Reports and Books
Global Chemicals Outlook II - From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mandated by the UN Environment Assembly in 2016, seeks to alert policymakers and other stakeholders to the critical role of the sound management of chemicals and waste in sustainable development. It takes stock of global trends as well as progress made and gaps in achieving the global goal to minimize the adverse impacts from chemicals and waste by 2020.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Navigating the Adaptation Challenge - Briefing Note 2
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This Briefing Note introduces how resilience thinking, which considers interactions within a coupled socialecological system, can help to navigate the adaptation challenge and explores the use of ecosystems as part of the solution to the overall challenge. It also discusses a number of challenges inherent to EbA itself and how to move forward in addressing them.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
EbA in Different Ecosystems: Placing Measures in Context - Briefing Note 3
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This briefing note provides an overview of EbA measures commonly implemented in particular ecosystems (mountains, drylands, wetlands, coasts, and urban systems), reflecting interventions supported by UN Environment EbA projects, and highlights through example outcome indicators how their contribution towards achieving identified adaptation goals can be monitored. To set the scene, it describes typical degradation cycles for terrestrial and coastal ecosystems and explores the environmental, climatic and socio-economic dynamics particular to selected ecosystems.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Selecting Complementary Adaptation Measures - Briefing Note 4
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

To respond to climate change hazards and impacts, an overall adaptation strategy should be devised drawing on the full range of possible adaptation solutions.
This briefing note provides an overview of the range of adaptation approaches that can be implemented alongside EbA measures to form a holistic adaptation strategy. It explores complementarities and limitations between measures, as well as how to bring together the various approaches effectively under one strategy.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Developing the Economic Case for EbA - Briefing Note 5
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This briefing note highlights the range of information that should be incorporated in making an economic case for EbA, and the relevance of compiling it for all adaptation solutions to help ensure that EbA options are fairly compared with other adaptation approaches.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Integrating EbA into National Planning - Briefing Note 6
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

To effectively address the negative impacts of climate change now and in the future, climate change adaptation strategies need to be integrated into wider national policies and planning processes – adaptation cannot stand in isolation.
This Briefing Note covers why, where, when and how to integrate EbA into national adaptation strategies and other sectoral policy, planning and budgetary processes.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
UN Environment and EbA - Briefing Note 7
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment has a strong history of supporting the development and implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Since the term EbA was adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010, UN Environment has worked with decision-makers and practitioners from around the world to understand how EbA can best contribute to national adaptation efforts and to support best-practice implementation of EbA measures on the ground.
This briefing note highlights UN Environment’s key strengths in relation to EbA and outlines some of UN Environment’s priorities for EbA work going forward while drawing on its extensive network and resources.


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2019
Reports and Books
Faith for Earth Dialogue: United Nations Environment Assembly 4 - Synthesis Paper
United Nations Environment Programme

One of the main objectives of the Faith for Earth Initiative is to strategically engage with faith-based organisations (FBOs) and mobilise faith leaders and the faith community in an effective partnership to collectively achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fulfil the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
This paper thematically synthetises the presentations and dialogue that were held during UNEA-4, highlighting examples of best practices in terms of innovation from FBOs for sustainable consumption and production, priorities that have come through from discussions and potential areas for collaboration and cooperation.


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2019
Chapters and Articles, Reports and Books
The Evolving Chemicals Economy: Status and Trends Relevant for Sustainability - Global Chemicals Outlook II Part I
United Nations Environment Programme

Part I provides information on progress made towards the implementation of the 2020 goal, focusing on impact indicators. Findings indicate that the international community is not on track to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste on human health and the environment. It includes the following chapters: 1/ The chemical industry; 2/ Trends in production and sales of speci c chemicals; 3/ Megatrends and chemical-intensive industry sectors: risks and opportunities; 4/ Global supply chains, chemicals in products, and circularity; 5/ Chemical pollution: emissions, releases and wastes; 6/ Concentrations of chemicals in the environment and humans; 7/ Environmental, health and social e ects of chemicals; and 8/ The economic bene ts of action and the costs of inaction.


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2019
Reports and Books
Synthesis Report: Carbon Pricing Approaches in Eastern and Southern Africa - A Report Submitted under the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA)
United Nations Environment Programme

This report shows commitment of countries participating in climate change initiatives and how they have positioned their contributions towards the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.


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2019