Tagged on: Resource efficiency

Reports and Books, Reports and Books
The Critical Role of Global Food Consumption Patterns in Achieving Sustainable Food Systems and Food for All. A UNEP Discussion Paper
United Nations Environment Programme

The paper provides an overview of global food consumption trends. It describes how significantly changing patterns in food consumption – worldwide – are having profound effects on health, the agroecological resource base and food security. It examines the drivers behind these trends and previews how the anticipated continuation of these trends will affect the ability of the world to feed itself sustainably. The paper provides illustrative case studies which demonstrate that unsustainable food consumption patterns are already leading to considerable detrimental effects.


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2012
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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
Greening the Blue Helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations
United Nations Environment Programme

This report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how peacekeeping operations affect and are affected by natural resources and environmental conditions. The report is divided into two main parts. Part 1 reviews the environmental management of peacekeeping operations and showcases good practices, technologies and behaviours that have already been adopted. Part 2 examines the role that peacekeeping operations have played in stabilizing countries where violent conflicts have been financed by natural resources – including diamonds, gold, timber and oil – or driven by grievances over their ownership, access and control.


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2012
Serials
Rio+20: A new beginning - UNEP Perspectives No. 8
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper reviews the key outcomes from Rio+20 both the positive and the negative ones. It will also look to the future and the process that has come out of Rio+20 and its possible impact on the Beyond 2015 process.


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2012
Reports and Books
The Uganda Atlas - Evidence of Uganda's changing environment
National Enviornment Management Authority (NEMA)

The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment, prepared by the National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda, provides extensive scientific evidence of Uganda's changing environment. Modelled after Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment previously published by UNEP, the Uganda Atlas seeks to safeguard the country's environment and inspire decision makers to action.


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2012
Reports and Books
Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa 2002-2012
United Nations Environment Programme

Africa has been the region in the lead for implementing SCP and the launch of the African 10-Year FrameworkProgramme (10-YFP) on Sustainable Consumption andProduction (SCP) demonstrated the commitment toimplement SCP activities in Africa. The development of national and local SCP programmes in several Africancountries has laid the ground for emphasising the importance of SCP in achieving sustainable development in Africa. The support provided by the Marrakech TaskForce on Cooperation with Africa in promoting SCP inthe region shows that partnership is very important in achieving sustainable development and alleviation of poverty in Africa. This publication provides a timely overview of activities on sustainable consumption and production in Africathat have been on-going during the past ten years. Themajority of these activities were implemented under the African 10-YFP on SCP. With the adoption of the global 10-YFP on SCP at Rio+20 there will be a platform to enhance cooperation and scale up support for the implementation of SCP patterns through existing regional initiatives including the African framework programme.


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2012
Reports and Books
RIVAMP training 2012 tutorial manual
United Nations Environment Programme

RiVAMP is a methodology set up by UNEP to identify and quantify the role of ecosystems for DRR and CCA. The pilote study on the role of ecosystems for mitigating beach erosion in Negil, Jamaica is considered by many in this field as a reference. In order to disseminate the RiVAMP methodology, a training was prepared. It is based on free open-source software. The RiVAMP training was provided in Kingston at the University of West Indies in December 2011. 21 experts participated to learn how to conduct a RiVAMP analysis. This training concentrates on coastal ecosystems. UNEP is now providing free on-line access to the RiVAMP methodology (tutorial), a set of data for following the exercises, as well as free OpenSource software, allowing any GIS experts train themselves on the RiVAMP methodology and to complete all the analysis.


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2012
Programme/policy document
National Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production of Uganda
Uganda Cleaner Production Centre

This document describes the national SCP programme of Uganda


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2011
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Development of regional cooperation to ensure water quality in Central Asia: Diagnostic report and cooperation development plan
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia

The Diagnostic Report was prepared within the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) “Water Quality in Central Asia” project, which aims at enhancing the development of an efficient and coordinated policy on improvement of water quality in the framework of integrated water resources management in Central Asia.


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2011
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Food Security in the Horn of Africa: The Implications of a Drier Hotter and More Crowded Future - UNEP global environmental alert service: November 2011
United Nations Environment Programme

Nearly 44 per cent of the population in the Horn of Africa is already subject to extreme food shortages. What will happen if the population continues to grow and climate change exacerbates the harsh conditions?


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2011