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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

Synthesis report: Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project
  • Synthesis report: Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2014
  • This report presents a synthesis of studies conducted in the framework of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water audit (CORBWA). This water audit is part of a larger project 'Coping with water scarcity: the role of agriculture ¿ developing national water audits in Africa' On the supply side, the audit provides information about water availability. On the demand side, it gives a detailed picture, on how water is used, for which purpose and with which value. The audit intends to assess the status and trends of water resources; evaluate water demand trends and a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Auditing, Economic instruments, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Monitoring, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water demand, Water policy, Water scarcity, 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

Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This discussion paper seeks to assert common definitions for water-related terminology. The paper summarizes key outcomes from a dialogue process through which participant organizations sought to work toward a mutual understanding on key questions such as: (1) Do "scarcity", "stress", and "risk" refer to three distinct, useful concepts in the context of corporate water stewardship?; (2) What specifically is meant by each term? How do organizations conceive of them differently?; (3) How do these terms relate to one another?; (4) How can these terms be used in ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk management, Water scarcity

Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines. Toward a Common Approach to Reporting Water Issues
  • Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines. Toward a Common Approach to Reporting Water Issues
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • These Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines seek to advance a common approach to corporate water disclosure that addresses the complexity and local nature of water resources. In order to achieve this overarching goal, the Guidelines: (1)identify common corporate water disclosure metrics that support harmonization and comparability over time and across companies; (2) provide guidance on how companies can assess the water-related topics that are the most relevant to them and their stakeholders (as well as how to report this assessment process); (3) describe how...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Information and data, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water efficiency, Water management, Water scarcity

Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2014
  • Using projects conducted in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this publication shows, in myriad ways, the direct benefits of adaptation actions and their capability to provide transitional pathways to green growth and sustainable development. It also shows how concrete demonstration actions can provide solutions that can move countries and communities in Africa towards climate-resilient development. The first part of the booklet presents "snapshots" of the many elements of the climate change context (including water scarcity, agricultural production, ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Drought, Energy, Floods, Forests, Green economy, Health, Land management, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water scarcity

Generation 2030 | Africa. Child demographics in Africa
  • Generation 2030 | Africa. Child demographics in Africa
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). August 2014
  • This report, focusing exclusively on Africa, has two key components. Chapter 1 provides an in-depth analysis of child demographic trends in Africa, for the region as a whole, by subregion, and country-by-country, and contextualizes some of these trends. Chapter 2 seeks to raise some key policy questions on the implications of Africa's child demographics for the continent itself and for the world. It addresses the fact that parts of Africa already face considerable shortages of vital services and resources such as water, food and energy.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Children, Gender, Poverty, Urbanization, Water scarcity, Youth

Applying results-based financing in water investments
  • Applying results-based financing in water investments
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). May 2014
  • This document is intended to contribute to a better understanding of Results-Based Financing (RBF) instruments and the conditions for success or failure of the approach in water. Given the broad variety of issues covered and the complexity faced by the water sector as a whole (from irrigation to flood protection, to water conservation and hydropower), concrete examples are provided in an attempt to make the document as practical as possible in guiding the design of future RBF schemes. Chapter 2 provides an analytical framework to explore if and when RBF can b...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Energy, Financing, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Irrigation, Poverty, Risk management, Sanitation, Small-scale providers, Technology, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water scarcity, Water services, Water supply

Reader on Water and Health
  • Reader on Water and Health
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). April 2014
  • This reader is intended for all those interested in getting familiar with issues related to water and health. The reader provides basic references for easy reading and some of the latest and most relevant United Nations publications on the issue. The publications are categorised according to overview; drinking water quality and risk management; water quantity; avoiding water-related diseases; water, health and economics; waste and wastewater management and by region
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Economic impact, Health, Hygiene, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Risk management, Sanitation, Wastewater, Water quality, Water scarcity

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