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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

Health and environment: communicating the risks
  • Health and environment: communicating the risks
  • World Health Organization (WHO). 2013
  • The WHO Regional Office for Europe organized a workshop in Trento, Italy, to enable participants to share experience in the management and communication of environmental risks such as those related to the lack of water and sanitation. This report builds on the presentations and discussions from the workshop and presents a series of key messages useful to regional and local authorities, as well as to risk managers in general.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Environment, Health, Participation, Perceptions

Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water–Food–Energy Nexus
  • Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water–Food–Energy Nexus
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). September 2013
  • This publication is the result of a scoping study initiated by the Asian Development Bank to better understand the issues associated with the water-food-energy nexus in Asia and the Pacific. It provides high-level guidance on the choices available to address the region's water security issues.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Accounting, Energy, Food security, Markets, Perceptions, Scenarios, Water footprint, Water governance, Water policy, Water scarcity, Water security, Water treatment

Tapping the Market: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Sanitation for the Poor
  • Tapping the Market: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Sanitation for the Poor
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2013
  • This report examines private sector provision of on-site sanitation services in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Peru, and Tanzania, four countries where the local private sector already plays a major role in the construction and maintenance of sanitation in rural (and many urban) areas. In each country, the study examines the preferences and circumstances of poor households and the performance of enterprises that provide sanitation-related services directly to them. It examines commercial and investment climate factors that may affect enterprises' actual or perceived ...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Investments, Markets, Perceptions, Poverty, Sanitation

Tapping the Market: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water for the Poor
  • Tapping the Market: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water for the Poor
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2013
  • This report examines piped water schemes in rural areas of Bangladesh, Benin, and Cambodia, where the local private sector already plays a major role in the delivery of water. The study examines the performance of networks in each country and investigates the preferences of poor households in locations served by them. It also examines commercial and investment climate factors that may affect firms' actual or perceived costs and risks, driving their decisions about increasing investment in their business. Specifically, the study seeks answers to the following ...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Investments, Markets, Perceptions, Poverty, Water demand, Water services, Water supply

Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). December 2012
  • This book tries to respond to a series of core questions, including among others: What are the roles that water plays in sustaining diverse forms of human sociocultural life? What roles do diverse human societies and cultures play in valuing, managing, preserving and using water and its associated ecosystems? What are the consequences of these resource relations in sustaining, or undermining the means to sustain, the viability of human communities and their environments? The traditional knowledge, stewardship and management systems, and technologies developed...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Dams, Ecosystems, Environment, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Perceptions, Traditional knowledge, Urban areas, Vulnerable groups, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity

Economic Assessment of Sanitation Interventions in Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China. A six-country study conducted in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines and Vietnam under the Economics of Sanitation Initiative (ESI)

Status Report on the application of integrated approaches to water resources management 2012
  • Status Report on the application of integrated approaches to water resources management 2012
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Water. June 2012
  • Based on a global survey assessing the progress and outcomes of the application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources, this UN-Water report includes lessons learned and recommendations, as well as focus areas for action. The report also provides guidance for establishing a regular international monitoring and reporting framework to promote sustainable development and management of water resources.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Energy, Environment, Financing, Food security, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Participation, Perceptions, Sustainable development, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water policy

Climate change vulnerability and human mobility: Perspectives of refugees from the East and Horn of Africa
  • Climate change vulnerability and human mobility: Perspectives of refugees from the East and Horn of Africa
  • United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). June 2012
  • This study seeks to examine the personal experiences of people who have become refugees or internally displaced persons in the East and Horn of Africa, and to better understand: 1) How they perceive and manage the impact of climatic change and increased environmental stress in their areas of origin; 2) The ways in which growing environmental stressors interact with other factors affecting their lives and livelihoods; 3) How, and to what extent, climatic and environmental change has contributed to their vulnerability or resilience; 4) If, how and to what exten...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Perceptions, Refugees, Vulnerability, Water scarcity

Reaching across the waters. Facing the Risks of Cooperation in International Waters
  • Reaching across the waters. Facing the Risks of Cooperation in International Waters
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). March 2012
  • This study reviews the experience of cooperation in five international river basins, focusing on the perceptions of risks and opportunities by decision makers in countries responding to a specific prospect of cooperation. For each basin, the analysis is centered on "tipping points," or periods in time when policymakers in the countries involved were faced with a critical decision concerning water cooperation. The use of historical events was used in order to help avoid the risk that the analyses would impact current negotiations or controversies. River basins...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Negotiation, Perceptions, Risk management, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Watersheds

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Published in 2015