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Water Exemplar to the User Interface Platform of the Global Framework for Climate Services
  • Water Exemplar to the User Interface Platform of the Global Framework for Climate Services
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 2014
  • The purpose of the Water User Interface Platform (Water UIP) is to provide the necessary structure and processes to identify and respond to the needs of the water sector at all levels, in order to improve sector performance and management through the fuller use and understanding of climate information. This exemplar details the functioning of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach. This Water UIP plan outlines the general structure for partnerships and leadership, guiding needs, and opportunities to support and enhance climate informed deci...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Communication, Financing, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Monitoring, Risk management, Water management

Strengthening cooperation in adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas rivers. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Strengthening cooperation in adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas rivers. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). November 2014
  • This report summarizes the outcome of an attempt to combine the joint management of transboundary water resources and the development of recommendations on adaptation to climate change as a means of disaster risk reduction in Central Asia. It focuses on the Chu River and the Talas River, which flow through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The report is an outcome of the project,'Strengthening cooperation on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas Rivers'.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Risk management, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water management

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

Water Balance. Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan. The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
  • Water Balance. Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan. The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). September 2014
  • This report provides the guidance, methods, data, and analyses needed to assess water availability and needs in micro watersheds. It shows how to prepare short-, medium-, and long-term water investment and management plans on the basis of volume of surface and groundwater within a watershed and the needs of agriculture, people, and livestock. It also offers a practical approach based on real-life assessments that have helped planners decide on investments to develop and manage water. While emphasizing the need for assessing precise water availability and its ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Dams, Groundwater, Information and data, Investments, Livelihoods, Livestock, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water balance, Water demand, Water management, Water planning, Watersheds

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

The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2014
  • The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET) provides a set of tools that allows water and sanitation utilities to measure their performance both against their own past performance and against the performance of similar utilities at the national, regional, and global levels. The Blue Book is designed to raise awareness of how benchmarking and specifically IBNET tools can help enhance utility performance and thereby help to improve water and wastewater services. This issue summarizes water sector development in 200611, des...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Information and data, Monitoring, Sanitation, Utility services, Wastewater, Water supply

Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations University (UNU), UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). August 2014
  • This report brings together outputs from the UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2014, summarising contributions from different UN agencies and programmes, more than 120 experts, representatives of international companies in the water and energy sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations. An introduction provides insight into the interlinkages between water and energy and the prospects for a sustainable future. The report then examines the future of the water-energy nexus and partnership under 6 key headings: The UN and the Water-Energy Nexus; Water and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Industry, Participation, Sustainable development, Water efficiency, Water policy

How to assess agricultural water productivity? Looking for water in the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature
  • How to assess agricultural water productivity? Looking for water in the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). July 2014
  • This report aims to contribute to the discussion on how to assess and possibly improve agricultural water productivity. It presents findings from a first attempt to survey the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature with regard to the explicit inclusion of water aspects in productivity and efficiency measurements. The focus is on studies applying single-factor productivity measures, total factor productivity indices, frontier models, and deductive models that incorporate water.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Water efficiency

Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila Water Company. July 2014
  • This book weaves a collection of ideas and concepts on how "change management" was used to transform the Manila Water Company into a world-class water utility service. It provides an insider's view of the transformation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) using the public-private partnership (PPP) concept. This complete account of a water company transition is presented in 6 chapters: Overview; Corporate transformation: from public to private; Attaining sustainability: the building blocks for change; Attaining sustainability: the fruits ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Climate change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investments, Privatization, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water operators, Water supply, Water treatment

Partnership Briefs for Small Island Developing States: Water and sanitation, food security and waste management
  • Partnership Briefs for Small Island Developing States: Water and sanitation, food security and waste management
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The SIDS 2014 Partnership Briefs were prepared with the intent of contributing to preparation leading up to the partnership dialogues by: reviewing key priorities to SIDs; reviewing existing partnerships; identifying gaps which could inspire new partnership, focusing on public-private partnership. This brief looks at the priority area 'water and sanitation, food security and waste management' and highlights examples of existing partnerships based on the SIDs 2014 Partnership Platform. The brief summarises three points within the priority area: The challenges...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Food security, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Small islands, Wastewater, Water supply

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