Booklets and Brochures
Environmental Governance Programme: Good Governance for a Sustainable Future
United Nations Environment Programme

At UN Environment we work with countries to promote effective and inclusive environmental governance by promoting a rights-based-approach to environmental management, and by strengthening capacities to enforce legislation and combat violations.


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Development of the Western Indian Ocean Action Plan on Marine Litter and Microplastics
University of Dar es salaam, Institute of Marine Sciences

Marine litter and microplastics has recently taken a top slot in the political and public agenda on the health and integrity of the world’s oceans (Galgani et al. 2015; UNEP 2016). Over 80% of marine pollution that constitute marine litter and microplastics is from land based sources (GESAMP 1991; Sheavly 2005), largely associated with diverse anthropogenic activities such as increasing use of synthetic materials, industrialization and urbanization of coastal areas, where disposal and waste management practices are inadequate (Chen, 2015). To effectively manage marine litter, an adequate knowledge is necessary about drivers, sources, types, amount and dispersion. Policy measures are then needed to address the generation of marine litter and microplastics, in particular those that can be prevented at the sources (Veiga et al. 2016).


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Making the Connection: Economic Growth, Poverty and the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This briefing paper makes the case for mainstreaming environmental considerations into policy, planning and budgeting processes at the national and district level. It substantiates the linkages between economic growth,
poverty and the environment and highlights strategies for reducing poverty and boosting economic growth for both rural and urban dwellers, whilst safeguarding Kenya’s natural heritage for current and future generations.


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Putting a Face to the Ozone Layer Protection: Regional Highlights
United Nations Environment Programme

Just as important, we need to relate all our work to people whose health, livelihoods and prosperity we are trying to safeguard. I grew up in South Africa and still remember how Nelson Mandela, when he came out of prison and addressed us in the Academy of Science in the early 1990s, urged us to “put a face to science!” Can we ‘put a face’ to ozone layer protection?


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Regional Outlook on Marine Protected Areas: Background, Purpose and Process
United Nations Environment Programme, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

The Nairobi Convention through its GEF-funded project, ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities (WIO-SAP)’, which started in December 2016, is supporting Contracting Parties towards the delivery of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in general and specifically Goal (SDG) 14 with special focus on Targets 14.2 and 14.5. Target 14.2 calls for the sustainable management and protection of marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration, to achieve healthy and productive oceans by 2020, while Target 14.5 states that by 2020, countries shall conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on best available scientific information.


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Sustainable Lifestyles: Options & Opportunities in the Workplace
United Nations Environment Programme, One Earth

The set of actions presented can support employees and customers to enhance sustainability in their daily lives. The target audience is urban workplaces (and the organizations that work with them) that are developing sustainable lifestyle initiatives and campaigns. The list is meant to spark discussion, generate new ideas and be a “living document” that is modified with experience. The actions have been prioritized because they are more effective at reducing the ecological footprint.


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Environment and Trade Hub: Frequently Asked Questions
United Nations Environment Programme

Trade is a vital part of the global economy and interlinks with the environment at many levels. Trade liberalization impacts the environment, in negative or positive ways. The challenge is to augment positive environmental effects, while mitigating and minimizing negative impacts. If designed properly, trade policy instruments can contribute to the efforts of addressing and alleviating environmental problems. UNEP, as the UN organization with a mandate principally focused on environmental issues, cannot neglect the important links between the environment and trade. Addressing this nexus, UNEP remains vigilant of the additional stress that growing volumes of international trade have put on the environment, for example in terms of natural resource extraction and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. UNEP works to ensure that trade serves as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development and facilitates, rather than undermines, the Green Economy transition.


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Governance of the South West Indian Ocean Seamounts - Science to Policy Meting before the 9Th COP of the Nairobi Convention, 09 -11 July 2018 - Durban
Galetti, Florence, Marsac, Francis, Ternon, Jean-François

Seamounts are active or extinct volcanoes located on mid-oceanic rifts or intra-plate hot spots. Because of their magmatic origin, seamounts contain mineral resources. A crust of ferromanganese oxide enriched with cobalt, copper, manganese and sulphur has accumulated around the oldest reliefs. These reserves could exceed the quantities currently present on the continents, but their extraction cost remains prohibitive to be profitable. However, the situation could change in the coming decades as these resources in continental areas become more and more scarce.


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Environmental Aspects of the Motor Vehicle and its Use: An Overview
United Nations Environment Programme

Although no way has yet been found of quantifying the motor vehicle's undoubted benefits or its disadvantages, including social aspects and costs, this booklet, which is based on the material collected together for the UNEP Motor Vehicle Seminar, attempts to set out for decision-makers the various issues regarding the environmental impact of the motor vehicle and to provide guidance on optimum motor vehicle use and manufacturing processes from the environmental standpoint.


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Promoting Ozone and Climate-Friendly Technologies in Public Procurement: A Scoping Study of Asia Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

This document was produced by the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE) OzonAction Programme under the framework of the UNEP-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) grant partnership project: “Regional Programme for Enhancing Institutional Capacity for HCFC Phase-out linked to Energy Efficiency and Climate benefits in Asia Pacific”.


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