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Trinidad and Tobago: State of the Environment Report 2003
Trinidad and Tobago, Environmental Management Authority

The EMA’s 2003 Annual Report continues a tradition of periodic detailed review of the state of aspects of the environment requiring special attention. Due to the very large and rapidly increasing number of public complaints about noise, the EMA has selected the management of noise for special attention. In the Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2001, Parliament gave the EMA new duties to control ambient noise levels. The 2003 State of the Environment Report is the first attempt to reflect on the experience so far in implementing the new legislation.


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Innovative financing to implement multilateral environmental agreements: the case of the Montreal protocol, proceedings of the technical workshop on concessional lending
United Nations Environment Programme

On 22 July 2002 an International workshop was convened under the auspices of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol to exchange views on the objectives and modalities of concessional lending, and to review the experiences in innovative financing related to the implementation of this multilateral environmental agreement. These proceedings include the workshop summary and presentations and papers delivered during the workshop.


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Switched on: renewable energy opportunities in the tourism industry
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication explores how clean and renewable forms of energy can sustainably power the tourism industry. It provides the latest information on solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass (plant and animal matter) resources. It demonstrates how tourism businesses powered by renewable energy can reduce environmental impacts, generate benefits for local communities and, often, lower costs.


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Bamboo Biodiversity: Asia-Pacific Region
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series 14. Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with a wide range of values and uses. They play a significant role in biodiversity conservation and contribute to soil and water management. They are important for biomass production and play an increasing role in local and world economies. This study used an innovative approach to map potential current distibutions of nearly 1 000 individual bamboo species that occur naturally within remaining forests of the Asia-Pacific region. The maps were also combined to generate regional maps showing potential species and generic richness. By quantifying the area of forest cover remaining within each species' range, this study shows that more than 400 bamboo species are potentially threatened by the destruction of natural forest cover. Conservation and sustainable management of wild populations of bamboo should be high priority, especially where diversity is high or deforestation is a significant threat.


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