Monograph
Ecosystem and Human Well-Being - Synthesis
World Resources Institute (WRI)

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was called for by United Nations Secretary-General Koffi Annan in 2000 in his report to the UN General Assembly, We the Peoples: The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century. Governments subsequently supported the establishment of the assessment through decisions taken by three international conventions, and the MA was initiated in 2001. The MA was conducted under the auspices of the United Nations, with the secretariat coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, and it was governed by a multistakeholder board that included representatives of international institutions, governments, business, NGOs, and indigenous peoples. The objective of the MA was to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human well-being. This report presents a synthesis and integration of the findings of the four MA Working Groups (Condition and Trends, Scenarios, Responses, and Sub-global Assessments). It does not, however, provide a comprehensive summary of each Working Group report, and readers are encouraged to also review the findings of these separately. This synthesis is organized around the core questions originally posed to the assessment: How have ecosystems and their services changed? What has caused these changes? How have these changes affected human well-being? How might ecosystems change in the future and what are the implications for human well-being? And what options exist to enhance the conservation of ecosystems and their contribution to human well-being?


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2005
Monograph
Africa Environment Tracking: issues and developments
United Nations Environment Programme

When the first Africa Environment Outlook (AEO) report was presented to the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) in 2002 it was adopted by the Ministers as a tool for African policy makers to use in the assessment of the pressing environmental issues facing the region. UNEP, through its Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) and the Regional Office for Africa, continues to assist AMCEN with the regular production of the report. This booklet has been prepared as a complimentary product of the AEO and summarizes major environmental events and trends from July 2002 - May 2004, focusing on poverty and environment, freshwater, land, biodiversity, environmental emergencies and security, small islands developing states, climate and the major regional institutional developments in the area of environment. The objective is to keep these rapidly evolving issues in the focus of the decision makers in the region and stimulate timely action to address them.


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2005
Assessment report
Integrated assessment of the impact of trade liberalization: a country study on the Senegal rice sector
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication assesses the environmental, economic and social effects of trade liberalization and other trade-related policies in the particular sector or rice in Senegal.


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2005
Bulletin
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Integrated Management System for Sewerage Facilities and BTL Project for Sewage Pipe in Korea
Ministry of Environment - Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

In last a few decades since 1960s, the economic growth and national development of Korea are rapidly achieved, however these have resulted in a number of environmental problems. For example, the high growth of industralization and urbanization has caused the overuse of water and its contamination especially in four major rivers and their basins. On the other hand, the demand of clean water has been raised, as the living standards and environmental consciousness of people have increased. As one of efforts to address this issue, the expansion of sewerage facilities was launched in mid 1980s and it has been enhanced whenever environmental accidents have occurred such as phenol spill in 1991 causing odor of tap water and death of fish. Six general plans of water resource management to improve water water quality were made and 10.6 trillion Korean won (US$ 10.5 billion) was invested by the government from 1989 to 1997. As a result, 60.9% of sewage was treated by facilities in 1997. Despite the steady investment in sewerage facilities and significant efforts made by the government, water quality grew worse in water supply sources.


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2005
Reports and Books
State of the Environment Report - Bermuda
Bermuda, Ministry of Environment

The information contained in this report is extensive and covers a range of different topics describing the Island’s environmental health at the year 2000. Its purposes are to improve public understanding of the Island’s environmental issues, to provide better information for decision makers in assessing priorities for action to resolve the Island’s environmental problems, and to help establish the foundations for the production of a long term sustainable development strategy for the Island. Much of the information contained in this report has already been used as background material in the preparation of Bermuda’s Sustainable Development Strategy and Implementation Plan. The production of this report heralds an important milestone in the collection and dissemination of environmental information about the Island. It also helps to meet some of the Bermuda Government’s key objectives as a signatory to the UK Environment Charter.


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2005
Reports and Books
A trip with drip the water drop
United Nations Environment Programme

A learning-by-doing workbook on water for children, 'A Trip with the Drip - The Water Drop, is a colourful workbook and CD contain basic facts, and other interesting information.


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2005
Reports and Books
Solarchill the vaccine cooler powered by nature
United Nations Environment Programme

SolarChill, an innovative global initiative that is developing a climate- and ozone-friendly vaccine cooler that is powered by solar energy and which will directly help improve the health of children in developing countries. Produced by a partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, GTZ, Greenpeace, Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH) and the Danish Technological Institute (DTI).


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2005
Reports and Books
Integrated assessment of trade liberalization in the rice sector: a country case study in Vietnam
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents an integrated assessment of the impacts of trade liberalization on the rice sector of Viet Nam. The assessment was supported by UNEP and carried out in 2002 & 2003 by an interdisciplinary team that involved members of various Vietnamese Agricultural Universities and Research Institutes.


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2005
GEO
GEO Juvenil Centroamericano - Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente Centroamericano
United Nations Environment Programme (PNUMA)

Nuestro informe GEO Juvenil Centroamericano, es parte de los procesos continuos del GEO Juvenil para America Latina y el Caribe (GEO ALC) y los procesos GEO en el ambito global.


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2005
Reports and Books
World atlas of great apes and their conservation
United Nations Environment Programme, WCMC

This atlas provides a comprehensive overview of what is currently known about all six species of great apes - chimpanzee, bonobo, Sumatran orangutan, Bornean orangutan, eastern gorilla, and western gorilla. It gives a thorough background on ape behaviour and ecology for each species, including detailed habitat requirements, the apes' ecological role, and the possible consequences of their decline. Despite the dedicated efforts of many individuals and organizations, the great apes all fall into the endangered or critically endangered category of the IUCN Red List. This atlas offers a full description of the threats, current conservation efforts, and additional protection needed for each species across its entire range.


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2005