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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Training resource kit: preparing small businesses for the transition away from CFCs in refrigeration and air conditioning
United Nations Environment Programme

This report focuses on refrigeration and air conditioning as it represents the largest share of ODS consumption in developing countries and has the greatest opportunity for supporting the objectives of the Montreal Protocol. The topics addressed include: Good servicing practices||Recovery and recycling||Alternatives||Cost-benefit fact sheets/information to support investment in ODS-free technology. The materials are based on results and findings of the study as well as existing publications and training materials developed by various organisations.


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2005
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Global International Waters Assessment: East China Sea, GIWA Regional Assessment 36
United Nations Environment Programme, GEF, University of Kalmar, Sweden

This report presents results of the GIWA assessment of the East China Sea region, which is one of the largest marginal seas in the world. This region receives tremendous inflow of freshwater and terrestrial sediments, predominantly from China's mainland. The region is characterized by a large population and rapid economic development. The natural landscape in the region's drainage basins has been greatly modified by the development and expansion of agriculture, the construction of dams as well as urbanization. Aquaculture and coastal area reclamation alter natural wetlands and destroy spawning and nursery grounds in the East China Sea. Overexploitation of fish, eutrophication and habitat modification are of particular concern in the region. The past and present status and future prospects are discussed, and the transboundary issues are traced back to their root causes. Policy options that aim to address these driving issues in order to significantly improve environmental quality and secure the region's future prosperity are recommended


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2005
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State of the environment in Somalia: a desk study
United Nations Environment Programme

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 affected part of Somalia, with most of the damage experienced in the north-east along a 650 km coastline stretching from Xafuun in the Bari region. UNEP was requested by the Somalia Transitional Federal Government to conduct a detailed desk study on the state of the environment in Somalia. Findings of the Desk Study indicate that not much information is available with regard to many aspects of natural resources management, although there is still sufficient evidence to highlight a number of concerns over recent and current patterns of natural resources use. On the one hand Somalia is experiencing significant environmental problems, including deforestation, overfishing, overgrazing and soil erosion, while on the other it lacks both human and financial resources as well as a political structure and stability sufficient to allow these issues to be addressed at even the most basic level.


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2005

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