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UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

United Nations Environment Programme
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ECON VALUATION  OF WASTEWATER

Economic Valuation of Wastewater

The Cost of Action and the Cost of No Action

16 Mar 2017
This book presents the results of an analytical study on the economic valuation for wastewater, comparing the cost of no action versus the cost of effective wastewater management. Although economic valuation of wastewater management is complex, it remains an important tool to guide policymakers a...
INTL TRADE IN RESOURCES

International Trade in Resources

A Biophysical Assessment

16 Mar 2017
Tasked with building and sharing knowledge on how to improve management of the world’s resources, UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP) turns its attention to the world trading system and its implications for global resource efficiency. In this report entitled ‘‘International Trade in Resourc...
PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY INFORMATION

Product Sustainability Information

State of Play and Way Forward

16 Mar 2017
This report analyses information and communication about PSI. It provides an overview of the current state in the area of PSI, analyses the key trends, drivers and challenges in this field, and draws policy recommendations on how to facilitate better decision-making on the sustainability aspects ...
INDICATORS FOR RESOURCE EFFICIENT

Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific

Measuring Progress of Sustainable Consumption and Production, Green Economy and Resource Efficiency Policies in the Asia-Pacific Region

13 Mar 2017
This report paints a clear picture of the path taken by the countries in the region over the past 40 years in their resource use. Today, the region dominates global resource use, comprising more than 50 per cent and consumption is rapidly rising as economies grow, infrastructure is built and the ...
RESPON FOOD PURCHASING

Responsible Food Purchasing

Four Steps Towards Sustainability for the Hospitality Sector

13 Mar 2017
For many countries, tourism provides a significant source of foreign exchange and foreign direct investment. If managed sustainably, tourism can make an important contribution towards conserving natural and cultural heritage resources, generating and distributing wealth equitably, empowering the ...
BUILD INCLU GREEN ECON IN AFRICA

Building Inclusive Green Economies in Africa

Experience and Lessons Learned 2010-2015

13 Mar 2017
This summary highlights the key findings of this work carried out in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa, as well as progress made by other African countries. The document aims to assist policymakers better understand the diverse benefits of green econom...
DISTRICT ENERGY IN CITIES

District Energy in Cities

Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

13 Mar 2017
This publication provides best practice guidance for cities and national governments to implement sustainable heating and cooling through four chapters on technology, local policy, business models and national policies and regulations, and a fifth chapter describing a methodology for cities to de...
NATURAL RESOURCES & CONFLICT

Natural Resources and Conflict

A Guide for Mediation

13 Mar 2017
This guide collects and summarizes good practices on the successful mediation of resource conflicts. It draws on the field experiences of mediators and mediation experts, specifically those with natural resource expertise. It also features lessons learned from UNEP’s work on environmental diploma...
THE IMPORTANCE OF MANGROVES

The Importance of Mangroves to People

A Call to Action

13 Mar 2017
This publication provides a timely synthesis of the importance of mangroves to people. It highlights that in spite of the mounting evidence in support of the multitude of benefits derived from mangroves, they remain one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet, being lost at a rate greater...
FOOD SYSTEM & NATURAL RESOURCES

Food Systems and Natural Resources

3 Mar 2017
For thousands of years, nature has gracefully provided the necessary inputs to feed us, and we have in many occasions taken these precious gifts for granted. This report, “Food Systems and Natural Resources” is an effort to account for these inputs, looking at how we are using and managing them,...
BIODEGRAD PLASTIC & MAR LITTER

Biodegradable Plastics & Marine Litter

Misconceptions, Concerns and Impacts on Marine Environments

3 Mar 2017
This report concludes that "the adoption of plastic products labelled as ‘biodegradable’ will not bring about a significant decrease either in the quantity of plastic entering the ocean or the risk of physical and chemical impacts on the marine environment". Indeed, biodegradable polymers degrade...
MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS & MICRO

Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics

Global Lessons and Research to Inspire Action and Guide Policy Change

27 Feb 2017
This report presents both short- and long-term approaches to the problem of marine plastic debris and micro plastics. It provides an overview of the latest science and experiences, identifies priority areas of action, and points out areas requiring more research. Improved waste management is urge...
GLOBAL WASTE MGMT OUTLK

Global Waste Management Outlook

27 Feb 2017
The Global Waste Management Outlook is the first comprehensive, impartial and in-depth assessment of global waste management. It reflects the collective body of recent scientific knowledge, drawing on the work of leading experts and the vast body of research undertaken within and beyond the Unite...
SUSTA CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION

Sustainable Consumption and Production

A Handbook for Policymakers (Global Edition)

8 Mar 2017
A Handbook for Policymakers, developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), provides a comprehensive introduction to developing policy for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Part A provides an introduction to SCP and the policy cycle, and reviews various policy tools and...
REGI COAST RPT WEST INDIA OCEAN

