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Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This discussion paper seeks to assert common definitions for water-related terminology. The paper summarizes key outcomes from a dialogue process through which participant organizations sought to work toward a mutual understanding on key questions such as: (1) Do "scarcity", "stress", and "risk" refer to three distinct, useful concepts in the context of corporate water stewardship?; (2) What specifically is meant by each term? How do organizations conceive of them differently?; (3) How do these terms relate to one another?; (4) How can these terms be used in ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk management, Water scarcity

International Glossary of Hydrology
  • International Glossary of Hydrology
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 2013
  • This 3rd edition of the UNESCO-WMO International Glossary of Hydrology builds on the pioneering efforts of the WMO Working Group on Terminology established in 1961, which evolved into the joint WMO/UNESCO Panel on Terminology in 1967, as well as the publication of the first edition in 1974 and second edition in 1992. The glossary offers a list of equivalent terms and definitions in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • Main themes: Hydrology

Forests and Water. International momentum and action
  • Forests and Water. International momentum and action
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). March 2013
  • Forests play a crucial role in the hydrological cycle. They influence the amount of water available and regulate surface and groundwater flows while maintaining high water quality. Moreover, forests and trees contribute to the reduction of water-related risks such as landslides, local floods and droughts and help prevent desertification and salinization. This publication provides an overview of forest and water interactions and describes the increasing international momentum gained by this topic. It then presents, in chronological order, summaries of the vari...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Capacity building, Climate change, Communication, Forests, Water availability, Water cycle, Water management

Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost
  • Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2012
  • This report seeks to inform a broad audience about permafrost and communicate to decision-makers and the general public the implications of changing permafrost in a warming climate. It denes basic terminology and describes fundamental physical and biological processes that shape the permafrost landscape using the best scientic information available from published literature. The report discusses the impacts of a changing climate on ecosystems and human infrastructure in regions with signicant presence of permafrost, as well as the impacts of thawing permafros...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Monitoring

Glossary of Shared Water Resources. Technical, Socioeconomic and Legal Terminology. English-Arabic
  • Glossary of Shared Water Resources. Technical, Socioeconomic and Legal Terminology. English-Arabic
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of Germany (BGR), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA). July 2012
  • This glossary is a response to a request from the 6th session of the Committee on Water Resources at ESCWA, which called for a clearly explained vocabulary for use in describing internationally-shared surface and groundwater resources. Arabic language translations and explanations of such terminology are needed by water resources specialists from ESCWA member countries, who must negotiate treaties and agreements with non Arabic-speaking countries. This glossary may be employed in a variety of ways. Users seeking the explanation or Arabic language translation...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Environment, Hydrology, Legal aspects, Meteorology, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water management, Water quality

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

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