The expansion of ciries, pollution from mining and tourism are exacerbating challenges for waste in mountain regions - but this report shows a way out.
GEO-6 for the pan-European region paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at regional level.
The Western Balkans is a mountainous region and a hotspot of climate change. Over the past decades, warming has accelerated, and throughout the 21st century it is projected to be higher than the world average.
The mountains of East Africa share the same characteristics as many other similar regions in offering a variety of ecosystems such as forests, scrublands and grasslands. Such areas are vulnerable to extreme natural events such as droughts and floods that can dramatically alter landscapes.
The Tropical Andes are the home to many diverse communities, from remote farming villages to large urban centres and capitals, such as Merida, Bogotá, Quito, Cusco and La Paz. In total, about 60 million people live between 1,000 to 4,500 meters. The climate in the region is tropical, with low seasonal variation in temperatures.
Changes in climate patterns are already evident in the South Caucasus countries – Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. Annual temperatures are increasing accompanied by severe heat waves and droughts.
This sub-regional Outlook synthesizes the knowledge on existing climate change adaptation responses in mountain regions of Central Asia and provides recommendations for policy action towards adaptation to climate change.
Together for a greener Europe: welcome to UN Environment
This report, jointly prepared by UNEP and the European Environment Agency, aims to identify opportunities for more sustainable production and consumption that could be replicated throughout the region. It draws on research carried out on 18 cities in 11 countries.
By taking stock of moves in favour of sustainable production and consumption in six countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, this publication can provide a platform for the exchange of best practices for the whole region.
The economic, social and environmental impacts of implementing Green Economy measures in the Republic of Moldova's agriculture, energy demand and energy supply sectors are comprehensively projected in this study.
Up to 90 per cent of the world's electronic waste, worth nearly US $19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year. Download full report here.
Explores how trade can drive the transition to a Green Economy. The objective of The Handbook is to increase coordination and reduce tension between the international trade and environment agendas in order to open new pathways to achieve sustainable development.
Aimed at providing university staff and students with a selection of strategies, tools and resources to inspire, encourage and support universities to develop and implement their own transformative strategies for establishing green, resource-efficient and low-carbon campuses.
Transport, Health & Environment: Boosting quality of life for children and youth
This information kit is designed to assist municipal authorities, non-governmental organizations and policy makers active in the field of environment and health. More information is available on THE PEP website or from the project partners.
From Transition to Transformation: Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia
This joint UN report analyses the region including former Soviet republics and calls for a transformation to integrated policy making, where social equity, economic growth and environmental protection are approached together. Experts urge the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in "green" jobs, and establish social protection floors to ensure a sustainable future.
The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty.
Many of the world’s nuclear reactors are aging toward the end of their designed operational lifespan, at a time when the longstanding problem of radioactive nuclear waste disposal is still unsettled. The debate on this issue has intensifi ed since the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.
Overcoming hunger and meeting the nutritional needs of almost 7 billion people, rising to over 9 billion people by 2050, is a central challenge for this generation.
A complete elaboration of the topics covered in this summary can be found in the Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone report and in the fully referenced underlying research, analyses and reports.
This synthesis examines the critical role of forests in a green economy, and provides policy recommendations to radically transform the forest sector such that it can lead to sustainable development and poverty eradication.