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Arab Region: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
  • Arab Region: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2013
  • This Atlas examines the environmental change that has taken place at more than 80 locations across the Arab region, using a combination of on-the-ground photographs, current and historical satellite images, with a narrative based on extensive scientific evidence. The progress each country is making towards achieving environmental sustainability as part of the Millennium Goals is also described and visually portrayed. The Atlas images serve to highlight the distinctive environmental circumstances and challenges faced in the Arab region, from limited freshwater...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Conflicts, Desalination, Deserts, Ecosystems, Groundwater, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Pollution, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water quality

Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Climate Change: Implications for Shared Water Resources in the West Asia Region
  • Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Climate Change: Implications for Shared Water Resources in the West Asia Region
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2012
  • West Asia countries have been experiencing different degrees of natural and anthropogenic water risk affecting the sustainability of their limited water resources and preservation of the ecosystem equilibrium. The fragile arid environment and its resiliency to cope with external natural and anthropogenic activities, including the expected impacts of climate change, present a major challenge to decision-makers who must achieve adequate, safe and dependable water and food supply in the future to improve human well-being in their societies, and to meet the requi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Climate change, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Vulnerability, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water quality, Water scarcity

(The) Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue. Papers for the InterAction Council, 2011-2012
  • (The) Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue. Papers for the InterAction Council, 2011-2012
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). September 2012
  • With views from water experts around the globe and insightful reactions from members of the InterAction Council, this volume speaks to the urgent needs and challenges ahead for addressing the global water crisis and contributes informed perspectives to the emerging global dialogue on achieving water security.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania
  • Main themes: Climate change, Conflicts, Ecosystem services, Energy, Ethics, Gender, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Legal aspects, Migration, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pollution, Poverty, Sanitation, Transboundary waters, Vulnerability, Water governance, Water quality, Water scarcity, Water security

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

Keeping track of our changing environment. From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)
  • Keeping track of our changing environment. From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2011
  • This report provides a compilation of statistical data, numerically-based graphs and illustrative 'before and after' satellite images tracking environmental changes that have swept the planet over the last twenty years since decision-makers met at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The report includes trends in natural hazards (floods, droughts, etc.) and in improved sanitation and drinking water coverage among others. The specific case of the Mesopotamian Marshlands is analysed.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global, Middle-East
  • Main themes: Drought, Ecosystem services, Environment, Floods, Monitoring

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Published in 2015