Tagged on: Disasters and conflict

Factsheets
Environmental Audit of the Sites Impacted by the "Probo Koala" Toxic Waste Dumping in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - Site 16: Plateau Dokoui 1
United Nations Environment Programme

On 19 August 2006, the ship Probo Koala off-loaded 528 cubic meters of liquid wastes in the port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The material was transferred onto tanker trucks operated by a local contractor, and dumped in twelve different locations around the city. In June 2012, UN Environment received a formal request from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to undertake an independent and scientific environmental audit of the sites that were impacted by the dumping of wastes of the Probo Koala. The Government wished for UN Environment to determine whether the sites continued to pose risks for the environment or for public health, and to make recommendations about additional or corrective clean-up measures that would need to be carried out in case contamination was detected.


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Chapters and Articles
Global Outlook for Ice and Snow: Chapter 4 - Snow
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

Snow exerts a huge influence on climate, through its high reflectivity, insulating properties, and cooling of the atmosphere, and on surface hydrology, through its effects on water resources in many parts of the world. Mean monthly snow-cover extent in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased at a rate of 1.3 per cent per decade during the last 40 years, with greatest losses in the spring and summer months. Climate models project significant decreases in snow cover by the end of this century, with reductions of 60 to 80 per cent in snow water equivalent (depth of water resulting from snow melt) in most mid-latitude regions. Increases are projected for the Canadian Arctic and Siberia. Higher temperatures and rises in snow line are projected for many mountain regions. Changes in snow cover, such as the formation of ice layers in snow due to increased frequency of snow thaw, have widespread impacts as snow is an important ecological factor. Snow-cover changes also have impacts on human well-being and economic activities, including water resources, agriculture, animal husbandry, transportation and winter recreation such as skiing.


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Reports and Books
Haiti: Etude sur les Filières Agricoles et le Verdissement de l’Economie dans le Département du Sud
United Nations Environment Programme

Ce rapport se concentre sur une analyse approfondie du secteur agricole dans le département du sud. Le document apporte une analyse stratégique pour le développement de cinq filières agricoles dans le département du sud avec le Plan National d’Investissement Agricole (PNIA) au niveau national. Les filières ont été sélectionnées selon des critères environnementaux, économiques et sociaux afin d’évaluer plus profondément leur potentiel à contribuer au développement d’une économie verte dans le Sud d’Haïti. Pour Haïti, il était évident, d’après cette consultation, qu’une économie verte devait concerner les secteurs économiques les plus importants pour la population locale (agriculture), contribuer à la diminution de la pauvreté et assurer un développement durable au niveau écologique.


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Reports and Books
Environment and Reconstruction in Aceh: Two Years after the Tsunami
United Nations Environment Programme

This report assesses environmental conditions in Indonesia’s Nanggröe Aceh Darussalam province (Aceh) and Nias, in the province of North Sumatra, two years after the tsunami that occurred in the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004. It identifies the key issues and provides recommendations to strengthen reconstruction efforts, help the region achieve sustainable development and reduce risks from future potential disasters.


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Factsheets
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland: Site Specific Fact Sheets: Obaji Oken - Ogale (004-006)
United Nations Environment Programme

Site fact sheet for Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland


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Factsheets
Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland: Site Specific Fact Sheets: Nweekol / Zorbuke - K.Dere (019-021)
United Nations Environment Programme

Site fact sheet for Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland


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Reports and Books
UNEP in Iraq: Post-conflict Assessment, Clean-up and Reconstruction
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a compilation of the various activities undertaken by UNEP in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. Its objectives are i) to provide a complete description of the various activities undertaken by UNEP in Iraq between 2003 and 2006; ii) To make an objective assessment of the impacts of UNEP’s intervention; and iii) To document the lessons learned by UNEP in implementing activities in a complex situation such as Iraq.


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Reports and Books, Project documents
South Sudan Pilot Community Forestry Project: Forest Cover Mapping in Ifwoto and Lainya Payams - Technical Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This report summaries the work of the UNEP-supported pilot community forestry project for two selected payams in South Sudan. The forest resource mapping exercise covered Lainya Payam of Lainya County and Ifwoto Payam of Torit County in the states of Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria respectively. The primary aim of the exercise was to generate an overview of land use maps with special focus on the location and extent of major natural forest areas in the two payams. The communities in these areas rely heavily on the forests and on forest products for their livelihoods so mapping was not limited to forest areas: a key aspect in the relationship between the communities and the forests - and therefore of the exercise - is utilization. The exercise adopted methodologies that have been applied elsewhere by NPA COREMAP (Community Resource Mapping) project. Those methodologies were tailored for the exercise in order to facilitate a focus on forest areas and the human interface zones of settlement and agriculture fields.


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Manuals and Guides
Regional Training Manual on Disaster Risk Reduction for Coastal Zone Managers
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, United Nations Environment Programme

This Training Manual on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction for Coastal Zone Managers’ is for use in regional training course on DRR for Coastal Zone Managers, aimed at building the capacity of government officials, NGOs, academia and other entities responsible for developing and implementing coastal zone management (CZM) programs/projects by introducing the issues and opportunities for integrating DRR into CZM projects. The knowledge shared through this training will help the participants in developing projects and regulations on coastal areas that incorporate DRR concerns and measures – but will not turn coastal managers into DRR experts. By being trained in this field, coastal zone managers will also better identify which kind of development projects would increase local vulnerabilities.


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Reports and Books
South-South Cooperation Case Study: Sudan - South Africa Collaboration for IWRM: “Some for All Forever" 2010-2014
United Nations Environment Programme

The collaboration began with a study tour to South Africa where Darfuri water professionals learnt about the post-apartheid reforms to water management. The ideas resonated well and a second tour was undertaken with political decision makers from across the three Darfur states. These tours, and the vision statements produced by the delegates, became the platform for the development of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Darfur in particular and in Sudan in general and also supported the process that has now progressed to the development of the first major participatory catchment management project in the region.


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