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Reports and Books
UNEP Post-Conflict Capacity Building Programme in Liberia
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP commenced its post conflict work in Liberia in November 2003 by assuming the lead for the cross-cutting theme of “environment” in the UN/WB Needs Assessment. This responsibility involved integrating environmental issues and priorities in the needs assessment report, reviewing information from other sectors, holding consultations with stakeholders and fielding missions in 2003/ 2004. As supplementary information to the Needs Assessment, UNEP produced the “Desk Study on the Environment in Liberia”, which was presented at the International Reconstruction Donors Conference in New York on 5-6 February 2004. The report aimed at providing a rapid and strategic overview of the environmental problems faced by the country, and identified the immediate needs to be addressed during the reconstruction and development process. Overall, the study found that the misuse of natural resources has not only been a source of conflict in Liberia and the wider region, but has also sustained it. Furthermore, the massive movement of refugees and internally displaced people have had very serious impacts on the environment. Based on these findings and in consultation with the national authorities, it was agreed that an important contribution towards increasing national and regional stability would be to provide the Liberian Government with the capacity and proficiency to manage its natural resources and economic development in an environmentally sustainable and equitable manner. To this end, UNEP’s efforts over the past two and half years have focused on strengthening the enabling policy and legislative frameworks and the technical capacity of the country’s nascent environmental administration. In April 2005 UNEP established a Project Office in Monrovia, led by an international UNEP staff member.


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2007
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Crossroads of Life on Earth - Exploring means to meet the 2010 Biodiversity Target
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

The aim of this assessment study was to explore policy options under current discussion in the global political arena that could have major positive or negative impacts on biodiversity. The central concern of the assessment is the achievement of the 2010 Biodiversity Target at global and regional levels, as agreed upon under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). However, because of the time lag of several measures, the longterm effects with a time horizon of 2050 are also taken into account. The assessment was carried out using models allowing a quantitative approach. Results have been expressed where possible in terms of the 2010 indicators according to the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) decisions VII/30 and VIII/15. These results were used as input for the second edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-2) to support policy-makers in determining cost-effective ways to achieve the 2010 target.


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2007
Reports and Books
Environment on the edge 2007-08
United Nations Environment Programme

Environment on the edge is a series of lectures given by leading international figures that examine our current relationship with the natural world and discuss what tomorrow might bring.


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2007

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