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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies in the East African Region
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) are increasingly being promoted internationally, regionally and nationally as potential solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change and pollution, while building resilience and creating opportunities for trade, economic growth and jobs. This report provides an overview of trade in ESTs in the East African Community (EAC) and its drivers and barriers, aiming to support policy makers in knowledge-based decision making, enabling them to harness the opportunities that trade in ESTs offers. It therefore maps the policy landscape related to trade in ESTs and provides a detailed account of trade in five selected ESTs in the East Africa region, with a focus on identifying opportunities and barriers to such trade. The specific ESTs considered in the report are solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar water heaters, wind turbines, biomass boilers and hydroelectric technology. While the trade flow analysis focused on these goods, it should be noted that EST goods and services are oftentimes complementary and delivered in a joint manner. Barriers to the trade and diffusion of one therefore also often hampers the deployment of the other. The report also provides an in-depth case study of the national solar PV industry in Kenya, and analyses the main opportunities and barriers to trade and to the diffusion of solar PV products along the domestic value chain.


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2018
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Overview of the Guidelines for the Monitoring and Assessment of Plastic Litter in the Ocean
United Nations Environment Programme, Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection

The report is intended to provide a step-by-step approach to designing and implementing a programme for
monitoring marine plastic litter, assuming no prior knowledge (Figure 1). Using definitions and terminology that
are widely accepted and understood by the user group is key to creating a harmonised approach and increasing
the potential for sharing data and information.


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2018
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Ulaanbaatar Household Waste Composition Study Report 2018 (Mongolia)
United Nations Environment Programme, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, The Asia Foundation

The report is one of the products of the Waste and Climate Change project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and implemented by UNEP IETC in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar City Mayor’s office, and the Asia Foundation. This new study is expected to play a vital role in policy development, as the city had relied on the outdated waste composition study conducted in 2007 until this new report was completed.


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2018
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Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends. It does this primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. These steps include: (1) Screening; (2) Scoping and Impact Analysis; (3) Review of the EIA/SEA report; (4) Decision-making; (5) Follow-up and Adaptive Management and (6) Public Participation as a cross-cutting issue.


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2018
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Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint: September 2017
United Nations Environment Programme
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2017
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Towards a Pollution-Free Planet: Background Report
United Nations Environment Programme

Pollution today is pervasive and persistent. While the world has achieved significant economic growth over the past few decades, it has been accompanied by large amounts of pollution, with significant impacts on human health and ecosystems and the ways in which some of the major Earth system processes, such as the climate, are functioning. This report describes the pollution challenge, explores what is already being done to address pollution, and proposes 50 focused and actionable interventions to address pollution in all its forms. The report is a call to act towards a pollution-free planet.


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2017
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Riding Towards Green Economy: Cycling and Green Jobs - A Joint Report by UN Environment-WHO-UNECE
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, World Health Organization

Working together under the framework of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme partnership on jobs in green and healthy transport, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the UN Environment and the World Health Organization Regional Of ce for Europe set out to investigate this emerging area of research. This new study represents the rst attempt to collect evidence from cities in the pan-European region on the number of cycling-related jobs, using a standardized approach, and highlights the role that green and healthy jobs can play.


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2017
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Asia Waste Management Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme

The Asia Waste Management Outlook (AWMO), which is regional in nature, is developed to complement the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO). This regional outlook provides an overview of the current status, the current thinking on “state of the art” topics, case studies, and the future of waste management in Asia over the medium term; challenges and opportunities, described through case studies; and recommendations based on technical, strategic, economic, and communication perspectives.


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2017
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Coral Reef Status Report for the Western Indian Ocean (2017)
Obura, David, Gudka, Mishal, Rabi, Fouad Abdou, Gian, Suraj Bacha, Bijoux, Jude, Freed, Sarah, Maharavo, Jean, Mwaura, Jelvas, Porter, Sean, Sola, Erwan, Wickel, Julien, Yahya, Saleh, Ahamada, Said

This report presents the latest compilation and quantitative assessment of data on coral reef health by the regional monitoring networks in the WIO, adding to the global GCRMN reports published from 1999 to 2008. The main objective of this report is to provide updated information on the status of coral reefs in the region, up to and including the impact of the 2016 third global coral bleaching event. Secondary objectives are to a) illustrate broad patterns that explain the differing health status of various reefs, and the prospects for reef management in relation to this, and b) present regional drivers of change and how they may evolve in coming years, to help countries in planning for impacts and recovery of coral reefs. It is a joint output of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the Indian Ocean Commission, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO), the United Nations Environment’s Nairobi Convention Coral Reef Task Force and the International Union for the Conservatoin of Nature Species Survival Commission’s (IUCNSSC) Coral Specialist Group.


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2017
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A Review of International Financial Standards as they Relate to Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report seeks to investigate the financial standards and further to consider to what extent they currently relate to sustainable development, how they can support and solidify the various G20 policy commitments and the evolving country-level regulations and industry activities in a way that builds on the synergies that already exist.


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2017