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Free and Open Source Software Technology for Sustainable Development
Edited by Sulayman K. Sowe, Govindan Parayil and Atsushi Sunami

Free and open source software (FOSS) technologies transcend geographical and cultural boundaries to usher in a new paradigm where volunteers collaboratively develop software for the commons. The political economy of FOSS technologies has far-reaching implications because of the centrality of information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D). The global trend in the diffusion and adoption of FOSS technologies is a testimony to the socio-economic and technological impact the software has for both developed and developing economies. While FOSS development, education and business potentials may appear as a phenomenon for the developed world, a sizable number of developing countries have undertaken bold measures to bring about innovation, sustainable ICT development and technology independence.

UNU Press
-13: 978-92-808-1217-6
September 2012, 360 pages

Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns
Edited by Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira

Much of the debate on green growth and environmental governance tends to be general in nature, and is often conceptual or limited to single disciplines. Even though recent discussions on these topics have benefited from the accumulation of empirical and theoretical knowledge over the last few decades, these discussions have not produced the kind of conceptual novelty and tools necessary to place the notion of a green economy within mainstream political, social and economic agendas. Furthermore, discussions on governance remain mostly in the international sphere with merely tenuous talk on governance at the national and sub-national levels — the levels at which implementation is key. The contributors to this book present the gap that can emerge between intentions and results when green initiatives are put into practice, and highlight the lack of discussion on important topics such as equity. This book includes in-depth discussion on and analysis of specific issues, such as oceans, cities and biodiversity, in order to bring forth solutions that are politically legitimate, socially acceptable and economically viable.
UNU Press
ISBN 978-92-808-1216-9
June 2012, 360 pages

Satoyama and Satoumi: Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being

This book presents the technical findings of the Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) in Japanese, which is a study of the interaction between humans and satoyama-satoumi ecosystems in Japan. The study analyses changes that have occurred in these ecosystems over the last 50 years and explores plausible alternative future scenarios for the year 2050 taking into account various drivers such as governmental and economic policy, climate change, technology and socio-behavioural responses.

Asakura Publishing
ISBN 978-4-254-18035-0
March 2012, 216 pages

Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes of Japan
Edited by Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Koji Nakamura, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Masataka Watanabe and Maiko Nishi

This book presents the technical findings of the Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) in English, which is a study of the interaction between humans and satoyama-satoumi ecosystems in Japan. The study analyses changes that have occurred in these ecosystems over the last 50 years and explores plausible alternative future scenarios for the year 2050 taking into account various drivers such as governmental and economic policy, climate change, technology and socio-behavioural responses.

UNU Press
ISBN 978-92-808-1210-7
March 2012, 518 pages

Traditional Knowledge in Policy and Practice: Approaches to Development and Human Well-being
Edited by Suneetha M. Subramanian and Balakrishna Pisupati

Traditional knowledge (TK) has contributed immensely to shaping development and human well-being. Its influence spans a variety of sectors, including agriculture, health, education and governance. However, in today's world, TK is increasingly underrepresented or under-utilized. Further, while the applicability of TK to human and environmental welfare is well-recognized, collated information on how TK contributes to different sectors is not easily accessible.

UNU Press
ISBN-10: 9280811916
ISBN-13: 978928081191-9
October 2010, 373 pages

Biodiversity Planning: an assessment of national biodiversity strategies and action plans
Christian Prip, Tony Gross, Sam Johnston and Marjo Vierros

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) were developed to play a key role in the national implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). From 2008 - 2010, UNU-IAS carried out an assessment of NBSAPs to draw out lessons learned from national experiences in their development, implementation and revision.

The assessment includes a desk review of relevant NBSAPs, participation in regional NBSAP capacity building workshops and a series of individual country case studies. The assessment contributed to discussions at the Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010 on the implementation of the Convention and the development of the revised Strategic Plan. This report is the outcome of that assessment. 

ISBN 978-92-808-4514-3 (print)
ISBN 978-92-808-4515-0 (pdf)
October 2010, 247 pages
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Advance Guard
Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, Mitigation and Indigenous Peoples
Kirsty Galloway McLean

This compendium presents a wide-ranging overview of more than 400 projects, case studies and research activities specifically related to climate change and Indigenous Peoples. It provides a sketch of the climate and environmental changes, local observations and impacts being felt by communities in different regions, and outlines various adaptation and mitigation strategies that are currently being implemented by Indigenous Peoples – the world’s “advance guard” of climate change – as they use their traditional knowledge and survival skills to trial adaptive responses to change. Read more here.

Read the press release here.

ISBN 978-0-9807084-4-8 (print)
ISBN 978-0-9807084-5-5 (pdf)
October 2010, 128 pages
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Interlinkages and the Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements
W. Bradnee Chambers

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In recent years there has been growing awareness that a major reason for the worsening global environment is the failure to create adequate institutional responses to fully address the scope, magnitude and complexity of environmental problems. Much of the criticism directed at the global institutions has focused on the necessity for greater coordination and synergism among environmental institutions, policies and legal instruments, and the need for approaches that take better account of the inter-relationships between ecological and societal systems. This book seeks to fill the gap in knowledge and policy-making that exists, particularly in international law.

ISBN 978-92-808-1149-0, January 2008, 252 pages; paper; US$34.00, Order from UNU Press.


