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Water statistics in the state of Qatar 2013
Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatar

Water is life! Therefore, the protection of our national natural freshwater resources is part of our National Development Strategy. Qatar’s main source of water is desalination of seawater for drinking water supply and groundwater abstraction for agricultural purposes. The re-use of treated wastewater has already become an important alternative source of water for irrigation in agriculture and green spaces. Important successes of Qatari water policies are the supply of safe drinking water to all of its residents, reduction of water losses to a minimum, the treatment urban wastewater to a high degree and also to re-use great proportions of the treated wastewater. Statistics also show that in most economic sectors water use efficiency has increased.


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2013
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From Evidence to Opportunity: State of the Environment for Northern Ireland 2013
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)

From Evidence to Opportunity” is Northern Ireland’s second State of the Environment report. The first report “Our environment, our heritage, our future” was published in 2008 and presented baseline indicators across six themes to provide an evidence-based assessment of the state of the environment. This second assessment provides a five year update and commentary on forty four indicators across eight themes. These indicators are drawn from the annual Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Reports from 2009 on and information from a range of sources including the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and other public bodies. This report draws together in one place an overall picture of our environment, identifies cross-cutting issues and provides a commentary on key challenges and emerging trends. As a result we are now better able to assess the effectiveness of our environmental policies over the longer term and to base decisions on how we manage and protect our environment on appropriate evidence.


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2013
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Solomon Islands - National Report for Third International Conference
Melchior Mataki

This is a preparatory report for the Solomon Islands towards the Small Islands Developing States (SIDs) Sustainable Development (SD) Conference in Samoa next year. The report assessed substantive issues pertinent to the 4 conference objectives (assess progress & gaps, seek political commitment, identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities, and priorities for the conference), identified key issues and barriers to the implementation of the conference objectives, and practical and pragmatic actions at the country level, and identified opportunities for cooperative partnerships. The priorities of the Solomon Islands for the 2014 Conference centres on the economic pillar of SD with a clear intention to provide the necessary resources to address the environmental and social protection pillars. Listed below is a synthesis of priorities derived from relevant national policy documents: ? Equitable and Sustainable Rural and General Economic Development ? Good Governance and Leadership at all levels ? Invest in Human Resources, Education Infrastructure and Institutional Development ? Improve Health and Medical Services ? Improve Water Supply and Sanitation ? Law and Order and Peaceful Country ? Improve Social and Cultural Services ? Promote Green Growth ? Improve the Integrity of Marine and Oceans Environment and Resources? Increase Education and Employment Opportunities ? Sustainability of Livelihood and Access to Basic Infrastructure and Service ? Environment Protection and Resource Management ? Invest in Renewable Energy Resources to progressively replace fossil fuel use for electricity generation ? Enhance ICT Connectivity ? Promote Private Sector Development ? Promote and Develop the Tourism Sector ? Promote and Invest in Sustainable Agriculture for National Food and Water Security ? Promote and Invest in Sustainable Oceanic Fisheries through measures such as expanding pole and line, onshore landing and processing of catch, investment in the local fishing industry and ensuring appropriate infrastructure to support fisheries development. ? Build on the Gains from MDGs, MSI and Rio+20 outcomes ? Merge the Inter-Governmental Processes of MDGs and SD goals ? Cost Effective and Sustainable Service Delivery Modality for SD goals


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2013
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Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme

This report has been prepared by the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a key component of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project. It aims to identify a range of international trade opportunities in various key economic sectors associated with the transition to a green economy, identify policies and measures that may act as facilitators and overcome hindrances to seizing trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy, and assist governments, the private sector and other stakeholders to build capacity to take advantage of sustainable trade opportunities at the national, regional or international level.


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2013

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