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Conference book from the International UN-Water Conference 'Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20'. Chapter 2. Challenges and opportunities for water in the transition to a green economy

Conference book from the International UN-Water Conference 'Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20'. Chapter 1. Water on the Road to Rio+20

Water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. Technical paper
  • Water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. Technical paper
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). November 2011
  • Building on recent reviews on climate change impacts on freshwater resources and adaptation strategies, this technical paper analyses existing scientific information on observed and projected impacts of climate change on water, provides information on links between climate change and freshwater resources and on adaptation to climate change in the water sector. Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change may wish to use the information contained in this technical paper as they consider implementing adaptation action under the Convention, including...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Vulnerability, Water management

Shanghai Manual: A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century
  • Shanghai Manual: A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). November 2011
  • This manual is intended to provide a resource on sustainable urban development to mayors, urban planners and decision-makers of cities around the world and is a result of the debates that took place at the World Expo 2010, held in Shanghai, dedicated to the theme "Better City, Better Life." The chapters in this Manual reflect the topics that were analyzed in depth during the thematic forums organized during the Shanghai Expo. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme. There is a discussion of issues and challenges faced by city leaders followed by a descript...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water supply

Managing the growing impacts of development on fragile coastal and marine ecosystems: Lessons from the Gulf
  • Managing the growing impacts of development on fragile coastal and marine ecosystems: Lessons from the Gulf
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). November 2011
  • The eight countries surrounding the Gulf (referred to as both the Persian and Arabian Gulf) - Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates - share a valuable marine ecosystem that now risks becoming seriously degraded by a number of anthropogenic impacts. This policy report highlights the greatest environmental threats facing the Gulf region and offers advice to managers and decision makers on how to avoid or mitigate the impacts of coastal development and improve environmental management.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Middle-East
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Climate change, Coastal zones, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Pollution, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water governance, Water quality

Economic Assessment of Sanitation Interventions in the Philippines. A six-country study conducted in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines and Vietnam under the Economics of Sanitation Initiative (ESI)

Keeping track of our changing environment. From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)
  • Keeping track of our changing environment. From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2011
  • This report provides a compilation of statistical data, numerically-based graphs and illustrative 'before and after' satellite images tracking environmental changes that have swept the planet over the last twenty years since decision-makers met at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The report includes trends in natural hazards (floods, droughts, etc.) and in improved sanitation and drinking water coverage among others. The specific case of the Mesopotamian Marshlands is analysed.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global, Middle-East
  • Main themes: Drought, Ecosystem services, Environment, Floods, Monitoring

Identifying the Potential for Results-Based Financing for Sanitation
  • Identifying the Potential for Results-Based Financing for Sanitation
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). November 2011
  • This working paper aims to identify practical ideas for advancing the use of innovative financing mechanisms focused on results and performance, with a view to supporting the delivery of sustainable sanitation services. To this end, the document reviews: (1) The rationale for examining Results-Based Financing (RBF) instruments for sanitation; (2) Current issues with sanitation, where -misaligned incentives- mean that inadequate services are being provided or demanded; (3) How public funding, if allocated based on results, could help with realigning incentives...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Sanitation, Utility services

Summary Human Development Report 2011. Sustainability and Equity: a better future for all

Human Development Report 2011. Sustainability and Equity: a better future for all
  • Human Development Report 2011. Sustainability and Equity: a better future for all
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). November 2011
  • The Human Development Report 2011 explores the intersections between environmental sustainability and equity. The Report reveals how environmental degradation hurts poor and vulnerable groups more than others. The devastating impacts of lack of access to potable water and to basic sanitation is addressed in Chapter 3 'Tracing the effects - understanding the relations', and the issue of 'Water access, water security and sanitation' is addressed in Chapter 4 'Positive synergies-winning strategies for the environment, equity and human development'.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Green economy, Participation, Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water policy, Water security, Water supply

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