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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

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

Information brief on implementing improvements in water quality and protecting ecosystem services
  • Information brief on implementing improvements in water quality and protecting ecosystem services
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). January 2015
  • For the purpose of the 2015 International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference and in preparation for World Water Day 2015 focusing on 'Water and Sustainable Development', the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has produced a series of information briefs on different issues and tools. This brief presents why water quality matters, as well as the current commitments, challenges and tools for implementation in relation to water quality and protection of ecosystem services.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Economic instruments, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Financing, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology, Water governance, Water quality

Report: Second Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF JMP Task Force on Monitoring Drinking-water Quality
  • Report: Second Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF JMP Task Force on Monitoring Drinking-water Quality
  • WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP). 2014
  • "In 2013, a Technical Task Force meeting of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation was convened to consider how improved measures of water quality and water system safety could be used to improve water safety in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal era. While the MDG to halve the number of people without access to safe water was achieved, questions remain regarding the quality of these new water sources. Due to technological limitations at the time of the formulation, the MDG target made use of a proxy indicator for w...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Drinking water, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Water treatment

Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. September 2014
  • This handbook aims to clarify the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation; explain the obligations that arise from these rights; provide guidance on implementing the human rights to water and sanitation; share some examples of good practice and show how these rights are being implemented; explore how States can be held to account for delivering on their obligations; provide its users with checklists, so they can assess how far they are complying with the human rights to water and sanitation. The target audiences for this Handbook are governments a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy mak...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality

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

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). July 2014
  • This report to the UN General Assembly focuses on the right to participation in the context of realizing the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, emphasizing that States have an obligation to ensure participation. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation seeks to provide guidance on what the right to participation requires, what elements are essential for ensuring active, free and meaningful participation, and what participation entails at various levels of decision-making.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This study looks at the successes in twinning between Water PNG (Papua New Guinea) and Australia's Water Hunter utility. The study looks at the project through conception and implementation, noting the successes and challenges encountered under the titles: water quality: top priority; tackling non-revenue water; managing assets better; benefits of utility partnerships; master planning; and summarises with success factors in water utility twinning.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Oceania
  • Main themes: Nonrevenue water, Utility services, Water operators, Water quality, Water supply

Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, an annual assessment of regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 25 UN and international agencies. The report acknowledges those MDGs that have already been met including access to clean drinking water and provides a statistical analyse of the future goals. In goal 7 'ensure environmental sustainability', target 7. C focuses on the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Environment, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water quality, Water supply

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Published in 2015