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Land Degradation - Factsheet
United Nations Environment Programme

Healthy landscapes are fundamental to the health of life on earth. From food production to quality air and water, nutrient cycling and soil formation, we depend on our land for the very basics of existence. Land degradation and desertification, largely due to deforestation and unsustainable land use, are amongst the most pressing problems facing the world today. UN Environment, working in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aims to be part of the solution to this problem. Together, we have worked on more than 160 projects, promoting sustainable land management practices and helping countries around the world to restore degraded land.


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Environmental Audit of the Sites Impacted by the "Probo Koala" Toxic Waste Dumping in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - Site 15: Abobo Sagbé
United Nations Environment Programme

On 19 August 2006, the ship Probo Koala off-loaded 528 cubic meters of liquid wastes in the port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The material was transferred onto tanker trucks operated by a local contractor, and dumped in twelve different locations around the city. In June 2012, UN Environment received a formal request from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to undertake an independent and scientific environmental audit of the sites that were impacted by the dumping of wastes of the Probo Koala. The Government wished for UN Environment to determine whether the sites continued to pose risks for the environment or for public health, and to make recommendations about additional or corrective clean-up measures that would need to be carried out in case contamination was detected.


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Cross-cutting Capacity Development
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Facility

Despite population growth, increased urbanization, and accelerating climate change, we can reverse the damage that human activity has caused to our environment. With funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment has established a high-impact portfolio of cross-cutting capacity development projects. Our aim is to build the capacity of countries to meet global environmental objectives and to ensure that the environment is a key consideration in decision-making in all efforts to achieve sustainable development.


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