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UNEP Publications Catalogue

This mini UNEP 2008 catalogue lists some 30
recent titles. Many are available on the Internet: and hard copies
can be ordered through UNEPs on-line bookstore:
Please use the order form that accompanies the
catalogue to make your order or alternatively
visit: The on-line bookshop
has an array of older UNEP publications and also
publications on the environment by sister UN
agencies and environmental NGOs. The Environment
in Print 2008 catalogue is also available on UNEPs
homepage at

UNEP 2008
Cover Photograph: 2008 Veer collection, Corbis Corporation
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Kick the Habit: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality

Kick The Habit: A UN guide to Climate Neutrality is written by experts
from many disciplines and various countries, with leading research
organizations involved in preparing and reviewing the publication. Aimed
at a broad audience, it presents solutions for individuals, businesses,
cities and countries plus other groups that have similar characteristics
such as NGO and intergovernmental organizations. The book is rich in
case studies, illustrations, maps and graphics and serves as a reference
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 200 pages
ISBN: 9789280729269
Price: $20.00
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This publication (formerly the GEO Year Book) is the fifth annual report
on the changing environment produced in collaboration with many
world environmental experts. The UNEP Year Book 2008 highlights the
increasing complexity and interconnections of climate change, ecosystem
integrity, human well-being, and economic development. It examines
the emergence and influence of economic mechanisms and market driven
approaches for addressing environmental degradation, and it describes
recent research findings and policy decisions that affect our awareness
of and response to changes in our global climate and environment. Also
available in French, ISBN: 9789280728781 Spanish: 9789280728804
Chinese: 9789280728767 Arabic: 9789280728750 Russian: 9789280728798
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 60 pages
ISBN: 9789280728774
Price: $20.00
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Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign

This publication introduces but a fraction of the energy and results inspired
by the Campaign. It is intended to convey the range of partners moved
to action: from children to giant corporations, from womens groups to
technocrats, dancers to diplomats, farmers to national governments. Trees
are more significant than many of us might imagine. They commemorate
births and lives lived, they beautify slums, farms and grand avenues, they
provide shade, oxygen, and delight. They cool the Earth. Also available in
French, ISBN: 9789280729023 Spanish: 9789280729009
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 9789280728965
Price: $15.00
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Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

Increasing concern as to how human activities impact Africas
environment has led to documentation and quantification of the changes
taking place. Through a combination of ground photographs, current and
historical satellite images, and narrative based on extensive scientific
evidence, this publication illustrates how humans have altered their
surroundings and continue to make observable and measurable changes
to Africa and its environment. The Atlas covers change in each of
Africas 53 countries, with reports on their progress toward the United
Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7: Ensure environmental
sustainability. Also available in French, ISBN: 9789280729016
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Hardback, 374 pages
ISBN: 9789280728712
Price: $150.00
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Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4) : Environment for Development

The fourth report in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series provides
a comprehensive, scientifically credible, policy-relevant and up-to-date
assessment of, and outlook for, the state of the global environment. GEO-4
is published 20 years after the landmark World Commission on Sustainable
Development report - Our Common Future. Environment for Development is
the GEO-4 underlying theme and the report pays special attention to the
role and impact of the environment on human well-being as well as to the
use of environmental valuation as a tool for decision-making. Also available
in French, ISBN: 9789280728378 Spanish: 9789280728385
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 540 pages
ISBN: 9789280728361
Price: $80.00
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Africas Lakes: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

The dramatic and, in some cases, damaging environmental changes
sweeping Africas lakes are brought into sharp focus in this atlas. The
Atlas of African Lakes compares and contrasts spectacular satellite images
of the past few decades with contemporary ones. It covers the rapid
shrinking of Lake Songor in Ghana, partly as a result of intensive salt
production, and the extraordinary changes in the Zambezi river system as
a result of the building of the Cabora Basa dam site, beside more familiar
images of the near 90 per cent shrinkage of Lake Chad. Other impacts,
some natural and some human-made, include the extensive deforestation
around Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Satellite measurements, detailing the falling
water levels of Lake Victoria are also mapped. Africas largest freshwater
lake is now about a meter lower than it was in the early 1990s.
Year of Publication: 2006
Binding: Hardback, 90 pages
ISBN: 9280726943
Price: $60.00
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Climate Action
Climate Action is an international communication platform established
by Sustainable Development International in partnership with the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to educate businesses,
governments and NGOs as to what they can do to reduce their carbon
footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Further, the
high-profile publication and supporting website will assist institutional
investors in analysing and comparing companies that are responding
to the business risks and opportunities resulting from global warming.
Second edition to be published in December 2008.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperpack, 292 pages
ISBN: 9780955440854
Price: $40.00
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UNEP 2007 Annual Report

