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Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta. 2014
  • Local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience. A project officially launched in 2011 focussing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydrometeorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. This publication begins with an introduction of the background, basi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Communication, Disasters, Dissemination of scientific knowledge, Education, Gender, Information and data, Resilience, Risk management, Small islands, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerability

Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2014
  • Using projects conducted in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this publication shows, in myriad ways, the direct benefits of adaptation actions and their capability to provide transitional pathways to green growth and sustainable development. It also shows how concrete demonstration actions can provide solutions that can move countries and communities in Africa towards climate-resilient development. The first part of the booklet presents "snapshots" of the many elements of the climate change context (including water scarcity, agricultural production, ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Drought, Energy, Floods, Forests, Green economy, Health, Land management, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water scarcity

Handbook for Disaster Assessment
  • Handbook for Disaster Assessment
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). April 2014
  • The Handbook is a guide to pre and post disaster response management. Chapter 10 examines the implications for Water and Sanitation in 5 sections, first providing some general considerations. It then presents the procedures for estimating damage to water and sanitation systems through information on national institutions and information on each system of the sector in the affected territory. Part 3 'Estimating damage to drinking water and sanitary sewer systems, solid waste collection and disposal and flood control structures' contains 4 categorical considera...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Disasters, Drinking water, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Gender, Health, Infrastructure, Mitigation, Sanitation, Tourism, Transport, Valuation, Water security

Water safety plan: a field guide to improving drinking-water safety in small communities
  • Water safety plan: a field guide to improving drinking-water safety in small communities
  • World Health Organization (WHO). March 2014
  • This field guide provides a step-by-step introduction to the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach and a range of ready-to-use templates to assist those locally involved in rural water supply to develop and implement their own WSPs. The field guide particularly addresses the rural community members responsible for the operation and management of their water supplies, as well as the staff of the local health and water supply offices responsible for safeguarding drinking-water quality and nongovernmental organizations that support drinking-water safety in rural comm...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Community management, Community participation, Drinking water, Health, Monitoring, Risk management, Rural areas, Sanitation, Water management, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Primary School in South-East Asian Countries: Realities, needs and recommendations
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Primary School in South-East Asian Countries: Realities, needs and recommendations
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). December 2013
  • This publication aims to provide a better understanding of opportunities to successfully implement Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools programs (planning, operations, management, and policy formulation). It aims to encourage the routine collection and use of more reliable data to strengthen country and regional level planning for WASH in schools, and will serve to guide policy-makers on steps necessary to ensure that water and sanitation issues are not an obstacle to a quality education for all the children of South-East Asian Countries. The repor...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Children, Drinking water, Education, Hygiene, Information and data, Sanitation, Water management, Water planning, Water supply

We can't wait: A report on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls
  • We can't wait: A report on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). November 2013
  • This report highlights the stark consequences for women and girls of the lack of access to toilets and use of good hygiene practices. The report presents information using infographics and visual representation, that makes it applicable to educational forums as well as creating awareness of the impacts on women of poor sanitation across the world. It calls for a concerted effort on a different scale from all levels of government, business and civil society through 5 Chapters: Chapter 1 'The Global Sanitation Crisis and Why we can't wait'; Chapter 2 'Why poo...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Behaviour change, Education, Environment, Equity, Gender, Health, Hygiene, Open defecation, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Water services

Poor-Inclusive Urban Sanitation: An Overview
  • Poor-Inclusive Urban Sanitation: An Overview
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2013
  • Delivering poor-inclusive urban sanitation requires improved service delivery, rather than a focus on infrastructure. This is the core finding of this global review on challenges, trends, and approaches at the global, national and city levels to achieve viable poor-inclusive urban sanitation at scale. The paper highlights key observations and lessons from the original study report: “Delivering Sanitation to the Urban Poor: A Scoping Study (2012; unpublished).
  • Main themes: Poverty, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water services

Passport to mainstreaming gender in water programmes. Key questions for interventions in the agricultural sector
  • Passport to mainstreaming gender in water programmes. Key questions for interventions in the agricultural sector
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2013
  • This booklet was developed for field staff involved in water management projects. It is in pocket format, so that professionals, practitioners and technicians can easily carry it with them. The ultimate beneficiaries are women and men in rural areas who will profit from equal and efficient water distribution, leading to higher yields, improved food security and poverty reduction. The passport focuses on six key issues related to water programmes for agriculture: 1) access to land and water, 2) farming context, 3) multiple use of water, 4) management of irriga...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Drinking water, Gender, Irrigation, Water allocation, Water management, Water quality

Smallholders and sustainable wells. A Retrospect: Participatory Groundwater Management in Andhra Pradesh (India)
  • Smallholders and sustainable wells. A Retrospect: Participatory Groundwater Management in Andhra Pradesh (India)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). May 2013
  • This study analyses the lives of two successive Participatory Groundwater Management programs in Andhra Pradesh, India, which ran from the mid-1990s to 2010, and were centred around small wells, typically servicing a few families each. The programs ran in 660 villagers across drought-prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, and by their culmination had and involved the participation of nearly 20,000 farmers as barefoot technicians. The core principles adopted by these programs were: demystifying hydrological science and technology for rural communities; enabling th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquifer recharge, Capacity building, Groundwater, Irrigation, Participation, Water balance

State of Latin American and Caribbean cities. Towards a new urban transition
  • State of Latin American and Caribbean cities. Towards a new urban transition
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). October 2012
  • This edition of State of Latin American and Caribbean cities presents the current situation of the region's urban world, including the demographic, economic, social, environmental, urban and institutional conditions in which cities are developing. Chapter 4.1 addresses the issue of access to water and sanitation, conditions under which services are being provided and water management concerns. The issue of the human right to water and sanitation is addressed in the last part of the chapter.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Financing, Human right to water and sanitation, Poverty, Poverty reduction, Risk management, Sanitation, Tariffs, Urban areas, Urbanization, Utility services, Water management, Water operators, Water supply, Water treatment

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Published in 2015