This new UNEP report focuses on East Asia's economically viable coastal habitats and ecosystems under threat from pollution, alien invasive species and other factors. Suggests a systematic and integrated approach to managing coastal & oceanic issues and economic incentives to encourage private sector involvement in environmental protection efforts.

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were widely acclaimed as one of the most spectacular sporting events ever held, not least as a result of the sumptuous and dazzling opening ceremony and the high standards of competition from athletics and swimming to horse-jumping and yachting. But what of the environment which along with sport and culture is the third pillar of Olympism?

The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as foresight about possible issues on the horizon. The aim is to raise awareness of the interlinkages among environmental issues that can accelerate the rates of change and threaten human wellbeing.

The current world food crisis is the result of the combined effects of competition for cropland from the growth in biofuels, low cereal stocks, high oil prices, speculation in food

This document aims to provide a general framework to partners under UNEP's project on "Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change".

This report, which inaugurates a new policy series by UNEP on the environmental dimensions of disasters and conflicts, aims to summarize the latest knowledge and field experience on the linkages between environment, conflict and peacebuilding, and to demonstrate the need for those linkages to be addressed in a more coherent and systematic way by the UN, Member States and other stakeholders.

This report is prepared for the UNEP sustainable buildings and construction initiative.

There is great potential to improve the CDM in ways that would
encourage the development of more energy efficiency projects in buildings for the CDM, and at the same time would more directly support the sustainable development benefits generated by such

The UNEP Risoe Centre (URC) for Energy, Climate and Sustainable

The world's oceans have always been a source of food and other goods. The industrial-scale production of drinking water from the sea, however, has only become possible since the 1950s.