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Planning for Climate Change: Toolkit. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Toolkit. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This Toolkit is a companion document for the Planning for Climate Change Guide. The tools included are designed to help planners, or other project facilitators, to work through the planning framework in "Planning for Climate Change: A strategic values-based approach for urban planners". The toolkit contains four different modules: Module A: What's happening?; Module B: What matters most?; Module C: What can we do about it?; Module D: Are we doing it?. While the tools are best used in conjunction with the planning framework, every process will be different and...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report was developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. Specifically targeted to the needs of planners and allied professionals in low and middle-income countries where the challenges of planning for climate change are particularly high. The guide's strategic, values based planning framework promotes a participatory planning process that integrates local participation and good decision-making. It provides practical tools for addressing climate change through different urban planning proces...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Strengthening cooperation in adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas rivers. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Strengthening cooperation in adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas rivers. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). November 2014
  • This report summarizes the outcome of an attempt to combine the joint management of transboundary water resources and the development of recommendations on adaptation to climate change as a means of disaster risk reduction in Central Asia. It focuses on the Chu River and the Talas River, which flow through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The report is an outcome of the project,'Strengthening cooperation on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas Rivers'.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Risk management, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water management

Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer
  • Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer
  • World Health Organization (WHO). November 2014
  • This report aims to galvanize attention and action by highlighting how preventable drowning is, and how collaboration across sectors be it health and rural development, fisheries, maritime or disaster risk management can save lives. Section 1 sets out key estimates and risk factors for drowning based on the most recent data available. It describes who is most affected, where, and how, and gives an overview of how tackling the drowning burden can be stepped up. Section 2 outlines 10 drowning prevention actions. Section 3 presents conclusions and recommenda...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Community management, Community participation, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Floods, Health, Livelihoods, Public policy, Resilience, Risk management, Rural areas, Water safety plans (WSPs)

Voter Response to Natural Disaster Aid. Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Drought Relief Payments in Mexico
  • Voter Response to Natural Disaster Aid. Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Drought Relief Payments in Mexico
  • World Bank. April 2014
  • This paper uses a quasi-experimental approach to provide evidence on the electoral effect of government economic transfers as compensation for the damage caused by a natural shock: severe drought on rain-fed agricultural regions. Exploiting the discontinuity in payment of a government funded climatic contingency aid program in Mexico, it shows that voters reward the incumbent presidential party for delivering drought relief compensation. Its estimates suggest 7.6 additional percentage points for the presidential incumbent's share of votes in those electoral s...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drought, Financing, Resilience, Rural areas, Vulnerability

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

Planning of water quality monitoring systems
  • Planning of water quality monitoring systems
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 2013
  • This Technical Report has been developed in an effort to provide basic know-how and the materials needed to plan, establish and operate water-quality monitoring systems on national levels but also with a view to improving access to water-quality data and information in transboundary basins and globally. It is largely intended for use by water-agency managers whose dominant technical background is in hydrology, meteorology, engineering or water-resources management, rather than water quality, but who are responsible for the effective monitoring of developments...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Disaster prevention, Drinking water, Hydrology, Information and data, Monitoring, Pollution, Water quality

Building resilience. Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk into Development. The World Bank Group Experience
  • Building resilience. Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk into Development. The World Bank Group Experience
  • World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). November 2013
  • This report shows why building climate resilience is critical to ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity. The report opens international discussions related to understanding loss and damage from climate change and calls for the international development community to work across disciplines and sectors to build long-term resilience, reduce risk and avoid climbing future costs. It emphasizes the necessity of building and empowering institutions for the sustained effort needed for making development climate and disaster resilient and by highlightin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Poverty reduction, Resilience, Risk management

Weather and Climate Resilience. Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services
  • Weather and Climate Resilience. Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services
  • World Bank. September 2013
  • This report underscores the urgent need to strengthen National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), especially those in developing countries, and provides cost-benefit estimates of the return that countries can hope to achieve. It also offers a recommended approach that has been tested and implemented in Europe, in Central and South Asia, and countries in other regions.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Hydrology, Meteorology, Resilience

Natural solutions for water security
  • Natural solutions for water security
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). May 2013
  • In view of the importance of water to sustainable development, and pressing problems with water availability and quality, the emphasis of this booklet is on how biodiversity provides us with solutions to meet water-related challenges. The booklet has been prepared for the International Day for Biological Biodiversity, which in 2013 focuses on water and biodiversity.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Disaster prevention, Ecosystems, Food security, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Mountains, Water cooperation, Water cycle, Water security, Wetlands

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