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River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • World Bank. March 2014
  • This paper presents a study conducted in Bangladesh, which quantifies the prospective relationship between climate-induced changes in sea level, temperature, rainfall, and altered riverine flows from the Himalayas, and the spread and intensity of salinisation on river water in the coastal zone by 2050. The research takes into account the projected land subsidence of the Ganges Delta, as well as alternative scenarios of upstream withdrawal of freshwater. The findings indicate that climate change will cause significant changes in river salinity in the southwest...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Climate change, Coastal zones, Drinking water, Environment, Groundwater, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Scenarios, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water scarcity

Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). December 2012
  • This book tries to respond to a series of core questions, including among others: What are the roles that water plays in sustaining diverse forms of human sociocultural life? What roles do diverse human societies and cultures play in valuing, managing, preserving and using water and its associated ecosystems? What are the consequences of these resource relations in sustaining, or undermining the means to sustain, the viability of human communities and their environments? The traditional knowledge, stewardship and management systems, and technologies developed...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Dams, Ecosystems, Environment, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Perceptions, Traditional knowledge, Urban areas, Vulnerable groups, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity

Irrigation in Southern and Eastern Asia in figures. AQUASTAT Survey - 2011
  • Irrigation in Southern and Eastern Asia in figures. AQUASTAT Survey - 2011
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2012
  • This AQUASTAT report presents the most recent information available on water resources and their use in the 22 countries of the Southern and Eastern Asia region, and analyses the changes that have occurred since the first AQUASTAT survey in 1999. It gives a more detailed description of four transboundary river basins in the region, highlighting the different levels of cooperation and the agreements between countries located in the same river basin: the Ganges┐Brahmaputra┐Meghna basin, the Indus basin, the Mekong basin and the Salween basin.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Dams, Disease, Environment, Food security, Health, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Irrigation, Legal aspects, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Water demand, Water management, Water policy, Water quality, Watersheds

Reaching across the waters. Facing the Risks of Cooperation in International Waters
  • Reaching across the waters. Facing the Risks of Cooperation in International Waters
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). March 2012
  • This study reviews the experience of cooperation in five international river basins, focusing on the perceptions of risks and opportunities by decision makers in countries responding to a specific prospect of cooperation. For each basin, the analysis is centered on "tipping points," or periods in time when policymakers in the countries involved were faced with a critical decision concerning water cooperation. The use of historical events was used in order to help avoid the risk that the analyses would impact current negotiations or controversies. River basins...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Negotiation, Perceptions, Risk management, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Watersheds

Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service
  • Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2010
  • This report, commissioned as a contribution to the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, focuses on the importance of inland fisheries as an ecosystem service that significantly contributes to food production and livelihoods in many parts of the world but at the same time depends upon a sustained supply of freshwater of appropriate quality and sustainable ecosystems functioning. The assessment looks at the pressures and the drivers of ecosystems degradation that affect inland fisheries, and reviews opportunities on how to m...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Northern America
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Livelihoods, Sustainable development, Water conservation

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