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Rapid Response Assessment Series

In response to increasing urgency in the need for targeted and acute information on the environment, UNEP has initiated a special report series - Rapid Response Assessments (RRA), hosted at GRID-Arendal. In principle, a Rapid Response team is compiled based on the specific demands in each case, selected upon their expertise worldwide in the required field. The reports are delivered within anything from weeks to months depending on the issue and task involved, covering all fields from marine to terrestrial using the latest scientific, model and satellite information brought together with direct field investigations anywhere, anytime - and undergo rigorous peer review prior to release. The reports have so far gained substantial ground, policy and media impact and are characterized by clear messages on critical issues, graphics and limited text.

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The Environmental Crime Crisis
Given the alarming pace, level of sophistication, and globalized nature that illegal trade in wildlife has now notoriously achieved, UNEP initiated a Rapid Response Assessment to provide some of the latest data, analysis, and broadest insights ...
24 Jun 2014
Elephants in the Dust - The African Elephant Crisis
The African elephant, the largest remaining land mammal on the planet, is facing thegreatest crisis in decades. Reports of mass elephant killings in the media vividly illustratethe situation across many African elephant range States. This Rapid ...
06 Mar 2013
Stolen Apes - The illicit trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans
The illegal trade in wildlife makes up one part of the multi-billion dollar business thatis environmental crime and is increasingly being perpetrated at the cost of the poorand vulnerable.
04 Mar 2013
Green Carbon, Black Trade: Illegal Logging, Tax Fraud and Laundering in the Worlds Tropical Forests
Environmental crime and the illegal grabbing of natural resources is becoming an evermore sophisticated activity requiring national authorities and law enforcement agenciesto develop responses commensurate with the scale and the complexity of t ...
27 Sep 2012
Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes
Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent droughts and floods which are having economic but also profound social consequences. The women and people of As ...
06 Dec 2011
Living Planet: Connected Planet – Preventing the End of the World’s Wildlife Migrations through Ecological Networks
Through the air, over land and in water, over ten thousand species numbering millions of animals travel around the world in a network of migratory pathways. The very foundation of these migratory species is their connection to places and corrid ...
21 Nov 2011
Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities
Africa is currently the least urbanised region in the world, but this is changing fast. Of the billion people living on the African continent, about 40 per cent lives in urban areas. The urban population in Africa doubled from 205 million in 19 ...
21 Mar 2011
Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development
Biodiversity and ecosystems deliver crucial services to humankind – from food security to keeping our waters clean, buffering against extreme weather, providing medicines to recreation and adding to the foundation of human culture. Together the ...
03 Jun 2010
The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin
Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, degradation of habitat from logging, mining and c ...
24 Mar 2010
Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development
“Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development” not only identifies the threats to human and ecological health and the consequences of inaction, but also presents opportunities, where appropriate policy and ma ...
19 Mar 2010
Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon
A new Rapid Response Assessment report released 14 October 2009 at the Diversitas Conference, Cape Town Conference Centre, South Africa. Compiled by experts at GRID-Arendal and UNEP in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural Organizatio ...
14 Oct 2009
The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation
A rapid response assessment report released by UNEP to mark World Environment Day 2009 indicates thatboosting investments in conservation, restoration and management of natural ecosystems will not only become important, but will provide our bes ...
05 Jun 2009
The Environmental Food Crisis
The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises A new rapid response assessment report released by UNEP warns that up to 25% of the world’s food production may become lost due to environmental breakdown by 2050 unless action is taken.
17 Feb 2009
In Dead Water
Merging of Climate Change With Pollution, Over-Harvest, and Infestations in the World's Fishing Grounds A rapid response report that mapsthe multiple and combined impacts of pollution; alien infestations; over-exploitation and climate change ...
15 Apr 2008
The Last Stand of the Orangutan
State of Emergency: Illegal Logging, Fire and Palm Oil in Indonesia's National Parks The survival of orangutans and other rain forest wildlife in Indonesia is seriously endangered by illegal logging, forest fires including those associated wit ...
17 Oct 2007
Our Precious Coasts
Marine pollution, climate change and the resilience of coastal ecosystems. The ability of coral reefs to survive in a globally-warming world may crucially depend on the levels of pollution to which they are exposed, new findings indicate.
29 Apr 2006