that each sub-sector has a self-contained chapter that summarises new, essential, information and the technology choices available. It is intended that these individual chapters may be extracted for copying to interested parties, while remaining short enough for translation into local languages and subsequently distributed. To achieve this, the older technological details are not as complete as in previous editions. Readers requiring a more complete treatise are referred to the 1998 report.


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