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Planning, designing and implementing policies to control ozone depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol: a handbook of policy setting at the national level
United Nations Environment Programme

This Handbook provides developing countries with guiding principles and practical advice on planning, designing, implementing and sustaining appropriate and effective policies for complying with the Protocol. This Handbook should be of particular interest to developing countries that are categorised as low-volume consuming countries (LVCs).


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2003
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Bamboo biodiversity: information for planning conservation and management in the Asia-Pacific region
United Nations Environment Programme

Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with a wide range of values and uses. They play a significant role in biodiversity conservation and contribute to soil and water management. They are important for biomass production and play an increasing role in local and world economies. This study used an innovative approach to map potential current distributions of nearly 1 000 individual bamboo species that occur naturally within remaining forests of the Asia-Pacific region. The maps were also combined to generate regional maps showing potential species and generic richness. By quantifying the area of forest cover remaining within each species range, this study shows that more than 400 bamboo species are potentially threatened by the destruction of natural forest cover. Conservation and sustainable management of wild populations of bamboo should be high priority, especially where diversity is high or deforestation is a significant threat.


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2003

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Tourism and biodiversity: mapping tourism's global footprint
United Nations Environment Programme

Tourism is often described as the world's largest industry on the basis of its contribution to global gross domestic product (GDP), the number of jobs it generates, and the number of clients it serves. The scale of the industry and the rate at which it continues to grow present both opportunities and threats for biodiversity conservation. The publication, jointly developed with Conservation International, illustrates the overlap between tourism development (present and forecasted) and biodiversity hotspots highlighting tourism related threats and opportunities for biodiversity conservation and improved human welfare. To explore the relationship between tourism development, biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction at the global level, a series of maps were produced that plot tourism and socio-economic data against priority biodiversity areas.


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2003
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2002 report of the Solvents, coating and adhesives technical options committee
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2002 report is considerably different from previous reports of the Solvents Technical Options Committee (STOC). The physical structure has been designed so that each sub-sector has a self-contained chapter that summarises new, essential, information and the technology choices available. It is intended that these individual chapters may be extracted for copying to interested parties, while remaining short enough for translation into local languages and subsequently distributed. To achieve this, the older technological details are not as complete as in previous editions. Readers requiring a more complete treatise are referred to the 1998 report.


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2003

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