This publication presents five of the lectures from the 2007 - 2008 'Environment on the Edge' lecture series. It includes the following themes:
•Northern Ireland - An Environment on the Edge - Professor Sharon Turner
•Travelling First Class on the Titanic - Baroness Young
•The economics of climate change: governments, companies and households - Lord Adair Turner
•Creating a healthy environment in China - Professor Sian Griffiths
•Ocean acidification: the other CO2 problem - Professor Nick Owens
•International environmental governance - Professor Robert T. Watson
This publication presents five of the lectures from the 2005-6 'Environment on the Edge' lecture series. It includes the following themes:
•Nature's capital: the key to poverty eradication - Dr. Klaus Töpfer
•Human development in China - Dr Zhao Baige
•Agriculture and food production: Quo vadis - Dr Hans Rudolf Herren
•The changing face of cities - Professor Anne Power
•Women and conservation - Kathryn Fuller
This publication presents five of the lectures from the 2006 - 2007 'Environment on the Edge' lecture series. It includes the following themes:
•Europe on the edge Professor - Jacqueline McGlade
•Are we running out of oil? - Dr Jeremy Leggett and Dr Ian Vann
•The impacts of the Three Gorges Dam - Professor Zhang Jing
•Humans and carbon: a Faustian bargain? - Professor Berrien Moore III
•Valuing sustainability - Richard Saxon CBE
•Transport: a case of systematic sclerosis? - Professor David Fisk
Datasets Available from UNEP-WCMC: Excluding WDPA
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To provide a global context for a discussion of mountain forests, it is first necessary to define the locations and types of mountain forests, and this in turn requires a definition of mountains or mountain areas. Altitude and slope and the environmental gradients they generate are key components of such a definition, but their combination is problematic. Simple altitude thresholds both exclude older and lower mountain systems and include areas of relatively high elevation that have little topographic relief and few environmental gradients. Using slope as a criterion on its own or in combination with altitude can resolve the latter problem, but not the former. The mountains dataset shows the location of mountain land estimated from a digital elevation model using criteria based on elevation alone (the upper three classes: > 2 500 metres) and at lower elevation, on a combination of elevation, slope and local elevation range. This is an update of the Mountain's of the World 2000 and was produced for the UNEP-WCMC publication Mountain Watch, 2002.
The mountains dataset has been overlayed with a global data set on percent tree cover taken from MODIS 1-km resolution percent tree cover data, courtesy of University of Maryland Global Land Cover Facility. Species richness, density and forest height tend to reduce with increasing altitude; the boundary between forest vegetation and more open ground cover at higher elevation 'the treeline' is an ecological marker signifying the transition to more extreme climatic conditions.Resource Type: Spatial Data / Maps
Since 1997, UNEP has produced Global Environment Outlook (GEO) reports providing assessments of the interactions between environment and society. With its core mandate of “keeping the global environment under review,” UNEP coordinated a series of scientific assessments that included extensive consultations and participatory processes, resulting in the production of GEO reports in 1997, 1999 and 2002.
GEO-4 provides an overview of global social and economic trends, and the state-and-trends of the global and regional environments over the past two decades, as well as the human dimensions of these changes. It highlights the interlinkages as well as the challenges of environmental change and opportunities that the environment provides for human wellbeing. It provides an outlook for the future, and policy options to address present and emerging environmental issues.
It places sustainable development at the core of the assessment, particularly on issues dealing with intra- and intergenerational equity. The analyses include the need and usefulness of valuation of environmental goods and services, and the role of such services in enhancing development and human well-being, and minimizing human vulnerability to environmental change
This is a brief introduction to biodiversity indicators in a forest environment - their definition, source, presentation and uses.Resource Type: Reports
This paper is based on a feasibility study on the monitoring of rare tropical timber species in international trade.Resource Type: Reports
UNEP-WCMC has developed operational guidelines to assist countries to implement biodiversity safeguards for REDD+. The summary report, containing the operational guidelines, can be found here.Resource Type: Reports
Chapter from MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY ISSUES INTO FORESTRY AND AGRICULTURE. Abstracts of Poster Presentations at the 13th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity 18-22 February 2008, Rome, Italy.Resource Type: Reports
This publication comprises the proceedings of the conference ‘The Restoration of Wooded Landscapes’, held at Heriot Watt University in September 2000. The principle aim of the conference was to bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to allow a full and free exchange of views, information and ideas on the theme of native woodland restoration at the landscape scale (areas in excess of 1 km2). This includes creating new native woodland, restoring planted ancient woodland, and expanding existing native woodlands.Resource Type: Reports
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