Developing Countries and the WTO
Edited by Gary P. Sampson and W. Bradnee Chambers

This book addresses the critical policy choices now facing developing countries with respect to trade policy. Experienced negotiators, scholars and trade officials from very different backgrounds offer policy prescriptions to secure a world trading system that will meet the needs of developing countries.

ISBN 978-92-808-1153-7, Tokyo, UNU Press, May 2008, 320 pages; paper; US$32.00, Order from UNU Press 


Institutional Interplay: Biosafety and Trade
Edited by Oran R. Young, W. Bradnee Chambers, Joy A. Kim and Claudia ten Have

International institutions and the consequences of their interplay are emerging as a major agenda item for research and policy. As governments enter into an ever-increasing number of international agreements, questions arise about the overlap of issues, jurisdiction and membership. Of particular interest to practitioners and analysts is how this mélange of institutions at the international level intersects and interrelates to influence and affect the content, operation, performance and effectiveness of a specific institution, as well as the functioning of the overall global governance context. Biosafety, which is an issue that is relevant to numerous institutions, offers an excellent case study for exploring and applying interplay in practical terms.

ISBN 978-92-808-1148-3, Tokyo, UNU Press, February 2008, 200 pages; paper: US$30.00, Order from UNU Press 

Download PDF of Book Biodiversity and Climate Change
Balakrishna Pisupati

While people and biodiversity are impacted by climate change, they also offer potential options to minimize such impacts. This compilation is an attempt to identify challenges posed by climate variability and climate change to biodiversity and how biodiversity can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also identifies some specific linkages between conservation, climate change and human development besides suggesting some actions at the national level to deal with these issues.This publication was lanched on May 22, 2007 to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity.

UNU-IAS, May 2007; 37 pages.

Download PDF of Book The Convention on Biological Diversity: Understanding and Influencing the Process

This is an updated edition of the Guide published in 2006 for participants in the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Curitiba, Brazil. The 2006 edition was prepared by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies by Sam Johnston, Senior Research Fellow and Charles Victor Barber, Research Associate; Tony Gross, Adjunct Senior Fellow and consultant to the Ministry of the Environment, Brazil, and Braulio Ferreira de Sousa Dias, Head of Biodiversity Conservation, Secretariat for Biodiversity and Forests, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil, with the generous support of Conservation International and the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Initiative. The current edition was prepared by Shira Honig, with the assistance of Kate Dillon, of the Equator Initiative.

2008 Version: UNU-IAS, Equator Initiative, May 2008; 46 pages,
2006 Version: UNU-IAS, Equator Initiative, March 2006; 71 pages.

Urban Crisis: Culture and the Sustainability of Cities
Edited by  M. Nadarajah and Ann Tomoko Yamamoto

This book offers fresh insights into the role of culture in fostering community development, environmental awareness and balanced economic growth, and it will be of particular interest to students of urban studies, academics, and civil society groups working on urban issues.

ISBN 978-92-808-1125-4, 450 pages; paper; US$37.00, December 2006

Plant and Agricultural Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions
Albert Sasson

This book, authored by Professor Albert Sasson, provides a state of the art overview of conventional agricultural biotechnology; genetically engineered crops extension, commercialization, benefits and prospects; innovations in advanced crop biotechnology with many examples from developing countries; the future of agricultural bioindustry in both technologically advanced and developing countries.

Monterrey, UNU-IAS/ Coordination of Science and Technology of the State of Nuevo León (COCyTE, N.L), 2006; 444 pages.

Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions
Albert Sasson

This book explores the issues of advanced biotechnology for both developed and developing countries. It examines the progress made over the years and provides a snapshot of perceptions around this growing industry.

ISBN 92-808-1114-2; Tokyo, UNU Press, August 2005; 152 pages, US$28.00
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The WTO and Sustainable Development
Gary P. Sampson

This book identifies an inventory of policy issues that fall within the overlap between trade and sustainable development, and analyses the implications of this overlap. It presents policy options that are both ambitious and realistic, the pursuit of which could contribute to more coherent and mutually supportive action on the part of governments to both trade and sustainable development.

ISBN 92-808-1115-0; Tokyo, UNU Press, August 2005; 330 pages, US$45.00 
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Reforming International Environmental Governance
W. Bradnee Chambers and Jessica F. Green (eds)

This book looks at the costs and benefits of different models and approaches to reforming international environmental governance and provides substantive analysis to future debates.

ISBN 92-808-1111-8; Tokyo, UNU Press, June 2005; 300 pages, US$30.00
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Trade, Environment, and the Millennium (2nd edition)
Gary P Sampson and W Bradnee Chambers (eds)

Updated edition on the trade and environment debate; a broadened and deepened examination of issues in the light of the experience of the failed negotiations in Seattle, and other relevant developments in the WTO over the past two years.

ISBN 92-808-1064-2, Tokyo, UNU Press, 2002, 450 pages US$26.95
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Globalization and the Sustainability of Cities in the Asia Pacific Region
Fu-chen Lo and Peter Marcotullio (eds)

This book analyses the impact of globalisation on cities in the Asia-Pacific, focusing on the region's specific urban concerns and on broader theoretical issues surrounding social and environmental conditions in major metropolitan centres. 

ISBN 92-808-1060-X; Tokyo, UNU Press, 2001, 550 pages; US$36.95 
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