Nile River Basin: Adaptation to Climate Change Induced Water Stress in the Nile Basin: Summary for Decision Makers
United Nations Environment Programme

Water is one of several current and future critical issues facing Africa and the Nile Basin in particular. Water supplies from rivers, lakes and rainfall are characterized by their unequal natural geographical distribution, accessibility and unsustainable use. This SDM outlines four policy areas, based on the work packages of the Nile Basin project as follows: 1. Comprehensive Assessments; 2. Policy and Capacity Building; 3. Demonstration/field sites; and 4. Communication.

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Handbook/manual, Training document
Regional Training Manual on Disaster Risk Reduction for Coastal Zone Managers
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, United Nations Environment Programme

This Training Manual on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction for Coastal Zone Managers’ is for use in regional training course on DRR for Coastal Zone Managers, aimed at building the capacity of government officials, NGOs, academia and other entities responsible for developing and implementing coastal zone management (CZM) programs/projects by introducing the issues and opportunities for integrating DRR into CZM projects. The knowledge shared through this training will help the participants in developing projects and regulations on coastal areas that incorporate DRR concerns and measures – but will not turn coastal managers into DRR experts. By being trained in this field, coastal zone managers will also better identify which kind of development projects would increase local vulnerabilities.

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The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration: Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This report focuses on the role of natural resources in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes and illustrates
how the management of natural resources can be used to promote more effective and sustainable reintegration. Part 1 of the report
explores the relationship between natural resources, conflict economies and armed groups. Part 2 introduces the linkages between
various natural resource sectors and DDR programmes, covering both potential risks as well as opportunities. Part 3 elaborates on the key
entry points for DDR programmes to engage different natural resources sectors, particularly for reinsertion and reintegration activities. The
recommendations put forward in Part 4 help policy makers and practitioners to effectively integrate the opportunities and mitigate the risks
from natural resources to ensure more sustainable and effective DDR programmes.

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Project documents
NIle River Basins: Review of Adaptation Best Practice Examples in the Nile River Basin Region
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP recognizes the importance of the Nile River Basin in the context of a variable and changing climate and hence the imperative to design and pilot adaptation options at basin level. The objective of this report was to identify and evaluate best practice adaption options in response to risk, and vulnerability to climate change induced water stress as well as in the context of stated national adaptation priorities and climate change response strategies. This report contributes to the goal of building the resilience of ecosystems and economies that are most vulnerable to climate change induced water stress in the Nile Basin. The adaptation best practice examples presented in this report provide an evidence-base upon which the project on ‘Adapting to Climate Change induced Water Stress in the Nile River Basin’ can increase institutional and technical capacity to further test, replicate and scale up at the Nile River Basin level.

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Le Protocole de Montréal et la Santé Humaine: Comment une action mondiale nous protège des ravages du rayonnement ultraviolet
United Nations Environment Programme

Ce livret, tout en présentant un condensé des connaissances actuelles sur les effets des variations du rayonnement UV sur la santé humaine, offre
aussi un panorama de ce que le monde aurait pu être si nous n’étions pas arrivés à contrôler les substances qui appauvrissent la couche d’ozone. Il y aurait eu un effondrement de l’ozone stratosphérique vers le milieu du 21ème siècle, avec pour résultat une augmentation dramatique du rayonnement UV partout dans le monde, des pôles jusqu’aux tropiques.

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River Partners: Managing Watersheds for Flood Risk Reduction and Water Quality: Eco-DRR project fact sheet: Democratic Republic of Congo
United Nations Environment Programme

This is a site fact sheet for the Democratic Republic of the Congo ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) project conducted by UNEP and the European Commission from 2012-2015. It highlights the project’s key partnerships, interventions and targets.

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Case Study
The Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction: Case Study and Exercise Source Book
United Nations Environment Programme, Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, Center for Natural Resources and Development

This ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption (Eco-DRR/CCA) case study booklet is designed as a guided learning resource and supports a problem-based learning approach. The booklet enables masters students of the Eco-DRR course to work independently on the provided case studies and exercises, but it can also be used as a freestanding publication. The case studies are self-explanatory and no further documents are needed. However, where necessary, the lecturer can support the students with introductory explanations and also prepare for a final in-class discussion of each case study. The case study exercises are recommended to make the students apply the knowledge gained throughout lectures and to get to know ecosystem-based adaptation in different geographical regions and ecozones. We also recommend including the case studies and respective exercises throughout teaching the Eco-DRR module, preferably after having taught the first block or more to equip the students with some applied knowledge on the topic.

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Policy/strategy document
Managing Watersheds for Urban Resilience: Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme, Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction

This policy brief is intended to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable watershed management for resilient urban planning, and to provide recommendations on how city and municipal governments can effectively utilize a watershed management approach for urban risk reduction. The policy brief aims to contribute towards the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient” and strategic outcomes of the 2011 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Through four different case studies this brief demonstrates how ecosystem-based approaches in watershed management can provide complementary solutions to help achieve urban development goals, as well as protect people and development investments against water-related disasters and climate change.  

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MAP-X: Mapping and Assessing the Performance of Extractive Industries
United Nations Environment Programme, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

This brochure outlines the benefits, key functionalities, scales, and components of the information management platform "Mapping and Assessing the Performance of Extractive Industries (MAP-X)"

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Book chapter
Global Outlook for Ice and Snow: Chapter 1 - Highlights
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

Ice and snow are important components of the Earth’s
climate system and are particularly sensitive to global
warming. Over the last few decades the amount of ice
and snow, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, has
decreased substantially, mainly due to human-made global
warming. Changes in the volumes and extents of ice
and snow have both global and local impacts on climate,
ecosystems and human well-being.

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