This summary of UNEPs activities in 2007 provides an overview of the
organizations contribution to the fight against climate change in a year
in which unequivocal evidence established that global warming is the
defining challenge of our era. The report also looks at the broad range of
other activities carried out by UNEP as it follows its mandate to provide
environmental leadership and promote sustainable development. Also
available in French, ISBN: 9789280729085 Spanish: 9789280729092
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 120 pages
ISBN: 9789280729078
Price: $10.00
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Africa Environment Outlook 2. Our Environment, Our Wealth (AEO-2)

This is UNEPs second comprehensive integrated report on the African
environment. AEO 2 is the outcome of a collaborative initiative between
AMCEN, six sub-regional collaborating centers, environmental experts and
UNEP. It highlights the central position Africas environment continues to
play in sustainable development, enhancing human well-being, as well as
its potential to achieve tremendous progress in the implementation of the
Millenium Development Goals. The report profiles Africas environmental
resources as an asset for the continents development. Also available in
French, ISBN: 9789280727354
Year of Publication: 2006
Binding: paperback, 576 pages
ISBN: 9789280726919
Price: $60.00
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Ting and the Possible Futures

This science fiction storybook brings to life the frightening but real
possibilities of an out-of-control climate crisis. It also introduces
the positive, creative and very doable steps we can all take to save
our climate and in so doing a greener, more humane and beautiful
future. This childrens story is part of the Tunza Environmental
Series for Children. Tunza means to treat with care of affection in
Kiswahili. UNEP (the publisher) hopes to inspire caring for the Earth
through creative literature that sparks the interest and awareness of
children, their parents and teachers. Also available in French, ISBN:
9789280729313 Spanish: 9789280729320
Year of Production: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 30 pages
ISBN: 9789280729276
Price: $8.00
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Togu and the Trees of Life

Part of UNEPs series of cartoon books on the environment for children,
Togu takes its readers on a trip to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
The conflict between traditional ways of life and the modern world is
explored through the friendship between two children from different
backgrounds who together find a solution to protecting the forest
without stopping economic progress. Also available in French, ISBN:
9789280729290 Spanish: 9789280729306
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 30 pages
ISBN: 9789280728811
Price: $8.00
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Global Outlook for Ice and Snow

This new analysis focuses on the changes in ice-and-snow covered
regions and highlights consequences for the global community. Global
Outlook for Ice and Snow provides an up-to-date, concise review of
the state of the environment and the trends in ice and snow-covered
regions (cryosphere) of the world. It features case studies, illustrations,
graphics and maps and serves as an educational and reference
publication. With a broad target audience that includes decision-makers
at many levels, the report looks at the significance of changes in the
cryosphere to human well-being and the implications for policy.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 235 pages
ISBN: 9789280727999
Price: $40.00
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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: An Environmental Review

This report aims to analyze the projects implemented by the city of
Beijing to incorporate environmental sustainability into the 2008
Olympic Games and fulfil the environmental commitments made during
the candidature phase. Beijing set ambitious environmental goals to
show the world its commitment to sustainable development. The project
areas range from addressing air and water quality and waste management
to including environmental considerations in new infrastructure
development. Also available in French, ISBN: 9789280728972
Year of Production: 2007
Binding: paperback, 163 pages
ISBN: 9789280728880
Price: $30.00
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Labour and the Environment: A Natural Synergy

This publication presents examples of the application of technical
expertise, of workplace participation, and of tools that promote workers
health and safety problems that extend beyond the workplace into areas
such as environmental protection, public health and accountability of
employers. It focuses on crucial issues ranging from climate change and
energy, chemicals management, and corporate social responsibility and
accoutability to future involvement of workers and trade unions with the
environment and with efforts to move towards sustainability.
Year of Production: 2007
Binding: paperback, 138 pages
ISBN: 9789280727401
Price: $25.00
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In Dead Water
This new rapid response report has, for the first time, mapped the
multiple and combined impacts of pollution; alien infestations; overexploitation and climate change on the seas and oceans. The worst
concentration of cumulative impacts of climate change with existing
pressures of over-harvest, bottom trawling, invasive species , coastal
development and pollution appear to be concentrated in 10-15 per cent
of the oceans concurrent with todays most important fishing grounds
says the report.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback 62 pages
ISBN: 9788277010489
Price: $10.00
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Deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystems: A scoping report on their

