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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
United Nations Environment Programme
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS MEKONG

Global International Waters Assessment

Mekong River

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
20 Oct 2006
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Mekong River region. Rapid economic development and population growth are increasing the demand for water, energy and food, necessitating more hydro-dams, the intensification of agricultural and fisheries production, and higher rates of deforestatio...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESSMT: EAST

Global International Waters Assessment

East African Rift Valley Lakes

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
20 Oct 2006
This report presents the assessment of Lakes Turkana, Tanganyika, Victoria and Malawi – the largest of the East African Rift Valley Lakes and among the oldest lakes in the world. The lakes are renowned for their high endemism and support a vital socio-economic service as a core for transportation...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS OYASHI

Global International Waters Assessment

Oyashio Current

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
20 Oct 2006
This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the Oyashio Current region – one of the most productive waters in East Asia. Changes in the hydrological cycle and ocean circulation have affected the productivity of the fisheries whilst overfishing has depleted commercial fish stocks. T...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS SEA

Global International Waters Assessment

Sea of Okhotsk

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
20 Oct 2006
This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the Sea of Okhotsk region. Rapid population growth and economic development have led to increasing pollution loads in the Amur River basin, placing increasing pressure on its diverse ecosystems. In the Sea of Okhotsk region, fishing fleet...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS CASPIAN

Global International Waters Assessment

Caspian Sea

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
20 Oct 2006
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Caspian Sea – the largest land-locked water body on earth, bordered by five countries and influenced by three more in the catchment area. The assessment of the current situation and historical trends identified that Habitat and community modificatio...
UNEP GLOBAL JUDGES PROGRAMME

UNEP Global Judges Programme

20 Oct 2006
Success in tackling environmental degradation relies on the full participation of everyone in society. The judiciary is a crucial partner in promoting environmental governance, upholding the rule of law and in ensuring a fair balance between environmental, social and developmental considerations ...
WILDLIFE WATCHING & TOURISM

Wildlife Watching and Tourism

A Study on the Benefits and Risks of a Fast Growing Tourism Activity and its Impacts on Species

21 Jul 2006
Wildlife watching is fast becoming a multi-million dollar industry with the potential to fight poverty by pumping vital income into local communities and conservation initiatives. The report focuses on 12 case studies to highlight the growing economic importance of wildlife watching while flaggin...
CLASS 0F 2006 INDUSTRY RPT CARD

Class of 2006

Industry Report Cards on Environment and Social Responsibility

14 Jul 2006
These Report Cards provide an update on progress made sector by sector towards sustainable development. It examines work in progress and challenges business and industry faces in collectively promoting corporate responsibility, including global partnerships and commitments to deal with issues suc...
AFRICA ENVIRO OUTLOOK 2

Africa Environment Outlook 2

Our Environment, Our Wealth (AEO-2)

11 Aug 2006
This report highlights the central position Africa’s environment continues to play in sustainable development, as well as its potential to achieve progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. The report profiles Africa’s environmental resources as an asset for the continent...
GLOBAL DESERTS OUTLOOK

Global Deserts Outlook

16 Jun 2006
The world’s deserts represent unique ecosystems which support significant plant and animal biodiversity. Various human societies have also been established in deserts throughout history, and today deserts are an important part of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Deserts are also diverse...
AFRICA

Africa's Lakes

Atlas of Our Changing Environment

25 Aug 2006
Through a combination of ground photographs, current and historical satellite images, and narrative based on extensive scientific evidence, this publication illustrates how humans have altered their surroundings and continue to make observable and measurable changes to the Africa's lakes and its ...
ENVIRO ASSESS AREAS DISENG ISRAEL

Environmental Assessment of the Areas Disengaged by Israel in the Gaza Strip

14 Jul 2006
Prepared at the request of the Palestinian Authority and with the cooperation of the Israeli government, the aim of this Assessment is to provide a snapshot of the environmental conditions in the former settlement areas, and to identify any areas of immediate concern before resettlement and new c...
VITAL CASPIAN GRAPHICS CHALLENGES

Vital Caspian Graphics

Challenges Beyond Caviar

2 Jun 2006
This publication examines very complex, yet fascinating issues affecting the environment of the Caspian Sea and the surrounding areas. We often associate the Caspian Sea with caviar that is legally or illegally finding its way to our tables, but overlook the footprints left by a number of indust...
HYDROPOL VULNERAB & RESILE AFRICA

Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience along International Waters

Africa

2 Jun 2006
In Africa, most major rivers, freshwater lakes, and aquifers are shared by two or more countries. These nations are becoming increasingly vulnerable to conflict, and their vulnerabilities are made more acute by climatic variations in precipitation, increasing urbanization, industrialization and e...
TRISHNA & THE DREAM OF WATER

Trishna and the Dream of Water

16 Jun 2006
Although true deserts can grow and shrink naturally, dry lands can also “desertify” because of the way people use land and water. This children’s book tells the story of Trishna, a young girl who shares her knowledge with the people from her village to put an end to desertification.
CHECKLIST OF CITES SPECIES 2005

Checklist of CITES Species 2005 (Includes CD-ROM)

5 May 2006
The Checklist of CITES species provides the official alphabetical list of CITES species, their scientific synonyms, their common names in English, French and Spanish and an indication of the Appendix in which they are listed. The publication includes a CD-ROM that contains in PDF format all of th...
PLANET IN PERIL

Planet in Peril

An Atlas of Current Threats to People and the Environment

19 May 2006
This Atlas, written by an international team of specialists, illustrates through text, beautifully rendered maps, graphics and diagrams the interplay between population and the world’s ecosystems and natural resources both in the short and long terms. The publication brings together a wealth of ...
UNEP ANNUAL RPT 2005

UNEP Annual Report 2005

21 Apr 2006
The UNEP 2005 Annual Report looks at the organization's work and achievements during the year. Under the headings 'Environment for a Secure Future' and 'Protecting Nature's Capital' it gives an overview of the organization’s contribution to sustainable development in a year in which world leaders...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS BALTIC

Global International Waters Assessment

Baltic Sea

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Baltic Sea region. It is a semi-enclosed sea, which together with other physical as well as socio-economic characteristics, makes it very sensitive to anthropogenic pressures. Eutrophication remains the most pressing problem in the region, as nitrog...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS CHALLEN

Global International Waters Assessment

Challenges of International Waters - The Final Report

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
The Global International Waters Assessment Final Report provides a comprehensive review of the most important findings from the regional reports. It summarises the major transboundary concerns and their environmental and socio-economic impacts. To better understand these concerns and develop solu...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS SO CHINA

Global International Waters Assessment

South China Sea

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the South China Sea region. The region supports a rapidly growing coastal population, and has rapidly deteriorating marine ecosystems with the likely immediate collapse of many of its coral reefs and pelagic fish populations. Habitat modification and ov...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS EAST CHI

Global International Waters Assessment

East China Sea

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the East China Sea region. This region receives tremendous inflow of freshwater and terrestrial sediments, predominantly from China’s mainland. The region is characterised by a large population and rapid economic development. The natural ...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS ARAL SEA

Global International Waters Assessment

Aral Sea

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the Aral Sea. Practically all renewable water resources in the region are being used, predominantly for irrigation, and the regional economy is developing under conditions of increasing freshwater shortages. Freshwater shortage, and speci...
GLOBAL INTL WATERS ASSESS RUSSIAN

Global International Waters Assessment

Russian Arctic

Series:
GIWA Regional Assessment
19 May 2006
This report presents the results of the GIWA assessment of the Russian Arctic region. The region contains significant stocks of natural resources, like oil and gas. The exploitation of these resources leads to severe environmental impacts, where the issues chemical pollution, oil spills and modif...
TORE & THE TOWN ON THIN ICE

Tore and the Town on Thin Ice

19 May 2006
Tore and the Town on Thin Ice is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme. Tore is a child character who seeks solutions to global warming, an environmental problem that tangibly affects his community.
JUDICIAL HNDBK ON ENVIRONMENTAL

Judicial Handbook on Environmental Law

6 Oct 2006
Deterioration of the Earth’s environment increasingly threatens the natural resource base and processes upon which all life on Earth depends. Humans are rapidly exceeding the carrying capacity of the environment and coming generations will suffer deprivation and hardship unless current patterns o...
SELECTED TEXTS OF LEGAL INSTRUMENT

Selected Texts of Legal Instruments in International Environmental Law

6 Oct 2006
Each of our actions, each of our decisions, has a direct link to whether the world as we know it today will survive, or succumb during the lifetime of our children. Success in combating environmental degradation is dependent on the full participation of all actors in society. One of the major cha...