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The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making. Background document
  • The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making. Background document
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). March 2013
  • The first part of this background paper estimates the costs of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), or conversely, the benefits of sustainable land management (SLM), for different parts of the world. Consideration is also given to the costs (implementation, transaction and opportunity costs) associated with modifying current land-use practices to be more sustainable. The latter part of the background paper exemplifies the interlinkages and synergies of three Rio conventions. In particular, it argues that there is significant scope for mainstr...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Desertification, Drought, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Land degradation, Land management, Legal aspects, Resilience

Coping with water scarcity. An action framework for agriculture and food security
  • Coping with water scarcity. An action framework for agriculture and food security
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2012
  • This report aims to provide a conceptual framework to address food security under conditions of water scarcity in agriculture. The purpose of this report is twofold. First, to define a water accounting framework that allows water scarcity to be interpreted objectively. Second, to indicate where and how agricultural water management can play a more proactive and effective role in response to increasing concerns over global freshwater scarcity. The document offers views on the conceptual framework on which FAO's water scarcity programme should be based, propos...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global, Oceania
  • Main themes: Accounting, Agriculture, Auditing, Food security, Virtual water, Water availability, Water demand, Water management, Water policy, Water scarcity

Small-scale water supplies in the pan-European region. Background, Challenges, Improvements
  • Small-scale water supplies in the pan-European region. Background, Challenges, Improvements
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), World Health Organization (WHO). April 2011
  • This document is intended for supporting decision-makers, such as policy-makers or regulators in the drinking-water sector, to appreciate better and address the particularities and characteristics of small-scale water supplies. It provides a range of background information, case studies and lessons learned, and gives ideas for addressing issues relating to small-scale water supplies in national programmes. Additionally, information on further reading as well as current international networking activities with respect to small-scale water supplies is provided.
  • Main themes: Community management, Drinking water, Health, Small-scale providers, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply, Water treatment

Ecosystems for Water and Food Security. Background document
  • Ecosystems for Water and Food Security. Background document
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2011
  • The purpose of this document is to show how sustainable ecosystems, explicitly agroecosystems, are essential for water management and food production. This document provides background evidence illustrating the 3-way interdependence between ecosystems, water and food security, demonstrating how ecosystem management can be improved to ensure water availability and to avoid future food crises. It focuses primarily on how to achieve sustainable food production from a biophysical perspective and does not address per se the key social and institutional issues rela...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Water management

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