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Guidance Note: Irrigation Subsector Risk Assessment
  • Guidance Note: Irrigation Subsector Risk Assessment
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). February 2015
  • This guidance note aims to explain key features of the irrigation subsector and identify entry points for mapping governance risks. It is part of a series of guidance notes for selected sectors and subsectors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The guidance note offers a framework for mapping governance risks to inform the preparation of future country partnership strategies, and supplements ADB's Guidelines for Implementing the Second Governance and Anticorruption Action Plan. Section 2 highlights the significance of irrigation and its challenges. Section 3...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Capacity building, Corruption, Financing, Irrigation, Risk management, Water governance

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship
  • Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship
  • United Nations Global Compact. January 2015
  • This guidance provides companies with practical measures on how to bring a human rights lens to their existing corporate water stewardship practices. It aims to help companies translate their responsibility to respect the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) into their existing water management policies, processes, and company cultures. It complements related efforts to clarify the obligations and responsibilities of other actors (particularly states and public or private water and sanitation service providers) with regard to the HRWS. The report is de...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Human right to water and sanitation, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Sanitation, Water management

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

Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta. 2014
  • Local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience. A project officially launched in 2011 focussing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydrometeorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. This publication begins with an introduction of the background, basi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Communication, Disasters, Dissemination of scientific knowledge, Education, Gender, Information and data, Resilience, Risk management, Small islands, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerability

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

Investing in water and sanitation: increasing access, reducing inequalities
  • Investing in water and sanitation: increasing access, reducing inequalities
  • World Health Organization (WHO). November 2014
  • The objective of the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services. This includes the components of the 'enabling environment': documenting government policy and institutional frameworks; the volume, sources and targeting of investment; the sufficiency of human resources; priorities and gaps with respect to external assistance; and the influence of these factors on performance. A secondary goal is to analyse the ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Hygiene, Information and data, Investments, Monitoring, Public policy, Rural areas, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water availability, Water services, 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

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

Soils Challenge Badge
  • Soils Challenge Badge
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2014
  • Developed in collaboration with United Nations agencies, civil society and other organizations, the United Nations challenge badges are intended to raise awareness, educate and motivate young people to change their behaviour and be active agents of change in their local communities. The challenge badge series can be used by teachers in school classes and by youth leaders, and especially Guide or scout groups. The Soils Challenge Badge provides activities to aid understanding of natural environments and their ecosystems at three different age levels, between 5...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Education, Environment, Land degradation, Land management, Poverty, Practices and habits

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

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Published in 2015