Reports and Books
Green economy in a blue world
United Nations Environment Programme

The Green Economy in a Blue World report analyzes how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment – the blue world – can make the transition towards a Green Economy. The findings underline that a shift to sustainability in terms of improved human wellbeing and social equity can lead to healthier and more economically productive oceans that can simultaneously benefit coastal communities and ocean-linked industries.


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2012
Reports and Books
Green Economy in a Blue World: Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The Green Economy in a Blue World report analyzes how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment – the blue world –can make the transition towards a Green Economy. The findings underline that a shift to sustainability in terms of improved human wellbeing and social equity can lead to healthier and more economically productive oceans that can simultaneously benefit coastal communities and ocean-linked industries.


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2012
Reports and Books
Releasing the Pressure Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services
United Nations Environment Programme, Stockholm Environment Institute

This report uses various cases to illustrate how to broaden the concept of water productivity and ecosystem services. It suggests ways in which water productivity can be used for addressing more balanced water resource management, so as to achieve multiple benefits for local people. It complements the recent collaboration between UNEP-IWMI on the ecosystem services approach to water and food security and UNEP-Stockholm Environment Institute collaborations on rainwater harvesting. With future challenges in water supply affected by climate change, and increasing demand by population growth and development, water will be a critically restricted resource for a growing number of people. This report forms the next contribution to the important issue on how to enhance the productive use of water for multiple needs.


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2012
Reports and Books, Reports and Books
The Critical Role of Global Food Consumption Patterns in Achieving Sustainable Food Systems and Food for All. A UNEP Discussion Paper
United Nations Environment Programme

The paper provides an overview of global food consumption trends. It describes how significantly changing patterns in food consumption – worldwide – are having profound effects on health, the agroecological resource base and food security. It examines the drivers behind these trends and previews how the anticipated continuation of these trends will affect the ability of the world to feed itself sustainably. The paper provides illustrative case studies which demonstrate that unsustainable food consumption patterns are already leading to considerable detrimental effects.


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2012
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
Establishing an HCFC Import Quota System
United Nations Environment Programme

Parties to the Montreal Protocol are obliged to follow the HCFC phase-out schedules agreed upon in 2007 (Decision XIX/6). Furthermore, developing countries seeking any further assistance from the Multilateral Fund for the HCFC phase out beyond 2012 must provide confirmation that they have an enforceable national system of licensing and quotas in place for HCFC imports and, where applicable, production and exports (Decision 63/17). Since the first control measure for developing countries for HCFCs enters into force on 1 January 2013, developing countries are therefore urged to design and implement such an HCFC quota system without delay to help ensure the country's compliance with the Montreal Protocol. UNEP OzonAction CAP has developed this practical, step-wise guide to assist National Ozone Units in Article 5 countries with designing and implementing such quota systems. This 27-page guide addresses policies facilitating implementation of the HCFC phase out, principles of an import quota system, how to establish an HCFC import quota system, additional measures which may help in enforcement of HCFC import quota systems, and import quota systems for equipment containing or relying on HCFCs. It also provides examples and lessons learnt, as well as suggested formats for questionnaires and accompanying letters to be used in a survey of potential HCFC importers and exporters.


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2012