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Desertification, the invisible frontline
  • Desertification, the invisible frontline
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). January 2014
  • This publication examines desertification as a cause of global conflict and instability and calls for urgent action to support communities in crisis. It explores the impacts desertification has on the lives of many under the titles: Food (in)security - Farming ourselves into extinction; Water (in)security - water scarcity triggers conflicts; Climate - changing the face of the earth changes the humanity; Migration - Fight or flee; National Security - breaking down; Inaction, recipe for International Political and Economic chaos; Securitizing productive land - ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Conflicts, Desertification, Deserts, Drought, Floods, Food security, Investments, Land degradation, Land management, Migration, Risk management, Water scarcity, Water security, Water supply

Romania: Integrated Water Resources Rapid Assessment
  • Romania: Integrated Water Resources Rapid Assessment
  • World Bank. January 2014
  • The purpose of this report is to assess the climate change impacts on water resources in Romania from an integrated, multi-sectoral perspective, and to recommend priority actions for addressing the identified risks and opportunities. The analysis is presented from an integrated water resources perspective, thereby including all pertinent water-related sectors, viz. municipal water supply and sanitation, industrial water supply, agriculture, energy generation, environment, and disaster management. The recommended priority actions are presented in the context o...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Disasters, Energy, Environment, Financing, Industry, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Investments, Risk management, Sanitation, State of water resources, Water availability, Water supply

World Water Day 2014: Advocacy Guide
  • World Water Day 2014: Advocacy Guide
  • UN-Water. January 2014
  • This guide is designed to give detailed advocacy advice through three main areas: learning, action and sharing. Although the information relates specifically to the World Water Day 2014 event, the guidance itself can be applied to any water and energy campaign as it contains a rich resource of facts and figures, specific messages and campaign materials relating to water and energy.
  • Main themes: Energy, Information and data, Investments, Participation, Sustainable development, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water supply, World Water Day

The State of the World's Children 2014 in numbers: Every Child Counts. Revealing disparities, advancing children's rights

Running Water in India's Cities: A Review of Five Recent Public-Private Partnership Initiatives
  • Running Water in India's Cities: A Review of Five Recent Public-Private Partnership Initiatives
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). January 2014
  • This report provides a detailed assessment of five public-private partnerships (PPP) projects, in an effort to evaluate the underlying rationale of the initiatives; the preparatory and bid process; key contract provisions; risk allocation and related issues that may have a bearing on the operational trajectory; and impact of the achievement of objectives. The five projects, in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, provide a detailed analysis of the process, politics and preparation of PPP projects in India. They represent all PPP initiatives in urban wat...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Financing, Information and data, Infrastructure, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Urban areas, Water availability, Water efficiency, Water supply

Natural disasters in the Middle East and North Africa : a regional overview
  • Natural disasters in the Middle East and North Africa : a regional overview
  • World Bank. January 2014
  • This report focuses on the challenges of disaster risk in the Middle East and North African (MNA) region. It provides critical feedback to Governments and partners on efforts and processes required to make the region disaster resilient. It focuses on the human impact in the region of both floods and droughts, the consequences and suggested methods of disaster response. The overview analyses in depth the sources of vulnerability to natural hazards in the region, such as water scarcity, increasing climate variability and a fast growing population.
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drought, Emergency situations, Environment, Financing, Floods, Resilience, Risk management, Urban areas, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water scarcity

The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2014
  • This paper looks at the diminishing level of the Aral Sea and the multitude of economical, environmental and social problems this has caused. This is an interactive paper, with links to a video and interactive map as well as satellite images demonstrating the shrinking of the sea. The paper answers why this issue is important and provides the findings in support, demonstrating the status today plotted against previous years, the impacts and responses and concluding with the implications for policy.
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Drought, Ecosystems, Environment, Livelihoods, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water cycle, Water governance, Water scarcity

Do pro-poor policies increase water coverage? An analysis of service delivery in Kampala's informal settlements
  • Do pro-poor policies increase water coverage? An analysis of service delivery in Kampala's informal settlements
  • National Water and Sewage Corporation (NWSC) of Uganda, World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). January 2014
  • This study examines the extent to which the national public water authority responsible for service delivery in Uganda's towns and cities - National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) - has been implementing a raft of policies explicitly focused on improving delivery of services to the urban poor. The study assesses the impact of pro-poor measures implemented by NWSC in Kampala since 2004, identifies the key factors that affected the outcomes of these policies and strategies, proposes areas for improvement, and identifies lessons that can be learned and sh...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Drinking water, Informal settlements, Legal aspects, Poverty, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water management, Water policy, Water services, Water supply

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
  • Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). January 2014
  • This convention, which was adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 1996, serves as a mechanism to strengthen international cooperation and national measures for the ecologically sound management and protection of transboundary surface waters and groundwaters. Furthermore, it provides an intergovernmental platform for the day-to-day development of transboundary cooperation. The Convention is open to all United Nations Member States. This document describes the amendments to the Convention with definitions of its structure and intentions in English, French an...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Lakes, Monitoring, Transboundary waters, Water conservation , Water cooperation, Water governance

Assessing global Land Use: Balancing consumption with sustainable supply. Executive summary

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