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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

Integrated Environmental Assessment of Agricultural and Farming Production Systems in the Toledo River Basin (Brazil)
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment of Agricultural and Farming Production Systems in the Toledo River Basin (Brazil)
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). January 2013
  • This study aims at performing an integrated environmental assessment of agricultural and farming production systems located in the Toledo River Basin (Paraná State, Brazil). Water, material, energy, and money resources invested in supporting such production systems were evaluated with the final goal of calculating a large set of multi-criteria indicators useful to describe the environmental performance and sustainability of the production systems at farm and basin level. Finally, three alternative scenarios are drawn to explore the sustainable use of resource...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Environment, Livestock, Rivers, Water footprint

Planning, Connecting and Financing Cities-Now. Priorities for City leaders
  • Planning, Connecting and Financing Cities-Now. Priorities for City leaders
  • World Bank. January 2013
  • This report provides a framework to help city leaders make informed decisions for sustainable development in their cities. What must be done to improve living conditions, especially in slums and hazard-prone areas? To expand the coverage and quality of basic infrastructure services (water, sanitation)? To manage the city's physical form? These are some of the questions this report tries to respond.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Infrastructure, Land management, Slums, Tariffs, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water services, Water supply

Water Safety Planning for Small Community Water Supplies. Step-by-step risk management guidance for drinking-water supplies in small communities
  • Water Safety Planning for Small Community Water Supplies. Step-by-step risk management guidance for drinking-water supplies in small communities
  • World Health Organization (WHO). July 2012
  • This manual is designed to engage, empower and guide communities in the development and implementation of water safety plans (WSPs) for their drinking-water systems. It provides guidance on how to apply effective and achievable management actions in order to improve the safety and quality of supplied water. Relevant to all community-managed systems, it is applicable to piped schemes, point sources such as hand pumps, protected springs or household rainwater harvesting systems and other sources. The guidance provided is valid for both new and existing schemes.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Community participation, Health, Risk management, Small-scale providers, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO). July 2012
  • This report focuses on the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events, the impacts of such events, and the strategies to manage the associated risks. In particular, it contributes to frame the challenge of dealing with extreme weather and climate events as an issue in decision-making under uncertainty, analyzing response in the context of risk management. The report consists of nine chapters, covering risk management; observed and projected changes in extreme weather and climate events; exposure and vulnerability to as well as ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Communication, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Disease, Drought, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Education, Floods, Food security, Legal aspects, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Vulnerability

Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor. Cities Building Resilience for a Changing World
  • Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor. Cities Building Resilience for a Changing World
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), World Bank. April 2012
  • This study analyses the key challenges facing the urban poor, given the risks associated with climate change and disasters, particularly with regard to the delivery of basic services, and identifies strategies and financing opportunities for addressing these risks. The main audience for this study includes mayors and other city managers, national governments, donors, and practitioners in the fields of climate change, disaster-risk management and urban development.The study is organized in four chapters covering (1) a broad look at climate change and disaster ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disaster prevention, Drought, Financing, Floods, Infrastructure, Investments, Poverty, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Utility services, Vulnerable groups

WWDR4 Stakeholder Briefing Notes: Central Government and local government mayors and officials

Thai Floods 2011. Rapid Assessment for Resilient Recovery and Reconstruction Planning
  • Thai Floods 2011. Rapid Assessment for Resilient Recovery and Reconstruction Planning
  • World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). February 2012
  • In response to the prolonged and widespread flooding throughout Thailand in 2011, the Royal Thai Government, in conjunction with the World Bank and other development partners, undertook this rapid assessment of the impact of the floods in 26 of the 66 affected provinces. This report outlines these findings, including damage and loss estimates and social and economic impacts, and proposes strategies for resilient recovery and reconstruction planning.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Economic impact, Emergency situations, Floods, Health, Risk management

Rural Water Supply in the Philippines. Volume I Design Manual
  • Rural Water Supply in the Philippines. Volume I Design Manual
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). February 2012
  • This manual is the first of three related volumes prepared for the use of prospective and actual owners, operators, managements, technical staff, consultants, government planners and contractors of small water supply systems in the Philippines. Its purpose is to introduce the key concepts and considerations involved in the design of small waterworks facilities. For non-technical readers who are involved in the management and operation of small water supply systems, rather than in their actual design and construction, the text will be useful in understanding a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Rural areas, Small-scale providers, Water supply

Cities and Flooding. A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century
  • Cities and Flooding. A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). February 2012
  • This document provides forward-looking operational guidance on how to manage the risk of floods in a rapidly transforming urban environment and changeable climate. The Guide serves as a primer for decision and policy makers, technical specialists, central, regional and local government officials, and concerned stakeholders in the community sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. The Guide starts with A Summary for Policy Makers which outlines and describes the key areas which policy makers need to be knowledgeable abo...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Floods, Risk management, Urban areas

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