Reports and Books
Connecting the dots: biodiversity, adaptation, food security and livelihoods
United Nations Environment Programme

Biodiversity, the variety of life on earth, provides millions of people with livelihoods besides helping to ensure food security and is a rich source of both traditional medicines and modern pharmaceuticals.


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Haiti Earthquake PDNA: Assessment of damage, losses, general and sectoral needs
Government of the Republic of Haiti

The earthquake on January 12, 2010 has caused an unprecedented situation in Haiti with enormous repercussions affecting all sectors of society, well beyond the areas directly affected by the catastrophe. Over 200,000 lives were lost. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been left homeless and have fled the affected area to find refuge in the provinces, adding to an economic situation which was already difficult in these regions. In order to respond to a catastrophe of this scale, this assessment has been designed to go further than traditional post-disaster assessments. The objective has been to lay the foundations for a fresh start in the country's development efforts, as well as to reconstruct the damaged areas and contribute to a long-term national strategic development plan, in order to begin rebuilding Haiti. In addition to the damage and loss assessment which usually constitutes the central part of this type of assessment, an analysis of short-term rehabilitation needs and an analysis of the needs to rebuild the country have led to costed assessments for eight essential themed sectors: governance, the environment, disaster risk management, social sectors, infrastructure-related sectors, the production sector, a macroeconomic analysis, and cross-cutting sectors (youth, gender, vulnerable persons, employment).


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2010
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Barbados national assessment report of progress made in addressing vulnerabilities of SIDS through Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation(MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action
The Ministry of the Environment Water Resources and Drainage - Government of Barbados

The United Nations General Assembly (GA) Resolution 63/213 (February 2009) reaffirmed the GA decision 62/191 to review the progress made in addressing the vulnerabilities of small island developing states through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (MSI). The Resolution stressed ‘that the review should provide the international community with an opportunity to conduct an assessment of the progress made, lessons learnt and constraints encountered in the implementation of the MSI and agree on what needs to be done to further address the vulnerabilities of SIDS’.Barbados has met and even exceeded many of the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Barbados has also been able to highlight some of its successes in its annual Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) reports. Barbados still remains one of the few countries in the Western Hemisphere to develop and implement a national policy for sustainable development. The Barbados Sustainable Development Policy (BSDP) is our National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) which provides a national framework, guidelines and principles that we can employ in our everyday activities. The policy promotes a motto of “Doing the right thing by doing things right!”


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2010
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Dead planet, living planet: biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development
United Nations Environment Programme

Biodiversity and ecosystems deliver crucial services to humankind, from food security to keeping our waters clean, buffering against extreme weather, providing medicines to recreation and adding to the foundation of human culture. Together these services have been estimated to be worth over 21-72 trillion USD every year - comparable to the World Gross National Income of 58 trillion USD in 2008.


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2010

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