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Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?
  • Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). January 2015
  • The present publication collects the proceedings of the Conference'Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?' organized by the Platform for International Water Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva at the Palais des Nations on 13 December 2013. This Conference was organized in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the financial support of the Swiss Nations Fund for Scientific Research (SNF). The proceedings have been published by the UNESCO Internation...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Community participation, Conflicts, Energy, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Participation, Public policy, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water conservation , Water management

International Waters. Delivering Results
  • International Waters. Delivering Results
  • Global Environmental Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). June 2012
  • This publication highlights UNDP-GEF International Waters portfolio results achieved across four UNDP-GEF programmes: Large Marine Ecosystems; Transboundary Lakes, rivers and Aquifers; Integrated Water resources and Coastal Area Management; and Global Programmes. A series of project case studies review delivery of results in the context of the GEF International Waters focal area's Results Indicator's framework. The publication also includes an overview of cumulative results delivery across the entire UNDP-GEF International Waters portfolio since 1991.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Ecosystems, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Lakes, Rivers, Transboundary waters

Fresh Water for the future. A synopsis of UNEP activities in water
  • Fresh Water for the future. A synopsis of UNEP activities in water
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). June 2012
  • This booklet presents UNEP's comparative advantages and its catalytic role in influencing other partners and UN agencies in meeting global water challenges. It highlights a few of the organisation's achievements and success stories over time as well as contemporary water challenges for further considerations along with partners as part of the international agenda. The cases presented illustrate UNEP's work at the global, regional, national, catchment and sub-catchment levels. Themes covered include water quality, restoring ecosystems, coping with climate chan...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Ecosystem services, Financing, Green economy, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pollution, Sustainable development, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water management, 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

Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. Executive Summary
  • Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. Executive Summary
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2011
  • Executive summary of report 'Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland'.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Emergency situations, Environment, Groundwater, Health, Industry, Oil industry, Pollution, Sustainable development, Water quality

Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland
  • Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2011
  • Ogoniland has been the site of oil industry operations since the late 1950s. Ogoniland has a tragic history of pollution from oil spills and oil well fires, although no systematic scientific information has been available about the ensuing contamination. The Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland covers contaminated land, groundwater, surface water, sediment, vegetation, air pollution, public health, industry practices and institutional issues. This report represents the best available understanding of what has happened to the environment of Ogoniland - and th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Emergency situations, Environment, Groundwater, Health, Industry, Oil industry, Pollution, Sustainable development, Water quality

International Waters: Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks
  • International Waters: Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks
  • Global Environmental Facility (GEF), University of Columbia. April 2011
  • This report discusses the legal and institutional frameworks that apply to twenty-eight international water bodies that were identified as part of the UNDP/GEF project on "Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks". The analysis in this report is organized by a common set of eighteen criteria and is intended to provide information that can be used to support further research and analysis, with the ultimate goal of identifying a set of common elements of good governance for transboundary...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Development cooperation, Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Legal aspects, Negotiation, Pollution, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water quality

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. Chapter on 'Water. Investing in natural capital'
  • Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. Chapter on 'Water. Investing in natural capital'
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2011
  • This report is aimed at providing practical guidance to policy makers on what reforms are needed to unlock the productive and employment potential of a green economy. Chapter 3 "Water: investing in natural capital" has three broad aims. First, it highlights the importance of providing all households with sufficient and affordable access to clean water supplies as well as adequate sanitation. Second, it makes a case for early investment in water management and infrastructure, including ecological infrastructure. The potential to make greater use of biodiversit...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Financing, Green economy, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water management, Water scarcity, Water supply

Africa Water Atlas
  • Africa Water Atlas
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2010
  • This Atlas is a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of photos. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change. The Atlas starts with a special feature that focuses on the often two-sided nature of water issues in Africa: surplus and scarcity, under-developed and overexploited and challenges and opportuniti...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Dams, Drinking water, Energy, Environment, Food security, Gender, Groundwater, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pollution, River Basin Management, Rural areas, Sanitation, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water allocation, Water availability, Water balance, Water demand, Water governance, Water quality, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds, Wetlands

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Published in 2015