Reports and Books
Climate change science compendium 2009
United Nations Environment Programme

The Climate Change Science Compendium is a review of 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.


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2009
Reports and Books
Methodologies guidelines: vulnerability assessment of freshwater resources to environmental change
United Nations Environment Programme

This document aims to provide a general framework to partners under UNEP's project .


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2009
Reports and Books
Hydropolitical vulnerability and resilience along international waters: North America
United Nations Environment Programme

The main problem in North America is the location of water resources relative to large population centers where the majority of the freshwater drains away from the bulk of the population. Climate variability and change is a reality. It raises the impact on variability and availability within the continent, which is characterized by its different climatic regions. The hydo-vulnerability of North America is tempered and governed by agreements, laws and institutions such as International Joint Commission (IJC) and International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC), which have been created to resolve transboundary water issues in a cooperative manner for over a century, resulting in minimal conflicts in the region.


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2009
Reports and Books
A case for climate neutrality: case studies on moving towards a low carbon economy United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication presents concrete case studies from within the UNEP-led Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) that showcase concrete initiatives undertaken by diverse actors in a variety of sectors on moving towards climate neutrality. The publication, targets at the general public, presents the wealth of experiences by national and regional governments, city authorities, businesses, UN agencies and NGOs in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and moving towards a resource efficient, low carbon Green Economy of the 21st century.


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2009
Reports and Books
Judges and Environmental Law: a Handbook for the Sri Lankan Judiciary
United Nations Environment Programme, Centre for Environmental Research, Training and Information (CERTI)

This book looks at the role the law plays and could potentially play in preserving and protecting our natural environment. It brings together in a single volume, six important essays on legal approaches to environmental sustainability. The book is written mainly for the Sri Lankan judiciary and seeks to engage judges in a conversation about current environmental challenges and the most effective methods of legal protection. Judges have a unique role in today’s society. As custodians of the rule of law and interpreters of the constitution, legislation and public policy, judges are well placed to make an important contribution to the replenishment and protection of the natural environment. While this book is aimed mainly at judges, it is likely to be of interest to legal educators, students, policy makers, lawyers and environmentalists.


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2009
Manuals and Guides
Responsible Production Guidance and Toolkit
United Nations Environment Programme

This Guidance builds on the work of international development agencies and institutions, industry associations, and inter-agency initiatives, in the promotion of chemical safety management and emergency preparedness in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the chemical and mining sectors. It also integrates approaches from leading CSR initiatives, tailored to the needs of SMEs.


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2009
Summaries
Towards sustainable production and use of resources: assessing biofuels - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This report was produced by the Working Group on biofuels of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management. It provides an overview of the key problems and perspectives toward sustainable production and use of biofuels. It is based on an extensive literature study, taking into account recent major reviews. The focus is on so-called first generation biofuels while considering further lines of development. In the overall context of enhancing resource productivity, options for more efficient and sustainable production and use of biomass are examined.


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2009
Reports and Books
Converting Waste Plastics into a Resource - Compendium of Technologies
United Nations Environment Programme

This document is a compilation of technologies for the conversion of plastics into fuel which are in commercial use, under pilot implementation and under laboratory testing. It is aimed to raise awareness on the available options vis-à-vis technologies as well as to assist the policy –makers and managers in the identification of appropriate technologies with respect to local economic, environmental, social and technical characteristics.||


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2009
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Port Reception Facilities in the NOWPAP Region
United Nations Environment Programme

These guidelines were designed to assist local organizations, local governments and NOWPAP member states by providing information on port collection facilities as submitted by the member states or collected from the International Maritime Organization's Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS).


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2009
Booklets and Brochures
Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa - 29 August 2008
United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization
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2009