Reports and Books
Technical Advisory Paper No. 2 - Goals and Targets for Global Water Quality Assessment: UNEP GEMS/Water Programme
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper represents the “corporate view” of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on global water quality monitoring, and the most salient issues facing GEMS/Water. It forms the basis for determining partnership activities: on one hand, the most constructive ways in which partner organizations can contribute to the successful implementation of core activities; and, on the other hand, the best ways for meeting partners’ data and service needs.


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ILAC Costa Rica
United Nations Environment Programme (PNUMA), Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía (MINAE), Observatorio del Desarrollo, Universidad de Costa Rica

El monitoreo del progreso en procura de las metas establecidas por la Iniciativa Latinoamericana y Caribeña para el Desarrollo Sostenible (ILAC), que se documenta en el presente informe, busca contribuir a hacer patente esta relación entre las condiciones socioeconómicas y las ambientales existentes en nuestro país. Igualmente, se persigue elevar el lugar de prioridad que ocupa el tema ambiental, y su vínculo con lo social y lo económico, en la agenda de políticas públicas y privadas.


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2005
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GIS Assessment of the Status of Protected Areas in East Asia
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

East Asia is comprised of eight countries and territories: People's Republic of China (China),Hong Kong, Japan, Democratic People's Republic (DPR) of Korea, Republic of Korea,Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan, with a combined land area of 11.8 million km2 . The region constitutes a large and important part of the eastern Palearctic Realm. In 1996 IUCNpublished A Regional Action Plan for Protected Areas in East Asia (IUCN, 1996). The planincluded, in addition to improving the management and legal framework for protected areas, an objective of reaching 10% protected area national or territorial coverage by 2000. In 1996, the protected area coverage of East Asia stood at 5.7%. The plan noted: "there are gaps in the protected area coverage in most, if not all, East Asian countries and territories. However, some countries have much further to go than others in putting into place an effective system. Particular examples include Mongolia and North [DPR] Korea". Nine years later, East Asiahas a total protected area coverage of 1 6%. This review attempts to evaluate this considerablyexpanded protected area system to see if the gaps are now filled or whether additional areasare still needed.


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2005
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Environment and trade: a handbook
United Nations Environment Programme, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The Handbook was developed to highlight the relationship between environment and trade. The primary aim is to foster a broader understanding of these interlinkages to enable governments to develop practical approaches to integrating these policies. The Handbook is aimed mainly at those with some knowledge about trade, environment or development, but not expert on the intersection of the three. It is also a practical reference tool for policy-makers and practitioners.


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