Adaptation
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Reducing Emissions
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New finance models
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Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds

This guidebook is part of a series of manuals, guidebooks and toolkits that draws upon the experience and information generated by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) support for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in some 140 countries over the past decade. These resources are intended to enable project managers, UNDP Country O!ces and developing country government decision-makers to acquaint themselves with a variety of methodologies most appropriate to their development contexts in support of their transition to green, low-emission and climateresilient development.

 

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Expo 2010 Shanghai, ChinaUNEP Environmental Assessment Expo 2010 Shanghai, China

This report is an independent assessment of the environmental initiatives taken by Shanghai in its preparation for the World Exposition in 2010 (Expo 2010) in Shanghai, China. It aims to provide an objective appraisal of the efforts of Shanghai in improving its environmental quality and organizing an environment-friendly Expo. Measures and achievements are documented and analyzed and recommendations are made to assist the Shanghai municipal government to strengthen environmental initiatives for ...

Tunza Vol7 No.2 The Road to CopenhagenTunza Vol7 No.2 The Road to Copenhagen

UNEP's magazine for youth

Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience Along International Waters : Latin America and the CaribbeanHydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience Along International Waters : Latin America and the Caribbean

Water is a unique and vital resource, for which there is no substitute. In Latin America and the Caribbean, major rivers, lakes, and aquifers are shared by two or more countries. The region is characterized by the greatest availability of freshwater resources.

Hydropolitical Vulnerability & Resilience along International Waters - North AmericaHydropolitical Vulnerability & Resilience along International Waters - North America

The main problem in North America is the location of water resources relative to large population centers where the majority of the freshwater drains away from the bulk of the population. Climate variability and change is a reality. It raises the impact on variability and availability within the continent, which is characterized by its different climatic regions. The hydo-vulnerability of North America is tempered and governed by agreements, laws and institutions such as International Joint Co ...

Global Trends in
Sustainable Energy investment 2009Global Trends in Sustainable Energy investment 2009

The 2009 Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment report, considered by many to be the most authoritative appraisal of clean energy investment trends, is being released during one of the worst financial and economic crises for a generation with sharply rising unemployment in many parts of the globe. It also comes less than six months before the crucial UN climate convention meeting taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the view of the UN Environment Programme and increasingly others ...

Financing a Global Deal on Climate ChangeFinancing a Global Deal on Climate Change

The scale of capital expenditure needed over the next decades to effectively address climate change will have to come jointly from public and private sources. The lion's share of it will have to come from the latter, meaning that it will have to be facilitated, at least partially, by investors, lenders and insurers. This paper contains a set of practical proposals that if implemented as part of an upcoming global deal on climate change could effectively mobilise the resources and skills of the ...

Biofuels and Environmental Impacts - Scientific Analysis and Implications for SustainabilityBiofuels and Environmental Impacts - Scientific Analysis and Implications for Sustainability

This UNESCO-SCOPE-UNEP Policy Brief examines to what extent biofuels can deliver the benefits that are motivating countries and companies to invest heavily in biofuels production.

Our Planet:Your Planet needs youOur Planet:Your Planet needs you

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development.

The Natural Fix?: The Role of Ecosystems in Climate MitigationThe Natural Fix?: The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation

Large cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases are needed if we are to avoid the worst effects of global climate change. This Rapid Assessment Report describes the vital contributions which ecosystems can and must make to improve these efforts. It presents carbon capture and storage through a Green Economy lens, outlining the potential in terms of natural systems, from forests to grasslands which have been doing the job in a tried and tested way for millennia. Currently the world's ecosystems ins ...

Life Cycle Management - How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainableLife Cycle Management - How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainable

This publication can be used by company in house experts and non-specialist managers as well as company suppliers in order to learn how to apply life cycle management practices throughout the value chain. This is a very practical guide that incorporates 8 business case studies that can be read by all managers and employees - from those at the 'front line' working directly with suppliers, to people on the production line or in the warehouse, or staff dealing with marketing, design and developme ...

The Environmental Food CrisisThe Environmental Food Crisis

The surge in food prices in the last years, following a century of decline, has been the most marked of the past century in its magnitude, duration and the number of commodity groups whose prices have increased. The ensuing crisis has resulted in a 50-200% increase in selected commodity prices, driven 110 million people into poverty and added 44 million more to the undernourished. Elevated food prices have had dramatic impacts on the lives and livelihoods, including increased infant and child m ...