Baseline report
The Global BCH Capacity Building Project: Learning from Experience
United Nations Environment Programme / Global Environment Facility

The UNEP-GEF project for Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House has been enabling countries to successfully meet their obligations as Parties to the Protocol by building capacity and helping to set-up national systems for BCH participation since 2004. Lessons from Experience: The Global UNEP-GEF BCH Capacity Building Project captures lessons from this project which has helped 123 countries effectively participate in the Biosafety Clearing House through a network of trained regional advisors and a peer reviewed modular training package. The document captures early lessons from the implementation of the BCH project (Phase I). One of these has been the value of establishing a Regional Advisors system, since this has led to better acceptance of advice from experts by Encouraging language and cultural compatibility, similar work ethics and work styles. Another lesson has been the importance of developing peer-reviewed training tools that can be combined in multiple ways, depending upon the workshop objective and participants, in order to create dynamic and targeted training possibilities.


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Reports and Books
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks, Tools and Practices
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication presents an overview of the current science and policy of climate change, followed by self-guidance material on mitigation and adaptation, exploring tools, methods and techniques associated with the management of climate change in tourism. It also identifies examples of good practice from which stakeholders might learn in order to develop their own capacities for implementing climate change strategies.


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2008
Reports and Books
Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law for the 1990s
United Nations Environment Programme

Since its adoption by the UNEP Governing council in 1982, the Montevideo Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law has guided UNEP towards further development of environmental law.


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2008
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Establishment of the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR)
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment (MOE) opened the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) to support the sound management and conservation of biological resources and to train new taxonomists. The institute currently houses approximately 1.35 million collections and can store up to 11 million in total. About 60 taxonomists are conducting research projects, including the compilation of lists of Korean species, flora and fauna, as well as molecular phylogenetic analyses, development of climate change adaptation solutions, and so on. In addition, the institute is publicizing the importance of biodiversity conservation and its use through various exhibitions and education programs for visitors. The institute aims to grow into a leading Northeast Asian institution through biodiversity research and international cooperation.


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2008