Reports and Books
Desk study on the environment in Liberia
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in the post-conflict UN Needs assessment mission to Liberia. The findings of this desk study draw on key environmental information obtained from the Liberian national authorities, non-governmental organisations and other sources. Recommendations are made how environment could be fully integrated into the coming reconstruction efforts in Liberia. This study of Liberia shows how environment and development are fully interlinked even in the poorest societies. The clean-up of the environment after the conflict period and sustainable management of natural resources are prerequisites for the safe return of refugees, sound livelihoods and successful reconstruction of the country.


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2004
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Cloud forest agenda
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides the first global maps of cloud forests, a regional analysis of the threats facing these forests and information on their biodiversity and watershed importance. Cloud Forest Agenda was compiled by the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) as a product of the Mountain Cloud Forest Initiative, which is a partnership between UNEP-WCMC, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme and International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the Commission on Ecosystem Management of the IUCN-The World Conservation Union.


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2004
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Water and wastewater reuse: an environmentally sound approach for sustainable urban water management
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)

Water scarcity and water pollution pose a critical challenge in many developing countries. In urban areas, it is becoming difficult for the authorities to manage water supply and wastewater. Strategies for water and wastewater reuse can improve urban water management. This publication provides introductory guidelines for these strategies. The important aspects to minimize public health risks are identified. The possibilities of wastewater reuse in agriculture, industry, urban uses, and environmental water enhancement including groundwater recharge are discussed with the help of practical examples. The capacity building policy-making, institutional strengthening, financial mechanisms, and awareness raising and stakeholder participation are vital to implement these strategies for wastewater reuse.


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2004
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Why take a life cycle approach
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this brochure is to introduce a life cycle approach as one means to help us recognize opportunities, balance opportunities with risks and make choices that contribute value to our economies, our natural environments, and our communities. Reading this brochure will help you understand what a life cycle approach means and how individuals, businesses, and governments take that approach. It also illustrates the benefits and suggests where you can find out more!


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2004
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Global International Waters Assessment: Caribbean Sea/Small Islands: GIWA Regional Assessment 3a
United Nations Environment Programme, GEF, University of Kalmar, Sweden

This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Small Islands sub-system of the Caribbean Sea region - an area particularly vulnerable to human activities owing to the fragility of the island ecosystems and their limited carrying capacities. Habitat and community modification, as a result of anthropogenic pressures, was found to cause the most severe transboundary environmental and socio-economic impacts in the sub-system. The governments regard rapid economic growth as a priority, which they have failed to balance with the conservation and protection of important ecosystems. The Causal chain analysis discusses the root causes of habitat and community modification by investigating the cause-effect pathways of the concern. Policy options are proposed that aim to provide solutions to these fundamental issues, in order to enhance the management of the region's aquatic environment


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2004
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Environmental Indicators in Southeast Asia
United Nations Environment Programme

This report on Environmental Indicators for Southeast Asia has been prepared to present the trends of twenty five key indicators on air, water, land and biodiversity. It also presents trends on social and economic conditions through the selected indicators. Data have been collected for each indicator for each country in Southeast Asia for 1990, 1995 and 2000. This report provides an assessment of economic, social and environmental conditions in Southeast Asia based on available data and information.


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2004
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Policy implementation and marine resource management: lessons from Senegal
United Nations Environment Programme

This project draws on the experience and lessons learned from a first UNEP Senegal Country Study on policy implementation and marine resource management.


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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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Manual for the integrated management of the watershed: ecohydrology and phytotechnology
United Nations Environment Programme - Division of Technology, Industry and Economics - International Environmental Technology Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-DTIE-IETC), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization - International Hydrological Programme (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization-IHP)

This manual provide examples of ecohydrology and phytotechnology in water resources management||assist decision makers, technical experts and scientists to manage watersheds and related water bodies and facilitates and promotes the better understanding of the opportunities that the application of ecohydrology and phytotechnology.


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2004
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A Study of the Environmental Management Group
United Nations Environment Programme

The Environmental Management Group was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in paragraph 5 of its resolution 5 3/242 of 1999 on the basis of proposals by the Secretary-General and the report of a United Nations Task Force headed by the Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Klaus Topfer. All the agencies of the United Nations system, secretariats of the multilateral environmental agreements, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are members of the Environmental management Group. UNEP is to provide the secretariat for the Environmental Management Group. The key points of the Group's mandate are coordinated approaches, information exchange, promotion of joint action by United Nations agencies and synergy among and between the activities of the United Nations agencies on environment and human settlement issues. It is to function through issue-management groups to be set up for dealing with specific issues in a time-bound manner.


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2004

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