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Kathmandu Valley Environment Outlook Kathmandu Valley Environment Outlook

The present publication provides a detailed account of the status of the Kathmandu Valley environment. The report highlights the five key environmental issues of air quality, settlement, drinking water, waste management, and natural disaster preparedness, reviews their status, and recommends measures to prevent or minimise the negative impacts. The report provides direct options for management by various levels of government, civil society, the public-private sector and residents. These include improved planning and zoning, land pooling, solid waste management, rainwater harvesting, a variety of infrastructural and technical measures and vastly improved coordination and enforcement. Community mobilisation is critical to achieving these goals. With the potential for catastrophic disaster from earthquakes, many of these measures are not only important for human health, tourism development and the quality of life – but essential to the preservation of life when the inevitable earthquakes occur.

Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources - Assessing Biofuels Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources - Assessing Biofuels

The assessment report on biofuels, prepared by the Resource Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, is a flagship publication of the Panel, the first assessment report to come out. It aims at improving the analytical basis for decision making towards sustainable production and use of biomass for energy purposes ("biofuels"), at the international, regional and national level. It focuses on different aspects and options for more efficient and sustainable use of biomass in the overall resource context. The analysis accounts for the environmental effects of so-called "modern" biofuels while considering economic aspects and social concerns, especially with regard to relevant side-effects and potential synergies. The executive summary is dedicated to policy makers and explains in a simple and action-oriented manner the results of the main report. The flyer will report these results to a broader audience.

Tunza Vol. 7 No.1:Your Planet needs you Tunza Vol. 7 No.1:Your Planet needs you

UNEP's magazine for youth.

Kenya Atlas of Our Changing Environment Kenya Atlas of Our Changing Environment

In the footsteps of One Planet Many People, and Africa: Atlas of Our, this is the newest in a suite of UNEP Atlases that have inspired decision-makers to action through the power of photographs. This Atlas does two unique things: - It assesses Kenya's progress towards its own goals of improving the environment to achieve development goals; and -it delivers a stunning bird's-eye view of environmental change through the use of paired satellite images taken years apart. In the first case, it demonstrates that the social and economic pillars of Kenya's development plan, Vision 2030, need to be built on a solid foundation of environmental sustainability. Similarly, it teases out the links between the environment and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), showing how the 7th goal, environmental sustainability, underpins them all. In its second unique contribution, the Atlas contains an array of visual tools, including current and historical remote sensing images, maps, and photographs, that help scientifically document site-specific environmental change across the country. This Atlas will serve as an important educational tool to improve local, national, and international knowledge about environmental change in Kenya and to stimulate action at all levels to protect the rich resources that are the base of its culture, economy, and human well-being

UNEP 2008 Annual Report UNEP 2008 Annual Report

This summary of UNEP's activities in 2008 provides an overview of the organization's contribution to the fight against climate change in a year in which unequivocal evidence established that global warming is the defining challenge of our era. The report also looks at the broad range of other activities carried out by UNEP as it follows its mandate to provide environmental leadership and promote sustainable development.

Environment on the Edge 2007/08 
Environment on the Edge 2007/08

Environment on the Edge is a series of lectures given by leading international figures that examine our current relationship with the natural world and discuss what tomorrow might bring.

Africa : Atlas of Our Changing Environment Africa : Atlas of Our Changing Environment

This Atlas underscores the importance of developing, harnessing and sharing technologies that help provide deeper understanding of the dynamics of the changes. The words and pictures within these pages also serve as a vivid reminder that Africa's environment is a source of livelihoods from many African communities. It contributes significantly to socio-economic development of the continent, and sound policy decisions and positive actions by societies and individuals are needed to sustain the environment and the well-being of its inhabitants. The information provided will not only be useful in the context of the selected locations, but will also underscore the intrinsic value of the harnessing, visualizing and communicating technologies to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics and impacts of Africa's changing environment.

Tunza Vol. 6 No. 1: Kick the Habit Tunza Vol. 6 No. 1: Kick the Habit

UNEP's magazine for youth.

In Dead Water In Dead Water

The new rapid response report entitled In Dead Water has for the first time mapped the multiple and combined impacts of pollution; alien infestations; over-exploitation and climate change on the seas and oceans. The worst concentration of cumulative impacts of climate change with existing pressures of over-harvest, bottom trawling, invasive species , coastal development and pollution appear to be concentrated in 10-15 per cent of the oceans concurrent with today’s most important fishing grounds says the report. The World’s oceans play a crucial role for life on the planet. Healthy seas and the services they provide are key to the future development of mankind. Our seas are highly dynamic, structured and complex systems. The seafloor consists of vast shelves and plains with huge mountains, canyons and trenches which dwarf similar structures on land. Ocean currents transport water masses many times larger than all rivers on Earth combined.

UNEP 2007 Annual Report UNEP 2007 Annual Report

This summary of UNEP's activities in 2007 provides an overview of the organization's contribution to the fight against climate change in a year in which unequivocal evidence established that global warming is the defining challenge of our era. The report also looks at the broad range of other activities carried out by UNEP as it follows its mandate to provide environmental leadership and promote sustainable development.

The UNEP YEAR BOOK 2008 (Formerly called GEO Year Book) The UNEP YEAR BOOK 2008 (Formerly called GEO Year Book)

The UNEP Year Book 2008 (formerly the GEO Year Book) is the fifth annual report on the changing environment produced by the United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with many world environmental experts. The UNEP Year Book 2008 highlights the increasing complexity and interconnections of climate change, ecosystem integrity, human well-being, and economic development. It examines the emergence and influence of economic mechanisms and market driven approaches for addressing environmental degradation, and it describes recent research findings and policy decisions that affect our awareness of and response to changes in our global climate and environment. In three chapters, the UNEP Year Book 2008 brings the spotlight on new and recent events, developments and scientific findings in environment: The Global Overview surveys the significant environmental events that gained prominence during 2007. Using graphs, charts, and photos with examples from regional experiences, the overview tracks the year's developments on the environmental front. The Feature Focus documents some of the creative efforts already working in markets and financial circles to fight the growing climate crisis. The section also analyses the patterns that are emerging after at least a decade of carbon market experimentation and attempts to map the next important steps that will witness a transition to an environmentally-sound economy. The Emerging Challenges examines new and recent scientific findings on the role of arctic climate feedbacks in climate change. Release of methane from thawing permafrost and methane hydrates in sub-sea deposits are resulting in an amplification of warming and emphasizes the urgent need for increased investments in climate and energy research, knowledge partnerships, and global political responses to ultimately reverse these trends.


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