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17 Sep 2019 FactsheetChemicals & waste, Disasters & conflicts

The project’s 1st phase built climate forecasting systems across Gambia to help communities prepare in advance for extreme weather. It provided equipment and training for forecasting offices and TV/radio networks. The project’s 2nd phase aims to: Support the transition of Gambia’s National Meteorological Services (NMS) towards becoming financially sustainable; upgrade the early warning systems; and provide a critical mass of skilled human…

17 Sep 2019 FactsheetClimate change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Oceans & seas

This UNEP project was located in two sites: Khor Angar in the North (pop. 3,500), where mangroves that once protected villagers from floods are damaged, and Damerjog (pop. 600) in the South, where communities face rising seas and saltwater destroying their crops. The project piloted approaches for rehabilitating degraded watersheds and wadi shores to reduce seawater intrusion and floods. Activities were designed to ease pressure on coastal…

17 Sep 2019 FactsheetClimate change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Oceans & seas

Two projects were implemented to address adaptation needs in Dar-es-Salaam (pop. 4.3m) and the following coastal districts: Pangani (pop. 54,025), Rufiji (pop. 182,000), Bagamoyo (pop. 82,578) and Zanzibar (pop. 1.3m). The approaches used by the two projects include building and upgrading seawalls, relocating aquifers to protect them from rising seas, implementing integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) strategies, and restoring mangrove…

10 Aug 2018 Case studyChemicals & waste

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is an important development opportunity which can contribute directly to poverty alleviation and regional development. Although social and environmental problems are common in this sector, there is also an opportunity to transform mineral wealth into lasting local development.

10 Aug 2018 PublicationSustainable Development Goals

As a founding partner of the GEF, with the UN Development Programme and the World Bank, UN Environment has a close and enduring relationship with the Facility. These linkages underpin a natural partnership. Together UN Environment and the GEF have financed and implemented a wide range of landmark environmental projects that have set new standards, demonstrated new methodologies and transformed the environment and people’s lives.

02 Oct 2017 ReportClimate change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Environmental rights and governance

Established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit by the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, the Facility plays a critical role in disrupting the systems that drive biodiversity loss by tackling key market, governance, policy and implementation failures, using new technologies, platforms, and public-private partnerships. It is the foundation stone of much of the current global…

10 Aug 2017 FactsheetWater

Water is the foundation of life on Earth. Over three billion people – some 40% of the world’s population – depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Meanwhile every person on Earth directly relies on freshwater to survive. But today, that foundation is under threat in view of climate change, pollution, overfishing , increasing competition for freshwater, and degraded waters. Currently, UN Environment and the Global…

10 Aug 2017 FactsheetClimate change

The world knows all too well the threat that climate change poses to human health, economies and the environment. United action is needed to hit the 1.5°C temperature rise target. Together, UN Environment and the GEF are providing the technical know-how, funding and implementation experience needed to improve energy efficiency, promote renewable energy, and encourage low-carbon technologies. From transport, to power generation, to energy…

10 Aug 2017 ReportClimate change

The eighth UN Environment Emissions Gap Report provides an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The overall conclusion of the assessment is that government and other stakeholder’s emissions reduction commitments are far from the level of ambition required for an emissions…

10 Aug 2017 Policy and strategyChemicals & waste

This document represents an expansion of this original guidance document and is intended to reflect the language of the Convention and other advances in understanding of the ASGM sector. It is intended to provide guidance to countries in formulating ASGM National Action Plans (NAPs) that are compliant with the requirements of the Minamata Convention. The document also provides technical, legal and policy information on issues related to ASGM,…

10 Aug 2017 ReportClimate change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity

More than 180 countries have peatlands but we are only just starting to understand their role in both climate change and our efforts to curb it. Peatlands cover less than three percent of the Earth’s surface but are the largest terrestrial organic carbon stock – storing twice as much carbon as in the world’s forests. In fact, greenhouse gas emissions from drained or burned peatlands account for five percent of the global carbon budget. This…

10 Aug 2017 FactsheetClimate change

The climate change we are experiencing is unprecedented in human history and has dramatic implications for every aspect of life on earth. Without united efforts to adapt to climate change, the consequences for our societies and economies could be disastrous. With over eight years of successful partnership, UN Environment and the GEF have shown that together we have the knowledge, connections and experience needed to assist vulnerable countries…

10 Aug 2017 FactsheetEcosystems and Biodiversity

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s vision of a sustainable and equitable future for people and planet depends on the goods and services contributed by the world’s ecosystems and the biodiversity within them. UN Environment is working with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to arrest the decline in biodiversity and conserve ecosystem services for the benefit of current and future generations. We have worked together on over 350…

10 Aug 2017 ReportWater

The case studies summarized in this document illustrate practical experiences of cross-sectoral cooperation for effective implementation of SDG 14 and other ocean-relevant SDGs.

10 Aug 2017 FactsheetChemicals & waste

From shampoo to toothpaste, clothing to cosmetics, and light bulbs to food, almost every product we buy involves the use of chemicals in some form or other. Of the over 100,000 chemicals in use today, a significant number have not been assessed for their impact on human health and the environment. Managing chemicals and waste is a global challenge. The UN Environment and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have been working with countries…

20 May 2016 Terminal project evaluationsChemicals & waste

This report is a terminal evaluation of a UNEP-GEF project implemented between 2009 and 2014. The project goal was to protect transboundary waters in the Niger and Senegal River Basins through elimination of POPs pesticide-use and substantial reduction and elimination of other toxic pesticides used in agriculture, while augmenting agricultural productivity and net economic benefits to farmers. The project sought to provide agricultural and…

10 Aug 2015 ReportChemicals & waste

The Practical Source book aims to enhance the capacity of governments and other relevant stakeholders to store and dispose mercury wastes in an environmentally sound manner.