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.


Download: water_quality_human_health.pdf
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.


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Summary
The Financial System We Need: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development - Policy Summary
United Nations Environment Programme
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Discussion paper
Bringing the 2015 Summits Home : An Action Agenda for Legislators
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) International

This discussion paper is the result of a year-long collaboration between UNEP and GLOBE International to foster more integrated policymaking and legislative action on key sustainability challenges facing the global community. It focuses on the historic opportunity provided for this in 2015 through the convergence of four major multilateral processes on disaster risk management (Sendai), finance for development (Addis Ababa), sustainable development goals (New York) and climate change (Paris). The paper concludes that the active and informed engagement of legislators will be a crucial factor in the success of the 2015 agreements, and parliaments everywhere must rise to this historic challenge and ‘Bring the 2015 Summits Home’.


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Booklet/Brochure
Humanitarian Action and the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Disasters and conflicts, as well as relief and recovery operations, impact the environment in ways that threaten human life, health, livelihoods and security. Failure to address these risks can undermine the relief process, causing additional loss of life, displacement, aid dependency and increased vulnerability. Disaster managers and humanitarian workers can take action to avoid this. This document helps to explain how.


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Guideline
Environmental Needs Assessment in Post-disaster Situations: A Practical Guide for Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide is intended for use by anyone concerned with environmental, and related, impacts occurring in a post-disaster situation. It should be of particular relevance to those interested in ensuring that environmental issues are taken into account from the earliest possible moment of planning for early recovery.


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Summary
Rwanda: From Post-conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development - Summary Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a summary of the full assessment study, Rwanda: From Post-conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development, to which readers should refer for more detailed analysis as well as statistical data and illustrations. Addressed primarily to national decision makers and international
development partners, this summary begins byhighlighting the priority areas for intervention together with an implementation strategy. It then
outlines the assessment’s overall messages and elaborates on theme and sector-specific findings, which constitute the basis for the report’s technical
recommendations.


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Assessment report
Rwanda : From Post-conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents a package of practical interventions to assist the ongoing metamorphosis of Rwanda’s economy. It calls for mobilizing and focusing investments in key areas, including ecosystem rehabilitation, renewable energy, conservation agriculture and innovative water and sanitation technologies, holds the best promise for economic growth, job creation and adaptation to climate change.


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Assessment report
Iraq institutional Capacity Assessment Report
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP initiated this institutional assessment of the Ministry of Environment as part of its project for Strengthening Environmental Governance in Iraq. The assessment found the Iraqi Ministry of Environment to be fully operational, with competent staff and functioning legislation. While its work covers all areas of environmental management, including lawmaking and law enforcement, the Ministry’s core strength is in environmental monitoring, due to its historical background as the monitoring arm of the Ministry of Health. These three roles should in future be segregated, and the law-making and inspection capabilities reinforced. The Ministry is currently working on both these issues. In addition, a new framework law on the environment is being developed, which should be followed by a new set of standards and regulations. The Ministry is also being reorganized to better carry out its current mandate. Once these activities are completed, the lawmaking and enforcement components can be strengthened.


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