Reports and Books
Development and Harmonization of Environmental Laws Volume 4: Report on the Development and Harmonization of Laws on Hazardous and Non- Hazardous Wastes
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmental law is an essential tool for the governance and management of the environment and natural resources. It is the foundation of national and regional policies and actions to ensure that the use of natural resources is done equitably and sustainably.


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Reports and Books
Development and Harmonization of Environmental Laws Volume 6 : Report on the Development and Harmonization of Laws Relating to Wildlife Management
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Environmental law is an essential tool for the governance and management of the environment and natural resources. It is the foundation of national and regional policies and actions to ensure that the use of natural resources is done equitably and sustainably.


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Peatlands Rewetting, Restoration and Conservation Offers a low-cost, Low-tech, High Impact Nature-Based Solution for Climate Action
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Peatlands Initiative is a partnership of 28 organizations aiming to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and save thousands of lives by protecting peatlands, the world’s largest terrestrial-soil organic carbon stock. Despite the growing momentum to mobilize governments, international organizations and academia in a targeted effort to protect peatlands, there is still a need for more countries, policy makers and senior level government technical advisors to become aware of the urgency of action to prevent the loss of peatlands to fires, degradation through drainage or disturbance and agricultural conversion. The protection of permafrost and other boreal and temperate peatlands is extremely important, yet has been a somewhat overlooked area for climate action.


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Development and Harmonization of Environmental Laws Volume 7: Report on the Development and Harmonization of Laws Relating to Forestry
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Environmental law is an essential tool for the governance and management of the environment and natural resources. It is the foundation of national and regional policies and actions to ensure that the use of natural resources is done equitably and sustainably.


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Reports and Books
Catalogue of Legislation on Environment and Natural Resources: Summary Report
United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The "information explosion" which occurred in the field of environmental law during the past decade has long been recognized as a problem for international action. Following an initial pilot project for the compilation of data on environmental legislation, undertaken in 1971 at the initiative of Mr. Maurice Strong in the course of preparations for the Stockholm Conference (Third Session of the Preparatory Committee, A/CONF. 48/PC. III/CRP.13), UNEP, through its International Referral System, has provided support to automated data storage and retrieval experiments in this field, such as the "Environmental Law Information System" of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). While there is at present no international database ensuring reliable world-wide coverage of environmental law in general, important and environmentally relevant collections of sectoral legislation exist in several Specialized Agencies. Among these, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and more recently the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have developed computerized systems for legal data processing.


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Reports and Books
The Environmental Impacts of Exploitation of Oil Shales and Tar Sands
United Nations Environment Programme, Institute of Geochemistry, Petrology and Economic Geology

The present report deals with the environmental impacts of exploitation of oil shales and tar sands. In undertaking this review, a great deal of information had to be gathered and scrutinized. In many cases, data had to be re-calculated to standardize the environmental impacts presented, on the basis of production of 50,000 barrels/day of syncrude, which is the general capacity of plants under construction or planned.


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Policy and Strategy Documents
Reducing Exposure to Particulate Matter in Indoor Environment - Clean Air Policy Brief 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this policy brief is to give practical information to policymakers and health authorities on reducing exposure to particulate matter (PM) in indoor environment that are naturally or mechanically ventilated and strongly influenced by outdoor air pollution sources. Prolonged exposure to harmful PM indoors can have adverse health effects, such as increased respiratory symptoms and reduced lung function.


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Policy and Strategy Documents
Clean Energy in China - Clean Air Policy Brief 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this policy brief is to give an overview of the energy transition of China to attain a cleaner energy future. In general, the brief includes a discussion on the successes in this effort along with the related challenges.


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Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
A Directory of Environmentally Sound Technologies for the Integrated Management of Solid Liquid and Hazardous Waste for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Indian, Mediterranean and Atlantic Region
United Nations Environment Programme

This directory has been prepared, to identify and describe ESTs which are suited to the environmental, economic, climatic, cultural, and social context of the IMA/SIDS Region. This directory is structured around 7 separate topics, namely: Waste Reduction Storage, Collection and Transport, Composting, Incineration, Landfills, Hazardous Waste, and Waste Water Technologies.


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A Directory of Information Sources on Air & Water Pollution
United Nations Environment Programme

Industrial activity takes raw materials and converts them into goods and services. During this process unwanted by-products and waste materials are usually produced as well.


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