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Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth. Fact Sheet

Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth. Summary
  • Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth. Summary
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). May 2011
  • Summary of report "Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth". This report presents basic facts and figures on natural resource flows worldwide. Drawing on these data, the report attempts to outline the issues that now need to be addressed to decouple these material and energy flows from social and economic progress. The objective of this study is to provide a foundation for the concept of decoupling, defining key terms and concepts and indicating its many applications to resource management. It assesses whether decouplin...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Energy, Environment, Green economy, Information and data, International trade, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water governance

Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth. A Report of the Working Group on Decoupling to the International Resource Panel
  • Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth. A Report of the Working Group on Decoupling to the International Resource Panel
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). May 2011
  • This report presents basic facts and figures on natural resource flows worldwide. Drawing on these data, the report attempts to outline the issues that now need to be addressed to decouple these material and energy flows from social and economic progress. The objective of this study is to provide a foundation for the concept of decoupling, defining key terms and concepts and indicating its many applications to resource management. It assesses whether decoupling is already taking place, and identifies the driving factors, both technological and economic. This ...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Energy, Environment, Green economy, Information and data, International trade, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water governance

Technologies and Practices for Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector
  • Technologies and Practices for Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2011
  • This guidebook aims to provide expert information on the technologies most relevant for climate change adaptation in the water sector in developing countries. It is meant to be a practical tool for use by a broad range of stakeholders, including those in governmental agencies, water utilities, community water boards, non-governmental organizations, and private sector companies. The guidebook first reviews the projected impacts of climate change on the water sector. It then addresses the role of adaptation in the water sector and six typologies under which ava...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Community participation, Desalination, Drought, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Rainwater harvesting, Recycling, Technology, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply, Water treatment

Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities. A Rapid Response Assessment
  • Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities. A Rapid Response Assessment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). March 2011
  • This report shows that there is a way forward for a more sustainable future where restoration of ecosystems, often in the green hills and watersheds surrounding cities, can provide cheaper, efficient and resilient water supply systems in a changing world. The case studies provided in this report present urban water challenges in African cities, and highlight approaches adopted to reduce the impacts of urbanisation on water and ecosystems. Seven case studies discuss urbanisation characteristics of their respective cities, state and trends of water withdrawals ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Informal settlements, Pollution, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water demand, Water management, Water quality, Water security, Water supply, Water treatment

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. Chapter on 'Water. Investing in natural capital'
  • Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. Chapter on 'Water. Investing in natural capital'
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2011
  • This report is aimed at providing practical guidance to policy makers on what reforms are needed to unlock the productive and employment potential of a green economy. Chapter 3 "Water: investing in natural capital" has three broad aims. First, it highlights the importance of providing all households with sufficient and affordable access to clean water supplies as well as adequate sanitation. Second, it makes a case for early investment in water management and infrastructure, including ecological infrastructure. The potential to make greater use of biodiversit...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Financing, Green economy, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water management, Water scarcity, Water supply

Water Issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Challenges and Opportunities
  • Water Issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Challenges and Opportunities
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2011
  • This report highlights the need for a better understanding of the critical role of ecosystem services in securing national and MDG targets of providing people with safe and sustainable sources of water. The study focuses on the key challenges in the water sector, which in the case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are strongly centred on drinking water supply. This technical report comprises an integral part of the broader United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) post-conflict environmental assessment (PCEA) of the DRC. The UNEP PCEA aims to ev...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Ecosystem services, Groundwater, Infrastructure, Legal aspects, Pollution, Rural areas, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water demand, Water governance, Water quality, Water supply, Watersheds

Ecosystems for Water and Food Security. Background document
  • Ecosystems for Water and Food Security. Background document
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2011
  • The purpose of this document is to show how sustainable ecosystems, explicitly agroecosystems, are essential for water management and food production. This document provides background evidence illustrating the 3-way interdependence between ecosystems, water and food security, demonstrating how ecosystem management can be improved to ensure water availability and to avoid future food crises. It focuses primarily on how to achieve sustainable food production from a biophysical perspective and does not address per se the key social and institutional issues rela...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Water management

High mountain glaciers and climate change. Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation
  • High mountain glaciers and climate change. Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2010
  • This report highlights the vulnerability and exposure of people to floods, droughts and eventually water shortages as a result of changes in the melting and freezing cycles linked with climate change and other pollution impacts. This report calls for accelerating research, monitoring and modelling of glaciers, snow and their role in water supplies. It outlines status and trends of high mountain glaciers in relation to climate change, identifies challenges and knowledge gaps, and finally makes recommendations for adaptation, research and policy.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Disasters, Drinking water, Floods, Glaciers, Infrastructure, Lakes, Livelihoods, Mountains, Vulnerability

Africa Water Atlas. Summary for decision makers. Errata

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Published in 2015