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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

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 2006¿11, des...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Information and data, Monitoring, Sanitation, Utility services, Wastewater, Water supply

Groundwater Monitoring in Latin America
  • Groundwater Monitoring in Latin America
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). July 2014
  • This report is a summary on groundwater monitoring practices in Latin America and provides a compilation of the information shared during the 3rd regional workshop of the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network. The report begins by describing the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) followed by a brief overview of each country to capture the current state of groundwater monitoring networks in Latin America and their main challenges.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Information and data, Monitoring, Transboundary waters, Water management

Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. Measuring progress toward sustainability
  • Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. Measuring progress toward sustainability
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations University-International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). June 2012
  • This report presents a framework that offers a long-term perspective on human well-being and sustainability, based on a comprehensive analysis of nation's productive base and their link to economic development. The Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) 2012 was developed on the notion that current economic production indicators such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI) are insufficient, as they fail to reflect the state of natural resources or ecological conditions, and focus exclusively on the short term, without indicating whether n...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Green economy, Sustainable development, Valuation, Water availability, Water demand, Water governance

Water and the Green Economy. Capacity Development Aspects
  • Water and the Green Economy. Capacity Development Aspects
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC). May 2012
  • This publication gives special attention to the needs related to capacity development for water resources management, including water supply and sanitation, in the context of the green economy. This is done by showcasing theoretical and practical approaches which have proved to be successful. The 11 case studies in this book cover the entire range from innovative design and delivery of capacity development programmes related to water in the green economy, market mechanisms, and quality control procedures supporting capacity development success towards the pra...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Mediterranean region, Oceania
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Capacity building, Ecosystem services, Green economy, Infrastructure, Markets, Monitoring, Practices and habits , Sanitation, Technology, Wastewater, Water demand, Water management, Water quality, Water security, Water supply

Sustainable development 20 years from the Earth Summit. Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean. Summary
  • Sustainable development 20 years from the Earth Summit. Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean. Summary
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). February 2012
  • Summary report of Sustainable development 20 years from the Earth Summit. Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Desertification, Development cooperation, Disasters, Drought, Economic impact, Energy, Environment, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Investments, Islands, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Participation, Poverty, Sustainable development, Water management

Sustainable development 20 years from the Earth Summit. Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Sustainable development 20 years from the Earth Summit. Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). February 2012
  • This publication describes the progress made and the gaps that remain in implementing global commitments on sustainable development since 1992. Based on the deficiencies that persist and the challenges that continue to arise, it proposes guidelines for moving towards sustainable development. The water issue is addressed all along the report, especially in Chapter II where the issue of water resource management is considered and in Chapter IV which addresses the issue of freshwater resources and water management in the context of sustainable development.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Desertification, Development cooperation, Disasters, Drought, Economic impact, Energy, Environment, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Investments, Islands, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Participation, Poverty, Sustainable development, Water management

Proceedings of the International Conference Arid and Semi-arid Development through Water Augmentation, 13 to 16 December 2010, Valparaíso, Chile

Mountain Forests in a Changing World. Realizing values, addressing challenges.
  • Mountain Forests in a Changing World. Realizing values, addressing challenges.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). December 2011
  • This publication is intended to raise awareness of the global importance and the need for sustainable management of mountain forests. Chapter 2 focuses on these valuable ecosystems and on their role and influence in both the quantity and quality of water supplies. Four specific cases are analyzed, including the following: - The forests of the Catskill Mountains, USA: Watershed for a megalopolis; - Ensuring the provision of environmental services from Selva de Florencia Natural National Park, Colombia; - Popa Mountain Park: An oasis on the dry plans of Myan...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Environment, Forests, Mountains, Sustainable development, Water quality

Preventive Resettlement of Populations at Risk of Disaster. Experiences from Latin America
  • Preventive Resettlement of Populations at Risk of Disaster. Experiences from Latin America
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). November 2011
  • As a companion to the Populations at Risk of Disaster: A Resettlement Guide, this publication presents different case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala. Chapter I analyzes global natural disaster trends and their impacts. It also studies these trends in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the principal factors that increase the vulnerability to natural disasters. Chapter II analyzes resettlement as a risk reduction measure and describes the objectives and methodology of the cases studied. The next four chapters present the findings ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Drought, Emergency situations, Floods, Risk management, Vulnerability

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