socio-economy, management and governance
UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series No. 28
This report was produced in close collaboration with scientists and
experts under HERMES (Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Margins
of European Seas), a large, interdisciplinary deep-sea research project
supported by the European Commissions Framework Six Programme.
The aim of HERMES is to understand better the biodiversity, structure,
function and dynamics of ecosystems along Europes deep-ocean margin,
in order that appropriate and sustainable management strategies can
be developed based on scientific knowledge. UNEP joined HERMES as a
partner in October 2006 with a view to disseminating relevant scientific
deep-sea discoveries and results obtained under the project.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 84 pages
ISBN: 9789280728927
Price: $25.00
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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector

Frameworks, Tools and Practices
With its close connections to the environment and climate itself, tourism
is considered to be a vulnerable and highly climate-sensitive economic
sector, similar to agriculture, insurance, energy and transportation.
In 2005, tourisms contribution to GHG emissions was estimated to
be approximately 5%. In response to this challenge this publication
is designed to provide a provide pragmatic platform to strengthen the
capacity of professionals to understand and respond effectively to the
global challenges of climate change in tourism destinations.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: paperback, 136 pages
ISBN: 9789280729215
Price: $40.00
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The Last Stand of the Orangutan : State of Emergency : Illegal

Logging, Fire and Palm Oil in Indonesias National Parks
The report is prepared by GRASP, the Great Ape Survival Project lead by
UNEP and UNESCO in collaboration with a wide range of NGOs. Recent
estimates suggest there are between 45,000 and 69,000 Bornean
and no more than 7,300 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild. The
orangutans share their habitat with a wild range of other threatened and
ecologically important species including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran
rhinoceros and Asian elephant.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: paperback, 49 pages
ISBN: 9788277010435
Price: $15.00
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Buildings and Climate Change, Status Challenges and Opportunities

The building sector contributes up to 40% of greenhouse gas emissions,
mostly from energy use during the life time of buildings. Identifying
opportunities to reduce these emissions has become a priority in
the global effort to reduce climate change. Buildings and Climate
Change provides an overview of current knowledge about greenhouse
gas emissions from buildings, and presents opportunities for their
minimisation. Examples of policies and tools applied in different
countries to improve energy efficiency in buildings are presented, as are
selected case studies on initiatives to reduce energy use in buildings.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 78 pages
ISBN: 9789280727951
Price: $20.00
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Energizing Cleaner Production : A Guide for Trainers

This guide Energizing Cleaner Production a Guide for Trainers, includes a
Management Course for company managers, which outlines an approach
to improve energy effciency, more effective national policies, mechanisms
to finance projects, and the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto
Protocol. The Guide also includes a Technical Course providing company
staff with more detailed knowledge about energy equipment, such as
boilers and electric motors, and training to assess performance and
identify cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 74 pages
ISBN: 9789280727975
Price: $30.00
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Sudan Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment

The Sudan Post Conflict Environmental Assessment provides an overview
of environmental status and issues for Sudan and its territorial waters of
the Red Sea. It focuses on linkages between the environment, conflict
and the ongoing humanitarian and development programmes. Topics
addressed include environmental institutions and legislation, the marine
and freshwater environments, agricultural land use and degradation,
forestry, wildlife conservation and protected areas and the impact and
environmental resource needs of displaced populations.
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 354 pages
ISBN: 9789280727029
Price: $40.00
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Tourism and Mountains: A practical guide to managing the social and

environmental impacts of mountain tours
Travel to mountain ecosystems is increasing at a rapid pace, as growing
numbers of tourists are attracted to the clean air, unique landscapes and
wildlife, scenic beauty, culture, history, and recreational opportunities
that mountain destinations offer. While this growth provides important
benefits to local communities and national economies, the very
popularity of mountain areas also poses a potential threat to the
health of their natural and cultural resources. Mountains, which make
up nearly a quarter of all land area on Earth and are home to at least
12 per cent of the worlds human population, contain a wide variety of
habitats, many of which have extremely high levels of unique and rich
biodiversity. Also available in French, ISBN: 9789280728545 Spanish:
ISBN: 9789280728552
Year of Publication: 2007
Binding: Paperback, 29 pages
ISBN: 9789280728316
Price: $40.00
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Global Glacier Change: facts and figures

