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The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2014
  • The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET) provides a set of tools that allows water and sanitation utilities to measure their performance both against their own past performance and against the performance of similar utilities at the national, regional, and global levels. The Blue Book is designed to raise awareness of how benchmarking and specifically IBNET tools can help enhance utility performance and thereby help to improve water and wastewater services. This issue summarizes water sector development in 200611, des...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Information and data, Monitoring, Sanitation, Utility services, Wastewater, Water supply

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 Utility Asset Management: A guide for Development Practitioners
  • Water Utility Asset Management: A guide for Development Practitioners
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). May 2014
  • This guide provides ADB's perspective on asset management, as well as an overview of the concept, processes, and systems of asset management, followed by a presentation of case studies about what utilities have done to manage their assets, including the results achieved. It focuses on medium-sized and large operators and discusses techniques that apply to situations where asset types and conditions vary widely and in-house engineering and financial skills exist. It aims to provide a brief overview of the concept, processes, and systems of asset management, in...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Risk management, Water management, Water operators

United Nations World Water Development Report 2014. Water and Energy. Volume 1 and 2
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 2014. Water and Energy. Volume 1 and 2
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). March 2014
  • The 5th edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) examines the close interdependency between water and energy. The report demonstrates how water and energy are closely interconnected, the choices and actions made in one domain greatly affecting the other; it addresses a wide range of key issues, including agriculture, cities, industry, infrastructure and the environment. Volume 1 provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have be...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Behaviour change, Capacity building, Climate change, Conflicts, Dams, Desalination, Drinking water, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Food security, Green economy, Industry, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), State of water resources, Technology, Urban areas, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Water efficiency, Water policy, Water scarcity

From Toilets to Rivers: Experiences, New Opportunities, and Innovative Solutions
  • From Toilets to Rivers: Experiences, New Opportunities, and Innovative Solutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). March 2014
  • This publication showcases a compilation of project briefs culled from case studies of good practices, new approaches, and working models on sanitation and wastewater management from different countries in Asia and the Pacific. This compilation of good practices and working models intends to show that sustainable sanitation is possible, and aims to inspire replication, institutionalization of sanitation both in policy and practice, and scaling up of investments. Cases analyzed demonstrate solution options from which useful lessons can be derived and are prese...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Behaviour change, Coastal zones, Community participation, Energy, Financing, Groundwater, Human rights, Hygiene, Pollution, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Recycling, Rural areas, Sanitation, Slums, Technology, Tourism, Wastewater, Water treatment

Green growth and water allocation
  • Green growth and water allocation
  • Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, Netherlands National Committee of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP-HWRP). 2013
  • This publication contains contributions from many of the speakers of a 2-day workshop on water allocation and green growth held on 22-23 November 2012 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Green economy, Resilience, Transboundary waters, Water allocation, Water management, Water scarcity

Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress
  • Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress
  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). December 2013
  • This briefing note outlines existing guidance and examples on water quality accounting. Inspired by the growing global focus on natural capital accounting, it identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting in order to encourage debate and commitment towards effective water and biodiversity policy.
  • Main themes: Accounting, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Environment, Financing, Water management, Water quality

Free Flow. Reaching Water Security through Cooperation
  • Free Flow. Reaching Water Security through Cooperation
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). September 2013
  • Published in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation, this publication brings together a broad range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation. The different chapters reflect the progress and challenges encountered in the fields of water management and cooperation around the world.
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Capacity building, Climate change, Ecohydrology, Education, Financing, Floods, Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Lakes, Legal aspects, Livelihoods, Participation, Poverty reduction, Sustainable development, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water cooperation, Water management, Water security, Wetlands

WaterWealth? Investing in Basin Management in Asia and the Pacific
  • WaterWealth? Investing in Basin Management in Asia and the Pacific
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). March 2013
  • This publication highlights how people work together in Asia and the Pacific to secure water for all through innovative approaches in basins. Drawing on a cross-section of 43 case studies prepared specially for this publication, WaterWealth explains the challenges to improving water governance and management across Asia and the Pacific region. It illustrates many examples of new approaches and practices already being applied by basin managers to secure water for all.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Oceania, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Legal aspects, River Basin Management, Rivers, Water governance, Water management, Water security, Watersheds, Wetlands

Conjunctive use and management of groundwater and surface water
  • Conjunctive use and management of groundwater and surface water
  • 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. 2012
  • Conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water in an irrigation setting is the process of using water from the two different sources for consumptive purposes. The planned conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water has the potential to offer benefits in terms of economic and social outcomes through significantly increased water use efficiency. This paper explores the reasons underpinning the apparent poor approach to full integration in the management and use of both water sources, and the absence of more coordinated planning. This paper is intended to...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Arid zones, Groundwater, Irrigation, Water governance, Water management

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Published in 2015