Booklets and Brochures
Achievements & Highlights: 10th Anniversary of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia
United Nations Environment Programme

The 10th anniversary brochure of the ECA network reflects a decade of network operation and aims to share major achievements, case studies and highlights to provide inspiration for countries within and outside the region.


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Conservation and Management of Chondrichthyans (Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras) In the Western Indian Ocean
Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar, Western Indian Ocean Program

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) has been identified as a global hotspot for chondrichthyan diversity (Dulvy et al. 2014), with 130 shark, 86 batoid (wedgefishes, skates and rays) and 11 chimaera species identified to date. The WIO is one of four global hotspots for chondrichthyan evolutionary distinctiveness (Dulvy et al. 2014), giving the region’s chondrichthyans a high irreplaceability index (Stein et al. 2018), and highlighting the need for their conservation


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NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023
United Nations Environment Programme, Northwest Pacific Action Plan

The Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP), launched in September 1994 by the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation is part of the United Nations Environment Regional Seas Programme. NOWPAP implements its far-sighted mandate to protect the Northwest Pacific seas and coasts for present and future generations, guided by a six-year strategic framework of
sectoral goals and implementation modalities. The 2018-2023 NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy aims to equip Member States with the evidencebased cooperative mechanism to ensure a healthy marine and coastal environment, thereby advancing regional progress towards achieving ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023 Vision is a resilient Northwest Pacific marine and coastal environment, supporting sustainable development for the long-term benefit of present and future generations. The major focus of the NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023 will be on the
coordination of the regional implementation of the ocean-related SDGs using NOWPAP mechanism. Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023 identifies four core areas of work to prevent and reverse increasing degradation of the marine and coastal environment in one of the world’s most impacted by human activities and natural changes region.


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Environment and Trade Hub: Focus Areas
United Nations Environment Programme

Over the past decades, world trade has undergone vast change. The financial volume of international trade has more than tripled since 2002. Global exports amount to roughly US$ 21 trillion or nearly 40% of global gross domestic product. Moreover, trade has been increasingly shaped through global value chains of production and globalised patterns of consumption. While production once took place mostly within a single country, today’s operations span across international borders. Components and parts are imported and exported multiple times before a final good is produced and sold. Furthermore, emerging economies and developing countries are playing a growing role in international trade and value chains. The share of developing economies’ exports in world trade expanded from 26% in 1995 to 42% in 2016. Today, South-South trade makes up one-third of world trade and continues to grow at a relatively high rate. More than half of developing country exports in value-added terms involve global value chains. In addition, developing country investments in key environmental sectors, such as the renewable energy sector, are on par with, or even exceed, investments in developed countries.


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Green Economy: Briefing Paper: Trade
United Nations Environment Programme

Trade has the potential to drive a green economy by fostering the exchange of environmentally friendly goods and services, increasing resource efficiency, generating economic opportunities and employment, and contributing to poverty eradication. If managed poorly, however, unrestrained trade can contribute to environmental degradation, unsustainable resource use, and increased wealth disparities, all of which hinder a green economy transition and sustainable development objectives.


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Towards and Inter-agency Plan of Action for Achieving the Trade-related Targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

For the first time, a Global Goal on Oceans and Seas has been adopted. Sustainable Development Goal 14 is exclusively dedicated to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.


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Chemicals Control: Contributing to National Progress and Safety
United Nations Environment Programme

Chemicals control addresses industrial and consumer chemicals as part of the sound management of chemicals, and is a vital element of national sustainable development strategies. It is essential to promote resource efficiency and to optimize access to economic opportunities, particularly of developing countries.


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Threats posed to Marine Life in the Western Indian Ocean from Anthropogenic Ocean Noise and Shipping, including Ship strikes
Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar, Western Indian Ocean Program

Questions and concerns about the effects of human introduction of noise into the marine environment on increasingly large scales are well-founded. Major progress has been made in understanding how animals hear and may be impacted by noise. While overall amplitude is clearly relevant in terms of how sounds in the ocean may affect animals, other aspects of sound, such as frequency, directionality, duration, novelty, and other factors can be as or even more important (e.g., Ellison et al., 2012).


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Overarching Principles and Best Practice Guidelines for Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region
United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme

The people of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) depend greatly on coastal and marine resources for their economic, social and cultural well-being. One of the region’s major economic activities-tourismis dependent on these resources and, therefore, it is critical that it be developed and carried out in a responsible and sustainable manner. A growing, yet not fully realized component of tourism in the WCR is marine mammal watching.


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Delivering for People and the Planet: Fifth Montevideo Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law
United Nations Environment Programme

Montevideo Programme V promotes the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, strengthens the related capacity in countries and contributes to the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda. Montevideo Programme V will aim to:
(a) Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks at all levels to address
environmental issues; (b) Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law at the national level; (c) Support enhanced capacity-building for increased effectiveness of environmental law for all stakeholders at all levels; (d) Support national Governments, upon their request, in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme; (e) Promote the role of environmental law in the context of effective environmental governance; and (f) Enhance the responsiveness and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme.


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