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UNEP: Environmental Education and Training Publications

Effective environmental education should be planned and developed through interactive materials for learners and educators. The capacity and lack of relevant and appropriate resource materials continues to be a major setback in the implementation of environmental education programme. UNEP has a vast depository of knowledge products emanating from its work in environmental assessment, policy development and implementation, support to environmental conventions, and technology industry and economics.  The resources are available in printed format, and electronically on CD-ROM and the internet.  For a complete list of the environmental publications from UNEP and key international organizations, please visit our online bookstore at

The Environmental Education and Training Unit at UNEP has taken the lead in producing learning support and resource materials for environmental education. On this page you will find a collection of environmental education and training materials ranging from training manuals, resource kits, starter packs, theme packs, posters, curriculum manuals, training modules, newsletters, compendiums among other. Some will be available for download, while other have to be ordered.

The Educator - A newsletter of the Environmental Education and Training Unit, UNEP
The Environmental Education and Training Unit has since the beginning of 2006 embarked on a mission to avail information-rich content of UNEP-wide resources and opportunities in environmental education and training to the end-users. The "Educator" newsletter showcases some of the innovative activities in education for sustainable development across all Divisions and Regional Offices in UNEP, along with the activities of our partners. The current copy of the newsletter has been a combined effort of the EET team with input from other divisions in UNEP and the regional offices. In a way, it is our way of saying thanks to all our partners for taking their valuable time to share their activities with us. [Download PDF 2.2MB]

Education for Sustainable Development Innovations - Programmes for Universities in Africa
(MESA ESD Course Toolkit)
Education for Sustainable Development introduces a focus on values and ethics, and on new challenges for multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary dialogue, teaching and research. It also encourages universities to enhance their role in shaping society’s future, and in seeking solutions to Africa’s environmental and developmental challenges. The UNEP ESD Innovations Course and Toolkit provide a platform for discussing and examining sustainable development innovations in different African universities. The course gives a broad orientation to the concept of sustainable development, and introduces university teachers and managers to the range of possibilities for action that exist in teaching, research, community engagement and management. The toolkit also aims to strengthen and complement the broader dimensions of the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in Africa (MESA) Universities Partnership, which engages a wide range of university teachers, researchers, students and managers
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United Nations Environment Programme. 2006.
Education for Sustainable Development Innovations - Programmes for Universities in Africa. Share-Net, Howick

Environmental Education, Ethics and Action: A Workbook to Get Started
This book objectively challenges the link between ethics and our everyday activities. It takes ethics out of philosophy departments and puts it squarely onto the streets, into the villages, towns and cities, and connects ethics to all life on Earth. The book's primary audience is teacher trainers, college instructors, university professors and others responsible for professional development in education. It is also aimed at environmental educators who want to take their teaching more deeply into the questions that lie at the heart of sustainable living.
Available in [English] [French] [Italian] [Spanish]

Environmental Education, Ethics, and Action: A Workbook to Get Started.
Jickling, B., Lotz-Sisitka, H., O'Donoghue, R., Ogbuigwe. A. (2006)
Nairobi : UNEP.
English to French by Gilles Bédard;
English to Spanish by María José Hernández
Ramos; English to Italian by Filippo Laurenti.

A Trip with Drip The Water Drop
A learning-by-doing workbook on water for children, 'A Trip with the Drip - The Water Drop', is a colourful workbook and CD contain basic facts, interesting information, and several "learning by doing" activities on various aspects of water.

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A Trip with Drip The Water Drop (CD-Rom)

UNEP Programmes and Resources for Environmental Education and Training:
An Introductory Guide

This guide showcases some of UNEP's many programmes and resources that support the important work of environmental education and training. It contains details of courses in the UNEP Environmental Leadership Programme, UNEP networks for environmental training, UNEP’s commitment to supporting environmental action learning activities that link schools with their communities, training programmes for women as managers of natural resources, and examples of UNEP’s public education programmes in newspapers and television. These examples come from countries and regions around the world; from  Finland to southern Africa, from Latin America and the Caribbean to  Australia , and from the Himalayas to the USA. This guide also provides details of some of the many books, multimedia materials and web sites that UNEP has prepared to support environmental education and training.
Download [Introduction] [Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three]

Water World: Children's Voices

Water World is a new, unique, educational booklet on water for children, it has been produced and published by UNEP. The manuscript was prepared in collaboration with UNEP’s Regional Offices and the Eco-Schools International Coordination in Portugal  .“Water World” represents a new creative approach to teaching children about urgent environmental issues, in this case water. The product could be used as part of the study literature in schools or as additional material for children to read at home.