Reports and Books
Sierra Leone Environment, Conflict and Peace-building Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

The Sierra Leone Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment examines how environmental governance and natural resource management will play a vital role in undertaking Sierra Leone's Agenda for Change. Given the role that natural resources played in the civil war, and the remaining environmental impacts of the conflict, addressing these issues in the ongoing peacebuilding process is an important challenge. The assessment examines direct and indirect environmental impacts of the conflict, natural resources-related risks to the peace process, and opportunities to use environmental cooperation for peacebuilding


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2010
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The last stand of the gorilla: environmental crime and conflict in the Congo basin
United Nations Environment Programme

Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, degradation of habitat from logging, mining and charcoal production are amongst these threats, in addition to natural epidemics such as Ebola and the new risk of diseases passed from humans to gorillas.


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2010

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UN-REDD National Programme Document: Democratic Republic of Congo
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The DRC has just elaborated its REDD Readiness Plan (R-PP), for 2010-2012, which is attached to this proposal and seeks UN-REDD's financing support. This R-PP represents the national roadmap for REDD readiness, as well as the meeting point for all stakeholders, including donors, that wish to support the DRC's REDD+ readiness process.


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2010
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Environmental Sensitivity Atlas for the Albertine Graben - Second edition
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) - Uganda

Oil exploration has been ongoing in the Albertine Graben since the 1920’s. Currently there is confirmation of commercially viable oil deposits in this area with early production scheduled to begin 2009. Oil spills can have severe and long term ecological and socio-economic adverse impacts if not properly planned for and addressed. While it is not possible to predict the impacts of an oil spill with certainty it is possible to evaluate the vulnerability of an area to a defined spill scenario based on the environmental resources present in the area. An environmental oil spill sensitivity atlas has been prepared to provide environmental planners with tools to identify resources at risk, establish protection priorities and identify timely appropriate response and clean-up strategies. The atlas enables oil companies and authorities to incorporate environmental consideration into exploration and contingency plans. It also provides an overview of such aspects as the occurrence of biological resources, human resource use (fishing and hunting) and archaeological sites that are particularly sensitive to oil spill. Furthermore it contains information regarding the physical environment, lake shore and bathymetry of Lake Albert and the climate of the area.


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2010
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Sustainable travel in the United Nations
United Nations Environment Programme

This report seeks to provide guidance on what UN and organizations can do to improve sustainability of their travel, and in particular how to reduce their travel related climate footprints. The report provides an overall context about existing systems and examples of good practices. Two main approaches to reducing emissions are discussed in detail: Travel Less, and Travel More Efficiently. The economic aspects are highlighted, as is the role of management and staff. Offsetting, which provides a complementary approach to further reduce or eliminate the climate footprint of travel, is also discussed.


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2010

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