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Environment Unit Staff
Sustainable Environment is one of the key elements for Sustainable Development. In line with the environmental priorities and international commitments reflected in the Rio+20 outcome - The Future We Want, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), UNCRD Environment Unit is currently focusing on three emerging urban issues - transport, waste management, and biodiversity - that have significant impacts on the socioeconomic and bio-physical environment, and has been providing the needed technical assistance to developing countries at the local and national levels in following projects:

  1. Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST)

  2. 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)/Waste Management

  3. IPLA - International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities

  4. Biodiversity

  5. Environment Unit Staff

The overall goal of the Environment Unit is to address and mainstream environmental considerations in the overall policy-making, planning, and development process at local, regional, and national levels. In this regard, the specific goals of the Environment Unit are:
  1. Building capacity of local and national governments to effectively address specific environmental issues, concerns, and strategic measures in areas (e.g., transport, waste management, agriculture, and freshwater) that have significant relevance and implications in the context of sustainable regional development;
  2. Responding to emerging issues of concern, such as climate change and human health impacts; and
  3. Fostering community-based natural resource/environment management to achieve the MDGs.

The strategy of Environment Unit is to address the environment in the context of sustainable development. While the actions and/or policies at the national level have regional (development) implications (top down), the awareness or responses and actions at the local and regional levels also have significant implications at the national level (bottom up) in achieving the goals under national development agenda or action plans. Yet regional disparities continue to persist in and among many of the developing countries.
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