Tagged on: Resource efficiency

Reports and Books
Financial Dynamics of the Environment Risks, Impacts, and Barriers to Resilience
United Nations Environment Programme

This Working Paper summarizes the underlying logic for why the financial sector should care about the state of the environment and environment-related risks||it reviews the main structural barriers that could prevent the financial system from managing such issues||it also identifies the main researchers and organizations undertaking work on these topics internationally. The paper should be a useful initial reference guide to those concerned with both how environment-related risks could affect the financial sector and what financial institutions can do to manage such risks."


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2014
Policy and Strategy Documents
Proposed biennial programme of work and budget for 2016–2017: Report of the Executive Director
United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme

The present report sets out the proposed programme of work and budget for the biennium 2016–2017, reflecting the results of the consultations with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Without prejudice to further work by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on this matter, the proposed programme of work and budget is being submitted to the United Nations Environment Assembly for its consideration.


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2014
Reports and Books
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This new edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture highlights the significant role that fisheries and aquaculture plays in eliminating hunger, promoting health and reducing poverty. Never before have people consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being. Fish is extremely nutritious – a vital source of protein and essential nutrients, especially for many poorer members of our global community.


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2014
Reports and Books
Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook - Third edition
United Nations Environment Programme, International Institute for Sustainable Development

This handbook covers a wealth of new information, including the emergence of the green economy concept, the latest WTO jurisprudence, and increasingly important legal and policy linkages between trade and green economy policies and practices in the changing dynamics of international trade with the emergence of the BRIC economies and the exponential rise in preferential trade agreements.


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2014
Serials
Sustainable consumption and production and the SDGs : UNEP Post 2015 Note 2
United Nations Environment Programme

Achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns is not just an environmental issue||it is about maintaining the natural capital and hence productivity and capacity of our planet to meet human needs and sustains economic activities.


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2014
Reports and Books
Natural resource management and peacebuilding in Afghanistan
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Country Team in Afghanistan

This report looks at the ways in which natural resource management—the institutions, policies and practices that govern land, water, forests, minerals, hydrocarbons—interact with violent conflict in Afghanistan.


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2013
Reports and Books
Resource efficiency: economics and outlook for China
United Nations Environment Programme

China's rate of economic development and social progress in recent decades has been extraordinarily rapid. As is generally the case when a nation industrializes and urbanizes, Chinas rapidly improving material standards of living have come with a greatly increased per capita demand for natural resources, and a corresponding increase in the environmental pressures associated with extracting, processing, and using these natural resources.


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2013
Reports and Books
Vehicle emissions, fuel quality standards and fuel economy policies in Kazakhstan: Stocktaking analytical report
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), United Nations Environment Programme

The road network of Kazakhstan has increased by 13% since the collapse of the Soviet Union and expected to expand further. Further development of the transport sector and respective infrastructure thus is seen as a facilitation tool for economic diversifi cation in the country.


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2013
Reports and Books
Application of the Sustainability Assessment of Technologies Methodology: Guidance Manual, Nov 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

When making decisions on investments, economic considerations often takes precedence over environmental and social factors. This may lead to unsustainable decisions and investments.The SAT methodology guidance manual aims at providing decision makers with the right analysis to select the appropriate technology, from a combined economic, social, environmental and technical perspective.


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2012
Reports and Books
Surface Freshwater Quality in Brazil: Outlook 2012: Executive Summary
Agncia Nacional de guas (ANA), Inter-American Development Bank, National Water Agency

Brazil is home to 12% of the surface freshwater available in the world, one of the countrys greatest assets. Water availability, however, is not restricted to its quantitative aspect alone. The various uses of water entail quality requirements that when failed to be met represent a limiting factor for its use. Therefore, the main goal of the National Water Resources Policy is to ensure the current generation as well as future generations the necessary water availability, with quality standards suitable for the respective uses. Knowing the quality of water is an essential factor for managing it. The National Water Agency (ANA) has published information on water quality in the country using data from state monitoring networks. The document Surface Freshwater Quality in Brazil Outlook 2012 represents an impressive evolution from the publication of 2005, mainly with respect to the increase in the number of monitoring points and water quality indicators used. The study also uses the Pressure-State-Response model, which enables identifying the cause and effect relationships between sources of pollution, water quality indices and civil societys responses to these problems. The study also presents an unprecedented assessment of water quality in the period 2001-2010. This Executive Summary presents the national vision of the full version in Portuguese of the Surface Freshwater Quality in Brazil Outlook 2012 and is available in both English and Spanish.


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2012