Reports and Books
Protecting arctic biodiversity: limitations and strengths of environmental agreements
United Nations Environment Programme

The Arctic region is characterized by some of the largest continuous intact ecosystems on the planet, but is facing increasingly larger threats. These threats include the full range of stressors known from other parts of the world, namely habitat loss and fragmentation from infrastructure and industrial development, chemical pollution, overharvesting, climate change and invasive species infestations. Many of these pressures are mainly globally driven, including climate change, long-range transported pollution and even invasive species infestations. Others, such as harvesting and fragmentation are directly under Arctic governance, though often driven from demands outside of the Arctic region.


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2010
Reports and Books
Uzbekistan Environmental Performance Reviews: Second Review
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Uzbekistan was carried out in 2001. This second review intends to measure the progress made by Uzbekistan in managing its environment since the first EPR, and in addressing upcoming environmental challenges.


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2010
GEO
State of the Environment Report - Israel
Ministry of Environmental Protection, State of Israel

This English document presents selected indicators based on a more comprehensive report in Hebrew which compiles data on more than one hundred different indicators dealing with the main environmental resources: land, air, water, sea and biodiversity.


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2010
Reports and Books
Environmental Offences in Finland
Finnish National Monitoring Group

The most serious environmental dangers involve global warming (causing increased rainfall and flood risks) ozone depletion, pollution of seas and oceans, extinction of species, diminishing potable water resources and land erosion.


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2010
Reports and Books
Report on the Environment of the Czech Republic
Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

The Report on the Environment is a basic environmental reporting document of the Czech Republic. The methodology of the Report did not change much between 1994 and 2008, and therefore it was published in a similar form, only with slight changes. As the need and demand for information and expert support for the processes of the creation and implementation of environmental strategies have grown, the methodology of the Report has been modified in 2009 in order to better reflect the requirements of those who use it and to provide conclusions relevant to policy-making.


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2010
Reports and Books
A practical guide to landfill management in Pacific Island countries and territories: Volume 1 - Inland-based waste disposal (2nd edition)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Solid waste management is an environmental priority for most islands in the Pacific. Unfortunately, lack of recycling and reduction initiatives, poor waste collection systems, open dumpsites, and environmental pollution are still common in many countries in the region. Despite this general outlook, there are a number of positive changes being made to improve waste management policies and practices in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), including improvement of collection systems, implementation of container deposit schemes, and the upgrading and construction of sanitary landfills. This book is primarily targeted at solid waste officers in Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) who may have little background in engineering and construction. The objective of this guide is to help those users understand the concept of a landfill and its operation.


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2010
Reports and Books
Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

UNEP-WCMC has provided technical support to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to conduct a major study of more than 300 scientific literatures to synthesise the observed and predicted impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity. The study, Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity, describes an alarming picture of possible ecological scenarios and adverse impacts of ocean acidification for marine ecosystems, and highlights the direct link between climate change, ocean health and human well-being. The study was released by the CBD on the 14th December 2009 to mark Oceans Day and inform the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.


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2010

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