Guideline
Guidelines for Improving the Global Civil Society Forum Cycle
United Nations Environment Programme
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Guideline
UNEP guidance: On the development of legal and institutional infrastructures and measures for recovering costs of national administration for sound management of chemicals
United Nations Environment Programme

The design and implementation of comprehensive and coherent legal frameworks and related institutional arrangements for management of chemicals, including sustainable financing options is a cornerstone in achieving the goals from the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and reaffirmed at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in 2012, that by 2020 the use and production of chemicals should be done in ways that do not lead to significant adverse effects on human health and the environment. One of the cornerstones for achieving the above 2020 goal will be the establishment of comprehensive and coherent legal frameworks and related institutional infrastructure including sustainable financing options.

To assist countries in his process, UNEP, with financial support from the Swedish government, has developed a Guidance document for the development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for the Sound Management of Chemicals and Measures for Cost Recovery of National Administrations
(LIRA-Guidance). The Guidance aims at providing practical, step-by-step support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals, including proposals for measures for financing necessary related administration activities.


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Assessment report, Summary
State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012 Summary for Decision-Makers
Åke Bergman, Jerrold J. Heindel, Susan Jobling, Karen A. Kidd, R. Thomas Zoeller
Download: State of the Science of EDCs Summary Report 2012.pdf
Book/Report
Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health
United Nations Environment Programme

The data and analyses presented in Water Quality for
Ecosystem and Human Health 2nd Edition are from GEMStat,
the global water quality database created by UNEP's
GEMS/Water Programme, the only programme in the UN system exclusively dedicated to
monitoring and assessing environmental water quality. Drawing on examples from around the
world, Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health presents assessments of current water
quality status and trends. It also provides an introduction to a diverse range of global water
quality issues, including approaches to their identification, analysis and resolution.


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Briefing paper
Technical Advisory Paper No. 3 Future Needs in Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper represents the “corporate view” of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on global water quality monitoring, and the most salient issues facing GEMS/Water. It forms the basis for determining partnership activities: on one hand, the most constructive ways in which partner organizations can contribute to the successful implementation of core activities; and, on the other hand, the best ways for meeting partners’ data and service needs.
This section also focuses on key projects in which GEMS/Water is, or should be, actively engaged.


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Book/Report, Case Study
Global Drinking Water Quality Index Development and Sensitivity Analysis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

As the principal United Nations body on environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) had been tasked by UN-Water to lead on freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystem data and information inputs to the World Water Assessment Programme, and the main WWAP output, the World Water Development Report series. Part of this task involves developing global water quality indicators and ultimately, a global water quality index.

UNEP delegated this responsibility to its GEMS/Water Programme, with direction to convene an international experts’ workshop designed to implement the indicators and index requirements.

The workshop, attended by a group of selected indicator specialists, was convened at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria (May 4th – 6th 2005) with the objective of reviewing the topic of water quality indicators/indices and making recommendations and suggestions on approaches and actions that GEMS/Water might consider in its future operations. The experts’ first recommendation was that GEMS/Water should develop a pilot study to develop an index to assess the global status of drinking water in source water supplies (UNEP GEMS/Water, 2005). The experts’ recommendation report is available on the GEMS/Water website.

This report presents the results of implementing the experts’ first recommendation. It outlines an approach taken to develop a global water quality index, as well as preliminary sensitivity analysis and validation of the index against real water quality data. Limitations to the index are discussed, as well as next steps.


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Book/Report
Water Quality For Ecosystem and Human Health
United Nations Environment Programme

The data and analyses presented in Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health are from GEMStat, the global water quality database created by UNEP’s GEMS/Water Programme, the only programme in the UN system exclusively dedicated to monitoring and assessing environmental water quality. Drawing on examples from around the world, Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health presents assessments of current water quality status and trends. It also provides an introduction to a diverse range of global water quality issues, including approaches to their identification, analysis and resolution.


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Assessment report, Case Study
Monitoring The Restoration of Mangrove Ecosystems from Space
United Nations Environment Programme/GRID-Geneva

Mangrove establishment and rehabilitation projects have had varying levels of success at different locations around the world. Given the money that has been invested in restoring mangrove coverage, it is useful to map, monitor and compare results and experiences in different parts of the globe to compare the success of such projects. This study conducted temporal analyses for 24 mangrove sites from 10 different projects in six different countries (Senegal, the United Arab Emirates, Madagascar, Kenya, Solomon Island and Indonesia) using satellite imagery and GIS technology to map and monitor their status.


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Case Study, Toolkit
Greening Universities Toolkit V2.0: Transforming Universities into Green and Sustainable Campuses: A Toolkit for Implementers - Advance Copy
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this Toolkit is to inspire, encourage and support universities to develop and implement their own transformative strategies for establishing green, resource-efficient and low carbon campuses. It will provide an opportunity to build stakeholder capacity to deliver systemic, institution-wide integration of sustainability principles into all aspects of university business. This initiative is intended to improve the sustainability performance of universities globally and to provide support to other stakeholders embarking on their own sustainability journeys. Further, it will enhance the practical relevance of universities to sustainable development and by extension, the new paradigm of the “green economy”. In short, the aim is to encourage and promote the contribution of universities to the overall sustainability of the planet. We cannot have a sustainable world where universities promote unsustainable – conversely, the sustainable university can help catalyse a more sustainable world.


Download: Greening University Toolkit V2.0.pdf
Assessment report
Regional State of the coast Report Western Indian Ocean: Split
United Nations Environment Programme, Jared Bosire, Louis Celliers, Johan Groeneveld, José Paula, Michael H. Schleyer
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