Regional State of the Coast Report

Western Indian Ocean

8 Mar 2017
The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, t...
UNLOCKING SUSTAINABLE POTENTIAL

Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources

Evaluation Systems, Strategies and Tools

17 Feb 2017
Land resources are one of nature’s most precious gifts. They feed us and help our societies and economies to thrive. Some 2.5 billion agricultural smallholders worldwide manage around 500 million small farms, providing more than 80 per cent of food consumed in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. These r...
GLOB GENDER & ENVIRO 2016

Global Gender and Environment Outlook 2016

17 Feb 2017
This publication provides an overview of critical evaluations and analyses of the interlinkages between gender and the environment, and their importance for gender-sensitive policymaking and actions. It describes policy options and concrete opportunities to contribute to a future of justice and e...
GLOB GENDER & ENVIRO 2016 CRI

Global Gender and Environment Outlook 2016: The Critical Issues

17 Feb 2017
This publication provides an overview of critical evaluations and analyses of the interlinkages between gender and the environment, and their importance for gender-sensitive policymaking and actions. It describes policy options and concrete opportunities to contribute to the future we want - a fu...
OPTIONS FOR DECOUPLING ECONOMIC GR

Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water use and Water Pollution

A report of the Water Working Group of the International Resource Panel

17 Feb 2017
As the World population approaches nine billion, nearly half of all people could suffer water stress by 2030 as a result of accelerating urbanization, new consumption habits and climate change. This report provides option for a viable and sustainable alternative; one that swaps economic growth fu...
ACTION ON AIR QUALITY

Actions on Air Quality

Policies & Programmes for Improving Air Quality Around the World

22 Sep 2016
This publication provides a snapshot of the progress being made to adopt and implement key actions that can significantly improve air quality.
WASTE CRIME WASTE RISKS

Waste Crime - Waste Risks

Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge

5 Dec 2016
Waste covers a very wide spectrum of discarded materials ranging from municipal, electrical and electronic, industrial and agricultural, to new types including counterfeit pesticides. It also includes anything in size and scale from decommissioned ships, oil or liquid wastes, hundreds of millions...
PLASTIC IN COSMETICS

Plastic in Cosmetics

Are We Polluting the Environment through our Personal Care? Plastic Ingredients that Contribute to Marine Microplastic Litter

5 Dec 2016
Litter is found in all the world’s seas and the ocean, even in remote areas far from human activities. The continuous growth in the amount of solid waste thrown away and the very slow degradation rate of most litter items result in the accumulation of marine litter at sea, on the sea floor and in...
POLICY COHERENCE OF THE SDG

Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals

A Natural Resource Perspective

5 Dec 2016
This report examines the resource interlinkages and potential trade-offs in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It shows how and why the SDGs need to be pursued together, as a whole, if sustainable development is to be achieved. It also identifies the kinds of resource-related factors that ...
THE FUTURE BORNEAN ORANGUTAN

The Future of the Bornean Orangutan

Impacts of Change in Land and Climate

5 Dec 2016
Over the past century, orangutan populations in Southeast Asia have seen a very steep decline, driven to the brink of extinction by a host of man-made threats. Deforestation, illegal logging, the expansion of agro-industrial plantations and hunting – these forces combined to isolate orangutans in...
GREEN ENERGY CHOICES

Green Energy Choices

The Benefits, Risks and Trade-offs of Low-carbon Technologies for Electricity Production

3 Jan 2017
Rising energy demand and efforts to combat climate change require a significant increase in low-carbon electricity generation. Yet, concern has been raised that rapid investment in some novel technologies could cause a new set of environmental problems. The report of the International Resource Pa...
THE RISE ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME

The Rise of Environmental Crime

A Growing Threat to Natural Resources, Peace, Development and Security

5 Dec 2016
The environment provides the very foundation of sustainable development, our health, food security and our economies. Ecosystems provide clean water supply, clean air and secure food and ultimately both physical and mental wellbeing. Natural resources also provide livelihoods, jobs and revenues t...
RADIATION EFFECTS & SOURCES

Radiation Effects and Sources

What is radiation? What does radiation do to us? Where does radiation come from?

5 Dec 2016
This publication is based on the major scientific reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) published in the last 25 years and aims to expand public knowledge on levels of exposure to ionizing radiation and possible associated effects. This pu...
UNEP FRONTIERS 2016 RPT

UNEP Frontiers 2016 Report

Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern

2 Dec 2016
The UNEP Frontiers report emphasises the critical relationship between a healthy environment and healthy people, and how human activities often undermine the long-term health and ability of ecosystems to support human well-being. The report provides encouraging examples on how certain issues may ...