Reports and Books
Mercury - Environmental Health Criteria 1
United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization

As stated on page 5, the purpose of the criteria documents is to compile, review, and evaluate available information on the biological effects of pollutants and other environmental factors that may influence man's health, and to provide a scientific basis for decisions aimed at protecting man from the adverse consequences of exposure to such environmental factors, both in the occupational and general environment. A WHO Task Group on Environmental Health Criteria for Mercury met in Geneva from 4 -1 February 1975. The Task Group reviewed and amended the second draft criteria document and made an evaluation of health risks from exposure to mercury and its compounds. This document is based primarily on original publications listed in the reference section. However, several recent publications broadly reviewing health aspects of mercury and its compounds have also been used.


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Climate Change in Afghanistan: What Does It Mean for Rural Livelihoods and Food Security? 
United Nations Environment Programme

In this report, we show how drought and flood risks have changed over the past thirty years, and what impact this has had on rural livelihoods and food security in the country. The aim is to inform national-level prioritization of areas and livelihoods groups for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programmes.


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Floriculture and the Environment: Growing Flowers without Methyl Bromide
United Nations Environment Programme

This Manual is intended as a general guide for the implementation of alternatives to methyl bromide in the commercial production of cut flowers. It seeks to provide practical, easy to understand information that can be used by growers, trainers, technical assistants and in general those persons involved in the phasing out of methyl bromide. For this reason an illustrative, simple to follow format containing actual examples that have proven useful has been chosen. The information contained may be used as part of training programs, workshops or other activities. However, this manual should be taken as a guide only, since specific alternatives need to be evaluated and adapted to meet local conditions. The information herewith presented is based on actual experience in commercial farms, research findings and published books or reports. However, its authors or the United Nations Environment Programme cannot be held responsible for any failure or unforeseen outcomes resulting from its utilization.


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African Heritage 2000: The Future of Protected Areas in Africa: Proceedings of the IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas African Regional Working Session
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, United Nations Environment Programme, National Parks Board of South Africa

Proceedings of theLcN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas African Regional Working Session, Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 11-17 October 1994


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Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Catalogue of Oil Spill Response Equipment and Products
United Nations Environment Programme

This document is conceived as a supplementary source of information to the "Guide for Oil Pollution Combating in the Mediterranean" published by ROCC some time ago. Both documents are intended for use by various national Authorities in the Mediterranean coastal States (although nothing prevents them from being used elsewhere) and are complementing each other. The Guide gives basic information for decision taking (either at the stage of contingency planning or in cases of emergency) while the Catalogue provides information on equipment and chemical products specially designed for accidental oil pollution control and combating. Although spill response operations inevitably involve the use of various non-specific equipment (hand tools, earth moving equipment, agricultural equipment, vehicles, aircraft, surface vessels, etc.) and materials (straw, sand, sawdust, etc.), the job can be done best with the proper tools, i.e. specifically designed equipment and purposely formulated chemicals. Accordingly only these have been included in the Catalogue.


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Haiti: South Department Forest Energy supply Chain
United Nations Environment Programme

This report assesses the socioeconomics of charcoal production in Haiti’s rural South Department as well as potential solutions to prevent the harvesting of valuable tree species and to reduce pressure for wood from key coastal ecosystems. It provides the results of extensive surveying of the charcoal and firewood supply chains from their origin in the South Department to the main markets of Les Cayes and Port-au-Prince. It then assesses and identifies several significant opportunities for UNEP to intervene and add value in the forest energy sector in the South Department.


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Integrated Coastal Zone Management Training Manual - RCU/EAS Technical Reports Series No.12
United Nations Environment Programme

The coastal areas of the East Asian Seas, in particular those of the Southeast Asian countries contain one of the most rich and diversified ecosystem in the world, characterized by extensive coral reefs and mangrove strands. The coastal resources in the region is a valuable asset that can effectively contribute to sustainable development.


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Community Natural Resource Management & Farm Forestry: Twenty-five Years of Experience in Kordofan and Darfur 
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides important lessons learned from community natural resource management and farm forestry in Sudan, including resources such as water and rangelands.


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Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Terphenyls - Executive Summary. Environmental Health Criteria 2
United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization

Polychlorinated hbiphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) are complex organic chemicals used widely for their insulating properties. They are liquids of various densities containing chlorine, hydrogen and carbon and resemble mineral oils in appearance and consistency. They are not naturally occurring and are classified as synthetic oils. PCBs and PCTs have been manufactured since 1930, production reaching a peak in 1970. As the evidence linking PCBs with harm to wildlife and disease in man accumulated, the production and use of PCBs were restricted or eliminated in several industrialized countries; other Countries are considering similar steps. However, this is only a partial solution because these compounds continue to persist in the environment and to accumulate in human body tissue.


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Proceedings of the Eco-DRR Study Tour, Kyrgyzstan - “Central Asian Exchange for Ecosystems and Disaster Linkages”
United Nations Environment Programme

"This report describes the proceedings of the Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction Study Tour in Kyrgyzstan on 10-14 November 2014 which brought together participants from three countries – Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan to facilitate knowledge exchange and experience sharing, as well as to create a strong Eco-DRR network in the region."


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