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On-farm practices for the safe use of wastewater in urban and peri-urban horticulture. A training handbook for farmer field schools
  • On-farm practices for the safe use of wastewater in urban and peri-urban horticulture. A training handbook for farmer field schools
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). September 2012
  • This training handbook is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices when using wastewater in vegetable production. It is designed to provide complete information, knowledge and skills for safer and successful production of vegetables in urban and peri-urban farming systems. The handbook covers five major topics: 1. It explains how irrigation water might be polluted with wastewater from the town or city and how using such water for production of fresh vegetables poses health risks to the farmer and to people who eat t...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Health, Irrigation, Monitoring, Pollution, Risk management, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water security

Irrigation in Southern and Eastern Asia in figures. AQUASTAT Survey - 2011
  • Irrigation in Southern and Eastern Asia in figures. AQUASTAT Survey - 2011
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2012
  • This AQUASTAT report presents the most recent information available on water resources and their use in the 22 countries of the Southern and Eastern Asia region, and analyses the changes that have occurred since the first AQUASTAT survey in 1999. It gives a more detailed description of four transboundary river basins in the region, highlighting the different levels of cooperation and the agreements between countries located in the same river basin: the Ganges¿Brahmaputra¿Meghna basin, the Indus basin, the Mekong basin and the Salween basin.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Dams, Disease, Environment, Food security, Health, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Irrigation, Legal aspects, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Water demand, Water management, Water policy, Water quality, Watersheds

Growing Greener Cities. First status report on urban and peri-urban horticulture in Africa
  • Growing Greener Cities. First status report on urban and peri-urban horticulture in Africa
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2012
  • This report draws the attention of policymakers to urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH), and how it can help to grow greener cities in Africa. Based on an Africa-wide survey and on case studies prepared by national experts, the report reviews the current state of UPH in countries across the continent, from Algeria to Zambia, and in cities from Nairobi to Dakar. It presents major findings, detailed profiles of urban and peri-urban horticulture in 22 countries and recommendations for the development of market gardens to serve Africa's rapidly growing urban p...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Green economy, Livelihoods, Markets, Public policy, Urban areas, Urbanization, Wastewater

Crop yield response to water
  • Crop yield response to water
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2012
  • This publication will provide the practitioner with strengthened skills to: assess the effect of water shortages on crop production; investigate the impact of climate change on crop yield; compare the results of several water allocations plans; optimize irrigation scheduling (either full, deficit or supplementary); and enhance management strategies for increased water productivity and water savings.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Food security, Irrigation, Practices and habits , Sustainable development, Technology, Water allocation, Water management, Water saving

Coping with water scarcity. An action framework for agriculture and food security
  • Coping with water scarcity. An action framework for agriculture and food security
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2012
  • This report aims to provide a conceptual framework to address food security under conditions of water scarcity in agriculture. The purpose of this report is twofold. First, to define a water accounting framework that allows water scarcity to be interpreted objectively. Second, to indicate where and how agricultural water management can play a more proactive and effective role in response to increasing concerns over global freshwater scarcity. The document offers views on the conceptual framework on which FAO's water scarcity programme should be based, propos...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global, Oceania
  • Main themes: Accounting, Agriculture, Auditing, Food security, Virtual water, Water availability, Water demand, Water management, Water policy, Water scarcity

(The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012
  • (The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). July 2012
  • The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012 presents a world review of fisheries, aquaculture (including freshwater aquaculture) and related issues. It provides trends and statistics, highlights issues debated worldwide and profiles future scenarios.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Disasters, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Food security, Gender, Recreation

Legal and institutional frameworks
  • Legal and institutional frameworks
  • 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. June 2012
  • Whereas day to day management of groundwater resources takes place within the national sphere, and often at local level, domestic regulatory systems cannot be seen in isolation from international legal frameworks when transboundary aquifers are concerned. In that case international law determines states rights and obligations to which domestic law has to be made compatible. The legal framework for groundwater management should provide answers to key questions such as, who can access groundwater, where, for which purposes and under which conditions? How are aq...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Legal aspects, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water quality, Water User Associations

Groundwater Policy and Governance
  • Groundwater Policy and Governance
  • 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. June 2012
  • This paper starts by pointing to the large, remaining gaps in our understanding of how water is an integral part of society and its relationship to the planet's environment. It recognizes that, at their root, all modes of tapping, distributing, and managing water supplies are the result of organized human effort, usually achieved through institutions. The authors address the role of governance of subsurface water, which according to many practitioners and observers remains largely uncharted, incompletely assessed, and notably uncertain and complex.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Water allocation, Water governance, Water policy

Governance of the subsurface and groundwater frontier
  • Governance of the subsurface and groundwater frontier
  • 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. June 2012
  • This Thematic Paper focuses on the conventional and non conventional use of aquifers, encroachment into the subsurface space and the evolution of groundwater "frontiers" to the extent that they impact aquifers and pose new challenges for groundwater governance. Some uses of underground space, such as mining, are not new, but the scale and intensity of mining activity and the environmental consequence of groundwater recovery in abandoned mines are such that groundwater legislation is having to "catch up". The same applies to the controversial use of hydrofract...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Mining, Oil industry, Pollution, Water governance

System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). Central Framework
  • System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). Central Framework
  • European Commission (EC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Statistics Division, World Bank. May 2012
  • The System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA) Central Framework was adopted as the international statistics standard for environmental-economic accounts by the UN Statistical Commission in 2012. It contains the internationally agreed standard concepts, definitions, classifications, accounting rules and tables for producing internationally comparable statistics on the environment and its relationship with the economy.
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Environment, Information and data, Valuation

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