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Books

Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change
Samantha Putt del Pino, Eliot Metzger, Sally Prowitt, United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Oxfam

This report is a resource for companies with a national, regional or global reach that are interested in increasing their strategic focus on adaptation in developing countries where they have operations, supply chains, employees and current or potential customers.

This report is also aimed at national and international policymakers involved in climate change and sustainable development dialogues and decision-making, including those who will participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (Rio+20). It is hoped that the report’s findings will be useful for a much wider range of actors as well, including small, local businesses in developing countries that are on the front line of climate impacts; civil society organizations seeking to strengthen their work around climate change and sustainable development; and sub-national policymakers, who are in a key position to shape a productive interface among government, communities and businesses.


 

World Resources Report 2011: Decision Making in a Changing Climate
World Resources Institute, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank

This exercise by WRI, UNEP, UNDP and the World Bank provides policymakers around the world - government, civil society, and business - with analysis and insight about major environmental and development issues. Already, the world is experiencing the destructive effects of rising global temperatures, altered rainfall patterns and extreme weather. Short term, such impacts create pressing needs for disaster relief, such as followed the recent unprecedented floods in Pakistan and heatwave in Russia. Longer term effects will continue for decades, with intensifying and wideranging impacts on agriculture, water supplies and other ecosystems, and human habitation. To build climate resilience, developing country national decision makers urgently need to integrate climate change risks into planning and policies across sectors such as agriculture, electricity production and forestry and water management.


Africa Water Atlas
Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA/UNEP)

This Atlas is a visual account of Africa’s endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos. However, the Atlas is more than a collection of static maps and images accompanied by informative facts and figures: its visual elements vividly illustrate a succinct narrative describing and analyzing Africa’s water issues and exemplifying them through the judicious use of case studies. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change into one comprehensive and accessible volume.

UNEP undertook the production of this Atlas at the request of the African Ministers’ Council
on Water (AMCOW) and in cooperation with the African Union, European Union, United States’
State Department, United States Geological Survey and other collaborators.


The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans Mapping Ecosystems, Threatened Resources and Marine Conservation
Don Hinrichsen.

The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges faced in the governance of the blue planet; a global common resource. It details the ecological, environmental and economic importance of each of the world’s coasts and oceans. The impact of climate change, industrial growth, tourism, pollution and over-fishing as well as the steps being taken towards conservation are well illustrated with global and regional maps, from the Arabian Gulf to the Great Barrier Reef and including the Baltic, the Black Sea, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the South Pacific and all the other major global waterways. It is a timely contribution to the understanding of marine science.


 

Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem- Based Management – An Introductory Guide
Tundi Agardy, John Davis, Kristin Sherwood, Ole Vestergaard

The Guide outlines operational considerations in an accessible language, drawing upon practical experiences and lessons across the globe - from tropical coastlines to temperate estuaries and polar ocean ecosystems. An important message is that this is an incremental process and there are different paths toward Ecosystem-Based Management. Cross boundary considerations and working with neighbours and even countries far away will be an essential component.


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