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International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2009
United Nations Environment Programme, University of Eastern Finland

The aim of the Course is to convey key tools and experiences in the area of international environmental law-making to present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements; and to contribute to the further development and implementation of such instruments.


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2010
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THE state of Environment in the Republic of Belarus [2005-2009]: National report
Republic of Belarus. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

The purpose of the report is to assess the environment of Belarus and to expose the tendencies of changes over a five year period (2005-2009) with application of international environmental indices, to identify causes and effects of present day ecological conditions which allow as the whole to improve and standardize the analytic component of such kind documents.


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2010
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The greening of water law: managing freshwater resources for people and the environment
United Nations Environment Programme

A central challenge facing nations today is how to ensure that both people and the natural environment have adequate freshwater to sustain and nourish their existence.


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2010
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Haiti Earthquake PDNA: Assessment of damage, losses, general and sectoral needs
Government of the Republic of Haiti

The earthquake on January 12, 2010 has caused an unprecedented situation in Haiti with enormous repercussions affecting all sectors of society, well beyond the areas directly affected by the catastrophe. Over 200,000 lives were lost. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been left homeless and have fled the affected area to find refuge in the provinces, adding to an economic situation which was already difficult in these regions. In order to respond to a catastrophe of this scale, this assessment has been designed to go further than traditional post-disaster assessments. The objective has been to lay the foundations for a fresh start in the country's development efforts, as well as to reconstruct the damaged areas and contribute to a long-term national strategic development plan, in order to begin rebuilding Haiti. In addition to the damage and loss assessment which usually constitutes the central part of this type of assessment, an analysis of short-term rehabilitation needs and an analysis of the needs to rebuild the country have led to costed assessments for eight essential themed sectors: governance, the environment, disaster risk management, social sectors, infrastructure-related sectors, the production sector, a macroeconomic analysis, and cross-cutting sectors (youth, gender, vulnerable persons, employment).


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2010
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The 4th National Report of Iraq - Convention on Biological Diversity
Ministry of Environment - Republic of Iraq

It is fitting that as Iraq issues its first comprehensive report on the biological diversity of the country, the United Nations designates 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. Environmental issues such as biodiversity have not played a large part in the recent public discourse in Iraq, which to a large extent has been preoccupied with security and reconstruction. That being said, environmental concerns represent a significant challenge within Iraq that are complicating the development of the country, such as: water resource management||decline in biodiversity||waste management||oil development and industrial pollution and environmental impacts caused by decades of war and conflict. In 2009, Iraq signed the Convention for Biological Diversity (SCBD, 2009a) and initiated the first attempt to address the issue of biodiversity degradation that has plagued the country. This document is the first national report to be submitted to the CBD Secretariat as part of Iraq’s obligations as a Party to the Convention. It will examine and report on the status of biodiversity within Iraq and lay the groundwork for development of a national biodiversity strategy and action plan (NBSAP) to protect the diverse and vital species and ecosystems of Iraq.


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2010
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UN-REDD National Programme Document: Democratic Republic of Congo
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The DRC has just elaborated its REDD Readiness Plan (R-PP), for 2010-2012, which is attached to this proposal and seeks UN-REDD's financing support. This R-PP represents the national roadmap for REDD readiness, as well as the meeting point for all stakeholders, including donors, that wish to support the DRC's REDD+ readiness process.


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2010
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Promoting resource efficiency in small and medium sized enterprises: industrial training handbook
United Nations Environment Programme

The PRE-SME toolkit builds upon existing knowledge and tools but focuses on making the content aligned with the specific needs and organisational capabilities of SMEs in developing countries and economies in transition. It was first piloted in Ethiopia and Vietnam.


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2010