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Beyond Downscaling  A bottom up approach for climate change adaptation for WRM
  • Beyond Downscaling A bottom up approach for climate change adaptation for WRM
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). September 2014
  • This book summarizes alternatives to provide practitioners with the tools to adapt to the realities of climate change by following a decision-making process that incorporates bottom-up thinking. After considering the pros and cons of these practices, the book concludes with a framework for an adaptation approach in water resources management, planning, and investment.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Investments, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Vulnerability, Water management, Water planning

Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress
  • Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress
  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). December 2013
  • This briefing note outlines existing guidance and examples on water quality accounting. Inspired by the growing global focus on natural capital accounting, it identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting in order to encourage debate and commitment towards effective water and biodiversity policy.
  • Main themes: Accounting, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Environment, Financing, Water management, Water quality

TEEB for water and wetlands. Executive summary
  • TEEB for water and wetlands. Executive summary
  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). February 2013
  • Executive summary of report'TEEB for water and wetlands
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Tourism, Traditional knowledge, Water cycle, Wetlands

TEEB for water and wetlands
  • TEEB for water and wetlands
  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). February 2013
  • This report underlines the fundamental importance of wetlands in the water cycle and in addressing water objectives reflected in the Rio+20 agreement, the Millennium Development Goals and forthcoming post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The report presents insights on both critical water-related ecosystem services and also on the wider ecosystem services from wetlands, in order to encourage additional policy momentum, business commitment, and investment in the conservation, restoration, and wise use of wetlands.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Tourism, Traditional knowledge, Water cycle, Wetlands

System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water)
  • System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water)
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Statistics Division. August 2012
  • To support implementation of environmental-economic accounts, the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA-Water), a SEEA sub-system, provides compilers and analysts with agreed concepts, definitions, classifications, tables, and accounts for water and water-related emission accounts. SEEA-Water is fully coherent with the broader SEEA. It elaborates and expands the guidance on accounting in the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS). UNSD coordinated the preparation of SEEA-Water in collaboration with the London Group on En...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Human right to water and sanitation, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Irrigation, Monitoring, Pollution, Tariffs, Valuation, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Water treatment

Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources
  • Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). August 2012
  • This paper outlines key initiatives of different agencies, including the initiatives of the United Nations (UN) System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW) and Eurostat, the recent efforts of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) or that of the European Environment Agency (EEA), to incorporate water-related indicators into wider systems of environmental accounting, as a step towards raising the profile of water's role in economic and environmental policy-making.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Environment, Green economy, Information and data, Monitoring, Valuation

Tracking national financial flows into sanitation, hygiene and drinking-water
  • Tracking national financial flows into sanitation, hygiene and drinking-water
  • World Health Organization (WHO). July 2012
  • This working paper lays out basic proposals for a common methodology to track WASH financial flows at the national level. It outlines a process that countries will need to go through in order to derive more comprehensive and reliable estimates of spending on WASH at the national level. The objectives of this working paper are twofold:(1) to determine the state of the evidence on the monitoring and reporting of financial flows to the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector at the national level;(2) if knowledge gaps are confirmed, to identify the key tenet...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Financing, Health, Hygiene, Information and data, Monitoring, Sanitation, Tariffs, Water supply

(A) Manual for Economic Assessment of Drinking-water Interventions
  • (A) Manual for Economic Assessment of Drinking-water Interventions
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2012
  • This manual describes a practical technique for appraising or evaluating small-scale interventions that seek to provide safer and more accessible drinking-water to rural people. The manual is primarily aimed at experts who are involved in advising on the most appropriate drinking-water interventions to install in small-scale, mainly rural, settings. These experts may be working in any of the disciplines relevant to drinking-water. They include health professionals, engineers and economists. The manual presents practical techniques in a way that will satisfy t...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Economic instruments, Rural areas, Small-scale providers, Water services, Water supply

Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. Measuring progress toward sustainability
  • Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. Measuring progress toward sustainability
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations University-International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). June 2012
  • This report presents a framework that offers a long-term perspective on human well-being and sustainability, based on a comprehensive analysis of nation's productive base and their link to economic development. The Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) 2012 was developed on the notion that current economic production indicators such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI) are insufficient, as they fail to reflect the state of natural resources or ecological conditions, and focus exclusively on the short term, without indicating whether n...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Green economy, Sustainable development, Valuation, Water availability, Water demand, Water governance

System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). Central Framework
  • System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). Central Framework
  • European Commission (EC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Statistics Division, World Bank. May 2012
  • The System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA) Central Framework was adopted as the international statistics standard for environmental-economic accounts by the UN Statistical Commission in 2012. It contains the internationally agreed standard concepts, definitions, classifications, accounting rules and tables for producing internationally comparable statistics on the environment and its relationship with the economy.
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Environment, Information and data, Valuation

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Published in 2015