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United Nations World Water Development Report 2015. Water for a Sustainable World
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 2015. Water for a Sustainable World
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). March 2015
  • 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 2015th edition illustrates the complex linkages between water and critical areas such as human health, food and energy security, urbanization, industrial gr...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Disasters, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Equity, Food security, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Hygiene, Industry, Information and data, Investments, Livelihoods, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Resilience, Sanitation, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water availability, Water conservation , Water demand, Water efficiency, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity, Water supply

Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta. 2014
  • Local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience. A project officially launched in 2011 focussing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydrometeorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. This publication begins with an introduction of the background, basi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Communication, Disasters, Dissemination of scientific knowledge, Education, Gender, Information and data, Resilience, Risk management, Small islands, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerability

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

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)

Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2012)
  • Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2012)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO). July 2014
  • This Atlas seeks to raise awareness of changing characteristics (frequency, location, severity) of weather, climate and water-related hazards and other challenges to collecting and analysing disaster risk information. It presents a worldwide analysis of extreme weather, climate and water events, drawing on the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), compiled by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). The Atlas compares the reported impacts of meteorological, climatic and hydrological extremes (as categorised by CRED) on people and economi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Oceania, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Desertification, Disasters, Drought, Drylands, Environment, Floods, Information and data, Meteorology, Risk management

Building disaster-resilient communities and economies
  • Building disaster-resilient communities and economies
  • United Nations Environment Programme Financing Initiative (UNEPFI). June 2014
  • The UNEPFI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative brings together insurers from around the world to help communities manage risk. The PSI Initiative's Global Resilience Project represents a phased approach to protecting communities from natural disasters. The report looks at disaster risk reduction measures assessed according to how much they cost, the economic benefits they bring and their potential to save lives and reduce the number of people adversely affected. The analysis also looks at downstream benefits and other advantages to communiti...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Desertification, Disasters, Drought, Drylands, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Environment, Financing, Floods, Information and data, Land management, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Risk management, River Basin Management, Rivers, Wetlands

Strengthening the financial system for water in Mexico: From a conceptual framework to the formulation of pilot initiatives
  • Strengthening the financial system for water in Mexico: From a conceptual framework to the formulation of pilot initiatives
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). April 2014
  • This report outlines the proposal for the development of Mexico's Financial System for Water (Sistema de Financiamiento del Agua or SFA). Funded by the Spanish Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (SFLAC) and the World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), the report examines the SFA through basic concepts and its current legal framework, while offering suggestions on the existing instruments and mechanisms that could provide access to various sources of financial resources towards the water sector.
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Disasters, Economic instruments, Financing, Legal aspects, Markets, Risk management, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water services

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

Handbook for Disaster Assessment
  • Handbook for Disaster Assessment
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). April 2014
  • The Handbook is a guide to pre and post disaster response management. Chapter 10 examines the implications for Water and Sanitation in 5 sections, first providing some general considerations. It then presents the procedures for estimating damage to water and sanitation systems through information on national institutions and information on each system of the sector in the affected territory. Part 3 'Estimating damage to drinking water and sanitary sewer systems, solid waste collection and disposal and flood control structures' contains 4 categorical considera...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Disasters, Drinking water, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Gender, Health, Infrastructure, Mitigation, Sanitation, Tourism, Transport, Valuation, Water security

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Published in 2015