Summaries
Transboundary lakes and reservoirs: Status and future trends - Volume 2: Lake basins and reservoirs
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

This document - volume 2 summary for policy makers - highlights the main findings a global baseline assessment of 204 transboundary lake and reservoirs, including delineation of their basins, and identifies 53 threats to human water security and biodiversity on the basis of their basin characteristic.


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Global environment outlook (GEO), Summaries
Global Environment Outlook: GEO-6 - Summary for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme

This Summary for Policymakers highlights the findings of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report.


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2019
Summaries
Waste Not, Want Not: Reducing Food Loss and Waste in North America through Life Cycle-based Approaches - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this report is to describe life cycle thinking and the suite of quantitative tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA) that are rooted in that perspective, and to detail where and how these tools can be bene cially applied in the food waste space. As LCA and related tools have begun to enter common parlance, occasionally their strengths and limitations are misunderstood. Establishing realistic expectations and detailing what these tools can and cannot do is equally important.


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2019
Emissions Gap Reports, Summaries
Emissions Gap Report 2019 - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This tenth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report provides the latest assessment of scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and compares these with the emission levels permissible for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This difference between “where we are likely to be and where we need to be” has become known as the ‘emissions gap’. As in previous years, this report explores some of the most promising and applicable options available for countries to bridge the gap, with a focus on how to create transformational change and just transitions. Reflecting on the report’s overall conclusions, it is evident that incremental changes will not be enough and there is a need for rapid and transformational action.


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2019
Summaries
Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems - Summary for Policymakers
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) is structured in four parts: A) People, land and climate in a warming world; B) Adaptation and mitigation response options; C) Enabling response options; and D) Action in the near-term.


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2019
Summaries
Perspectiva de la Gestión de Residuos en América Latina y el Caribe – Resumen para tomadores de decisiones
United Nations Environment Programme

El informe responde a la solicitud del Foro de Ministros de Medio Ambiente de América Latina y el Caribe, así como de la Asamblea de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente, de disponer de una guía para el diseño de posibles políticas y programas en el área de la gestión de residuos. El documento, que ha contado con el aporte de numerosos gobiernos y expertos de la región, analiza las tendencias actuales y propone un conjunto de acciones en torno a una eficiente gestión de residuos, que permita la transición hacia un modelo de economía circular.


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2018
Factsheets, Summaries
Benefits of the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Especially (SPAW, 1990) to the Cartagena Convention (1983)
United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme
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2016
Reports and Books, Summaries
The State of Biodiversity in Africa: A Mid-term Review of Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The report identifies opportunities and challenges in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in Africa and looks ahead to actions which need to be taken by national governments and other decision makers to enhance and accelerate progress towards its attainment.


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2016
Reports and Books, Summaries
Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) Vol. 1: Groundwater - Transboundary Aquifers and Groundwater Systems of Small Island Developing States: Status and Trends - Summary for Policy Makers
United Nations Environment Programme, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

The Groundwater Component of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) deals with Transboundary Aquifers (TBAs) and with Groundwater Systems of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It was executed by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and represents the first structured baseline assessment of the state of 199 transboundary aquifers and 42 SIDS groundwater systems as a basis for periodic assessments and to develop scenarios of possible future developments.


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2016