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Innovations for Water and Development
  • Innovations for Water and Development
  • UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. February 2015
  • This booklet contains 50 innovative solutions in the field of water and development. The innovations were created with their global partnership network to develop, implement and validate novel solutions that ultimately aim to improve the quality of life on the planet. Innovations are often of a technological nature, but their adoption also has social, economic, environmental, governance, institutional and political dimensions. The research-based innovations originate from the six research themes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Aquaculture, Arid zones, Coastal zones, Desalination, Drought, Floods, Hygiene, Infrastructure, Irrigation, Monitoring, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Technology, Urban areas, Utility services, Water management, Water supply, Water treatment

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

Drylands. Sustaining Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystem Services
  • Drylands. Sustaining Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystem Services
  • UNESCO- Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). June 2014
  • This policy brief looks at the Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project which began with a first phase running from 2003-2007, and a second phase from 2009 until 2013. The second phase of the project built on the successes of the first phase and focused on the following points included in the policy brief: the improvement of dryland agriculture and the rehabilitation of degraded lands; the promotion of sustainable livelihoods, and the development of policy-relevant guidelines for future land use. The brief uses multi-partner resea...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Drylands, Investments, Land degradation, Land management, Livelihoods

Climate change and sustainable water management in Central Asia
  • Climate change and sustainable water management in Central Asia
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). May 2014
  • This working paper describes the results of research conducted in Central Asia. The research on Water and Adaptation Interventions in Central and West Asia combined field observations with satellite-based data and created models to demonstrate the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Aral Sea Basin. The paper is presented in three parts Assessing Climate Change; Impacts of Climate Change which explores these sub categories Glaciers, Glacial Lakes, Water Resources, Future water Availability in Syr Darya and Amu Darya Basins, Floods, Permafrost a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Arid zones, Climate change, Drylands, Floods, Glaciers, Hydrology, Lakes, State of water resources

The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • The future of the Aral Sea lies in transboundary co-operation
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). January 2014
  • This paper looks at the diminishing level of the Aral Sea and the multitude of economical, environmental and social problems this has caused. This is an interactive paper, with links to a video and interactive map as well as satellite images demonstrating the shrinking of the sea. The paper answers why this issue is important and provides the findings in support, demonstrating the status today plotted against previous years, the impacts and responses and concluding with the implications for policy.
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Drought, Ecosystems, Environment, Livelihoods, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water cycle, Water governance, 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

The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making. Background document
  • The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making. Background document
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). March 2013
  • The first part of this background paper estimates the costs of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), or conversely, the benefits of sustainable land management (SLM), for different parts of the world. Consideration is also given to the costs (implementation, transaction and opportunity costs) associated with modifying current land-use practices to be more sustainable. The latter part of the background paper exemplifies the interlinkages and synergies of three Rio conventions. In particular, it argues that there is significant scope for mainstr...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Desertification, Drought, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Land degradation, Land management, Legal aspects, Resilience

Trends in groundwater pollution: loss of groundwater quality and related aquifers services
  • Trends in groundwater pollution: loss of groundwater quality and related aquifers services
  • 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
  • The purpose of this Thematic Paper is to review the trends in groundwater quality and pollution, taking into account the physical, environmental, institutional and social actors involved in groundwater quality governance. The final goal is to diagnose historical and current issues related to groundwater use under the threat of pollution, and to identify prospects for improved and sustainable aquifer governance through prevention and mitigation of the factors that may impact water quality.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Groundwater, Pollution, Water governance, Water management, Water quality

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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