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The State of the Marine Environment: Regional Assessments.
United Nations Environment Programme

The report identifies that countries have made considerable progress in developing and implementing
appropriate policy responses at national, regional and international levels. Nevertheless, progress over the last decade needs to be sustained and strengthened in response to the growing pressures, with special attention to implementation, enforcement and environmental governance.


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2006
Monograph
Lake Victoria Basin Environment Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme

The Lake Victoria Environment Outlook (LVBEO) report provides an in-depth integrated analysis of the environmental dynamics within the basin. The report is the first ecosystem environment outlook report in Africa. It has been produced in partnership with Pan African START Secretariat (PASS) and the University of Nairobi and many scientists in the riparian states. The report has been prepared within the framework of the Africa Environment Outlook (AEO) process


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2006
Technical Report
Ground contamination assessment report: Military waste storage site, Astana, Afghanistan
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

This technical report outlines the findings of an initial site inspection by UNEP in November 2005, and the results of an intrusive ground investigation performed in April 2006 to characterize the potential environmental and health risks associated with the storage of military materials and hazardous substances at the Astana site.


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2006
Monograph
Caribbean Sea/Colombia & Venezuela, Central America & Mexico-GIWA Regional Assessment 3b, 3c
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), GEF, University of Kalmar, Sweden

This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the Colombia & Venezuela and Central America & Mexico sub-systems' located in GIWA region 3, the Caribbean Sea. The regional team identified habitat and community modification as the priority concern of both sub-systems. In the Colombia & Venezuela sub-system, coastal habitats are being degraded by a multitude of issues, particularly land-based sources of pollution. The transboundary ecosystems of the Central America & Mexico sub-system have been severely degraded as a consequence of agricultural and urban expansion, increased pollution loads and unsustainable forestry practices. The past and present status and future prospects of these issues are discussed, and they are traced back to their root causes. Feasible policy options are proposed that target key components identified in the Causal chain analysis in order to minimise future impacts on the transboundary aquatic environment.


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2006
Monograph
Environmental assessment of the areas disengaged by Israel in the Gaza Strip
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2005, the major event in the middle-east region was the disengagement by Israel from Gaza. UNEP was requested by the environmental authorities in Gaza to carry-out an environmental assessment that would identify areas of environmental concern and use the results for interim corrective measures, if required, as well as long term resource planning Consequently UNEP fielded a team to Gaza between 9-18 December 2005. The team successfully carried out the field work, covering all 21 disengaged settlements and the Erez industrial site. Samples were taken and shipped to an independent laboratory in Europe. The team consisted of a total of 8 UNEP staff members and external environmental experts, with expertise in asbestos, contaminated land, hazardous waste, marine & coastal environment, and water resources. UNEP's partners were the Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority (EQA) and the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) on the Palestinian side, and the Ministry of Environment on the Israeli side.


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2006
Our Planet
Renewable Energy - Our Planet Vol. 16 No. 4, 2006
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2006
Monograph
The hydrogen economy: a non-technical review
United Nations Environment Programme

As a clean energy carrier that can be produced from any primary energy source, hydrogen used in highly efficient fuel cells could prove to be the answer to our growing concerns about energy security, urban pollution and climate change. This prize surely warrants the attention and resources currently being directed at hydrogen even if the prospects for widespread commercialisation of hydrogen in the foreseeable future are uncertain.


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2006
Monograph
Strategic approach to international chemicals management
UNEP, SAICM, WHO

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework for international action on chemical hazards. It supports achievement of a central goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development to ensure that by 2020 chemicals a reproduced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. This publications contains the SAICM texts and resolutions of the international conference on chemicals management.


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2006
Atlas
Africa's lakes: Atlas of our changing environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Water is vital for our survival. Africa is the second largest and the second most populous continent after Asia. It is endowed with both natural and artificial lakes and is home to some of the largest lakes in the world. These lakes are used for fishing, recreation, transport, irrigation, power generation, disposal of waste and a variety of domestic purposes. Over the years, human factors combined with natural conditions of climate and geology have influenced their water quality and quantity to some extent. Negative impacts have resulted in environmental disruptions to some of the Lakes basins. This atlas vividly illustrates some of the changes people and nature have brought about on Africa's lakes -both good and bad- over the last decades and presents an overview analysis of Africa's lakes situation.


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2006