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Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • UNESCO- Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). 2014
  • This study challenges the idea that dryland areas over the world are often considered as 'wastelands' as they are characterized through their scarce water resources, poor organic soils, low biological productivity, and extreme climatic conditions. Scientists from ten countries - Belgium, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Tunisia - studied dryland ecosystems from a research, environmental conservation and sustainable development perspective and detail 9 case studies from 9 of these countries -excludi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Community participation, Drylands, Ecosystems, Groundwater, Livelihoods, Perceptions, Sustainable development, Technology, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds

Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening
  • Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). October 2014
  • This report examines water resource conflicts in the context of the Arab Spring. It contains comments and papers on: the state of water and politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; the water-energy nexus and climate change; sectarianism and Middle Easter geopolitics; and nuclear non-proliferation. Among issues addressed is the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea canal, which would be designed to rehabilitate parts of the Jordan River Basin as well as the relationship between energy and food demand and water supply.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Arab countries
  • Main themes: Climate change, Conflicts, Energy, Ethics, Food security, Public policy, River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water management, Water security, Water supply

Envisioning a World Free of Water Problems. UNU-INWEH's 5-Year Strategic Plan - 2015-2019
  • Envisioning a World Free of Water Problems. UNU-INWEH's 5-Year Strategic Plan - 2015-2019
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). August 2014
  • This document sets forth a summary of UNU-INWEH's strategy for addressing key global water challenges. The new approach focuses on knowledge exchange through research and strategic partnerships with universities and the private sector as key components. The plan presents the strategic priorities for 2015-2019, with a revamped organizational design and business model aimed at strengthening institutional capacity and impact over the next five years. Specific action items and estimated timelines (starting August 2014) for their completion are identified for each...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Ecosystems, Financing, Food security, Hygiene, Knowledge management, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water security, Water supply

Drylands. Sustaining Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystem Services
  • Drylands. Sustaining Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystem Services
  • UNESCO- Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). June 2014
  • This policy brief looks at the Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project which began with a first phase running from 2003-2007, and a second phase from 2009 until 2013. The second phase of the project built on the successes of the first phase and focused on the following points included in the policy brief: the improvement of dryland agriculture and the rehabilitation of degraded lands; the promotion of sustainable livelihoods, and the development of policy-relevant guidelines for future land use. The brief uses multi-partner resea...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Drylands, Investments, Land degradation, Land management, Livelihoods

(A) Micro-financing framework for Rural Water and Sanitation provisioning in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • (A) Micro-financing framework for Rural Water and Sanitation provisioning in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). May 2014
  • This report explores a hybrid mechanism of microfinance, based on community networks and third party collateral for meso-scale loans, to provide a different financing model for small community water and sanitation supplies. Embedding these community water entities within local government structures provides a mechanism for sustainability and for eventual government management as part of the progressive realization of rights. The report approaches the question 'Why focus on rural Water and Sanitation provision in sub-Saharan Africa?' followed by details of the...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Community participation, Financing, Rural areas, Sanitation, Water supply

Catalyzing water for sustainable development and growth. Framing Water Within the Post-2015 Development agenda: options and considerations
  • Catalyzing water for sustainable development and growth. Framing Water Within the Post-2015 Development agenda: options and considerations
  • United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). December 2013
  • This report is an independent evidence-based analysis of how water can be addressed in a developing agenda beyond 2015. Its formulation, and the underlying study, was undertaken as a way of addressing the information gaps and providing background information that can be used by the UN member states and other stakeholders in negotiations. The overall goal of this report is to draw attention to the complexities of water as a resource and a human right, and the challenges associated in implementing the various formulations of Sustainable Development Goals relate...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Financing, Human right to water and sanitation, Hygiene, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

UNU-INWEH Annual Report 2011
  • UNU-INWEH Annual Report 2011
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). October 2012
  • The UNU-INWEH annual report summarizes initiatives and progress report on activities and projects from the Institute. It also introduces outputs from events and presents publications produced in 2011.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drylands, Ecosystems, Health

Policy Brief: Securing the future of mangroves
  • Policy Brief: Securing the future of mangroves
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). October 2012
  • Mangroves are vital for food security and protection of coastal communities; they provide a wide diversity of forest products, nurseries for aquatic species, fishing grounds, carbon sequestration, and crucial natural coastal defences that mitigate the impact of erosion and storm action. The aim of this policy brief is to provide managers with lessons learned on the conservation and management of mangroves, and recommend policy measures that could be taken in order to protect them.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Community participation, Ecosystem services, Food security

Science-Policy Bridges Over Troubled Waters. Making Science Deliver Greater Impacts in Shared Water Systems. Synthesis Report
  • Science-Policy Bridges Over Troubled Waters. Making Science Deliver Greater Impacts in Shared Water Systems. Synthesis Report
  • Global Environmental Facility (GEF), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). September 2012
  • This report serves to provide a global perspective on the state of challenges and pressures facing transboundary water systems, both freshwater and marine. The context of this Synthesis is the need and effective use of science to address these challenges and the translation of such science use to policy for multi-country management of shared water resources. The report brings together the findings and efforts of the International Waters (IW) System Type Working Groups on groundwater, lakes, rivers, land-based pollution sources and, large marine ecosystems and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Communication, Transboundary waters

(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

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