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Forests and Water. International momentum and action
  • Forests and Water. International momentum and action
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). March 2013
  • Forests play a crucial role in the hydrological cycle. They influence the amount of water available and regulate surface and groundwater flows while maintaining high water quality. Moreover, forests and trees contribute to the reduction of water-related risks such as landslides, local floods and droughts and help prevent desertification and salinization. This publication provides an overview of forest and water interactions and describes the increasing international momentum gained by this topic. It then presents, in chronological order, summaries of the vari...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Capacity building, Climate change, Communication, Forests, Water availability, Water cycle, Water management

Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda. A guide for decision-makers
  • Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda. A guide for decision-makers
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). February 2013
  • Agroforestry sustains livelihoods, alleviates poverty and promotes productive, resilient agricultural environments. In addition, when practised at scale, it can enhance ecosystems through carbon storage, prevention of deforestation, biodiversity conservation, cleaner water and erosion control while enabling agricultural lands to withstand events such as floods, drought and climate change. The guidelines presented in this report are aimed primarily at all those involved in making policies at national and regional levels, such as decision-makers, civil servants...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Agroforestry, Traditional knowledge

Urban-rural tensions and opportunities for co-management
  • Urban-rural tensions and opportunities for co-management
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. 2012
  • This thematic paper examines urban-rural tensions and opportunities for co-management. It provides a macro view of how urban-rural tensions develop in various domains and how the development of appropriate structures of governance can reduce conflicts and eliminate, or at least ameliorate, the problem.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Rural areas, Urban areas, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water supply

Trends in local groundwater management institutions
  • Trends in local groundwater management institutions
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. 2012
  • This brief account of groundwater institutions attempts to point to the discernible trends in the evolution of local groundwater management institutions and their effectiveness in sustaining the practice of groundwater use. It looks at the scope for securing benefits through improved governance within institutional arrangements and examines the prospects for implementing such improvement. This Technical Paper is organized in three parts: - Part 1 (Baseline) presents a broad overview of the types of local groundwater institutions and identifies a set of key d...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity

Trends in groundwater pollution: loss of groundwater quality and related aquifers services
  • Trends in groundwater pollution: loss of groundwater quality and related aquifers services
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. 2012
  • The purpose of this Thematic Paper is to review the trends in groundwater quality and pollution, taking into account the physical, environmental, institutional and social actors involved in groundwater quality governance. The final goal is to diagnose historical and current issues related to groundwater use under the threat of pollution, and to identify prospects for improved and sustainable aquifer governance through prevention and mitigation of the factors that may impact water quality.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Groundwater, Pollution, Water governance, Water management, Water quality

Management of aquifer recharge and discharge processes and aquifer storage equilibrium
  • Management of aquifer recharge and discharge processes and aquifer storage equilibrium
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. 2012
  • This paper draws attention to case studies from a range of hydro-geological, climatic and societal settings where innovative management has been successful in reversing groundwater storage declines (or increases). Informing and engaging stakeholders in governance has resulted in more resilient outcomes that take better account of local needs. Importantly, in many settings local action by motivated communities has run ahead of state and national policies and been highly effective in managing groundwater storage, increasing farm incomes and protecting the envir...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Groundwater, Water management

Conjunctive use and management of groundwater and surface water
  • Conjunctive use and management of groundwater and surface water
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. 2012
  • Conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water in an irrigation setting is the process of using water from the two different sources for consumptive purposes. The planned conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water has the potential to offer benefits in terms of economic and social outcomes through significantly increased water use efficiency. This paper explores the reasons underpinning the apparent poor approach to full integration in the management and use of both water sources, and the absence of more coordinated planning. This paper is intended to...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Arid zones, Groundwater, Irrigation, Water governance, Water management

The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Executive summary
  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Executive summary
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). December 2012
  • Executive summary of The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Investments, Irrigation

The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future
  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). December 2012
  • This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture, "Investing in agriculture for a better future", makes the case that increasing the levels and the quality of investment in agriculture is central to achieving the hunger eradication goal. It also argues that we need to change the way we invest in agriculture. The report argues that insecure tenure for land, water and other resources can constitute a serious disincentive to invest in agriculture and that negative environmental impacts, inter alia, depletion of natural resources such as soil, water, forests and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Investments, Irrigation

Assessing the potential for poverty reduction through investments in agricultural water management. A methodology for country level analysis
  • Assessing the potential for poverty reduction through investments in agricultural water management. A methodology for country level analysis
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). November 2012
  • This report proposes a methodology for identifying the locations where water constraints are a major factor affecting smallholders' livelihoods and where agricultural water management in general, as well as specific technologies, can boost the poorest farmers' livelihoods. The report presents the methodology used for mapping and assessing the potential for investments in agricultural water management at country level in support of rural livelihoods. The approach presented in the report has been implemented and tested in surveys conducted in Burkina Faso, Ethi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Livelihoods, Poverty, Poverty reduction, Rural areas, Technology, Water management

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