A warm thanks to all those who joined us for the first technical webinar on the UN Biodiversity Lab!
The recording of the webinar on the 15th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is now available.
This course reviews and discusses the problem of desertification: what it is, its causes, manifestations, effects and scope. It proceeds to provide an overview of international law that has been developed to address desertification and the attendant ecological and socioeconomic problems, primarily by examining the scope of the 1994 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Countries experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa (UNCCD). It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.
This course provides an overview of the international legal framework in the fight against ozone depletion. First, it describes the threats posed to the ozone layer by the use of ozone-depleting substances and analyzes the main obligations under the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol. A brief analysis of main achievements and challenges illustrates the success in reducing the Ozone layer and the need to continue working globally to find substitutes with low global warming potential to ozonedepleting substances.
“Air pollution” describes the presence of substances that are artificially introduced into the air. Air pollution stems from gases, which in excess are harmful to human health, buildings, ecosystems and the environment in general. This course primarily focuses on the problem of long- range transboundary air pollution, mainly in Europe and haze pollution focused on Southeast Asia. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.
The Climate Change International Legal Regime course covers the causes and effect of Climate Change; describes the mechanisms established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and explains the key provisions and commitments established by the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. It presents the legally binding framework in the fight against climate change. It addresses the mitigation of emissions of greenhouse gases and the adaptation to climate change. The course is designed in a way that gives you flexibility to plan your learning process.
Land-based sources account for the 82% of the total marine pollution. Pollution from vessels can take the forms of oil, chemicals, lost cargo and equipment, sewage, garbage, fumes and invasive exotic species. Dumping is the deliberate disposal of wastes at sea. Offshore activity generates minor pollution primarily through the use of oily drilling muds and by production blow outs. This course introduces you to the international legal framework on marine pollution, which covers global and regional legally binding and non-legally binding agreements addressing different sources of pollution.
Marine and coastal areas support a diverse spectrum of marine life and for many people throughout the world, the marine environment is not only a vital source of protein, but the activities which it sustains, such as fisheries, transport and tourism, also provides them with an income. All of these activities have an impact on the marine environment and possibly on biodiversity. All of these activities have an impact on the marine environment and possibly on biodiversity.
The emergence of environmental protection obligations and of the principle of sustainable development, as well as the increased awareness that water resources have to be managed in a holistic approach, have highlighted the need to integrate existing water regulation regimes with rules and principles concerning the environmental aspects of freshwater resources, and to regulate the quantitative and qualitative aspects in an integrated manner. This course introduces you to the international legal framework on freshwater resources, which covers global and regional agreements.
Persistent organic pollutants (“POPs”) are organic chemical substances that remain intact for exceptionally long periods of time, become widely distributed throughout the environment, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms, and are toxic to both humans and wildlife. This course introduces you to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which seeks to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants. The e-course is comprised of three lessons.