Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
UNEP Guidance - Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document builds upon an earlier United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals (LIRA Guidance). It provides guidance on how to ensure effective compliance with rules and regulations.


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2019
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Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations Environment Programme, International Institute for Sustainable Development

This report provides methodological guidance for measuring fossil fuel subsidies in the context of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 12.c.1: “Amount of fossil fuel subsidies per unit of GDP (production and consumption)”. This methodology is intended
for use by National Statistical Systems in compiling national estimates of fossil fuel subsidies. It also includes anelaboration of how fossil fuel subsidies can be measured at the global level.


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2019
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Guide to the Ratification and Accession to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization
United Nations Environment Programme

The Guidebook is a “how to” guide on the steps towards ratification of, acceptance of, approval of or accession to, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. It provides references and describes strategies and techniques for good practice on ratification of the Protocol.


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2018
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Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism - 2nd Edition
United Nations Environment Programme

This Handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism: we address what it is, the peculiar practical and procedural issues it presents, and how courts from around the globe have engaged it.


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2018
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Procedure for Air Monitoring using Active Air Samplers (HVS)
United Nations Environment Programme

“Sampling methods for air and QA/QC procedures should, as far as possible, be adopted from existing air monitoring programmes1 for POPs, but they will need to be adapted to and validated for the specific conditions, concentration levels and temperature at the sampling sites.” This document therefore comprises, as a contribution to the capacity building efforts under the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention by the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic, a description of the operation procedure and methodology for sampling of ambient air by active sampler as a first attempt to bring key steps into one document. As there are several monitoring programmes, each of them using different type of active sampler, we are hereby describing a case study example of the device Leckel MVS-6 (middle volume sampler) used in the sampling sites in Africa.


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2018
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Establishing an HCFC Import Quota System
United Nations Environment Programme

Parties to the Montreal Protocol are obliged to follow the HCFC phase-out schedules agreed upon in 2007 (Decision XIX/6). Furthermore, developing countries seeking any further assistance from the Multilateral Fund for the HCFC phase out beyond 2012 must provide confirmation that they have an enforceable national system of licensing and quotas in place for HCFC imports and, where applicable, production and exports (Decision 63/17). Since the first control measure for developing countries for HCFCs enters into force on 1 January 2013, developing countries are therefore urged to design and implement such an HCFC quota system without delay to help ensure the country's compliance with the Montreal Protocol. UNEP OzonAction CAP has developed this practical, step-wise guide to assist National Ozone Units in Article 5 countries with designing and implementing such quota systems. This 27-page guide addresses policies facilitating implementation of the HCFC phase out, principles of an import quota system, how to establish an HCFC import quota system, additional measures which may help in enforcement of HCFC import quota systems, and import quota systems for equipment containing or relying on HCFCs. It also provides examples and lessons learnt, as well as suggested formats for questionnaires and accompanying letters to be used in a survey of potential HCFC importers and exporters.


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2012
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Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management Approaches to Support the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Targets 14.1 and 14.2 - Conceptual Guidelines. UN Environment Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 207
United Nations Environment Programme
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Enhancing the Uptake and Impact of Corporate Sustainability Reporting: A Handbook and Toolkit for Policymakers and Relevant Stakeholders
United Nations Environment Programme

Corporate sustainability reporting constitutes an essential lever for the transformation of companies’ practices and for ensuring their contribution to sustainable development. It represents a potential mechanism for organizations to generate data and measure their performance in all the dimensions of sustainable development, to set goals, and to support the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient, and inclusive green economy. National governments and stakeholders have a range of crucial actions to carry out in order to improve the quality of sustainability reporting and to encourage more companies to report, including: • Building national understanding of the benefits of sustainability reporting; • Creating policies or guidance to encourage and enable sustainability reporting, particularly amongst small and medium enterprises; • Supporting the consolidation of data extracted from corporate sustainability reports to enhance themeasurement of sustainability performance at the national level; and • Making use of this disclosed sustainability information to support decision-making processes. This publication aims to support national governments and relevant stakeholders in delivering these outcomes. It seeks to contribute to: building policymakers’ awareness of corporate sustainability reporting in order to inform policy decisions; and developing policymakers’ capacities to address sustainability reporting from a policy perspective. It provides step-by-step guidance for the formulation of national regulatory instruments and for the collection and management of data and indicators regarding business impacts (particularly, the environmental impacts of businesses) that can enhance the number and quality of corporate sustainability reporting practices. It also has an operational orientation and provides detailed information, self-assessment tools, and hands-on tools that help countries in implementing sustainability reporting strategies.


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Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism - 3rd Edition
United Nations Environment Programme

This Handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism: we address what it is, the peculiar practical and procedural issues it presents, and how courts from around the globe have engaged it. Environmental constitutionalism is a relatively recent phenomenon at the confluence of constitutional law, international law, human rights, and environmental law. It embodies the recognition that the environment is a proper subject for protection in constitutional texts and for vindication by constitutional courts worldwide. Environmental constitutionalism offers one way to engage environmental challenges that fall beyond the grasp of other legal constructs.


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Handbook of Environmental Legislation and Machinery
United Nations Environment Programme

The handbook should serve the following purposes:
- as a base for UNEP'S advice on the establishment of sound environmental machinery and legislation as a basis of better environmental management;
- as a source of information and data on where UNEP's constituents are;
- as a source of information and data for Governments, particularly from developing countries who may wish to receive information on the environmental machinery and legislation of other countries in order to consider alternative mechanisms or who may wish to ascertain where
their counterparts are within the environmental administration of another country;
- as source material for environmental education and training.


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