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Uganda's Environment and Natural Resources: Enhancing Parliament's Oversight
United Nations Environment Programme

Uganda's natural resource base is one of the richest and most diverse in Africa, resulting in the country's economy relying heavily on goods and services so provided. As part of efforts to ensure effective management of Uganda's environment and natural resources, several policies and institutions have been put in place. Despite these efforts the country's natural resources continue to be degraded, and this jeopardises both individual livelihoods and the country's economic development. Livelihoods in Uganda are inextricably linked to sound natural resource management. It is therefore essential that Parliament, in its oversight and legislative role, ensures that natural resource management is at the centre of good governance and economic development.


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2010
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Assessing the environmental impacts of consumption and production: priority products and materials - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This report prepared by the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management assesses best available science on the environmental and resource impacts of production and consumption. The assessment report identifies priorities amongst global consumption activities, industrial sectors and materials from primary industries in terms of their environmental impacts and their resource use. This can play a role in directing environmental and resource policy to those areas that really matter.


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2010
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Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions
United Nations Environment Programme, Pacific Institute

This publication addresses the urgency of controlling pollution and preserving water quality around the world. The past few decades have focused on the importance of water quantity in meeting basic human and ecosystem needs for water. Water quality is as important as water quantity for satisfying human and environmental needs, and yet has received far less investment, scientific support, and public attention. An overview of water-quality challenges details the contaminants and human activities that affect water quality. Water quality impacts human health, water quantity, livelihood, and economic activity, and climate change. Emerging contaminants, population growth and urbanization also present additional stresses to water quality.


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2010

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