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GEO-5. Global Environment Outlook 5: Environment for the future we want
  • GEO-5. Global Environment Outlook 5: Environment for the future we want
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). June 2012
  • The GEO Reports analyze environmental states and trends at the global and regional scales, describe plausible outlooks for various time frames and formulate policy options. Chapter 4 focuses on water issues.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Environment, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Pollution, Risk management, Technology, Water cooperation, Water demand, Water governance, Water policy, Water quality, Water scarcity, Water security, Water supply

Legal and institutional frameworks
  • Legal and institutional frameworks
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. June 2012
  • Whereas day to day management of groundwater resources takes place within the national sphere, and often at local level, domestic regulatory systems cannot be seen in isolation from international legal frameworks when transboundary aquifers are concerned. In that case international law determines states rights and obligations to which domestic law has to be made compatible. The legal framework for groundwater management should provide answers to key questions such as, who can access groundwater, where, for which purposes and under which conditions? How are aq...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Legal aspects, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water quality, Water User Associations

Groundwater Policy and Governance
  • Groundwater Policy and Governance
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. June 2012
  • This paper starts by pointing to the large, remaining gaps in our understanding of how water is an integral part of society and its relationship to the planet's environment. It recognizes that, at their root, all modes of tapping, distributing, and managing water supplies are the result of organized human effort, usually achieved through institutions. The authors address the role of governance of subsurface water, which according to many practitioners and observers remains largely uncharted, incompletely assessed, and notably uncertain and complex.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Water allocation, Water governance, Water policy

Governance of the subsurface and groundwater frontier
  • Governance of the subsurface and groundwater frontier
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), World Bank. June 2012
  • This Thematic Paper focuses on the conventional and non conventional use of aquifers, encroachment into the subsurface space and the evolution of groundwater "frontiers" to the extent that they impact aquifers and pose new challenges for groundwater governance. Some uses of underground space, such as mining, are not new, but the scale and intensity of mining activity and the environmental consequence of groundwater recovery in abandoned mines are such that groundwater legislation is having to "catch up". The same applies to the controversial use of hydrofract...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Mining, Oil industry, Pollution, Water governance

(A) Manual for Economic Assessment of Drinking-water Interventions
  • (A) Manual for Economic Assessment of Drinking-water Interventions
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2012
  • This manual describes a practical technique for appraising or evaluating small-scale interventions that seek to provide safer and more accessible drinking-water to rural people. The manual is primarily aimed at experts who are involved in advising on the most appropriate drinking-water interventions to install in small-scale, mainly rural, settings. These experts may be working in any of the disciplines relevant to drinking-water. They include health professionals, engineers and economists. The manual presents practical techniques in a way that will satisfy t...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Economic instruments, Rural areas, Small-scale providers, Water services, Water supply

(The) Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water?
  • (The) Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water?
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). June 2012
  • This Report provides examples of cities in Africa and beyond that have already implemented Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approaches both in terms of technical and institutional solutions. Case studies explore the ways in which IUWM can help meet future water demand in African cities.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Disasters, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Participation, Rainwater harvesting, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Wastewater, Water availability, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water security, Water supply, Water treatment

Status Report on the application of integrated approaches to water resources management 2012
  • Status Report on the application of integrated approaches to water resources management 2012
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Water. June 2012
  • Based on a global survey assessing the progress and outcomes of the application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources, this UN-Water report includes lessons learned and recommendations, as well as focus areas for action. The report also provides guidance for establishing a regular international monitoring and reporting framework to promote sustainable development and management of water resources.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Energy, Environment, Financing, Food security, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Participation, Perceptions, Sustainable development, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water policy

Policy and Sector Reform to Accelerate Access to Improved Rural Sanitation
  • Policy and Sector Reform to Accelerate Access to Improved Rural Sanitation
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). June 2012
  • This document synthesizes key findings, conclusions, and recommendations from country specific endline assessment reports from India, Indonesia, and Tanzania to provide guidance and insight to other countries seeking to create large-scale sustainable rural sanitation programs.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Rural areas, Sanitation, Utility services, Water governance

Pneumonia and diarrhoea. Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children
  • Pneumonia and diarrhoea. Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). June 2012
  • This report focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea - the two primary killers of children under the age of five. Apart from identifying key prevention measures and treatment coverage needs, the report estimates children's lives saved by scaling up key interventions in an equitable way and presents an array of data showing progress and challenges over the past several decades.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Children, Disease, Drinking water, Health, Hygiene, Poverty, Sanitation, Water security

Pharmaceuticals in drinking water
  • Pharmaceuticals in drinking water
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2012
  • This technical report aims to provide practical guidance and recommendations in managing concerns over pharmaceuticals in drinking-water, taking into consideration the available scientific knowledge and evidence. It emphasizes the importance to prioritize this emerging issue in the overall context of water safety management, which includes microbial and other chemical risks that may threaten the safety of drinking-water.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global, Oceania
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Health, Pollution, Water quality, Water security, Water treatment

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