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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

Strengthening the financial system for water in Mexico: From a conceptual framework to the formulation of pilot initiatives
  • Strengthening the financial system for water in Mexico: From a conceptual framework to the formulation of pilot initiatives
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). April 2014
  • This report outlines the proposal for the development of Mexico's Financial System for Water (Sistema de Financiamiento del Agua or SFA). Funded by the Spanish Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (SFLAC) and the World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), the report examines the SFA through basic concepts and its current legal framework, while offering suggestions on the existing instruments and mechanisms that could provide access to various sources of financial resources towards the water sector.
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Disasters, Economic instruments, Financing, Legal aspects, Markets, Risk management, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water services

Guidelines for national waste management strategies. Moving from challenges to opportunities
  • Guidelines for national waste management strategies. Moving from challenges to opportunities
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • Poor waste management can lead to some significant environmental and health hazards. For example, leachate from waste can contaminate soil and water, open burning of waste can cause air pollution, and a failure to use recycled materials from waste means an acceleration of the depletion of raw' materials. In June 2012 the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development adopted, as part of the main outcome document, "The Future we Want", a call for countries to develop and enforce comprehensive national and local waste management policies, strategies, laws...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Recycling, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water treatment

Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health
  • Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). November 2013
  • This guide offers explanations of legal obligations with regard to public participation and access to information under the Protocol on Water and Health and other international frameworks. It can be used as a tool to help improve the planning and carrying out of the public-participation process. It contains recommendations and examples to support Parties and members of the public to better assert their rights and fulfil their obligations in organizing or taking part in the public-participation process.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Health, Legal aspects, Participation, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation

Guide to Implementing the Water Convention
  • Guide to Implementing the Water Convention
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). September 2013
  • The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. It brings together almost all countries sharing transboundary waters in the pan-European region, and is expected to achieve broader participation with its global opening to all United Nations Member States. This Guide constitutes a commentary to the Convention's provisions, providing explanations of the legal, procedural, administrative, technical and practical aspects of the Convention's require...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Lakes, Legal aspects, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation

Devolution in Kenya: Opportunities and Challenges for the Water Sector
  • Devolution in Kenya: Opportunities and Challenges for the Water Sector
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). September 2013
  • Devolution, or the delegation of power by central government to local or regional administration, is by far the most significant initiative in governance that Kenya has undertaken since independence. Under the Constitution of Kenya (2010), devolution has wide-ranging implications for the water sector. The Constitution recognizes that access to safe and sufficient water is a basic human right. It also assigns responsibility for water supply and sanitation provision to 47 newly established counties. Effective implementation of the new devolved framework now req...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Devolution, Legal aspects, Water governance, Water services

Irrigation in Central Asia in figures: AQUASTAT Survey - 2012
  • Irrigation in Central Asia in figures: AQUASTAT Survey - 2012
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). April 2013
  • This publication introduces, analyses and compares the water resources and irrigation situation in the six Central Asia countries - Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The report consists of three sections. Section I describes in detail the methodology used and contains a glossary of the terms used. Section II contains the regional analysis presenting a synopsis on water resources, water use and irrigation in the region and the trends over the last ten years. It also describes the legislative and institutional framewo...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Drought, Environment, Floods, Health, Irrigation, Legal aspects, River Basin Management, Water management, Water quality

Global Monitoring Report 2013. Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals. Overview

Global Monitoring Report 2013. Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Global Monitoring Report 2013. Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank. April 2013
  • The Global Monitoring Report (GMR) is an annual report card on the world"s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Each annual report has a thematic focus, an aspect of the development agenda on which the GMR provides a more in-depth assessment. The theme of GMR 2013 is rural-urban disparities in development and ways urbanization can better help achieve the MDGs. The report highlights the need to accelerate efforts to improve the lives of the poor in both rural and urban areas and states that, if the forces of urbanization are not managed spe...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty, Rural areas, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water supply

Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Major Economic Crisis
  • Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Major Economic Crisis
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). April 2013
  • This report provides a comprehensive response to addressing multiple shocks in Asia and the Pacific. It shows how people, organizations, institutions and policymakers can work together to weave resilience into economic, social and environmental policies. Chapter 4 focuses on the land, water, energy nexus and addresses the issue of water scarcity among others.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Economic impact, Energy, Floods, Infrastructure, Resilience, Vulnerability, Water scarcity

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Published in 2015