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29 Mar 2018 description

This Regional Briefing on Asia- Pacific National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) aims to provide a brief overview of the NAP experiences of middle-income countries in the Asia and Pacific region (excluding Central Asia), and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.

In brief

  • Many countries in Asia-Pacific have institutional arrangements in place for climate change adaptation, providing highlevel support and institutional coordination.

08 Aug 2017 description

Kabul – On a recent Monday morning on 24 July, the Director General of National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), H.E.Mostafa Zaher and his environment team along with UN Environment and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) were strategizing improving the country’s environment and reviewing graphs projected on a meeting-room wall.

29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

28 Feb 2015 description

Executive summary

Natural resources such as land, water, timber, minerals, metals and oil are vitally important sources of livelihoods, income and influence for countries and communities around the globe. When natural resources are poorly managed or inequitably shared, however, or when business operations are implemented without due consideration for context and communities, they can contribute to tensions that can escalate into violent conflict, or feed into and exacerbate pre-existing conflict dynamics.

19 Feb 2015 description

Mediation Can Prevent, Resolve Natural Resources Disputes New UN Guide Launched

Drawing on decades of experience in the field of mediation of natural resource conflicts, the Guide provides best practices and strategies for mediating different types of resource conflicts.

08 Mar 2012 description

Extreme vulnerability to natural hazards among countries in South Asia is cyclical and repeatedly causes major setbacks in the socioeconomic and equitable development of the region. According to UN estimates major disasters may cut the GDP of countries in the region by up to 20 per cent. Climate change is expected to increase both the frequency and magnitude of hazards leading to disasters. It calls for speedy action to help communities cope with such largescale disturbances.

19 Sep 2011 description

New UNEP Report Makes Compelling Case for Transition to Green Economy

Beijing, 19 September 2011 - A new 'green' industrial revolution is needed in the Asia-Pacific region that catalyzes dramatic improvements in resource efficiency if the countries and communities there are to prosper in the 21st century.

A new report launched today estimates that per capita resource consumption of 'materials' in the region, such as construction minerals and fuels, needs to be around 80 per cent less than today if sustainable development is to be achieved.

07 Dec 2010 description

Glaciers in Southern South America and Alaska Melting Faster than those in Europe, says new UNEP Report

Scientists Warn that Many Low-Lying Ones Vital for Dryland Communities May Disappear Over Coming Decades

News Comes as Norway Announces Funding for Himalayan Climate Adaptation Initiative

Cancún/ Nairobi/Oslo, 7 December 2010-Glaciers in Patagonia which cover parts of Argentina and Chile followed by ones in Alaska and its coastal mountain ranges have overall been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world.

30 Aug 2010 description

Says Natural Disaster Underlines the Serious Environmental Change Challenge Emerging Across the Planet

Nairobi, 30 August 2010 - Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has donated a US$70,000 international leadership prize to relief efforts in Pakistan following the devastating and on-going floods, it was announced today.


14 Jul 2010 description

'World Mangrove Atlas' highlights the importance of and threats to mangroves

July 14, 2010, London/Nairobi - The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries.

About one fifth of all mangroves are thought to have been lost since 1980.

11 Dec 2009 description

Copenhagen, Nairobi, Kathmandu, 11 December 2009 - Hundreds of millions of people in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and in the river basins downstream are being forced to adapt to a new reality: climate change.

Climate change is increasing uncertainty and the risk for extreme droughts interspersed with extreme floods that are challenging food security, housing, infrastructure, business and even survival.

Even hardy mountain populations, adapted for centuries to survival in extreme environments, are undergoing events so unprecedented that their traditional coping strategies are being …

04 Dec 2007 description

Disasters and conflicts, as well as relief and recovery operations, impact the environment in ways that threaten human life, health, livelihoods and security. Failure to address these risks can undermine the relief process, causing additional loss of life, displacement, aid dependency and increased vulnerability. Disaster managers and humanitarian workers can take action to avoid this. This document helps to explain how.

28 Feb 2006 description

Consolidated report on activities undertaken through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit

On Saturday, October 8, 2005, at 8:50 local time, a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale occurred in northern Pakistan. Tremors were felt over a vast area, with the epicentre situated close to Muzaffarabad, 95 km northeast of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.