Reports and Books
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Water Quality Forecasting System
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The Ministry of Environment and the National Institute of Environmental Research has been running the Water Quality Forecasting System at 16 weirs of the four major rivers since 2012, after conducting test-operation over the Sejong Weir segment since August 1, 2011. The Water Quality Forecasting System is a method of forecasting changes to water quality and reporting the result using numerical modeling based on pollution source, water quality assessment data, hydro-meteorological data, and weather forecasting data 1). Currently, it provides water quality forecast services on water temperature and Chlorophyll-a (\"Chl-a\") of 16 weirs of the four major rivers for the next week. From 2009 to 2012, the Korean government conducted the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project to prevent floods and droughts in the four major rivers - Han river, Nakdong river, Geum river, and Yeongsan river and to restore the water quality and ecosystem. As part of the project, 16 weirs were constructed along the four rivers to secure 8 tons of water, to maintain the water levels of the upper regions and to prepare against extreme droughts2). The Water Quality Forecasting System was introduced to detect the changes of the river water quality, and to enable proactive management.


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2013
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City level decoupling: urban resource flows and the governance of infrastructure transitions - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

Building upon previous work of the International Resource Panel on Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth, this report examines the potential for decoupling at the city level. While the majority of the world’s population now live in cities and cities are where most resource consumption takes place, both the pressures and potentials to find ways to reconcile economic growth, wellbeing and the sustainable use of natural resources will therefore be greatest in cities.


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2013

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Consultation Report Human Rights and the Environment: Procedural Rights Related to Environmental Protection: Convened by the United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report summarises the outcomes of the consultation on procedural human rights related to environmental protection convened by the United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The consultation took place on 22-23 February in Nairobi, Kenya, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi


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2013
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Environment Switzerland
Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland

The report “Environment Switzerland 2013” provides an overview of the current state of the environment in our country. It assesses the measures implemented by the federal authorities to improve the quality of the environment and identifies areas in which further action is required. It also presents the progress achieved in Switzerland in the global context.


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2013
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UNEP global environmental alert service: April 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

Invasive alien species are a major global challenge requiring urgent action. They are considered one of the key pressures on world’s biodiversity: altering ecosystem services and processes, reducing native species abundance and richness, and decreasing genetic diversity of ecosystems.


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2013
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Vehicle emissions, fuel quality standards and fuel economy policies in Kazakhstan: Stocktaking analytical report
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), United Nations Environment Programme

The road network of Kazakhstan has increased by 13% since the collapse of the Soviet Union and expected to expand further. Further development of the transport sector and respective infrastructure thus is seen as a facilitation tool for economic diversifi cation in the country.


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2013