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Economic Assessment of Sanitation Interventions in Southeast Asia. A Six-Country Study Conducted in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam and Yunnan Province (China). The Economics of Sanitation Initiative

Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural Water and Sanitation. Recommendations from an Intercultural Approach
  • Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural Water and Sanitation. Recommendations from an Intercultural Approach
  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), UNDP Water Governance Facility. 2014
  • This document is one of the outcomes of a joint research initiative called Transcultural Transparency. It focuses on how to overcome sociocultural clashes between communities, service providers, development co-operation actors and local authorities, particularly in areas with large groups of indigenous peoples. It poses recommendations on how to implement an intercultural approach throughout the project cycle in rural water and sanitation projects with indigenous peoples, focusing in Latin America. The recommendations made in the document apply to any work on...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Gender, Participation, Rural areas, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerable groups, Water supply

Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • UNESCO- Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). 2014
  • This study challenges the idea that dryland areas over the world are often considered as 'wastelands' as they are characterized through their scarce water resources, poor organic soils, low biological productivity, and extreme climatic conditions. Scientists from ten countries - Belgium, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Tunisia - studied dryland ecosystems from a research, environmental conservation and sustainable development perspective and detail 9 case studies from 9 of these countries -excludi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Community participation, Drylands, Ecosystems, Groundwater, Livelihoods, Perceptions, Sustainable development, Technology, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds

Streets as tools for urban transformation in slums: A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading
  • Streets as tools for urban transformation in slums: A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This strategy paper is rich in examples that demonstrate the practicability of the street-led slum upgrading approach that UN-Habitat is advocating for. It showcases the incremental street-led development and transformation of slums that builds on the fundamental notion of streets being the stepping stone in improving the quality of life and living conditions in slums. The paper is presented in two parts: The conceptual framework and the Practical framework, throughout these parts there is continued reference to the importance of access to clean water and san...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Community participation, Disasters, Drinking water, Gender, Informal settlements, Infrastructure, Land management, Participation, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Water supply

Planning for Climate Change: Toolkit. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Toolkit. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This Toolkit is a companion document for the Planning for Climate Change Guide. The tools included are designed to help planners, or other project facilitators, to work through the planning framework in "Planning for Climate Change: A strategic values-based approach for urban planners". The toolkit contains four different modules: Module A: What's happening?; Module B: What matters most?; Module C: What can we do about it?; Module D: Are we doing it?. While the tools are best used in conjunction with the planning framework, every process will be different and...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report was developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. Specifically targeted to the needs of planners and allied professionals in low and middle-income countries where the challenges of planning for climate change are particularly high. The guide's strategic, values based planning framework promotes a participatory planning process that integrates local participation and good decision-making. It provides practical tools for addressing climate change through different urban planning proces...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Mainstreaming Water Safety Plans in ADB Water Sector Projects: Lessons and Challenges
  • Mainstreaming Water Safety Plans in ADB Water Sector Projects: Lessons and Challenges
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). December 2014
  • This report documents the pilot application of the guidance note for mainstreaming Water Safety Plans (WSP) in water projects supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as piloted in the Chongqing Municipality in the Peoples' Republic of China. It seeks to promote systematic assessment and management of water safety risks from infrastructure construction to operation. It also summarizes challenges and lessons learned from the pilot.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Infrastructure, Monitoring, Risk management, Rural areas, Urban areas, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply

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

Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • The Green Infrastructure approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost benefits. The case studies in this guide provide examples of GI options that address water management challenges, while delivering a number of significant co-benefits. T...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Investments, Rainwater harvesting, Risk management, River Basin Management, Urban areas, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Wetlands

What Influences Open Defecation and Latrine Ownership in Rural Households?: Findings from a Global Review
  • What Influences Open Defecation and Latrine Ownership in Rural Households?: Findings from a Global Review
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2014
  • This global review of formative research studies identifies a number of commonalities across countries and regions, as well as a number of emerging themes that positively and negatively influence sanitation behaviours. Although some differences are found across countries, in general themes coalesced around facets of opportunity, ability, and motivation. The document suggests a numbers of factors which serve to promote positive sanitation behaviours, including changing social norms, challenging perceptions of latrine affordability, fostering positive latrine a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Open defecation, Rural areas, Sanitation

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Published in 2015