Tagged on: Asia and the Pacific

Reports and Books
State of the Marine Environment Report for the NOWPAP Region (SOMER 2)
United Nations Environment Programme

This report synthesizes information on environmental problems - status and trends - related to existing and changing natural and socio-economic conditions in the NOWPAP region.


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Booklets and Brochures
Sectoral Guidelines for the Marine Litter Management: Commercial Shipping
United Nations Environment Programme

These guidelines were developed as a part of the NOWPAP Marine Litter Activity (MALITA) in order to provide effective tips on how to reduce marine litter, as well as to facilitate understanding of regulations on sea-based marine litter and practical principles of environmentally friendly behaviors.


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Summaries
Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based Solutions - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme, Climate & Clean Air Coalition

This report identifies 25 clean air measures that can positively impact human health, crop yields, climate change and socio-economic development, as well as contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Implementing these measures could help 1 billion people breathe cleaner air by 2030 and reduce global warming by a third of a degree Celsius by 2050. The top 25 measures not only represent wins for cities and countries looking to improve air quality, but also provide next-generation business opportunities and boost economic growth.


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Reports and Books
Seagrasses of East Asia: Environmental And Management Perspectives - RCU/EAS Technical Report Series No.6
United Nations Environment Programme

Seagrasses are the only group of submerged flowering plants in tropical and temperate marine environment. Thriving mostly in shallow-water coastal habitats, they are adapted to live submerged in saline medium, with an anchoring system that withstands wave action, and to be capable of hydrophilous (by the agency of water) pollination (Arber, 1920). Thence, they perform a wide spectrum of biological and physical functions which are the bases of their environmental and economic roles, making seagrasses an essential link in the energy dynamics of coastal and marine environments.


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Reports and Books
Integrated Pest Management in the Tropics: Current Status and Future Prospects
United Nations Environment Programme, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)

This volume assesses the current status and future prospects for IPM in these regions. It provides a unique overview of the efforts made to develop and implement IPM for the pests of livestock and agroforestry in selected countries in the tropics (including India and China), as well as a survey of IPM strategies on a crop-by-crop basis for each continent. The book gives an honest appraisal of both the successes and failures of past IPM programmes and provides new paradigms and directions that IPM must develop, if ii is to be adopted by farmers and governments on a scale necessary to change their current reliance on chemical pesticides.


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Reports and Books
Soil Degradation in South and Southeast Asia
United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Soil Reference and Information Centre

The Assessment of Human-Induced Soil Degradation in South and Southeast Asia (ASSOD) is a sequel to the survey of Global Assessment of the Status of Human-Induced Soil Degradation (GLASOD) that was completed in 1991 by UNEP/ISRIC in collaboration with FAQ, the Winand Staring Centre and ITC, based on contributions of a large number of experts worldwide (Oldeman, Hakkeling and Sombroek, 1991). This assessment resulted in a world map at an average scale of 1:10 million showing the global distribution, and severity, of various types of soil degradation.


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Reports and Books
Coral Reef Researchers: Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This document is not an official publication but a compilation of information on Pacific coral reef researchers to facilitate communication between them. It is a contribution to UNEP sponsored regional action plans for the protection and development of the marine environment and coastal areas in the Pacific region, specifically to the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the South-East Pacific action plan and the East Asian Seas action plan.


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The state of the environment in the South Pacific
A.L. Dahl and I.L. Baumgart

Dicusess the state of the environment in the South Pacific, development trends, and the contribution of environmental management to development


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Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Eutrophication Monitoring Guidelines by Remote Sensing for the NOWPAP Region
United Nations Environment Programme

These guidelines have been designed particularly for coastal managers in local government and professional researchers involved in translating satellite remote sensing into information and tools that are useful for the monitoring of eutrophication. It is hoped that these guidelines will contribute to the proper use of satellite data for monitoring and assessment of eutrophication and as a result, to capacity building for NOWPAP members.


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Reports and Books
Review and Analysis of Floating Marine Litter Prediction Models in the NOWPAP Region - Technical Report No. 36
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication shares information on prediction models that have been developed in NOWPAP member states, in order to analyze the behavior of floating marine litter, and the parameterization of floating marine litter characteristics. The main objective of this report is to establish a plan for future development of a regional prediction model, which could be applied to predict the behaviors of floating marine litter, in order to eventually be able to identify the trajectory, support the reduction of, and develop prevention measures against floating marine litter in the region.


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