Reports and Books
Payments for Ecosystem Services: Getting Started - A Primer
The Katoomba Group, United Nations Environment Programme, Forest Trends

This primer is designed to provide you with a solid understanding of what Payments for Ecosystem Service (PES) are and how PES deals work. It is intended for an audience interested in exploring the potential of PES either as prospective PES sellers themselves or as staff of organizations that work directly with communities or landowners who may be interested in PES. The primer should be read before you set out to design a PES deal, as it provides guidance on conditions under which PES is most relevant and likely to succeed. It should also be read sequentially, as concepts defined in the early pages are built upon later.


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2008
Reports and Books
Global glacier changes: facts and figures
United Nations Environment Programme and World Glacier Monitoring Service

Glaciers are a critical component of the earth system. This report shows how the current accelerated melting and retreat of glaciers have severe impacts on the environment.


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2008
Serials
Ozzy ozone Defender of Our Planet - Issue No. 4: Ozzy Goes Island Hopping
United Nations Environment Programme

In this story Ozzy and Zoe Ozone travel from the stratosphere to visit their friends Alida, the leatherback turtle||Guno, the sand crab and Ronaldo, the red snapper in Suriname to learn about the effects of climate change in small islands and low-lying coastal states. They also journey to Fiji to meet Tau, the crested iguana to learn about the importance of phasing out HCFCs, which are gases used to replace ozone depleting substances but themselves can contribute significantly to climate change. At the end of their travels they meet Frank the Frog and Maakanaa, the Grey Heron in the Maldives to learn some simple actions that young people can take in their daily lives to help protect the ozone layer and diminish the impacts of climate change.


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2008

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