Book/Report
On the Role of Central Banks in Enhancing Green Finance - Inquiry Working Paper 17/01
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper examines the role of central banks in ‘greening’ financial systems. Given the enormous investments needed to bring about a green transformation, the financial sector will have to play a central role in allocating resources towards a sustainable and green economy – and stop financing activities that harm the environment. Against this backdrop, the paper examines the extent to which environmental factors impinge on central banks’ conventional goals and provides a theoretical analysis of the cases for and against central banks to respond to environmental and sustainability challenges.


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Book/Report
A Review of International Financial Standards as They Relate to Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report seeks to investigate the financial standards and further to consider to what extent they currently relate to sustainable development, how they can support and solidify the various G20 policy commitments and the evolving country-level regulations and industry activities in a way that builds on the synergies that already exist.


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Book/Report
Understanding Synergies and Mainstreaming among the Biodiversity Related Conventions : A Special Contributory Volume by Key Biodiversity Convention Secretariats and Scientific Bodies
United Nations Environment Programme

This multi-author volume is an attempt by the United Nations Environment to engage with the Heads of various biodiversity related conventions and Chairs of Scienti c Bodies of the conventions to understand the opportunities and challenges related to promoting synergies and mainstreaming issues.
It is envisaged that this publication will provide further guidance to promoting issues of synergies and mainstreaming from the perspective of individual conventions that have contributed to this volume at various levels and guide our actions into the future.


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Book/Report
Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices - Full Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This UN Environment report sets out a four-step strategy roadmap for fostering and communicating sustainable lifestyles, illustrated by 16 initiatives and campaigns from around the world. The report details eight operating principles and tips on how to apply them. The ultimate goal is to create tangible changes in the way people live their daily lives. This is the full report which includes concluding reflections; details on the principles; a workshop summary; and suggested additional resources. Cases explore how sustainable lifestyle campaigns intersect with key aspects of meeting core domain needs around food, shelter, mobility, leisure time, and human connections.


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Book/Report
Sustainability Reporting in the Financial Sector: A Governmental Approach
United Nations Environment Programme, Group of Friends of Paragraph 47

This report takes a detailed look at reporting by the financial sector. It explores the variety of laws, regulations, codes and voluntary initiatives that
have driven reporting, illustrated through case studies.


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Atlas
Uganda Wetlands Atlas - Volume II
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Wetlands underpin the livelihoods of people and their integrity is fundamental to national development. The Uganda Wetlands Atlas, Volume II presents a comprehensive overview of the state and pressures on the wetlands in various parts of the country. Satellite and other visual presentations provide a compelling evidence of the changes taking place in the wetlands as a result of human activities. The Atlas identifies key hotspots where wetland degradation is proceeding at such a rapid pace that it now threatens to undermine the security and social fabric of communities. The Atlas sets the context by providing an introductory overview of wetlands management in the country, as well as the institutional, policy and legal framework. The visual analysis is then clustered in seven different wetland systems and basins. The seven wetland systems are; Lake Victoria Basin, Lake Kyoga Basin, Lake Albert Basin, Lake Edward Basin, Albert Nile Basin, Achwa, and Victoria Nile. The Atlas also proposes a series of options to remedy the current degradation and ensure a sustainable use of the country’s wetlands. It is envisaged that this publication will serve as an important reference tool for policy and decision makers, civil society, educators, students, and the general public.


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Atlas
Uganda Wetlands Atlas - Volume I
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This publication has been driven by the need to address the rising concerns about the impact of human activities on wetlands in Uganda, particularly those around the Kampala metropolitan area. This visual portrayal is clustered into five major themes: an introductory overview of wetlands management, institutional, policy and legal framework for general awareness of issues in the wetlands of Uganda and the Kampala metropolitan area; a brief overview of major wetland systems in the study area comprised of Kampala City, Mukono and Wakiso districts; a general description of the drivers of wetland changes, with detailed analysis for selected hotspots in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono; wetland pressures, impacts, constraints and opportunities; and strategies for ensuring the wise use of these vital but fragile ecosystems. With up-to-date maps, recent and historical satellite images, ground photographs, data tables, graphs and compelling storylines, the Wetlands Atlas provides a vivid depiction of the state of Uganda’s major urban and peri-urban wetlands. It is envisaged that this Atlas will serve as an important reference tool for policy makers, legislators, corporate bodies, environmentalists, educators, students and the general public.


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Toolkit, Training document
Eco-i Manual: Eco Innovation Implementation Process
United Nations Environment Programme

The Eco-I manual introduces the methodology for the implementation of eco-innovation within small and medium sized companies in developing and emerging economies. The manual presents the core eco-innovation process and provides 54 activities to support organisations that provide professional consulting services to SMEs on the implementation of eco-innovation projects.


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Toolkit, Training document
Eco-i Manual - Chemicals Supplement
United Nations Environment Programme

The sector specific supplement for chemicals value chains is an integral part of the Eco-I manual, as it applies the eco-innovation methodology with all its phases and activities on the chemicals value chain. Valuable background information, learning case studies as well as tips&tricks give hands on examples and therefore can facilitate the implementation of eco-innovation in the chemicals sector.


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Toolkit, Training document
Eco-i Manual - Metals Supplement
United Nations Environment Programme

The sector specific supplement for metals value chains is an integral part of the Eco-I manual, as it applies the eco-innovation methodology with all its phases and activities on the metals value chain. Valuable background information, learning case studies as well as tips&tricks facilitate the implementation of eco-innovation in the metals sector.


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