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Pacific Islands: GIWA regional assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Pacific Islands region, which comprises more than 20 Island nations or territories that exhibit enormous geomorphological, climatic, cultural and demographic diversity within a vast ocean expanse. The region is unique because its inhabitants, who have close links with, and great cultural, economic and spiritual dependence on, their terrestrial and marine environment, are often the owners and users of these resources and ultimately govern their conservation and sustainable use. In addition to highlighting the overexploitation of fish and other living resources in densely populated areas, this report emphasises the vulnerability of many of these small Island states to the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise and fluctuations in rainfall, which has enormous influence on the availability of freshwater in the region. The root causes of overexploitation and freshwater shortage are illustrated using several case studies and potential policy options and mitigate these problems in the future are discussed.


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2004
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Natural allies: UNEP and civil society
United Nations Environment Programme

The planet's ecosystems are facing unprecedented challenges. Reversing global environmental declines demands the full and effective participation of all sectors of society. Natural Allies provides a clear picture of how civil society can and does work with UNEP, both benefiting from and strengthening UNEP's programme of work.


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2004
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Kazakhstan: Country environmental analysis
Asian Development Bank

The present volume brings to a wider audience some of the analysis behind the country strategies and assistance programs that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) formulates in consultation with its member countries. The focus of the document is environmental management, one of ADB’s priority concerns not diminished by the more forceful and explicit attention given in recent years to poverty alleviation


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2004

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The use of economic instruments in environmental policy: opportunities and challenges
United Nations Environment Programme

This report seeks to help policy makers, especially in the developing world, to identify, evaluate and apply economic instruments to address a country's environmental problems within its national and local circumstances. It presents an innovative approach by offering tools for a comprehensive assessment of the country context and conditions and by tailoring solutions to the specific country needs. The report also provides practical guidance on identifying when economic instruments may be most appropriate, and on strengthening the support framework needed to introduce them.


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2004
Our Planet
Our Planet: seas, oceans and small islands
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2004
Serials
Tessa and the Fishy Mystery
United Nations Environment Programme

'Tessa and the Fishy Mystery' is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). \"Tunza\" means \" to treat with care of affection\" in Kiswahili. UNEP hopes to inspire caring for the Earth through creative literature that sparks the interest and awareness of children, their parents and teachers. See also 'Theo and the Giant Plastic Ball' , 'Tina and the Green City', 'Tore and the Town on Thin Ice' and 'Trishna and the Dream of Water'.


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2004