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Reports and Books
Towards a global map of natural capital: key ecosystem assets
United Nations Environment Programme

Natural capital is fundamental to human wellbeing, underpinning the global economy. Natural capital comprises both ecosystem assets (such as fresh water) and natural resources (such as fossil fuel deposits). This report presents the first attempt to give an overview of the global distribution of ecosystem assets. Ecosystem assets have the capacity to generate a basket of ecosystem services, and this capacity can be understood as a function of the extent (quantity) and condition (quality) of the ecosystem. The report builds on a considerable body of work in the fields of natural capital accounting and the mapping of ecosystem services. In particular, it draws on the UN Statistics Division's System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and its Experimental Ecosystem Accounting approach, as well as the work by many other researchers.


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2014
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Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
European Union, Government of Romania, Government of Bulgaria

The Romania-Bulgaria Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 aims to expand the regions’ horizons, building on concrete outcomes and enabling the area to be a region to live, study, work, visit and invest in. The programme must sustain the process of creating competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation and seizing, in a resource efficient way, the unique growth initiatives and opportunities based on the development of transversal and horizontal flows on the area’s backbone, the Danube/Black Sea corridor.


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2014
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Climate change: implications for investors and financial institutions
United Nations Environment Programme, University of Cambridge, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Investors and financial institutions are, and will continue to be, exposed to downside risks as a result of climate change. The risks include: macroeconomic impacts such as the expected reduction in productivity and economic growth in many developing countries, direct physical impacts of climate change such as flood and storm risks to coastal population centres, and the impacts of policy measures directed at reducing GHG emissions from electricity generation, large industrial sources, transport and other economic sectors. This report focuses on private sector providers (or sources) of capital, and the intermediaries responsible for deployment of this capital. These intermediaries include banks and asset managers. Asset owners include pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, mutual funds and foundations. Together these investors and financial institutions manage the pensions and savings of individual citizens.


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2014
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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This new edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture highlights the significant role that fisheries and aquaculture plays in eliminating hunger, promoting health and reducing poverty. Never before have people consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being. Fish is extremely nutritious – a vital source of protein and essential nutrients, especially for many poorer members of our global community.


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2014

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