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Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland
  • Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2011
  • Ogoniland has been the site of oil industry operations since the late 1950s. Ogoniland has a tragic history of pollution from oil spills and oil well fires, although no systematic scientific information has been available about the ensuing contamination. The Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland covers contaminated land, groundwater, surface water, sediment, vegetation, air pollution, public health, industry practices and institutional issues. This report represents the best available understanding of what has happened to the environment of Ogoniland - and th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Emergency situations, Environment, Groundwater, Health, Industry, Oil industry, Pollution, Sustainable development, Water quality

Valuing Water Quality Improvement in China. A Case Study of Lake Puzhehei in Yunnan Province
  • Valuing Water Quality Improvement in China. A Case Study of Lake Puzhehei in Yunnan Province
  • World Bank. August 2011
  • This paper reports an economic valuation study conducted in Yunnan, China, which aims to estimate the total value of a real investment project to improve the water quality of Lake Puzhehei. Located in Qiubei County, which is far from large cities, the lake has been experiencing fast water quality deterioration in the past years. This study also demonstrates that previous knowledge about water quality changes and the project may have a significant positive impact on people's valuation.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Investments, Pollution, Valuation, Water quality, Watersheds

Glossary of glacier mass balance and related terms
  • Glossary of glacier mass balance and related terms
  • nternational Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). August 2011
  • This glossary, produced by a Working Group of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), is the first comprehensive update of glacier mass-balance terms for more than 40 years. The mass balance of a glacier is a measure of the change in mass of the glacier, or part of it, over a period of time. Mass-balance data help to explain why a particular glacier system may be advancing or retreating and what climate drivers (e.g. decreased snow accumulation; increased surface melt) are responsible for the changes. Mass-balance information is essentia...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Glaciers

Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters. Executive Summary
  • Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters. Executive Summary
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). August 2011
  • This executive summary synthesizes key findings from the Report "Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters". The Executive Summary also underlines horizontal issues such as advancement of transboundary cooperation, climate change impacts and ecological and biodiversity issues, deriving from the assessment of 25 Ramsar Sites and other wetlands of transboundary importance contained in this Second Assessment.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Europe
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Development cooperation, Groundwater, Information and data, Lakes, Negotiation, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water management, Watersheds

Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters
  • Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). August 2011
  • This Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the status of transboundary waters in the European and Asian parts of the UNECE region. The Assessment presents an analysis of pressures, quantity and quality status, transboundary impacts, as well as responses and future trends of transboundary water resources in the region and highlights regional differences, specificities and vulnerabilities. Legal, institutional and socio-economic issues have a prominent place in this Second Assessment, ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Europe
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Development cooperation, Groundwater, Information and data, Lakes, Negotiation, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water management, Watersheds

Monitoring Framework for Water
  • Monitoring Framework for Water
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). August 2011
  • Jointly produced by the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), this briefing note aims for a better understanding of international methodological standards for water which have been developed by the international statistical community. The note will help water professionals step outside the 'water box' and take into account broader social, political and economic issues affecting the use and allocation of water resources
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Monitoring, Water management, Water policy

(The) Bioenergy and Water Nexus. Executive Summary

(The) Bioenergy and Water Nexus
  • (The) Bioenergy and Water Nexus
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2011
  • This report, building on the work of various new initiatives including UNEP's International Resource Panel, provides recommendations and outlines options in respect to bioenergy in support of a Green Economy. The report primarily addresses the following two questions: 1) how are the production and use of bioenergy products likely to influence the future state of water resources? 2) how can society mitigate impacts and guide development towards sustainable use of these resources, including groundwater, rivers, and riparian and wetland systems? In considering t...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Green economy

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security. Synthesis Report
  • An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security. Synthesis Report
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2011
  • This publication looks at how an ecosystem services approach to the management of water and other natural resources, and the policies that affect that management, can create more stable and sustainable food production and enhanced food security. It brings together the best thinking available from a number of fields to tease out the interconnections between ecosystems, water and food; suggests a way forward; and identifies specific ecosystem-based opportunities to increase food production in ways that make optimal use of water resources, protect the resource b...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Food security

Abiotic disturbances and their influence on forest health. A review
  • Abiotic disturbances and their influence on forest health. A review
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2011
  • Abiotic disturbances, disturbances caused by non living factors, are a natural and integral part of forest ecosystems that have major impacts, positive and negative. This paper reviews the current knowledge on the impacts of abiotic disturbances. Events are discussed within five categories: Meteorological: cyclones, storms (wind, snow, ice and hail, dust and sand), tornadoes, and thunderstorms and lightning; Climatological: drought, hydrological floods and flash floods, avalanches, landslides and mudslides; Geophysical: tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic erup...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drought, Ecosystems, Floods, Forests, Meteorology

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