Reports and Books
Atlas of Our Changing Environment: Arab Region
United Nations Environment Programme

Increasingly, and through satellite images, we see stark evidence of the impact human activities are having on the planet. Viewing the Earth from this remarkable range and scale allows us to better comprehend the environmental changes taking place on land, in the water, and in the air. This Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment uses evocative imagery and informative descriptions to tell a story of prominent environmental change across 22 Arab countries over the last 50 years. While this atlas documents the commonalities shared by these nations, it also highlights the unique challenges each country faces in the 21st century. Using current and historical satellite images, maps and photographs, a range of sites have been examined to survey specific environmental changes. In a region already confronted by extreme climate, limited natural resources, economic conditions and conflict, the environmental challenges depicted are striking. The progress that each country is making towards achieving environmental sustainability as part of the Millennium Development Goals, is also described and visually portrayed. The Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment is the latest addition in a series of UNEP atlases that have inspired leaders to action through the visual power of images.


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2013
Reports and Books
SIDS in numbers
Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)
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2013
Reports and Books
The clean energy voyage
United Nations Environment Programme

The Clean Energy Voyage explores the rapid progress with clean energy technologies, policies and projects over the past decade, and explores the many myths about the potential for a global economy powered by clean energy. From innovative transport schemes in Paris, to the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, and the clean energy finance companies of New York, the publication uses destinations across the developing and developed world to highlight the factors for success and, at times, the reasons for failure in efforts to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.


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2013

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There is no Green without Blue. An analysis of the importance of coastal and marine resources to the development of Green Economies by Caribbean SIDS
Christopher Corbin - United Nations Environment Programme

A worldwide transition to a low- carbon, resource- efficient Green Economy will not be possible unless the seas and oceans are a key part of these transformations. The marine environment provides a range of services including food security and climate regulation to nutrient cycling and storm protection. Despite these services, there has been increased degradation from inter alia pollution, overfishing and climate change. This affects the livelihoods of people who depend directly and indirectly on these coastal and marine ecosystems for goods, services and jobs. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of developing countries facing specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. The sustainable use of coastal and marine resources is a major challenge for SIDS and oceans and fisheries issues should be prioritized on any national and regional sustainable development agendas. The transformation of SIDS Economies will ultimately depend on the transformation of attitudes, behaviors and actions of their people.


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2013
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Environmental Impact Assessment Process in Zambia
Environmental Council of Zambia

In Zambia, industrial and commercial development in Zambia, particularly large-scale mining, the growth in manufacturing activities, and a corresponding increase in population have brought about the risk of environmental damage by exerting unmitigated pressures on the environment. In an effort to ensure that environmental concerns are integrated into economic development and as a way of preventing, minimising, mitigating or compensating for adverse environmental impacts, the government introduced the EIA process and therefore promulgated and gazetted the EIA Regulations, Statutory Instrument No.28 of 1997 (SI 28, 1997).


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2013