Reports and Books
Compliance-Related Texts and Decisions of Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication intends to ensure that existing compliance and non-compliance regimes are documented in one source to assist and support any future negotiations on the revision of existing regimes or the creation of new ones.


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2010
Reports and Books
The Greening of Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme, International Water Law Project

The greening of water law is both a theoretical and practical effort to modernize legal regimes governing the management and allocation of freshwater resources.


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2010

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Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

UNEP-WCMC has provided technical support to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to conduct a major study of more than 300 scientific literatures to synthesise the observed and predicted impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity. The study, Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity, describes an alarming picture of possible ecological scenarios and adverse impacts of ocean acidification for marine ecosystems, and highlights the direct link between climate change, ocean health and human well-being. The study was released by the CBD on the 14th December 2009 to mark Oceans Day and inform the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.


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2010
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Assessment of Energy, Water and Waste Reduction Options for the proposed AMISOM HQ Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia and the Support Base in Mombasa, Kenya
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP undertook a preliminary assessment of the resource-demand and operating practices of two proposed African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) camps, in Mogadishu (HQ Camp), Somalia and Mombasa, Kenya (Support Base) in June 2009.The assessment compared the existing design parameters and operational specifications for each site and screened 132 potential resource efficiency measures that could be applied to achieve a reduction in energy and water consumption as well as waste production and disposal. Each option was ranked using a traffic light system according to practicality, technical robustness and financial implications. This ranking of potential resource efficiency measures was designed as an initial input to the DFS/UNSOA engineering team for further consideration and costing during the elaboration and finalization of the designs and subsequent procurement process. This report summarizes the outcomes of this assessment and provides a set of immediate, medium and long-term recommendations to DPKO and DFS for reducing energy, water and waste footprints at the two sites considered as well as in the design of future camps in other countries.


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2010
Reports and Books
Fisheries subsidies, sustainable development and the WTO
United Nations Environment Programme

This book explains why and how the reform of fisheries subsidies has become one of the most concrete and potentially successful international efforts to achieve global environmental, economic and developmental policy coherence. It describes the history and current status of the discussions at the WTO, drawing on UNEP's key documents and reflecting on the major issues. Accompanying the book is a CD-Rom containing full-text versions of the most important source material used in the publication. The book is aimed at a broad stakeholder audience, including policymakers in the fields of trade, fisheries, environmental economics and international environmental governance, as well as academics and others looking for an overview of the fisheries subsidies issue and an introduction to its technical components.


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2010