Reports and Books
Compendium of Judicial Decisions in Matters Related to Environment: National Decisions - Volume I
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication has been developed in pursuance of the aims of Agenda 21 which recognizes, among other things, the need to facilitate information exchange, including the dissemination of information on environmental law. First, it aims to create awareness and enthusiasm among lawyers and non-lawyers alike on the current trends in the jurisprudence related to environmental matters. Second, it aims to provide resource materials for reflecting on specific pieces of court decisions from the point of view of scope and perspective, grounded as they are in the unique legal traditions and circumstances of different countries and legal jurisdictions. This Compendium is produced in the belief that this bottleneck can be overcome by the provision of information, such as is contained in the Compendium. The information will be a resource for training and awareness creation.


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1998
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Feasibility study for a harmonised information management infrastructure for biodiversity-related treaties (1998)
World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This Feasibility Study identified three programmes of work to improve information management: Development of a harmonised conventions information resource Streamlined national reporting to facilitate national reporting to, and implementation of the Conventions Development of a shared lessons-learned network.


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1998
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Guidebook for implementation of codes of good practice: phasing out ODS in developing countries, refrigeration sector
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication was developed to help developing countries phasing out the use of ozone-depleting substances. It provides guidance to the National Ozone Unit and industry on how to design and implement codes of good practice for the refrigeration-services sector and explains the roles of the relevant stakeholders. Good servicing practices prevent unnecessary refrigeration emission through proper design, installation, operation, decommissioning and disposal of refrigeration systems as well as the application of recovery & recycling, retrofitting, safe handling, transport and storage of refrigerants. Codes of good practice are an important part of the regulatory framework and support all other phase out efforts for ozone-depleting refrigerants within a country's Refrigerant Management Plan. Codes of good practice may be mandatory or voluntary and require training and certification of the refrigeration technicians.


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1998
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Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Tisza RIver Basin
United Nations Environment Programme

Almost five years after a cyanide spill from a gold mine in northern Romania travelled down the Tisza river in Hungary, leaving a trail of ecological destruction in its wake, local communities in the region remain at risk from floods and industrial pollution. Despite the lessons learned from the Baia Mare catastrophe in January 2000, the Tisza river basin, its people and nature remain threatened by environmental insecurity, in particular from floods and accidental pollution risks, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The new report notes that the Tsiza river basin ecosystem is regenerating itself after the cyanide accident, with wildlife largely recovering. But, it says more concerted action is needed to address environmental threats or insecurities, and recommends an Integrated Sustainable Development Strategy for the entire catchment area of the river Tisza, which includes Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia and Montenegro.


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1998
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Needs Assessment Guidance to develop National Plans for Domestic Wastewater Pollution Reduction
United Nations Environment Programme

The goal of this Needs Assessment Guidance is to assist WCR governments in meeting the requirements of Annex III, as well as, any government working towards protecting and preserving the marine environment by addressing domestic wastewater management needs.


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1998
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Inventory of worldwide PCB destruction capacity
United Nations Environment Programme

This document is prepared by UNEP chemicals in co-operation with the secretariat of Basel convention . The publication is intended to serve as a first guide on available PCB destruction facilities.


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1998
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Technology and economic assessment panel
United Nations Environment Programme

The report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel.


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1998
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Persistent organic pollutants: inventory of information sources on chemicals
United Nations Environment Programme

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds of natural or anthropogenic origin that resist photolytic, chemical and biological degradation. They are characterized by low water solubility and high lipid solubility, resulting in bioaccumulation in fatty tissues of living organisms. POPs are transported in the environment in low concentrations by movement of fresh and marine waters and they are semi-volatile, enabling them to move long distances in the atmosphere, resulting in wide-spread distribution across the earth, including regions where they have never been used. Thus, both humans and environmental organisms are exposed to POPs around the world, in many cases for extended period of time.


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1998

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Environmental effects of ozone depletion: 1998 assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

The Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer requires periodic assessment of available scientific environmental , technical and economic information .


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1998