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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2005

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Environmental management and disaster preparedness: lessons learnt from the Tokage Typhoon in Japan
United Nations Environment Programme

Taking lessons learnt from the response that Japan mounted to prepare for the biggest typhoon to hit the islands in 2004 (Typhoon Tokage), the report emphasizes the cyclical impact of disasters and environment, and makes a strong case for the inclusion of environmental issues in disaster preparedness plans.


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2005
Our Planet
Green Cities - Our Planet Vol. 16 No. 1
United Nations Environment Programme

The battles to eradicate poverty and deliver the Millennium Development Goals will be won or lost by whether we can manage the urban environment effectively and creatively. If we can – as the examples of Dar es Salaam and Bogotá suggest – we will be a long way down the road to truly sustainable development


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2005
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Research on Eco-Towns in Japan: Implications and Lessons for Developing Countries and Cities
Global Environment Centre Foundation

Eco-towns in Japan were developed in the last 10 years by utilizing regional technology and industry in Japan. Local governments and enterprises have worked in partnership to build such complexes. Eco-towns have enabled a number of developmental objectives to be met simultaneously. It has helped to stimulate the local economy, secure employment, as well as dispose waste in an environmentally sound manner, and protect air and water resources. A number of lessons have been learnt in the setting up of such eco towns in Japan, not only within these eco-towns, but also on the cities where they are located. This report focuses on identifying the key lessons learnt in the setting up of the eco-towns. These lessons will help in the development of step-by-step guidelines that will help local / national governments to set up eco-towns in their countries. The report was produced by the Global Environment Centre Foundation with inputs from IETC.


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2005
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Integrated assessment of trade liberalization in the rice sector: a country case study on the Indonesian rice sector
United Nations Environment Programme

This study is an integrated assessment of the economic, social and environmental impacts of the WTO, AoA and other trade-related policies on the rice sector, and it makes use of a variety of methodologies, including and Input-Output table to determine the backward and forward industry linkages, different valuations of environmental, social and economic costs and benefits.


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2005