Book/Report
Global Report on the Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides a global overview on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations that limit the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead paints. It also illustrates a range of legal approaches that attempt to limit the use of lead-containing paint. In so doing, it becomes a valuable reference for countries seeking to establish their own laws and regulations on lead in paint.


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Book/Report
Towards a performance framework for a sustainable financial system
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper is intended to provide a unifying set of principles for describing a “sustainable financial system”, one that is aligned to the long-term needs of a dynamic, inclusive, sustainable economy, and ideally a method for measuring the relative sustainability of different financial systems: a “Performance Framework”.


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Summary
Transboundary lakes and reservoirs: Status and future trends - Volume 2: Lake basins and reservoirs
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

This document - volume 2 summary for policy makers - highlights the main findings a global baseline assessment of 204 transboundary lake and reservoirs, including delineation of their basins, and identifies 53 threats to human water security and biodiversity on the basis of their basin characteristic.


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Guideline
The adaptation knowledge initiative
United Nations Climate Change Sectretariat, United Nations Environment Programme

The Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP) serves as a
knowledge mechanism on adaptation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC). The NWP facilitates and catalyses the development and dissemination of information and knowledge
to inform and support adaptation policies and practices. As a knowledge hub, the NWP provides unique
opportunities for relevant institutions, processes, resources and expertise to respond to adaptation knowledge
needs. Over the past 9 years, the NWP has built extensive and strong partnerships with international, regional and
national partner organizations working on various aspects of climate change adaptation


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Summary
The open ocean: Status and trends volume 5 - Summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The Open Ocean Assessment provides a baseline review of issues linking human well-being with the status of the open ocean through the themes of governance, climate change, ocean ecosystems, fisheries, pollution, and integrated assessment of the human-ocean nexus. It uses indices and indicators where data exist, in many cases with future projections due to global climate change, complemented by expert scientific assessment of numerous low certainty but potentially high impact issues where global ocean monitoring is inadequate.


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Assessment report
Large marine ecosystems: A global comparative assessment of baseline status and future trends. Volume 4
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

Volume 4 presents the results of the first global indicator-based, comparative assessment of large marine ecosystems, prepared in partnership with IOC-UNESCO (lead), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of West Indies (Cave Hill) Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP) University of California Santa Barbara, Dalhousie University, the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), the University of British Columbia Sea Around Us (UBC SAU), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC), and a number of independent experts. An assessment of the Western Pacific Warm Pool, based on a sub-set of the indicators, is included.


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Booklet/Brochure
Ecosystem based Adaptation
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Program, International Union for Conservation of Nature
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Policy/strategy document
Making the case for ecosystem-based adaptation: building resilience to climate change
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Program

Healthy ecosystems provide valuable services such as food, clean water, protection from disease, and flood and erosion control, while at the same time building resilience against climate change impacts. This has been recognized by the UNFCCC in decision 1/CP.16 inviting Parties to enhance action on adaptation by “building resilience of socio-ecological systems, including through economic diversification and sustainable management of natural resources”.


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Case Study
River Partners: Applying Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya Basin, Democratic Republic of the Congo
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2013-2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC) supported a pilot demonstration project on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Eco-DRR project aimed to reduce flood and gully erosion risks and support community livelihoods through applying Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya River basin, located in the outskirts of the capital Kinshasa. The project clearly demonstrated that Eco-DRR can be successfully applied through an IWRM framework. The overall success of the field demonstrations is evident by the strong community uptake of the interventions for their multiple benefits, including soil stabilization, flood and gully erosion risk reduction, as well as boosting agricultural yields and household incomes.


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Case Study
Coastal Partners: Applying Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (ECO-DRR) through a Ridge-to-reef Approach in Port Salut, Haiti
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2013-2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC) implemented a pilot demonstration project on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in Haiti. The Eco-DRR project aimed to reduce disaster risks in the Municipality of Port Salut through a landscape or ridge-to-reef approach. The pilot demonstration project in Port Salut provided a practical example of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in a coastal area. The project aimed to demonstrate how Eco-DRR measures could mitigate hazards, and reduce exposure and vulnerabilities to disasters, thereby contributing to disaster risk reduction in Port Salut.


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