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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

Africa Environment Outlook-3. Our Environment, Our Health. Summary for policy makers
  • Africa Environment Outlook-3. Our Environment, Our Health. Summary for policy makers
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2013
  • The Africa Environment Outlook (AEO) is a tool of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) for monitoring environmental management in Africa. This issue (AEO-3) focuses on the linkages between environment and health. The AEO-3 report begins by highlighting the major drivers of environmental change in Africa and their implications for human health. It also assesses environment and health linkages in the region by focusing on seven priority themes: air quality; biodiversity; chemicals and waste; climate change and variability; coastal and ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Environment, Health, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Sanitation, Water availability, Water supply

Customer Services User manual. Volume 2
  • Customer Services User manual. Volume 2
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). January 2013
  • This manual is part of a Utility Management Series for Small Towns. Water Utilities' Customer Service is one of the key commercial functions in any Utility. The responsibility of customer service unit lies with the Head of the Commercial department who is the overall supervisor of the customer service activities. The Lake Victoria Region Water and Sanitation Initiative has provided many useful lessons on the importance of a customer service unit in an organizational structural set-up, the appropriate office set-up framework for customer service, and the staff...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Consumer satisfaction, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cost recovery, Fee collection, Monitoring, Utility services, Water operators

Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). December 2012
  • This book tries to respond to a series of core questions, including among others: What are the roles that water plays in sustaining diverse forms of human sociocultural life? What roles do diverse human societies and cultures play in valuing, managing, preserving and using water and its associated ecosystems? What are the consequences of these resource relations in sustaining, or undermining the means to sustain, the viability of human communities and their environments? The traditional knowledge, stewardship and management systems, and technologies developed...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Dams, Ecosystems, Environment, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Perceptions, Traditional knowledge, Urban areas, Vulnerable groups, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity

City Resilience in Africa: A Ten Essentials Pilot
  • City Resilience in Africa: A Ten Essentials Pilot
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). December 2012
  • In 2010, UNISDR launched a global resilient cities Campaign with the specific focus on improving urban cities" capacity to withstand and recover from natural disasters. By signing up to the Campaign, cities commit to take specific actions to build their resilience. These actions are guided by the "Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient", a 10-point checklist of factors considered fundamental for cities to improve their resilience capacity.In 2012, UNISDR Regional office for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya commenced a pilot project to "operationalise" the Campaig...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Resilience, Risk management, Urban areas, Vulnerability

Where the rain falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration. An 8-contry study to understand rainfall, food security and human mobility
  • Where the rain falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration. An 8-contry study to understand rainfall, food security and human mobility
  • CARE, United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). November 2012
  • The «Where the Rain Falls» research explores the interrelationships among rainfall variability, food and livelihood security, and human mobility in a diverse set of research sites in eight countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The central focus of the «Where the Rain Falls» initiative was to explore the circumstances under which households in eight case study sites in Latin America, Africa, and Asia use migration as a risk management strategy when faced with rainfall variability and food and livelihood insecurity. Countries analyzed include: Banglades...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Climate change, Environment, Food security, Livelihoods, Migration, Water scarcity

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

WorldRiskReport 2012. Focus: environmental degradation and disasters
  • WorldRiskReport 2012. Focus: environmental degradation and disasters
  • Alliance Development Works/Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). October 2012
  • Environmental degradation is a significant factor that reduces the adaptive capacity of societies to deal with disaster risk in many countries around the globe. The WorldRiskIndex, the centrepiece of the report, determines the risk of becoming the victim of a disaster as a result of natural hazards for 173 countries throughout the world.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Risk management, Sustainable development, Vulnerability

State of the World's Cities 2012/2013. Prosperity of Cities
  • State of the World's Cities 2012/2013. Prosperity of Cities
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). October 2012
  • The State of the World's Cities Report 2012 presents some of the underlying factors behind the financial, economic, environmental, social and political crises that have strongly impacted on cities. Chapter 2.2 'Urban Infrastructure: Bedrock of Prosperity' addresses the issue of 'Water Supply: When Good Governance Changes the Equation'.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Infrastructure, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water governance, Water scarcity, Water supply

Atlas of health and climate
  • Atlas of health and climate
  • World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO). October 2012
  • This atlas provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges. These range from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks. They also include environmental degradation, the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases and the universal trend of demographic ageing. Water-related diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea or water-related emergency situation such as floods and droughts are analysed. The Atlas gives practical examples of how the use ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Disease, Drought, Floods, Health, Risk management

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