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Bamboo Biodiversity: Asia-Pacific Region
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series 14. Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with a wide range of values and uses. They play a significant role in biodiversity conservation and contribute to soil and water management. They are important for biomass production and play an increasing role in local and world economies. This study used an innovative approach to map potential current distibutions of nearly 1 000 individual bamboo species that occur naturally within remaining forests of the Asia-Pacific region. The maps were also combined to generate regional maps showing potential species and generic richness. By quantifying the area of forest cover remaining within each species' range, this study shows that more than 400 bamboo species are potentially threatened by the destruction of natural forest cover. Conservation and sustainable management of wild populations of bamboo should be high priority, especially where diversity is high or deforestation is a significant threat.


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2003
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Afghanistan: Post-conflict Environmental Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP’s post-conflict environmental assessment illuminates Afghanistan’s current levels of degradation, and sets forth a path that the country can take towards sustainable development. It warns us of a future without water, forests, wildlife, and clean air if environmental problems are not addressed in the reconstruction period.


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2003

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Global Risk And Vulnerability Index Trends per Year (GRAVITY) Phase III: Drought analysis
United Nations Environment Programme

Among the different recommendations from the two previous GRAVITY reports, drought was the obvious significant missing hazard. In the first GRAVITY report (feasibility study) food insecurity was highlighted for producing the largest amount of casualties.


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2003

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