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Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good Practices
  • Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good Practices
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). April 2015
  • This publication compiles, analyses and disseminates experiences, and thereby demonstrates and illustrates important steps and lessons learned as well as good practices to take into account when developing a climate change adaptation strategy for water management in the basin or transboundary context. It includes lessons learned and good practices mainly from the programme of pilot projects under the implemented since 2010 by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with partner as well as from the UNECE/International Network of Ba...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Awareness raising, Capacity building, Climate change, Communication, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Ecosystems, Financing, Infrastructure, Investments, Legal aspects, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Practices and habits , Public policy, River Basin Management, Scenarios, Technology, Transboundary waters, Vulnerability, Water allocation, Water cooperation, Water cycle, Water management, Water quality

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

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

Facilitating Trade through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam's Inland and Coastal Waterways
  • Facilitating Trade through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam's Inland and Coastal Waterways
  • World Bank. 2014
  • This report has three objectives. The first is to identify targeted policy and infrastructure interventions in inland waterway transport (IWT) and coastal shipping that can enhance the competitiveness and environmental sustainability characteristics of Vietnam's freight transport system. The second objective of the report is to estimate the economic benefits and costs associated with the interventions identified, and to use that information to produce a prioritized list of evaluated recommendations for implementation. Finally, the report seeks to info...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Industry, Infrastructure, Investments, Pollution, Shipping, Sustainable development, Transport, Water policy

Mainstreaming Water Safety Plans in ADB Water Sector Projects: Lessons and Challenges
  • Mainstreaming Water Safety Plans in ADB Water Sector Projects: Lessons and Challenges
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). December 2014
  • This report documents the pilot application of the guidance note for mainstreaming Water Safety Plans (WSP) in water projects supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as piloted in the Chongqing Municipality in the Peoples' Republic of China. It seeks to promote systematic assessment and management of water safety risks from infrastructure construction to operation. It also summarizes challenges and lessons learned from the pilot.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Infrastructure, Monitoring, Risk management, Rural areas, Urban areas, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply

Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • The Green Infrastructure approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost benefits. The case studies in this guide provide examples of GI options that address water management challenges, while delivering a number of significant co-benefits. T...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Investments, Rainwater harvesting, Risk management, River Basin Management, Urban areas, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Wetlands

(The) Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for use by World Bank clients. Lessons learned and recommendations
  • (The) Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for use by World Bank clients. Lessons learned and recommendations
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). June 2014
  • This report attempts to provide answers to the appropriateness, costs and requirements of the 2011 Hydropower Sustainability Protocol, as well as how it relates to existing procedures and standards for large infrastructure development. It also aims to shed light on the complementarity of the Protocol to existing World Bank policies and procedures and issues covered by its Environmental and Social Safeguards and Performance Standards, as well as to provide guidance on the Protocol's application by World Bank clients.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Energy, Infrastructure

Water Safety in Distribution Systems
  • Water Safety in Distribution Systems
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2014
  • Water quality deterioration in distribution systems, mainly caused by inappropriate planning, design and construction or inadequate operation and maintenance and water quality control, has been linked to a significant proportion of the burden of waterborne and water-related illness. Stresses on these systems caused by rapid urbanization, population growth and aging infrastructure further exacerbates the problems. This reference tool has been developed to help water suppliers and regulators who are familiar with the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach enhance the...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Communication, Disease, Drinking water, Health, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Pollution, Risk management, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply, Water treatment

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

Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Rapid Climate Change Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Rapid Climate Change Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). April 2014
  • This assessment report provides a better understanding of climate change threats to the project infrastructure. It also provides project stakeholders with information necessary for consensus building for the adoption of a robust approach to responding to climate change. The study illustrates that a constrained time frame and limited resources may not be significant impediments to the undertaking of climate risk vulnerability assessments, which can provide valuable information at the project design stage to increase the climate resilience of large investment p...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Financing, Floods, Infrastructure, Resilience, Risk management, Rivers, Vulnerability

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Published in 2015