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Applying results-based financing in water investments
  • Applying results-based financing in water investments
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). May 2014
  • This document is intended to contribute to a better understanding of Results-Based Financing (RBF) instruments and the conditions for success or failure of the approach in water. Given the broad variety of issues covered and the complexity faced by the water sector as a whole (from irrigation to flood protection, to water conservation and hydropower), concrete examples are provided in an attempt to make the document as practical as possible in guiding the design of future RBF schemes. Chapter 2 provides an analytical framework to explore if and when RBF can b...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Energy, Financing, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Irrigation, Poverty, Risk management, Sanitation, Small-scale providers, Technology, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water scarcity, Water services, Water supply

Natural disasters in the Middle East and North Africa : a regional overview
  • Natural disasters in the Middle East and North Africa : a regional overview
  • World Bank. January 2014
  • This report focuses on the challenges of disaster risk in the Middle East and North African (MNA) region. It provides critical feedback to Governments and partners on efforts and processes required to make the region disaster resilient. It focuses on the human impact in the region of both floods and droughts, the consequences and suggested methods of disaster response. The overview analyses in depth the sources of vulnerability to natural hazards in the region, such as water scarcity, increasing climate variability and a fast growing population.
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drought, Emergency situations, Environment, Financing, Floods, Resilience, Risk management, Urban areas, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water scarcity

ESCWA Water Development Report 5. Issues in sustainable water resources management and water services in the Arab region
  • ESCWA Water Development Report 5. Issues in sustainable water resources management and water services in the Arab region
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA). December 2013
  • This report aims to highlight the current regional developments in the area of water supply and sanitation with a focus on the new inter-governmental mechanism for monitoring water supply and sanitation services in the Arab region. The publication also seeks to review the processes and progress related to regional follow-up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and regional preparations for the post-2015 development agenda within the water sector and address global and regional perspectives on securing access to drinking water and sanitation as a fundame...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Drinking water, Human right to water and sanitation, Hygiene, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Water management, Water policy, Water scarcity, Water services, Water supply

Arab Region: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
  • Arab Region: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2013
  • This Atlas examines the environmental change that has taken place at more than 80 locations across the Arab region, using a combination of on-the-ground photographs, current and historical satellite images, with a narrative based on extensive scientific evidence. The progress each country is making towards achieving environmental sustainability as part of the Millennium Goals is also described and visually portrayed. The Atlas images serve to highlight the distinctive environmental circumstances and challenges faced in the Arab region, from limited freshwater...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Conflicts, Desalination, Deserts, Ecosystems, Groundwater, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Pollution, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water quality

Climate change, water conflicts and human security. Regional assessment and policy guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel
  • Climate change, water conflicts and human security. Regional assessment and policy guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel
  • United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). August 2013
  • This report presents a comprehensive regional assessment of the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Sahel in terms of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, conflict/cooperation and human security at various scales and in a variety of contexts. Following an introduction, Chapter 2 explains the theoretical background on climate change, water conflicts and human security and presents the integrated and adapted Climate Change, Hydro Conflicts and Human Security (CLICO) theoretical framework. A description of the current climate and climate trends, including outloo...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Conflicts, Transboundary waters, Vulnerability, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water policy, Water security

Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance
  • Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). June 2012
  • The aim of this study is to analyze the impediments to better groundwater governance within a given political economy and to propose recommendations to address key governance issues. The report tries to answer the questions: Why has groundwater governance failed to stop the emergence of very serious threats to the resource? What are the impediments to improving groundwater governance? What are the options to overcome those impediments? Implicit in the report approach is recognition of the importance of groundwater resources in promoting developing country ada...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Aquifer recharge, Community participation, Conflicts, Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Negotiation, Peacebuilding, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water quality

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

United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 3: Facing the Challenges
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 3: Facing the Challenges
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UN-Water. March 2012
  • The World Water Development Report gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and analyses pressures from decisions that drive demand for water and affect its availability. It offers tools and response options to help leaders in government, the private sector and civil society address current and future challenges and suggests ways in which institutions can be reformed. This 4th edition introduces a new thematic approach (Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk), and directly reports from the regions, highlighting hotspots. It...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Disasters, Drought, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Food security, Health, Legal aspects, Risk management, River Basin Management, State of water resources, Tourism, Transboundary waters, Water allocation, Water availability, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water quality, Water scarcity

Climate change, water and food security
  • Climate change, water and food security
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2011
  • This report summarizes current knowledge of the anticipated impacts of climate change on water availability for agriculture. The implications for local and national food security are examined; and the methods and approaches to assess climate change impacts on water and agriculture are discussed. The report emphasizes the need for a closer alignment between water and agricultural policies and makes the case for immediate implementation of 'no-regrets' strategies which have both positive development outcomes and make agricultural systems resilient to future imp...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global, Oceania
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Environment, Food security, Irrigation, Mitigation, Water allocation, Water availability, Water demand, Water management, Water policy, Water supply

2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development. Chapter 3 : Drought risks
  • 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development. Chapter 3 : Drought risks
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). May 2011
  • The 2nd edition of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction explores trends in disaster risk for each region and for countries with different socio-economic development. The report also includes country self-assessments of progress towards the Hyogo Framework for Action and offers guidance and suggestions to governments and non-governmental actors alike on how they can, together, reduce disaster risks. The report covers water-related risks, mainly floods and drought, and includes a specific focus on drought risk. In particular, the report po...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Drought, Drylands, Migration, Monitoring, Poverty, Risk management, Rural areas, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water demand, Water management, Water scarcity

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Published in 2015