E-books

Vital Graphics on Payment for Ecosystem Services - Realising Nature’s Value
This publication highlights the concept and selected market segments relating to payments for ecosystem services. It emphasises the role natural capital can play in both environmental conservati ...
Published to 'Vital Graphics on payment for ecosystem services' 31 Jul 2012
Why value the oceans? A discussion paper - February 2012
Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet, yet we are just beginning to discover the extent of the resources, both biotic and abiotic, that lie beneath their surfaces. We are also just be ...
Published to 'Why value the oceans?' 22 Feb 2012
Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes
Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent droughts and floods which are having economic but also profou ...
Published to 'Women at the frontline of climate change' 06 Dec 2011
Living Planet: Connected Planet – Preventing the End of the World’s Wildlife Migrations through Ecological Networks
Through the air, over land and in water, over ten thousand species numbering millions of animals travel around the world in a network of migratory pathways. The very foundation of these migrator ...
Published to 'Living Planet: Connected Planet' 21 Nov 2011
Towards a Green Economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
Nearly 20 years after the Earth Summit, nations are again on the Road to Rio, but in a world very different and very changed from that of 1992. Over the last two years, the concept of a “green e ...
Published to 'Green Economy' 16 Nov 2011
Orangutans and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management in Sumatra
Deforestation is responsible for approximately 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is therefore a major contributor to climate change, but also to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem ...
Published to 'Orangutans and sustainable forest management' 28 Sep 2011
Environment and Security in the Amu Darya River Basin, 2011
The prime aim of this report is to identify the environmental stress points in the Amu Darya basin which have, or may have, security repercussions for the states and population.The report then s ...
Published to 'Book' 21 Sep 2011
Climate Change in Eastern Europe, Russian, 2011
The publication prepared by Zoi in cooperation with GRID-Arendal and the Environment and Security initiative explores the impacts of climate change on Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The three cou ...
Published to 'Book' 21 Sep 2011
Working for the Environment - Examining environmental challenges in South Africa
Working for the Environment is prepared by GRID-Arendal for the Department of Environmental Affairs (former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism) in South Africa. It aims to inform an ...
Published to 'Working for the Environment' 07 Jun 2011
Continental Shelf - The Last Maritime Zone - Update (Status in September 2010)
During the past decade, many coastal States have been delineating the limits of their maritime zones. This process is defining the exact extent of the sovereignty or jurisdiction of coastal Stat ...
Published to 'Continental Shelf - The Last Maritime Zone' 31 Mar 2011
Coal Land - Faces of Donetsk
In this publication we have tried to collect data, thoughts and impressions from several years of cooperation between the Environment and Security initiative and the people and authorities of Do ...
Published to 'Book' 16 Feb 2011
State of Environment - Information Networking in Rwanda
During the preparation of the first Rwanda State of Environment and Outlook in 2009, it became evident that there is a lack of reliable core datasets and indicators on the environment. As such t ...
Published to 'Rwanda EIN' 04 Jan 2011
High mountain glaciers and climate change - Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation
Climate change is causing signifcant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide. Although glacier systems show a great amount of inherent complexity and variation, there are clear overall ...
Published to 'High mountain glaciers' 07 Dec 2010
Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean 2010
“Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrates both the urgent need to act and the significant benefits that could be gained by taking early action to adapt and ...
Published to 'Latin America and the Caribbean 2010' 06 Dec 2010
Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Limitations and strengths of environmental agreements
The Arctic region is characterized by some of the largest continuous intact ecosystems on the planet, but is facing increasingly larger threats. These threats include the full range of stressors ...
Published to 'Arctic Biodiversity' 27 Oct 2010
Uganda’s Environment and Natural Resources: Enhancing Parliament’s Oversight
Uganda’s natural resource base is one of the richest and most diverse in Africa, resulting in the country’s economy relying heavily on goods and services so provided. As part of efforts to ensur ...
Published to 'Uganda Hand book' 10 Oct 2010
Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development
Biodiversity and ecosystems deliver crucial services to humankind – from food security to keeping our waters clean, buffering against extreme weather, providing medicines to recreation and addin ...
Published to 'Dead Planet, Living Planet' 03 Jun 2010
The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin
Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, ...
Published to 'Last Stand of the Gorilla' 24 Mar 2010
Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development
“Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development” not only identifies the threats to human and ecological health and the consequences of inaction, but also prese ...
