Ecological Civilization in the City of Guiyang
The video on the city of Guiyang, located in southwest China, explores how local policymakers have abandoned traditional development models in favour of constructing an Ecological Civilization City, which benefits the economy, environment and local communities. As a result, the city has accelerated the pace for eliminating heavy pollution industries and encouraged the development of green industries.
Ecological Civilization in the City of Karamay
The video on Karamay in China’s far western province of Xinjiang explains how the oil extraction industry caused serious damage to the region’s vegetation and soil, as well as to the water and air quality. In recent years, however, Karamay has created a cleaner and greener city by promoting an ecological civilization approach.
Ecological Civilization in the City of Minhang
The video on the Minhang Development Zone demonstrates the need to balance economic growth with the environment. Established in the 1980s, the development zone is home to many Fortune 500 companies. The zone is located in southwest Shanghai, on the upper stream of the Huangpu River, which is the main water source for the city.
Forests - We all depend on them
Forests provide employment for up to 1 billion people and contribute over US$ 450 billion to the global economy. Yet in some regions, deforestation continues at an alarming rate. Produced by UNEP to mark the International Day of Forests, this film highlights the critical role of forests in supporting the environment, the economy, and human well-being.
UNEP Bridging Gaps. Are you? Mind The Gap
This mini-series based on UNEP Bridging the Gap report, shows that solutions to keep average global temperature rise to below 2°C are available and being implemented in many different settings, helping countries to adapt to changing climates, move towards lower emission development pathways and often also boosting economies and alleviating poverty.
Short Lived Climate Pollutants - SLCP
Pollutants that are short-lived in the atmosphere such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are responsible for a substantial fraction of current global warming with particularly large impacts in urban areas and sensitive regions of the world like the Arctic, and have harmful health and environmental impacts.
Addressing these short lived climate pollutants can have immediate, multiple benefits. Reducing them will protect human health and the environment now and s
The Future We Want
The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 was the biggest UN conference ever and a major step forward in achieving a sustainable future – the future we want. In this short video, visitors to the UNEP Pavilion share their thoughts on the future they want for generations to come.
Japan Tsunami Cleanup
A year after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, killing just over 19,000 people, a group of international experts in post-disaster waste management were invited to Japan by the government for an information-exchange mission with local authorities.