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National Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management in Belarus
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, United Nations Development Programmeme/GEF

Meeting the commitments made by Belarus under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Convention on Biodiversity, and UN Convention to combat desertification/land degradation should be considered an important opportunity to make sure that the government does its best in managing natural resources and protecting the environment, assisting stakeholders in making their interactions and coordination more efficient, promoting research and scientific studies in the areas of expertise that pertain to the conventions.


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2004
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Status of the Environment in the Republic of Palau
Palau Conservation Society

Palau is blessed with a wealth of natural resources. We enjoy clean air, clean water, abundant marine life, and healthy, productive reefs. Our stunning Rock Islands and majestic dive sites continue to draw admiration from around the world. But Palau’s wealth is not just found in its natural resources. Palau has also been blessed with a wealth of human resources and technical capabilities. The population of Palau is well educated and highly talented, and makes use of the most advanced computer and development techniques on a daily basis. Weaving these sources of natural and human wealth together is perhaps the most important resource of all: our traditions. Palauans maintain strong cultural ties to their land, their waters, and their history, and with these ties we strive to preserve and conserve all of our precious resources. This is not to say that Palau does not have its problems and pressures. Development pressure is strong and driven largely by economic motives. Balancing the benefits of development with the dangers of exploitation continues to be a challenge, but a challenge that Palauans are meeting head on.


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2004

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Environmental Management Strategy and Action Plan
Antigua and Barbuda

Over the last decade, Antigua and Barbuda as well as other OECS Member States have undertaken a number of economic reforms to better prepared them for the existing and emerging global challenges. The change from agriculture to tourism, financial and other service industries has been a positive one for per capita income and wealth for these countries


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2004
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Report on the Latin American and Caribbean initiative for sustainable development (ILAC): five years after it was adopted
United Nations Environment Programme

Working document for both preparatory meeting of high level experts and the ministerial segment


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2004
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Global evaluation of human risk and vulnerability to natural hazards
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper describes some methodological aspects of the development of the Disaster Risk Index (DRI), a central component of the Reducing Disaster Risk report from the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP/BCPR 2004).


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2004