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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

Wastewater Management. A UN-Water Analytical Brief
  • Wastewater Management. A UN-Water Analytical Brief
  • United Nations (UN). February 2015
  • This analytical brief highlights wastewater management as a critical step in improving global water quality and public health. It analyses the current situation on wastewater and wastewater management, the challenges of wastewater as a resource, wastewater management in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the challenges for implementing effective wastewater management.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Financing, Health, Industry, Information and data, Post-2015 agenda, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water governance, Water management, Water quality, Water treatment

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

Economic Assessment of Sanitation Interventions in Southeast Asia. A Six-Country Study Conducted in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam and Yunnan Province (China). The Economics of Sanitation Initiative

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

(The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • (The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report analyses the emerging challenges and risks to which urban and rural Africa are being exposed with a view to facilitating discussions at regional, national and local levels on how best to address the challenges ahead and apply solutions that are innovative, location-specific and effective. It contains 6 chapters that study the different regions of the African continent, with the sub-categories Social and Environmental vulnerabilities and Emerging Issues focussing on the water and sanitation challenges faced in each.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Climate change, Environment, Informal settlements, Risk management, Sanitation, Slums, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water security, Water supply

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

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

Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2014
  • The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)'Our Planet' magazine focuses on the interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas. The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation. The UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Achim Steiner, opens the publication. This is followed by feature articles by Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati and Razan Khalifa Al Mubara...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Ecosystems, Environment, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Mitigation, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Youth

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