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Water and the Green Economy: Information Briefs. Water and Capacity Development in the Transition to the Green Economy
  • Water and the Green Economy: Information Briefs. Water and Capacity Development in the Transition to the Green Economy
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). September 2011
  • For the purposes of the International UN-Water Conference "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20", 3-5 October 2011, Zaragoza, Spain, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has produced a series of information briefs on different issues and tools addressed by the conference. The tools information briefs introduce the main challenges, opportunities and key facts related to each of the tools identified. The briefs also outline a set of practices and approaches for transitioning to the green economy as highlighted...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Community participation, Green economy, Human resources, Markets, Sustainable development

Water and the Green Economy: Information Briefs. Watersheds and aquifers in the Green Economy
  • Water and the Green Economy: Information Briefs. Watersheds and aquifers in the Green Economy
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). September 2011
  • For the purposes of the International UN-Water Conference "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20", 3-5 October 2011, Zaragoza, Spain, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has produced a series of information briefs on different issues and tools addressed by the conference. Transitioning to a green economy requires a shift from current practice. The UN-Water conference has identified four priority water-related issues where this change needs to take place: for cities, watersheds, agriculture and industries. Th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Green economy, Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Poverty reduction, Sustainable development, Valuation, Wastewater, Water security, Watersheds

Reader on Water and the Green Economy
  • Reader on Water and the Green Economy
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). September 2011
  • This reader is intended for all those interested in getting familiar with issues related to water and the green economy. The reader provides basic references for easy reading and some of the latest and most relevant United Nations publications on the issue. Links are provided when the publication is available online.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Arab countries, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Financing, Green economy, Industry, Livelihoods, Sustainable development, Technology, Urban areas, Water policy

(The) Power of Primary Schools to Change and Sustain Handwashing with Soap among Children: The Cases of Vietnam and Peru
  • (The) Power of Primary Schools to Change and Sustain Handwashing with Soap among Children: The Cases of Vietnam and Peru
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). September 2011
  • The WSP Global Scaling up Handwashing Project focuses on applying innovative promotional approaches to generate widespread and sustained improvement in handwashing with soap practice. This document describes the approaches to changing children's handwashing with soap behavior, first in Vietnam, then Peru, followed by some lessons learned and conclusions.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Children, Education, Hygiene, Practices and habits

Introductory Guide to Sanitation Marketing
  • Introductory Guide to Sanitation Marketing
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). September 2011
  • This document seeks to contribute to the field of sanitation marketing by sharing practical guidance on the design, implementation, and monitoring of rural sanitation marketing programs at scale in India, Indonesia, and Tanzania, plus additional projects implemented in Cambodia and Peru. The goal of the guide is to (1) Define sanitation marketing and the key components of a sanitation marketing initiative; (2) Provide an overall framework for scaling up rural sanitation programs and the justification for using a sanitation marketing approach; (3) Explain the ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Communication, Marketing, Rural areas, Sanitation

Rehabilitation of hydropower. An introduction to economic and technical issues
  • Rehabilitation of hydropower. An introduction to economic and technical issues
  • World Bank. June 2011
  • This paper analyses the market for rehabilitation of hydropower for two regions (i) Continental Africa (including Madagascar) and (ii) Central America including Mexico. The paper also offers an introduction to the technical components that might be rehabilitated in a typical hydropower plant and analyses the economic gains of each. These factors have then been applied to the universe of hydropower plants identified to estimate the economic benefits of rehabilitating these hydropower plants for two scenarios (i) Life extension, or (ii) Upgrade. Finally, an ana...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Dams, Energy, Financing, Hydrology, Infrastructure, Water governance

Water for Food. Innovative water management technologies for food security and poverty alleviation
  • Water for Food. Innovative water management technologies for food security and poverty alleviation
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). May 2011
  • This paper sets out the water and food security challenges in Least Development Countries (LDCs) and developing countries. The document explores the rainfed-irrigation nexus in different regions of the world, looks at the technology's role and suggests some action actions that can be undertaken to improve food security and alleviate poverty.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Irrigation, Poverty reduction, Technology, Water availability, Water management

Economic impact of the 2007 earthquake in the water and sanitation sector in four provinces of Peru . What did unpreparedness cost the country?
  • Economic impact of the 2007 earthquake in the water and sanitation sector in four provinces of Peru . What did unpreparedness cost the country?
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). May 2011
  • This study stimates the economic impact from the earthquake on August 2007 on the most affected regions in Peru. The document focus on water and sanitation systems, specifically, in the urban areas where the following service providers operate: EMAPICA (Ica), EMAPISCO (Pisco), SEMAPACH (Chincha) and EMAPA Caņete (Caņete). The research stimates direct, indirect, and macroeconomic effects between August 2007 and December 2009.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drinking water, Economic impact, Infrastructure, Risk management, Sanitation, Utility services

Groundwater for Emergency Situations. A Methological Guide
  • Groundwater for Emergency Situations. A Methological Guide
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). May 2011
  • This Methodological Guide provides background information on groundwater protection with particular reference to its use in emergency situations as result of natural hazards and hydrological extremes. It also outlines the governance policy framework in which groundwater as an emergency resource may be integrated into overall emergency management and service provision. To illustrate the principles and techniques presented in the Guide, a varied number of real world case studies from widely differing regions is presented.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Drinking water, Emergency situations, Groundwater, Isotopes, Risk management, Water governance, Water supply

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

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