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Beyond Downscaling  A bottom up approach for climate change adaptation for WRM
  • Beyond Downscaling A bottom up approach for climate change adaptation for WRM
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). September 2014
  • This book summarizes alternatives to provide practitioners with the tools to adapt to the realities of climate change by following a decision-making process that incorporates bottom-up thinking. After considering the pros and cons of these practices, the book concludes with a framework for an adaptation approach in water resources management, planning, and investment.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Investments, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Vulnerability, Water management, Water planning

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

System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012 Central Framework
  • System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012 Central Framework
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN), World Bank. March 2014
  • This document provides a statistical framework consisting of a comprehensive set of tables and accounts, which guides the compilation of consistent and comparable statistics and indicators for policy making, analysis and research. It is a multipurpose conceptual framework for understanding the interaction between the environment and the economy. By providing internationally agreed concepts and definitions on environmental-economic accounting, it is an invaluable tool for compiling integrated statistics, deriving coherent and comparable indicators and measurin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Energy, Environment, Information and data, State of water resources, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Valuation, Water supply

Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
  • Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). February 2014
  • This document provides specific non-binding guidance for the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) with regard to groundwater and facilitating the application of the principles of the Convention to transboundary groundwaters. The document comprises an introduction followed by nine model provisions, each accompanied by commentary. The Model Provisions reflect the current state of international water law with regard to transboundary groundwaters and also show, in the c...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Groundwater, Lakes, Legal aspects, Monitoring, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water policy

Multiple uses of water services in large irrigation systems. Auditing and planning modernization. The MASSMUS Approach
  • Multiple uses of water services in large irrigation systems. Auditing and planning modernization. The MASSMUS Approach
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2013
  • This publication is a detailed account of the Mapping Systems and Services for Multiple Uses of Water Services (MASSMUS) methodology as a special module that addresses multiple uses of water. It is part of Mapping Systems and Services for Canal Operation Techniques (MASSCOTE), developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). They are presented to those wishing to understand the MUS concept and wanting to carry out specific assessments on water use in their own systems.
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Auditing, Drinking water, Energy, Floods, Industry, Irrigation, Livestock, Recreation, Shipping, Tourism, Urban areas, Water demand, Water management, Water planning, Water services, Water supply

How much water is needed in emergencies. Updated WHO/WEDC Technical Notes on WASH in Emergencies
  • How much water is needed in emergencies. Updated WHO/WEDC Technical Notes on WASH in Emergencies
  • Water Engineering Development Centre (WEDC), World Health Organization (WHO). 2013
  • This technical note considers the minimum quantities of water that are required for survival in emergencies. It is part of a set of four-page illustrated notes, originally prepared in 2011 and updated in 2013, provide practical, evidence-based recommendations in responding to immediate and medium-term water, sanitation and hygiene needs of populations affected by emergencies. The notes are relevant to a wide range or emergency situations, including both natural and conflict-induced disasters. They are suitable for field technicians, engineers and hygiene prom...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disasters, Drinking water, Emergency situations, Water demand, Water supply

Guidelines for national waste management strategies. Moving from challenges to opportunities
  • Guidelines for national waste management strategies. Moving from challenges to opportunities
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2013
  • Poor waste management can lead to some significant environmental and health hazards. For example, leachate from waste can contaminate soil and water, open burning of waste can cause air pollution, and a failure to use recycled materials from waste means an acceleration of the depletion of raw' materials. In June 2012 the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development adopted, as part of the main outcome document, "The Future we Want", a call for countries to develop and enforce comprehensive national and local waste management policies, strategies, laws...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Recycling, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water treatment

The Equitable Access Score-card: Supporting policy processes to achieve the human right to water and sanitation
  • The Equitable Access Score-card: Supporting policy processes to achieve the human right to water and sanitation
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). November 2013
  • This publication provides an analytical tool designed to help Governments and other stakeholders to establish a baseline measure of the equity of access to water and sanitation, identify related priorities, discuss further actions to be taken and evaluate progress through a process of self-assessment. The publication contains recommendations on how to plan for the self-assessment and provides concrete examples of the benefits of using the score-card in different settings. Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health and other stakeholders can use the Equitable...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Human right to water and sanitation, Sanitation, Vulnerable groups, Water policy

Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health
  • Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). November 2013
  • This guide offers explanations of legal obligations with regard to public participation and access to information under the Protocol on Water and Health and other international frameworks. It can be used as a tool to help improve the planning and carrying out of the public-participation process. It contains recommendations and examples to support Parties and members of the public to better assert their rights and fulfil their obligations in organizing or taking part in the public-participation process.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Health, Legal aspects, Participation, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation

Guide to Implementing the Water Convention
  • Guide to Implementing the Water Convention
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). September 2013
  • The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. It brings together almost all countries sharing transboundary waters in the pan-European region, and is expected to achieve broader participation with its global opening to all United Nations Member States. This Guide constitutes a commentary to the Convention's provisions, providing explanations of the legal, procedural, administrative, technical and practical aspects of the Convention's require...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Lakes, Legal aspects, Transboundary waters, Water cooperation

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Published in 2015