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UNEP Yearbook 2014. Emerging issues in our global environment
  • UNEP Yearbook 2014. Emerging issues in our global environment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2014
  • The UNEP Yearbook compiles data on all areas of UNEP's work, divided into 10 chapters that cover different emerging issues. The chapter 'Excess Nitrogen in the Environment' focuses on the consequences of pollutants in the water cycle whereas the chapter 'The emergence of infectious disease' demonstrates the importance of access to clean water and sanitation in the battle against the spread of disease. The combination of different areas of focus demonstrates the diverse roles water and sanitation play.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Disease, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Health, Land management, Pollution, Resilience, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge, Water cycle

Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta. 2014
  • Local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience. A project officially launched in 2011 focussing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydrometeorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. This publication begins with an introduction of the background, basi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Communication, Disasters, Dissemination of scientific knowledge, Education, Gender, Information and data, Resilience, Risk management, Small islands, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerability

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

Streets as tools for urban transformation in slums: A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading
  • Streets as tools for urban transformation in slums: A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This strategy paper is rich in examples that demonstrate the practicability of the street-led slum upgrading approach that UN-Habitat is advocating for. It showcases the incremental street-led development and transformation of slums that builds on the fundamental notion of streets being the stepping stone in improving the quality of life and living conditions in slums. The paper is presented in two parts: The conceptual framework and the Practical framework, throughout these parts there is continued reference to the importance of access to clean water and san...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Community participation, Disasters, Drinking water, Gender, Informal settlements, Infrastructure, Land management, Participation, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Water supply

Synthesis report: Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project
  • Synthesis report: Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2014
  • This report presents a synthesis of studies conducted in the framework of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water audit (CORBWA). This water audit is part of a larger project 'Coping with water scarcity: the role of agriculture ¿ developing national water audits in Africa' On the supply side, the audit provides information about water availability. On the demand side, it gives a detailed picture, on how water is used, for which purpose and with which value. The audit intends to assess the status and trends of water resources; evaluate water demand trends and a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Auditing, Economic instruments, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Monitoring, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water demand, Water policy, Water scarcity, Water supply

(The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • (The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report analyses the emerging challenges and risks to which urban and rural Africa are being exposed with a view to facilitating discussions at regional, national and local levels on how best to address the challenges ahead and apply solutions that are innovative, location-specific and effective. It contains 6 chapters that study the different regions of the African continent, with the sub-categories Social and Environmental vulnerabilities and Emerging Issues focussing on the water and sanitation challenges faced in each.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Climate change, Environment, Informal settlements, Risk management, Sanitation, Slums, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water security, Water supply

Facilitating Trade through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam's Inland and Coastal Waterways
  • Facilitating Trade through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam's Inland and Coastal Waterways
  • World Bank. 2014
  • This report has three objectives. The first is to identify targeted policy and infrastructure interventions in inland waterway transport (IWT) and coastal shipping that can enhance the competitiveness and environmental sustainability characteristics of Vietnam's freight transport system. The second objective of the report is to estimate the economic benefits and costs associated with the interventions identified, and to use that information to produce a prioritized list of evaluated recommendations for implementation. Finally, the report seeks to info...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Industry, Infrastructure, Investments, Pollution, Shipping, Sustainable development, Transport, Water policy

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This study looks at the successes in twinning between Water PNG (Papua New Guinea) and Australia's Water Hunter utility. The study looks at the project through conception and implementation, noting the successes and challenges encountered under the titles: water quality: top priority; tackling non-revenue water; managing assets better; benefits of utility partnerships; master planning; and summarises with success factors in water utility twinning.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Oceania
  • Main themes: Nonrevenue water, Utility services, Water operators, Water quality, Water supply

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Khulna WASA and Maynilad
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Khulna WASA and Maynilad
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This paper looks at a knowledge sharing initiative called Water Operators Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific, established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The program twins an experienced mentor utility¿in this case Maynilad¿with a recipient utility, here Khulna WASA. Maynilad provides on-site training to improve the performance of Khulna WASA. The paper examines the potential of the initiative under the titles: the challenge of expansion; learning from the mentor; from theory to practice; mutual exchange; and finally a summary of ADB's role as facilita...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Small-scale providers, Utility services, Water operators, Water supply

Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection
  • Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • The Pyanj, on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, is a dynamic river system that has caused considerable damage to life and property in both countries due to flooding and riverbank erosion. Flood management efforts have often been short-lived and expensive to maintain, and have worsened hazards in adjacent areas because of the river's sudden shifts in channel position, rapid bank erosion, and continual meander growth. This report presents more sustainable approaches to better understand river processes and help anticipate how the river channel will...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Floods, River Basin Management, Rivers, Sustainable development

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