Reports and Books
Amazon Basin: GIWA regional assessment
United Nations Environment Programme;GEF;

The Amazon Basin is the largest basin on the planet and also one of the least understood. Its drainage area covers more than one third of the South American continent, and its discharge contributes almost one fifth of the total discharge of all rivers of the world. The headwaters of the Amazon River are located about 100 km from the Pacific Ocean and it runs more than 6 000 km before draining into the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, the Amazon has 15 tributaries, including the Tocantins River, that measure more than 1 000 km in length. The Madeira and Negro rivers are the most important tributaries, contributing with more than one third of the total water discharge. The Amazon Basin contains a complex system of vegetation, including the most extensive and preserved rainforest in the world. The rainforest, known as the Amazon Rainforest, is not confined to the Amazon Basin but also extends into the Orinoco Basin and other small basins located between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon rivers. In addition, savannah and tundra like vegetation can also be found.


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Reports and Books
From conflict to sustainable development: assessment and clean up in Serbia and Montenegro
United Nations Environment Programme

The assessment report studies the conflicting situation in Serbia, Montenegro and journey towards sustainable development


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2004
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GEO Scenarios Framework
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of the global environment, a review of policy responses and an outlook on the future. This report introduces the scenario approach, a means of illuminating challenges and appropriate responses toward the achievement of certain development pathways based upon current conditions and driving forces.


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2004
Reports and Books
A Study of the Environmental Management Group
United Nations Environment Programme

The Environmental Management Group was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in paragraph 5 of its resolution 5 3/242 of 1999 on the basis of proposals by the Secretary-General and the report of a United Nations Task Force headed by the Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Klaus Topfer. All the agencies of the United Nations system, secretariats of the multilateral environmental agreements, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are members of the Environmental management Group. UNEP is to provide the secretariat for the Environmental Management Group. The key points of the Group's mandate are coordinated approaches, information exchange, promotion of joint action by United Nations agencies and synergy among and between the activities of the United Nations agencies on environment and human settlement issues. It is to function through issue-management groups to be set up for dealing with specific issues in a time-bound manner.


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2004

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