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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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GEO YRBK 2004/05

GEO Year Book 2004-2005

An Overview of Our Changing Environment

24 Mar 2005
GEO Year Book 2004/5 is the second in the annual GEO series. The report highlights significant environmental events and achievements during the year, raises awareness of emerging issues from scientific research and presents indicators of progress towards environmental sustainability. In particula...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT:PACIFI

Global International Waters Assessment

Pacific Islands

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Pacific Islands region, which comprises 23 island nations or territories. In addition to highlighting the overexploitation of fish and other living resources in densely populated areas, this report emphasises the vulnerability of many of these small...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS CARI ISL

Global International Waters Assessment

Caribbean Islands

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Caribbean Islands region. A variety of human activities are impacting the region’s sensitive and unique ecosystems, upon which the population is so dependent for their social well-being and economic survival. Pollution, originating from both land-ba...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT:CARIBB

Global International Waters Assessment

Caribbean Sea/Small Islands

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Small Islands sub-system of the Caribbean Sea region. Habitat and community modification, as a result of anthropogenic pressures, was found to cause the most severe transboundary environmental and socio-economic impacts in the sub-system. The govern...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS INDIAN

Global International Waters Assessment

Indian Ocean Islands

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the assessment of the Indian Ocean Islands, one of two oceanic assessments conducted by the GIWA. The region covers the Island States of Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles and the vast oceanic expanses between them. The most important transboundary concern is pollu...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT:LAKE C

Global International Waters Assessment

Lake Chad Basin

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report represents the GIWA Assessment of the Lake Chad Basin, which is located in one of the poorest and most drought prone regions in the world. Climatic variability and poor water governance has threatened the ecological and socio-economic integrity of the region. The past and present stat...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS AMAZON

Global International Waters Assessment

Amazon Basin

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the assessment of the Amazon Basin – the largest basin on the planet and also one of the least understood. Although sparsely inhabited, the Basin is subject to extensive anthropogenic impacts through deforestation, mining, hydropower generation and agricultural activities tha...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT:BRAZIL

Global International Waters Assessment

Brazil Current

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the assessment of the GIWA region Brazil Current. Increased anthropogenic pressures due to economic development and urbanisation in the coastal area have polluted the water environment and caused severe impact on important ecosystems. Significant changes in the suspended soli...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT:PATAGO

Global International Waters Assessment

Patagonian Shelf

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the assessment of Patagonian Shelf and associated river basins. The report focuses on the La Plata River Basin, the second largest watershed in South America, and the South Atlantic Drainage System, comprising basins that drain large arid areas of Argentina. Pollution in the ...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT:BARENT

Global International Waters Assessment

Barents Sea

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
24 Mar 2005
This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the Barents Sea region – one of the largest shallow continental shelf seas in the world and the most productive sea within the Arctic Ocean. Overexploitation of fish stocks and modification of the ecosystem caused by the invading Red king...
PEOPLE & REEFS SUCCESSES & CHALLEN

People and Reefs

Successes and Challenges in the Management of Coral Reef Marine Protected Areas

Series:
UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies
24 Mar 2005
Coral Reefs are among the world’s richest and most spectacular ecosystems. Their contribution to marine biodiversity is enormous. More than one billion people in the tropics benefit directly from coral reef resources for food and as a source of income through activities related to fishing and tou...
THEO & THE GIANT PLASTIC BALL

Theo and the Giant Plastic Ball

16 Mar 2005
This book is part of a UNEP series that aims to inspire caring for the Earth through creative literature that sparks the interest and awareness of children, their parents and teachers. In it, a boy called Theo alerts communities to the menace of discarded plastic bags by collecting and rolling th...
VITAL WASTE GRAPHICS 1

Vital Waste Graphics

24 Mar 2005
Rising mountains of waste have become a major issue of our time. From dumped chemicals and pesticides in Africa to the electronic or e-wastes piling up in Asia, waste and the shipment of hazardous materials require urgent action on both environmental and health grounds. Vital Waste Graphics aims ...
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLOOK USER PROF

Global Environment Outlook

User Profile and Impact Study

25 Feb 2005
GEO is both a series of periodic reports and an international participatory assessment process. GEO project’s two major objectives are to provide an overview of major environmental concerns and to set in motion a global participatory assessment process. This document reports on a study commission...
ATLANTIC & INDIAN OCEANS ENVIRO

Atlantic and Indian Oceans Environment Outlook

Special Edition for the Mauritius International Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

25 Feb 2005
The Atlantic and Indian Oceans Environment Outlook is part of a UNEP project to produce state of the environment assessments for the Caribbean, Pacific and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The main objective of these reports is to highlight the state of the en...
PACIFIC ENVIRO OUTLOOK SPECIAL EDI

Pacific Environment Outlook

Special Edition for the Mauritius International Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

25 Feb 2005
The Pacific Environment Outlook is part of a UNEP project to produce state of the environment assessments for the Caribbean, Pacific and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The main objective of these reports is to highlight the state of the environment in the SI...
CARIBBEAN ENVIRO OUTLOOK

Caribbean Environment Outlook

Special Edition for the Mauritius International Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

25 Feb 2005
The Caribbean Environment Outlook is part of a UNEP project to produce state of the environment assessments for the Caribbean, Pacific and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The main objective of these reports is to highlight the state of the environment in the ...
GDLNS MANAGEMENT OF COASTAL LITTER

Guidelines on Management of Coastal Litter for the Mediterranean Region

Series:
MAP Technical Reports
31 Dec 2004
These guidelines deal with waste in a maritime environment, which can arise from discharges scattered directly to the sea or far from shore and transported by rains, wind and streams up to the sea. This waste does not recognize borders and any efforts to fight it have to be harmoniously coordinat...
GDLNS FOR THE MANAGEMENT NAVIG

Guidelines for the Management of Industrial Wastewater for the Mediterranean Region

Series:
MAP Technical Reports
31 Dec 2004
The objectives of this document are to point out the most often encountered problems for industry and authorities in the control and reduction of pollution coming out from wastewaters as well as to provide a guide of good practice. It also aims to define a framework for authorities for effective ...