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World resources 2002-2004 : decisions for the earth : balance, voice, and power
United Nations Environment Programme

World Resources 2002-2004 examines how we make environmental decisions and who makes them, which is the process of environmental governance. The report argues that better environmental governance is one of the most direct routes to fairer and more sustainable use of natural resources. Decisions made with greater participation and greater knowledge of natural systems-decisions for the Earth-can help to reverse the loss of forest, the decline of soil fertility, and the pollution of air and water that reflect our past failures.


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2003
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2002 report of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps technical options committee (RTOC)
United Nations Environment Programme

In the last decade, the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry made tremendous technical progress and complied with the Montreal Protocol through phasing out CFCs and, in several applications, HCFCs as well. The mobile air conditioning and the domestic refrigeration industries have shifted rapidly from CFC-12 to non-ODS refrigerants. Other applications, such as chillers and commercial refrigeration, have shifted from CFCs to HCFCs and HFCs or other fluids. The requirement to phase out CFCs and eventually other ODS, along with considerations to reduce global warming impacts, has spurred unprecedented transitions. Differences in timing and in choosing options between countries have been influenced by regional and national regulations.


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Needs Assessment Guidance to develop National Plans for Domestic Wastewater Pollution Reduction
United Nations Environment Programme

The role and responsibility of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is to coordinate cooperation among all countries in the region, strengthen national and subregional institutions, coordinate international assistance, and stimulate technical cooperation among countries. In its role and responsibility towards assisting the countries of the WCR to fulfill the requirements of the of the LBS Protocol, the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of UNEP Caribbean Environment Program (UNEP CEP) contracted Tetra Tech EM Inc. to develop this Needs Assessment Guidance document. The goal in developing this Needs Assessment Guidance is that it will serve as a tool for regional governments, as they proceed to fulfill the domestic wastewater requirements of Annex III of the LBS Protocol (Annex III). The Needs Assessment Guidance provides guidance in the development of programmes, plans, and measures to evaluate sewage management needs and lists of options to resolve wastewater discharge impacts. In following this guidance, governments will have the an overview of the how to begin planning to implement the general and specific requirements of Annex III.


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2003
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World trade in Crocodilian skins, 1999-2001. Prepared as part of the International Alligator and Crocodile Trade
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

UNEP-WCMC has previously produced nine reports for the International Alligator and Crocodile Trade Study (IACTS) that have examined the international trade in crocodilian skins from 1980 to 2000. As in the previous reports, the data used in this report have been obtained from the CITES Trade Database that UNEP-WCMC maintains on behalf of the CITES Secretariat, with additional information provided by the Crocodile Farmers Association of Zimbabwe. The present report is intended to update these reports by detailed analysis of information for the years up to 2001. It also attempts to identify problem areas and to recommend, where possible, workable solutions. As in the lACTS report for 2002, this report presents information on trade levels in both classic skins (alligators and true crocodiles) and caimans and also trade in other products such as live animals and meat.


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2003

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