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Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Reconciling Economic Growth and Forest Protection
  • Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Reconciling Economic Growth and Forest Protection
  • World Bank. February 2013
  • This study analyzes the current and future pressures exerted by different sectors of the economy on Congo Basin forests, and highlights policy options to limit deforestation while pursuing inclusive, green growth. Emerging environmental finance mechanisms, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) under the climate change negotiations, may provide additional resources to help countries protect their forests. The structure of this report is as follows: - Chapter 1 gives an overview of the forests of the Congo Basin, includin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Livelihoods, Mining, Sustainable development

Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps
  • Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps
  • World Bank. January 2013
  • This book has two main aims: to demonstrate to international development agencies, governments, policy makers, project managers, practitioners, and community residents that landslide hazard can often be reduced in vulnerable urban communities in the developing world, and to provide practical guidance for those in charge of delivering Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC) on the ground. The purpose of the book is to take readers into the most vulnerable communities in order to understand and address rainfall-triggered landslide hazards in thes...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Community participation, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Land degradation, Land management, Resilience, Risk management, Vulnerability

Planning, Connecting and Financing Cities-Now. Priorities for City leaders
  • Planning, Connecting and Financing Cities-Now. Priorities for City leaders
  • World Bank. January 2013
  • This report provides a framework to help city leaders make informed decisions for sustainable development in their cities. What must be done to improve living conditions, especially in slums and hazard-prone areas? To expand the coverage and quality of basic infrastructure services (water, sanitation)? To manage the city's physical form? These are some of the questions this report tries to respond.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Infrastructure, Land management, Slums, Tariffs, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water services, Water supply

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

Disaster Risk Management in South Asia: A regional overview
  • Disaster Risk Management in South Asia: A regional overview
  • World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). December 2012
  • This report informs readers about the elements that are driving increases in disaster risk in the South Asia Region (SAR). The report first examines the regional rise in disaster events and losses, the nature of the hazards, the drivers of current and future disaster loss, and provides an overview of activities that can reduce the vulnerability of exposed assets. A more detailed profile of each of the major hazards in SAR is then provided in Annex 1. Finally, Annex 2 examines the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) profile of each country in the region. These incl...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Disasters, Drought, Economic impact, Floods, Resilience, Risk management, Urbanization, Vulnerability

Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries. A Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience
  • Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries. A Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience
  • World Bank. December 2012
  • This report assesses the potential effects of climate change on the Arab region and outlines possible approaches and measures to prepare for its consequences. It offers ideas and suggestions for Arab policy makers as to what mitigating actions may be needed in rural and urban settings to safeguard key areas such as health, water, agriculture, and tourism. The report also analyzes the differing impacts of climate change, with special attention paid to gender, as a means of tailoring strategies to address specific vulnerabilities. Climate change may also affect...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Arab countries
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Drought, Drylands, Ecosystem services, Food security, Gender, Health, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Resilience, Risk management, Rural areas, Tourism, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water demand, Water management, Water scarcity

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