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Marine Litter Guidelines for Tourists and Tour Operators in Marine and Coastal Areas
United Nations Environment Programme

These guidelines were prepared to help reduce tourist-generated marine litter in recognition of the expected growth in tourism and the negative impacts of tourists on the marine environment. The guidelines provide a synopsis on marine litter, its known adverse impacts and best-practice tips for tourists involved in marine recreational activities (cruising, fishing, diving, etc.) and coastal recreational activities (camping, barbequing, bathing, etc.). The guidelines also suggest activities that tour operators can adopt to reduce tourist-generated marine litter.


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Environmental Guidelines for the Diesel Vehicle - UNEP Industry & Environment Guidelines Series
United Nations Environment Programme

Greater use of diesel vehicles in the transportation sector creates opportunities to solve certain environmental problems associated with motor vehicles, such as those arising from emissions of carbon monoxide and to a lesser extent hydrocarbons, and offers the potential for reducing energy demand and possibly petroleum imports, but raises concern about public health and welfare owing to increased emissions of particulate matter, smoke and odours.


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Global Biodiversity Strategy: Guidelines for Action to Save, Study and Use Earth's Biotic Wealth Sustainably and Equitably
World Resources Institute, International Union for Conservation of Nature, United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Biodiversity Strategy was developed through a process of research and consultation beginning in 1989 and involving six consultations, six workshops, and more than 500 individuals. This report would not have been possible without the dedication and contributions of these many people. This report now serves as a common point of reference for government, the scientific community, and international aid donors as they try to strengthen biodiversity research.


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Guidelines for Assessing Industrial Environmental Impact and Environmental Criteria for the Siting of Industry - Supplementary Volume
United Nations Environment Programme

This Supplementary Volume to the "Guidelines for Assessing Industrial Environmental Impact and Environmental Criteria for the Siting of Industry" gives a compilation of scientific and technical data for reference and use in carrying out environmental impact assessment.


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Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases: Reference Report and Guideline for Inventory Level 2 - Version 1.2 April 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

This Toolkit aims to assist countries that are developing their mercury inventory to estimate releases of mercury, and also leads them through the process of how to enhance and refine these inventories. The Toolkit’s goal is to guide the inventory makers within a country through the different techniques and stages of developing the inventory, by providing a methodology, illustrative examples and extensive information on mercury release sources. The Toolkit aims to reduce the workload in the creation of national or regional mercury inventories.


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Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases: Guideline for Inventory Level 1 Version 1.3 - April 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

The "Toolkit for identification and quantification of mercury releases", the "Toolkit", is intended to assist countries to develop a national mercury releases inventory. 


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Environmental Impact Assessment Training Resource Manual - Second Edition
United Nations Environment Programme

This manual is intended to support capacity development in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). It is a tool for trainers who have some background experience and understanding of EIA. It is designed t assists them in preparing and delivering training coursed that provide an understanding of, and basic capacity in, the application of EIA.


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Plastic Tide Turners Challenge Badge Toolkit
United Nations Environment Programme

From cutting back on our use of single-use plastic to recycling more effectively to nding sustainable alternatives to plastic, solutions to plastic pollution are within our grasp. In this leadership challenge, we’re going to learn what those solutions are and how we can be a part of them. That’s just the beginning. Then we will lay out a plan for how we can inspire others to join in the ght against plastic pollution. The nal frontier will be a set of challenges that we hope could unleash a new movement for action that will seek to reduce plastic waste where it matters most: upstream.


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Manual of Methods in Aquatic Environment Research Part 8 - Ecological Assessment of Pollution Effects (Guidelines for the FAO(GFCM)/UNEP Joint Coordinated Project on Pollution in the Mediterranean). FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 209
United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This document specifies the communities and ecosystems to be studied, as well as the parameters and effects to be analysed and the general methodology to be used. Although the consequences of significant pollution appear in the marine environment as changes of most characteristics of the ecosystem, this manual is mainly providing methods for the assessment of pollution-induced modifications as shown in the structure, and particularly in changed diversity, of communities. The manual recommends that such investigations be focused on benthic communities, combined with as much information as possible on pelagic environmental conditions, bioproductivity and communities. Therefore, basic methods for sampling, processing and determinations of phyto and zooplankton are given as well.


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Guidelines for Establishing or Strengthening National Food Contamination Monitoring Programmes
United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, Global Environment Monitoring System

These guidelines are intended to assist national authorities wishing to establish or strengthen food contamination monitoring programmes as part of their overall food safety, food control and resource management activities. Furthermore, they aim to show how the information generated by monitoring can be used nationally and, where national authorities agree, internationally and the benefits which can be derived from such work. The assistance that international agencies can provide to countries wishing to start food contamination monitoring is also briefly discussed. The guidelines are primarily intended to meet the needs of those responsible for planning and implementing monitoring programmes. However, it is important that those responsible, at the highest level in government, for the allocation of resources for such activities be made aware of the need for and benefits of monitoring, both in safeguarding human health and from the economic point of view.


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