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Adaptation to Climate-change Induced Water stress in the Nile Basin - A vulnerability assessment report
United Nations Environment Programme

The Nile River Basins rich ecological resources are vital to the 238 million people living in the region. The basins natural environment is the ultimate source of its economic activities (production and consumption) and the sink for disposing of all its waste. At the same time, the Nile Basins human resources are also crucial assets, providing the labour and markets for goods that drive the regional economy. This report illustrates these links between people, the economy and the environment. For example, we learn that the Nile Delta and the wider Mediterranean coast account for 30-40 per cent of Egypt’s agricultural production and more than half of its tourism and industrial base. Water is central to all these activities and processes and must be available in sufficient quantities to meet environmental, consumption and social needs.


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2013
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Kigali State of the Environment and Outlook Report
Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)

The report provides decision makers with information about the state of Kigali’s environment and suggests policy responses to make Kigali “a state of the art and aesthetically appealing city”, as per Rwanda’s Vision 2020. The “Kigali State of Environment and Outlook Report 2013” focuses on the status of Kigali’s environment as a fast growing city facing many environmental challenges including inadequate water and energy infrastructures, liquid and solid waste management, air and water pollution as well as unsustainable production and consumption lifestyles. These challenges have the potential to hinder not only its own sustainable economic growth but the country as a whole. Key recommendations of the report include mainstreaming climate adaptation and mitigation strategies into all aspects of city policies, planning and projects||and incorporating policies to help implement the city’s plans for high-density urban development into all sectors and to integrate social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects into housing policies. Others include implementing a transport system that favours public transit, walking and cycling||devising city policies to support the national building code’s new resource efficiency measures and adopting an integrated, proactive flood management approach at the watershed level within the national Disaster Risk Reduction. The “Kigali State of Environment and Outlook Report 2013” is the third in the series of reports on the state of environment in Rwanda. The reports are prepared by REMA every two years. The first Status of Environment and Outlook Report was produced in 2009. In 2011 the report took the form of an “Atlas of Rwanda’s changing environment: Implications for Climate Change Resilience”.


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2013
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Guidance manual on value transfer methods for ecosystem services
Brander, Luke

The purpose of this guidance manual is to show how the value of ecosystem services can be estimated and incorporated into decision making. Specifically, it is designed to help a broad audience of conservation managers, government officials, private sector managers, NGOs, and statisticians to understand the available information on the values of ecosystem services and how this information can be transferred to inform the decisions that they make.


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2013
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The Japanese Industrial Waste Experience: Lessons for rapidly Industrializing Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication reviews the development of the approach Japanese stakeholders took to deal with waste generated by industries. More
precisely, it analyses the policy mix that was applied and shares the lessons to be learned through the Japanese example.


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2013

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