UNEP Emerging Issues: Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification: A Threat to Food Security
United Nations Environment Programme

Carbon dioxide is altering the chemistry of the surface oceans and causing them to become more acidic. From scientists and marine resource managers, to policy and decision-makers, there is growing concern that the process called ocean acidification could have significant consequences on marine organisms which may alter species composition, disrupt marine food webs and ecosystems and potentially damage fishing, tourism and other human activities connected to the seas.

Download: English
Regional Seas Partnerships for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

The Regional Seas Programme (RSP) was launched in 1974 in the wake of the 1972 United Nations
Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden.
The RSP aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world's oceans and coastal areas
through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environments, by engaging
neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their shared marine

Download: English
UNEP’s Assistance in the Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action For the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities Coordination Office

The report highlights UNEP’s activities in
assisting Small Island Developing States in
implementing the Barbados Programme of Action
(BPoA), 1994, for the Sustainable Development
of SIDS. As a group, SIDS share several
characteristics, which make them economically,
environmentally, and socially more vulnerable to
factors of which they exercise little or no control.
Accordingly, the combination of these shared
features places SIDS at a distinct disadvantage
compared to larger countries.

Download: English
Baseline Study of the Vitogo River and Associated Environment - UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 93. SPREP Topic Review No. 28
United Nations Environment Programme

The Vitogo River enters the sea near Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji. This area has not been influenced by any major environmental changes arising from industrial development. However, the construction of the sawnill and chipmill may significantly affect water quality in the Vitogo River and associated coastal areas. The effects of the mill on the quality of the environment can be evaluated in future only on the basis of comparison with the present state of the environment. This necessitates the completion of a baseline study. This report is a record of the findings of the baseline study.

Download: English