Reports and Books
Global Mercury Hotspots
Biodiversity Research Institute, IPEN

IPEN and Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) have collaborated to conduct a global mercury study in response to strong public and governmental interest in the negotiation and signing of a mercury treaty— the first global treaty on the environment in well over a decade by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The IPEN-BRI collaboration provides a rare opportunity to compile new and standardized mercury concentrations on a global basis.


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2014
Reports and Books
Emerging Environmental Issues 2013 - A Compilation of Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletins
United Nations Environment Programme

GEAS is a mechanism for identifying and communicating early warning information on emerging issues in areas ranging from climate change and ecosystem management to environmental governance and resource efficiency. The Global Environmental Alert Service continuously scans the scientific literature, analyses results of earth observations and other data sources to produce alerts on policy relevant environmental hotspots, environmental science, and near real-time environmental hazards. This report is a compilation of the 2013 GEAS bulletins.


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2014
Chapters and Articles
Pastoralism and the Green Economy – A Natural Nexus? Status, Challenges and Policy Implications
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, United Nations Environment Programme

This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands. Finally, the study identifies the key enabling conditions required for pastoralism to deliver on its potential role in a Green Economy.


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2014
Chapters and Articles
Pastoralism and the Green Economy - A Natural Nexus? - Briefing Note
United Nations Environment Programme

A policy summary of Pastoralism and the Green Economy - a natural nexus? This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands. Finally, the study identifies the key enabling conditions required for pastoralism to deliver on its potential role in a Green Economy.


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2014
Reports and Books
South-South Trade in Renewable Energy: A Trade Flow Analysis of Selected Environmental Goods
United Nations Environment Programme

This study analyses trends and opportunities for trade among developing countries (i.e. South-South trade) in selected environmental goods, in order to assess the contribution such trade can make to a green economy transition. The term ‘developing countries’ includes all countries and territories listed as developing economies in the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics (UNCTAD, 2012). The study focuses on South-South trade flows in several RE products and their components, including solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, wind turbines, hydroelectric turbines, biomass feedstock, solar water heaters and solar lighting equipment, as well as other select environmental goods. The latter include water filtering and purification equipment and environmentally preferable products, such as organic agricultural goods.


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2014
Reports and Books
Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook - Third edition
United Nations Environment Programme, International Institute for Sustainable Development

This handbook covers a wealth of new information, including the emergence of the green economy concept, the latest WTO jurisprudence, and increasingly important legal and policy linkages between trade and green economy policies and practices in the changing dynamics of international trade with the emergence of the BRIC economies and the exponential rise in preferential trade agreements.


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2014
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Financing the Climate Co-Benefits of the HCFC Phase-out: A Guide for Low Volume Consuming Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This document provides guidance for Ozone Officers in low volume HCFC consuming countries (LVCs) to help them understand how to seek financing outside of the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund to achieve the climate co-benefits indicated in their national
HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs).


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2014
Reports and Books
Phasing-out Methyl Bromide in Developing Countries: A Success Story and its Challenges
United Nations Environment Programme

This booklet addresses the efforts undertaken to phase-out Methyl Bromide in developing countries, the lessons learned and what is pending to reach final phase-out. It further analyses factors that may impact or put at risk the continuity of the phase-out and possible ways to mitigate them. It aims to promote the south-south and north-south-south cooperation, facilitate information exchange on advanced technologies for materials, varieties, rootstocks, etc. and raise awareness on risk of reversibility of MB uses and encourage policy to avoid it happening.


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2014
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Procedure for the Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Environmental and Human Matrices to Implement the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention Protocol 2: Protocol for the Analysis of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and Organochlorine Pesticides (OCP) in Human Milk, Air and Human Serum
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Monitoring Plan of the Stockholm Convention sets a framework for the analysis of
persistent organic pollutants (POPs); therein, the congeners recommended for analysis in the core
matrices are listed (see chapter 2 of the “Guidance on the global monitoring plan for persistent
organic pollutants”, UNEP 2013). A protocol is needed to ensure that these compounds are always
analysed correctly in various laboratories and in the same way.
This procedure covers polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and organochlorine pesticides (OCP). The
present protocol describes the method for sample preparation, extraction, purification and analysis
of six indicator PCB and OCPs (see Table 1) in human milk, human serum and air.


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2014
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Procedure for the Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Environmental and Human Matrices to Implement the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention Protocol 3: Protocol for the Analysis of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) in Human Milk, Air and Human Serum
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Monitoring Plan of the Stockholm Convention sets a framework for the analysis of
persistent organic pollutants (POPs); therein, the congeners recommended for analysis in the core
matrices are listed (see chapter 2 of the “Guidance on the global monitoring plan for persistent
organic pollutants”, UNEP 2013). A protocol is needed to ensure that these compounds are always
analysed correctly in various laboratories and in the same way. This procedure covers polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
The present protocol describes the method for sample preparation, extraction, purification and analysis of eight PBDE that are recommended for analysis (see Table 1) in human milk, human serum and air according to the GMP.


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2014