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THE state of Environment in the Republic of Belarus [2005-2009]: National report
Republic of Belarus. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

The purpose of the report is to assess the environment of Belarus and to expose the tendencies of changes over a five year period (2005-2009) with application of international environmental indices, to identify causes and effects of present day ecological conditions which allow as the whole to improve and standardize the analytic component of such kind documents.


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2010
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Deep-sea sponge grounds Seas
United Nations Environment Programme

This report draws together scientific understanding of deep-water sponge grounds alongside the threats they face and ways in which they can be conserved. Beginning with a summary of research approaches, sponge biology and biodiversity, the report also gives up-to-date case studies of particular deep-water sponge habitats from around the world. These include the spectacular giant glass sponge reefs of British Columbia – a relic of the time of the dinosaurs – and the diverse sponge kingdom of Antarctica. Long overlooked, recent research now shows that deep-water sponge grounds form complex, slow-growing and long-lived habitats in many parts of the global ocean. As well as forming local biodiversity centres, deep-water sponges are also storehouses of novel chemical compounds, some of which show promise in the fight against cancer and other diseases. Despite their inherent and biotechnological value, deep-water sponge grounds have been damaged by bottom fishing. This report considers the international policy context in which deep-water sponge grounds can be conserved and concludes with a series of expert recommendations for conservation managers and international policy makers. The recommendations set out a series of actions so that these vulnerable marine ecosystems can be conserved for future generations


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2010
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State of play for sustainable buildings in India
United Nations Environment Programme

This report on the


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2010

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