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Disaster through a different lens. Behind every effect, there is a cause. A guide for journalists covering disaster risk reduction
  • Disaster through a different lens. Behind every effect, there is a cause. A guide for journalists covering disaster risk reduction
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). May 2011
  • This manual is intended for journalists and the media who are interested in learning more about disaster risk reduction issues. On chapter 1, the manual introduces the basics about disaster risk reduction (DRR), illustrates the issue with some facts and trends, summarizes the most frequently asked questions and provides various key messages. On chapter 2, the role of the media in DRR is addressed together with some examples of DRR reporting. Chapter 3 provides different lessons from disasters, while Chapter 4 offers useful information on natural hazards inclu...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Climate change, Communication, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drought, Floods, Poverty, Risk management, Urbanization

Water safety in buildings
  • Water safety in buildings
  • World Health Organization (WHO). March 2011
  • This document deals with all buildings where people use or are exposed to water, with a particular focus on buildings that include public use or shared facilities. The document is written for the full range of "actors" who influence the overall safe management of building water supplies. In particular, it is directed to those who design, construct, manage, operate, maintain and regulate building water systems. Guidance is provided for managing water supplies in buildings where people may drink water; use water for food preparation, washing, showering, swimmin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Europe, Northern America
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Health, Infrastructure, Pollution, Recreation, Risk management, Sanitation, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply

2011 UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children. Building resilience
  • 2011 UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children. Building resilience
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). March 2011
  • UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children Report 2011 shows where urgent humanitarian action is imperative to save lives, to protect children against the worst forms of violence and abuse, and to ensure access to basic services, such as water and sanitation, health, nutrition and education. The country chapters in the report show the impact of humanitarian emergencies (such as floods or droughts) on the lives and dignity of children and families and highlights projected humanitarian needs for 2011 in 32 countries and territories and 6 regions.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Children, Disaster prevention, Emergency situations, Financing, Resilience, Vulnerable groups, Water supply

State of the World's Forests 2011
  • State of the World's Forests 2011
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). February 2011
  • State of the World's Forests, which is published on a biennial basis, presents up-to-date information on key themes affecting the world's forests. The 2011 issue takes a holistic approach to the multiple ways in which forests support people's livelihoods under the theme 'Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development'. To explore this theme, the report tackles three core subjects - sustainable forest industries, climate change and local livelihoods - and examines their potential to stimulate development at all level...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle-East, Northern America, Oceania
  • Main themes: Climate change, Community management, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Industry, Livelihoods, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge

(The) IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Performance Blue Book. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • (The) IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Performance Blue Book. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). January 2011
  • The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET) provides a set of tools that allows water and sanitation utilities to measure their performance both against their own past performance and against the performance of similar utilities at the national, regional, and global levels. IBNET collects, analyzes, and provides access to information of more than 2,500 water and wastewater services providers from 110 countries around the world. The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Performance Blue Book is designed to raise awareness of h...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Fee collection, Information and data, Nonrevenue water, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Utility services, Water supply

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

Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters. The Economics of Effective Prevention
  • Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters. The Economics of Effective Prevention
  • United Nations (UN), World Bank. November 2010
  • The title of this report conveys the key message that droughts, floods, storms, etc. are natural hazards, but deaths and damages that result from human acts of omission and commission are unnatural disasters. Every disaster is unique, but each exposes actions¿by individuals and governments at different levels¿that, had they been different, would have resulted in fewer deaths and less damage. Prevention is possible, and this report examines what it takes to do this cost-effectively. The report looks at disasters primarily through an economic lens but draws als...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Economic impact, Financing, Vulnerability

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