This publication is about the worlds surface ice on land outside the
two polar ice sheets. It provides a sound and well illustrated review on
the basis of available data, the global distribution of glaciers and ice
caps, and their changes since maximum extents of the so-called Little
Ice Age. The publication was prepared in a joint project of the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Glacier Monitoring
Service (WGMS). It was written by the officers of the WGMS and reviewed
by scientists from around the world with expertise in the research and
monitoring of glaciers and ice caps.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 90 pages
ISBN: 9789280728989
Price: $30.00
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Freshwater under Threat: Africa-Asia Summary

This Summary carried out by UNEP and the Asian Institute of Technology
(AIT) gives an overview of the key messages and opportunities for action
derived from other publications in the freshwater under threat series.
The aim of the studies was to facilitate the management of vulnerability
risks at transboundary, national, and local river, lake and groundwater
basin levels by assessing the impacts of environmental and human-driven
changes on water resources.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 9789280729436
Price: free of charge
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Green Breakthroughs: Solving Environmental Problems Through

Innovative Policies and Law
This publication describes policies and laws that have been used
effectively to solve environmental problems. Success stories are drawn from
45 countries, as well as from regional groupings such as those in Africa,
the Caribbean and Europe. Others involve countries that share major rivers
and lakes, or that are joined in common global endeavors. It is a guide to
some proven innovative solutions, in which the world can invest to realize
the goals of environmental protection and sustainable development in the
broader context of the Millennium Development Goals.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
ISBN: 9789280729047
Price: $15.00
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Marine litter in the Northwest Pacific Region

Marine litter/solid waste is becoming a significant contributor to
marine pollution in all oceans. Many types of marine litter persist for
hundreds of years, and volumes are accumulating; synthetic/plastic
litter particularly damages ecological, economic, cultural, recreational
and aesthetic values of coastal and marine ecosystems and their
components. UNEP, through the Global Programme for Action and the
Regional Seas Programme is active in raising awareness about the marine
litter problem; one of its activities has been to commission a series of
reports on the assessment of the marine litter problem, this particular
publication concentrates on the North West Pacific.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 63 pages
ISBN: 9789280729594
Price: free of charge
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Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 Analysis of

Trends and Issues in the Financing of Renewable Energy and
Energy Efficiency
UNEP SEFI and New Energy Finance are pleased to release this years
Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 Report. The report
provides an overview of capital flows and an analysis of the trends in
sustainable energy investment activity. Global investment in sustainable
energy broke all previous records in 2007, with $148.4 billion of new
money raised, an increase of 60% over 2006. Total investment in
sustainable energy, including acquisition activity, was $204.9 billion.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 70 pages
ISBN: 9789280729399
Price: $35.00
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Climate Change and Tourism Responding to Global Challenges

This publication contains the key proceedings and technical report of
the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism,
held in Davos, Switzerland, 1-3 October 2007. The Davos Declaration
and the summary of the conference debates demonstrate a clear
commitment of the tourism sector to address climate change issues,
and provide concrete recommendations for actions. It provides a
synthesis of the state of knowledge about current and future likely
impacts of climate change on tourism destinations around the world,
possible implications for tourist demand, current levels and trends in
GHG emissions from the tourism sector, and an overview of policy and
management responses by key stakeholders with respect to adaptation
to and mitigation of climate change.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9789284412341
Price: $60.00
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UNEP/UNESCO youthXchange Training Kit on Sustainable Consumption:

Towards Sustainable Lifestyles (2nd Edition 2008)
What is UNEP UNESCO youthXchange? YouthXchange is a train the
trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns
among young consumers worldwide. The kit provides statistics, case
studies, games, examples of real companies going more sustainable, and
direction on how explain sustainable lifestyles to a young audience.
The topics are tackled under youth-oriented headings: clothing, leisure,
travels, underground culture, experiences of other young people etc.
Year of Publication: 2008
Binding: Paperback, 84 Pages
ISBN: 9789280721283
Price: free of charge
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High Sky: Ozone Layer Education for Secondary School (English,

French, Spanish)
This guide targeted at secondary schools students (13-15 years old)
includes teachers and students book. It contains an active teaching
and learning programme to enable teachers and children to learn about
simple solutions to protect the ozone layer and safely enjoy the sun. The
pack is jointly developed by UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO.
ISBN: 9789280729344
Price: free of charge
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