Reports and Books
Global International Waters Assessment: Arctic Greenland, East Greenland Shelf, West Greenland Shelf, GIWA Regional Assessment 1b, 15, 16
United Nations Environment Programme, GEF, University of Kalmar, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, UCC-Water, NERI-Denmark

Globally, people are becoming increasingly aware of the degradation of the world's water bodies. The need for a holistic assessment of transboundary waters in order to respond to growing public concern and provide advice to governments and decision makers regarding management of aquatic resources has been recognised by several international bodies focusing on global environment. To compile a global overview, the Global International Water Assessment (GIWA) has been implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with the University of Kalmar, Sweden (www.giwa.net).


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2004
Reports and Books
Training module: introduction to capacity building for environment, trade and sustainable development
United Nations Environment Programme

This introductory training module is designed to support capacity building for trade, environment and sustainable development and is part of UNEP's larger initiative for capacity building on integrated policy design and implementation.


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2004
Reports and Books
Natural allies: UNEP and civil society
United Nations Environment Programme

The planet's ecosystems are facing unprecedented challenges. Reversing global environmental declines demands the full and effective participation of all sectors of society. Natural Allies provides a clear picture of how civil society can and does work with UNEP, both benefiting from and strengthening UNEP's programme of work.


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2004
Reports and Books
Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Tisza River Basin
United Nations Environment Programme

The report notes that the Tsiza river basin ecosystem is regenerating itself after the cyanide accident, with wildlife largely recovering. But, it says more concerted action is needed to address environmental threats or insecurities.


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2004
Serials
Ozonaction
United Nations Environment Programme

Newsletter dedicated to the protection of the ozone layer and implementation of Montreal Protocol. This is UNEP DTIE quarterly publication which details Ozone action programme under the multilateral fund.


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2004
Reports and Books
Segundo Plano de Acção Nacional para o Ambiente DOCUMENTO SINTESE
Ministério do Ambiente Agricultura e Pescas.

As Grandes Opções do Plano definem como imagem de futuro de Cabo Verde no horizonte de longo prazo \"um país aberto ao mundo, com um sistema produtivo forte e dinâmico, assente na valorização do seu capital humano, capacitação tecnológica e na sua cultura. Uma sociedade solidária, de paz e justiça social, democrática, aberta e tolerante. Um país dotado de um desenvolvimento humano durável, com um desenvolvimento regional equilibrado, sentido estético e ambiental, baseado numa consciência ecológica desenvolvida\". A política de médio prazo do Governo orienta-se para a criação de um ambiente económico que encoraja o crescimento económico e reduza a pobreza, um crescimento respeitador do ambiente e equitativo. É neste contexto que o Governo elaborou o Segundo Plano de Acção Nacional para o Ambiente (PANA II), no horizonte 2004-2014, tendo como objectivo geral fornecer uma orientação estratégica para guiar o uso racional dos recursos naturais e a gestão sustentável das actividades económicas.


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2004
Reports and Books
State of the Environment Report, 2000-2002 - Kiribati
Ministry of Environment Lands and Agricultural Development - Kiribati

State of the Environment (SoE) Reporting is a system for delivering information about the environment to all sectors of society, such as government, the private sector, non-government organisations and the general public, by identifying environmental issues and assessing actions addressed to deal with them. The bulk of this report contains the state of the environment, then secondly it assesses changes from the first SoE report and beyond depending on data availability, in terms of key changes or key environmental indicators that are known to be critical.


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2004
Reports and Books
Status of the Environment in the Republic of Palau
Palau Conservation Society

Palau is blessed with a wealth of natural resources. We enjoy clean air, clean water, abundant marine life, and healthy, productive reefs. Our stunning Rock Islands and majestic dive sites continue to draw admiration from around the world. But Palau’s wealth is not just found in its natural resources. Palau has also been blessed with a wealth of human resources and technical capabilities. The population of Palau is well educated and highly talented, and makes use of the most advanced computer and development techniques on a daily basis. Weaving these sources of natural and human wealth together is perhaps the most important resource of all: our traditions. Palauans maintain strong cultural ties to their land, their waters, and their history, and with these ties we strive to preserve and conserve all of our precious resources. This is not to say that Palau does not have its problems and pressures. Development pressure is strong and driven largely by economic motives. Balancing the benefits of development with the dangers of exploitation continues to be a challenge, but a challenge that Palauans are meeting head on.


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2004
Asian Development Outlook 2004: Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Asia
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook provides a comprehensive economic analysis of 41 economies in developing Asia and the Pacific. On the basis of the Asian Development Bank's unique knowledge of the region, this 16th edition overviews aggregate trends and medium-term prospects by subregion–East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Pacific–in the context of global economic movements. The region's developing economies generally showed remarkable resilience in 2003. Despite the uncertainties generated by the Iraq conflict, high oil prices, the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic, and a slow recovery in major industrial countries during the first half of the year, economic growth reached 6.3% in 2003, making it the most dynamic region in the world. Intraregional trade and strong consumer demand will define the outlook for developing Asia in 2004-2005. The stronger outlook for industrial countries over that period will provide a cushion against a possible slowing of surging exports to the People's Republic of China. It will also soften the impact of fiscal consolidation measures that need to be taken in some regional economies. The Asian Development Outlook 2004 includes a chapter on foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing Asia. It argues that, based on a study of a diverse group of developing Asian countries with large or rapidly rising inflows of FDI, the international benefits of FDI are, in fact, highly variable but not necessarily cost-free. The magnitude and productivity of capital flows are dependent on the establishment of an enabling, business-friendly commercial environment, consistent with national development objectives. In this context, a useful paradigm is the \"three i's\"–incentives, institutions, and infrastructure.


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2004
Asian Development Outlook 2004 Update
Asian Development Bank

Developing Asia and the Pacific will grow at 7.0% in 2004, outperforming ADO 2004 forecast of 6.8%. Rebounding exports and buoyant intraregional trade boosted growth, says the ADO 2004 Update. For 2005, as external demand levels off and high oil prices filter through domestic demand, growth forecast is scaled back to 6.2%, from the 6.7% forecast in April. This issue of the Update also assesses different scenarios relating to the short-term impacts of a PRC slowdown and sustained high oil prices on the region.


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2004