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Fresh Water for the future. A synopsis of UNEP activities in water
  • Fresh Water for the future. A synopsis of UNEP activities in water
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). June 2012
  • This booklet presents UNEP's comparative advantages and its catalytic role in influencing other partners and UN agencies in meeting global water challenges. It highlights a few of the organisation's achievements and success stories over time as well as contemporary water challenges for further considerations along with partners as part of the international agenda. The cases presented illustrate UNEP's work at the global, regional, national, catchment and sub-catchment levels. Themes covered include water quality, restoring ecosystems, coping with climate chan...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Ecosystem services, Financing, Green economy, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pollution, Sustainable development, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water management, Watersheds

Measuring Water Use in a Green Economy
  • Measuring Water Use in a Green Economy
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). May 2012
  • This report analyses the different ways for quantifying and accounting for water flows and productivity within the economy (including environmental needs). Based on data from the literature, the report provides the current state of knowledge of the different indicators and tools for quantifying water productivity and highlights why this is important for developing robust allocation and management systems that preserve the natural capital. The report focuses on two main elements: 1) the conceptual background and knowledge on how water use puts pressure on the ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Middle-East
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Green economy, Information and data, Sustainable development, Virtual water, Vulnerability, Water balance, Water footprint, Water governance, Water policy, Water scarcity

Freshwater under threat. Pacific Islands. Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change
  • Freshwater under threat. Pacific Islands. Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2012
  • This study undertakes a vulnerability assessment of the freshwater resources of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). The approach assumes that the vulnerability of freshwater resources is dependent upon the resources available to meet the productive, consumptive and environment uses; the pollution and development pressures; and the management capacity to respond to these pressures. This approach highlights the importance of drivers such as climate variability and change, population growth, urban migration and economic development to water resource vulnerabili...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Climate change, Information and data, Islands, State of water resources, Vulnerability, Water availability, Water security

Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services
  • Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). March 2012
  • This document discusses the need to balance short-term water productivity gains - in particular in agriculture - with the long-term role that water flows provide for maintaining sustainable landscape ecosystem services, and serving multiple benefits to human well-being. The document provides a summary of concepts around the nexus of water productivity, water flows in landscapes and ecosystem services. It gives examples (through case studies) on the trade-offs and opportunities between water productivity improvements and the water-related services provided by ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Ecosystem services, Environment, Forests, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Livelihoods, Water security, Wetlands

21 Issues for the 21st Century. Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues
  • 21 Issues for the 21st Century. Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2012
  • The purpose of the UNEP Foresight Process is to produce, every two years, a careful and authoritative ranking of the most important emerging issues related to the global environment. The output of the UNEP Foresight Process is a ranked list of 21 emerging issues described in a way that reflects their linkages to the various dimensions of sustainable development. The issues relate to the major themes of the global environment, as well as important cross-cutting issues. The chapter on Freshwaters and Marine Issues addresses two main water-related issues: New In...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Biodiversity, Climate change, Energy, Environment, Sustainable development, Technology, Wastewater, Water conservation

Integrated Water Resources Management Planning Approach for Small Island Developing States
  • Integrated Water Resources Management Planning Approach for Small Island Developing States
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2012
  • This Resource Book provides a suite of case studies of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world, and based on those experiences, describes a practical and logical framework of activities for the planning, development and implementation of integrated water resources management/integrated water development plans at the national level, at the level of watersheds and at the level of villages and communities. There are three issues that are core to these Guidelines: Stakeholder Participation;...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Communication, Gender, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Islands, Participation, Scenarios, Water management

Green growth, resources and resilience. Environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
  • Green growth, resources and resilience. Environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2012
  • This report provides new insights into Asian and Pacific resource use trends and outlines key actions, including reforming economic incentives and promoting more inclusive and adaptive governance approaches, that governments can pursue to help bring economic growth strategies in closer alignment with the objective of sustainable development. It also provides examples of strategies for improving resilience to help deal with the increasing levels of risk faced by societies and economies. Water security issues are particularly covered in Chapter 1 'A changing la...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Environment, Green economy, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water security

Caspian Sea. State of the Environment 2011
  • Caspian Sea. State of the Environment 2011
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2012
  • The Caspian Sea, surrounded by five coastal countries - the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan - is the largest land-locked water body on Earth. This report summarizes the findings of different environmental assessments of the Caspian Sea and includes existing updated figures. It is based on the latest information on policy and legislative measures, institutional set-up, stakeholder engagement, future challenges and barriers to the improvement of the state of the environmen...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Environment, Land degradation, Participation, Transboundary waters, Water quality

Women at the frontline of climate change. Gender risks and hopes
  • Women at the frontline of climate change. Gender risks and hopes
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2011
  • This publication presents an overview of central issues relevant to opportunities for adaptation - and also the risks that women are exposed to with climate change in mountain regions. Adaptation strategies as well as climate change impacts on the environment and water resources are especially analyzed.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Drought, Floods, Gender, Mountains, Vulnerability, Water scarcity

Livelihood Security. Climate change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel
  • Livelihood Security. Climate change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2011
  • Summary of report'Livelihood Security. Climate change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel'.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Arid zones, Climate change, Conflicts, Drought, Floods, Livelihoods, Migration, Vulnerability

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