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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

Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. 2014 update
  • Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. 2014 update
  • WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP). May 2014
  • This Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation report evaluates access to drinking-water and sanitation worldwide and progress towards related targets under Millennium Development Goal 7 "to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation". Section 1 presents the status of and trends in access to improved drinking water sources and sanitation. Section 2 provides a snapshot of inequalities in access to improved drinking water sources and sanitation. Section 3 presents efforts to strengthen...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Equity, Hygiene, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Open defecation, Post-2015 agenda, Rural areas, Sanitation, Urban areas

Our Planet: Greening business
  • Our Planet: Greening business
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). April 2014
  • The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity. In particular the article 'Achieving more with Less' focuses on access to clean water as the world¿s biggest future challenge, citing the consequences of water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation as impacting factors on food and energy security as well as health and livelihood. [Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Energy, Forests, Green economy, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water efficiency, Water quality, Water scarcity

(The) Missing Link in Sanitation Service Delivery. A Review of Fecal Sludge Management in 12 Cities
  • (The) Missing Link in Sanitation Service Delivery. A Review of Fecal Sludge Management in 12 Cities
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). April 2014
  • Globally, the great majority of urban dwellers, especially poor people, rely for their sanitation on non-sewered systems that generate a mix of solid and liquid wastes generally termed fecal sludge. In poor and rapidly expanding cities, fecal sludge management represents a growing challenge, generating significant negative public health and environmental risks. Without proper management, fecal sludge is often allowed to accumulate in poorly designed pits, is discharged into storm drains and open water, or is dumped into waterways, wasteland, and unsanitary du...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Disease, Environment, Health, Hygiene, Sanitation, State of water resources, Urban areas, Wastewater

United Nations World Water Development Report 2014. Water and Energy. Volume 1 and 2
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 2014. Water and Energy. Volume 1 and 2
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). March 2014
  • The 5th edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) examines the close interdependency between water and energy. The report demonstrates how water and energy are closely interconnected, the choices and actions made in one domain greatly affecting the other; it addresses a wide range of key issues, including agriculture, cities, industry, infrastructure and the environment. Volume 1 provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have be...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Behaviour change, Capacity building, Climate change, Conflicts, Dams, Desalination, Drinking water, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Food security, Green economy, Industry, Information and data, Infrastructure, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), State of water resources, Technology, Urban areas, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Water efficiency, Water policy, Water scarcity

River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • World Bank. March 2014
  • This paper presents a study conducted in Bangladesh, which quantifies the prospective relationship between climate-induced changes in sea level, temperature, rainfall, and altered riverine flows from the Himalayas, and the spread and intensity of salinisation on river water in the coastal zone by 2050. The research takes into account the projected land subsidence of the Ganges Delta, as well as alternative scenarios of upstream withdrawal of freshwater. The findings indicate that climate change will cause significant changes in river salinity in the southwest...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Climate change, Coastal zones, Drinking water, Environment, Groundwater, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Scenarios, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water scarcity

(A) Safe Space For Humanity: The Nexus of Food, Water, Energy and Climate
  • (A) Safe Space For Humanity: The Nexus of Food, Water, Energy and Climate
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). February 2014
  • "This policy brief focuses on five global transitions first, the "urban population transition;" second, the" nutrition transition;" third, the "climate transition;" fourth, the "energy transition;"and, fifth, the "agricultural transition." It focuses on the most salient problems arising from these global transitions that can be ameliorated by specific policy instruments in the short term and discusses the global consequences of these five transitions through the effects on the nexus of food, water, energy and climate, concluding with a section entitled 'the w...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Energy, Environment, Food security, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Water security

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Published in 2014