Published to 'Sick Water' 19 Mar 2010
Vital Ozone Graphics 2 - Climate Link (Resource Kit for journalists)
Vital Ozone Graphics 2.0 - Climate Link is a Resource Kit for journalists, which provides them with the essential visuals, facts, links and contacts to develop ozone story ideas. Graphics and ...
Published to 'Vital Ozone Graphics 2' 01 Mar 2010
UN 2008 Greenhouse Gas Footprint, launched on Tuesday, December 15 by UNEP and EMG
The institutions of the UN system are responding to the Secretary-General's call to make its in-house practices alongside its field operations more climate-friendly and environmentally susta ...
Published to 'Highlights' 17 Dec 2009
Many Strong Voices - Turning Vulnerability into Strength
Climate change presents the human race with profound choices that go beyond the current debate over new technologies, economic, and social costs and even concerns over environmental impacts. UN ...
Published to 'Many Strong Voices' 14 Dec 2009
Vital GEO Graphics
“Vital GEO Graphics” is an electronic booklet that is based on the UNEP publication Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4). This is one of many publications produced within the popular Vital Graph ...
Published to 'Vital GEO 4 Graphics' 19 Nov 2009
Environment and Security issues in the Southern Mediterranean Region
If not addressed and resolved, environmental problems – water shortages, land degradation, pollution – can become security threats. In this respect the Mediterranean is one of the world’s most v ...
Published to 'Book' 19 Nov 2009
Himalaya reports
3 reports are available as Interactive e-books: * "Water Storage - A strategy for climate change adaptation in the Himalayas" * "The Changing Himalayas" * "Local Responses to Too Much and To ...
Published to 'Himalaya reports' 04 Nov 2009
Khaidarkan Mercury - Addressing primary mercury mining in Kyrgyzstan
UNEP and UNITAR are pleased to present to you this overview document outlining the situation regarding the world’s last known exporting mercury mine – at Khaidar- kan in southern Kyr ...
Published to 'Khaidarkan Mercury' 20 Oct 2009
Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon
A new Rapid Response Assessment report released 14 October 2009 at the Diversitas Conference, Cape Town Conference Centre, South Africa. Compiled by experts at GRID-Arendal and UNEP in collaborati ...
Published to 'Blue Carbon' 14 Oct 2009
The Environment & Poverty Times No. 6
The theme of the 6th issue of Environment and Poverty Times is resource efficiency as a catalyst for a greening of the world economy and its subsequent contribution to poverty alleviation effort ...
Published to 'Environment & Poverty Times No. 6' 09 Sep 2009
The Uganda Atlas - Evidence of Uganda’s changing environment
The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment, prepared by the National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda, provides extensive scientific evidence of Uganda’s changing environment. Mode ...
Published to 'The Uganda atlas' 04 Sep 2009
The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation
A rapid response assessment report released by UNEP to mark World Environment Day 2009 indicates thatboosting investments in conservation, restoration and management of natural ecosystems will n ...
Published to 'The Natural Fix' 05 Jun 2009
The Environmental Food Crisis (Newly released)
The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises A new rapid response assessment report released by UNEP warns that up to 25% of the world’s food production may become lost due to environm ...
Published to 'The Environmental Food Crisis' 17 Feb 2009
Climate in Peril - A popular guide to the latest IPCC reports
This book presents the substance of the Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in simplified language and structure.
Published to 'Climate in Peril' 16 Feb 2009
Best Practices in Environmental Information Management in Africa: The Uganda Case Study
Environmental management in Uganda was first accorded the attention it deserves with the creation of the Ministry of Environment Protection in 1986.Following this, Uganda realized the need to pu ...
Published to 'The Uganda Case Study' 15 Feb 2009
A Case for Climate Neutrality
These case studies convey frank and personal testimony activities. Several of these case studies relate examples where surrounding the challenges, rewards and occasional influencing those “upstrea ...
Published to 'A case for Climate Neutrality' 28 Nov 2008
Kick the Habit: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality
A new UNEP publication, written and produced by GRID-Arendal for World Environment Day 2008, shows how various levels of society can work towards climate neutrality. Written and reviewed by expert ...
Published to 'Kick the Habit' 10 Jul 2008
Global Outlook for Ice & Snow
The “Global Outlook for Ice & Snow” is a special and unique UNEP report launched to mark World Environment Day on 5 June 2007. Snow and ice, with their large areas but relatively small volumes, ...
Published to 'Publication List' 04 Jun 2007