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Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection
  • Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • The Pyanj, on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, is a dynamic river system that has caused considerable damage to life and property in both countries due to flooding and riverbank erosion. Flood management efforts have often been short-lived and expensive to maintain, and have worsened hazards in adjacent areas because of the river's sudden shifts in channel position, rapid bank erosion, and continual meander growth. This report presents more sustainable approaches to better understand river processes and help anticipate how the river channel will...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Floods, River Basin Management, Rivers, Sustainable development

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

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

Towards Integrated Water Resources Management. International experience in development of river basin organisations
  • Towards Integrated Water Resources Management. International experience in development of river basin organisations
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2014
  • This report looks at the development of River Basin Organisations (RBOs) in terms of availability of data, logical demarcation, adequate organisational design, clear mandates, stakeholder participation and transparent decision-making, integrated planning systems and capacity building amongst others. It contains five central chapters including a background on IWRM, Justification for river Basin Management through River Basin Organisations, Types of River Basin Organisations, Decentralisation and Subsidiarity and Development of River Basin Organisations.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Cost recovery, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Legal aspects, Participation, River Basin Management, Rivers

Dniester without borders. Project results: Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin: PHASE III ¿ Implementation of the Action Programme (DNIESTER-III). Executive summary
  • Dniester without borders. Project results: Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin: PHASE III ¿ Implementation of the Action Programme (DNIESTER-III). Executive summary
  • Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), Organization Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • This publication delivers results from the project 'Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin.' The project was led and implemented by three of the ENVSEC partners UNECE, OSCE and UNEP. The publication summarizes project activities and describes transboundary water monitoring, fish fauna conservation, information sharing on the basin level, public awareness, reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change and the development and signing of the Moldovan-Ukrainian Dniester River basin Treaty. It aims to provide...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Awareness raising, Climate change, Floods, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Rivers, Transboundary waters, Water management

Downstream Impacts of Water Pollution in the Upper Citarum River, West Java, Indonesia Economic Assessment of Interventions to Improve Water Quality
  • Downstream Impacts of Water Pollution in the Upper Citarum River, West Java, Indonesia Economic Assessment of Interventions to Improve Water Quality
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). October 2013
  • The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot test a specific methodology for valuing a wider range of impacts related to water resource pollution in Indonesia. This report describes the origin of the pollution in the specific case study of the Citarum River, the effect on water quality, and the economic losses resulting from the deteriorating water quality. It also identifies feasible interventions for improving water quality and predicts the effect of these measures on water quality.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Pollution, River Basin Management, Rivers, Sanitation, Water quality, Watersheds

Indus Basin Floods: Mechanisms, Impacts, and Management
  • Indus Basin Floods: Mechanisms, Impacts, and Management
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). October 2013
  • The Indus River is a major transboundary river in Asia with nine tributaries. More than 138 million people in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan depend on irrigated agriculture. But rising population pressures, climate change, and the continuous degradation of ecosystem services have resulted in increased flood risks, worsened by inadequate flood planning and management. This report proposes a holistic approach, applying scientific assessments that take people, land, and water into account. It also includes planning and implementation realized through appropri...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Disasters, Emergency situations, Floods, Risk management, River Basin Management, Rivers, Transboundary waters, Water governance, Water planning, Water policy

WaterWealth? Investing in Basin Management in Asia and the Pacific
  • WaterWealth? Investing in Basin Management in Asia and the Pacific
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). March 2013
  • This publication highlights how people work together in Asia and the Pacific to secure water for all through innovative approaches in basins. Drawing on a cross-section of 43 case studies prepared specially for this publication, WaterWealth explains the challenges to improving water governance and management across Asia and the Pacific region. It illustrates many examples of new approaches and practices already being applied by basin managers to secure water for all.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Oceania, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Legal aspects, River Basin Management, Rivers, Water governance, Water management, Water security, Watersheds, Wetlands

Integrated Environmental Assessment of Agricultural and Farming Production Systems in the Toledo River Basin (Brazil)
  • Integrated Environmental Assessment of Agricultural and Farming Production Systems in the Toledo River Basin (Brazil)
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). January 2013
  • This study aims at performing an integrated environmental assessment of agricultural and farming production systems located in the Toledo River Basin (Paraná State, Brazil). Water, material, energy, and money resources invested in supporting such production systems were evaluated with the final goal of calculating a large set of multi-criteria indicators useful to describe the environmental performance and sustainability of the production systems at farm and basin level. Finally, three alternative scenarios are drawn to explore the sustainable use of resource...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Environment, Livestock, Rivers, Water footprint

Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment. 2nd edition
  • Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment. 2nd edition
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). December 2012
  • In 1992, Cambodia, the People"s Republic of China, the Lao People"s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam established the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program with the aim of strengthening economic linkages between them and to foster the achievement of common policy goals. This second edition of the atlas illustrates the diversity of the subregion"s natural environment, progress made by the GMS countries over the past decades, and the need to address the increasing risks that they face. The Atlas has six parts: - Part I...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Floods, Food security, Forests, Human resources, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Rivers, Tourism, Transboundary waters, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Watersheds, Wetlands

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