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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

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

World Water Day 2014: Advocacy Guide
  • World Water Day 2014: Advocacy Guide
  • UN-Water. January 2014
  • This guide is designed to give detailed advocacy advice through three main areas: learning, action and sharing. Although the information relates specifically to the World Water Day 2014 event, the guidance itself can be applied to any water and energy campaign as it contains a rich resource of facts and figures, specific messages and campaign materials relating to water and energy.
  • Main themes: Energy, Information and data, Investments, Participation, Sustainable development, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water supply, World Water Day

Health and environment: communicating the risks
  • Health and environment: communicating the risks
  • World Health Organization (WHO). 2013
  • The WHO Regional Office for Europe organized a workshop in Trento, Italy, to enable participants to share experience in the management and communication of environmental risks such as those related to the lack of water and sanitation. This report builds on the presentations and discussions from the workshop and presents a series of key messages useful to regional and local authorities, as well as to risk managers in general.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe, Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Environment, Health, Participation, Perceptions

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

State of Women in Cities 2012-2013. Gender and the Prosperity of Cities
  • State of Women in Cities 2012-2013. Gender and the Prosperity of Cities
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2013
  • The State of Women in Cities 2012/2013 Report focuses on Gender and the Prosperity of Cities. The Report examines the gender dimensions of the defining characteristics of a prosperous city - productivity, infrastructure development, quality of life, equity and social inclusion and environmental sustainability. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between gender and prosperity and also reviews policies and institutional framework relevant for mainstreaming gender concerns in cities. Chapter 2.2. "Gender, Infrastructure and Pros...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Gender, Infrastructure, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water supply

Investing in the Next Generation: Growing Tall and Smart with Toilets. Stopping Open Defecation Improves Children's Height in Cambodia
  • Investing in the Next Generation: Growing Tall and Smart with Toilets. Stopping Open Defecation Improves Children's Height in Cambodia
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). November 2013
  • This research brief explores the impacts on health and cognitive development through the practice of open defecation. The methodology used is the statistical link between open defecation and child height, which is a good indicator of overall health throughout a child's life and future achievement. The document states the problem, introduces the methodology of the research and provides key lessons and some conclusions.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Children, Monitoring, Open defecation, Sanitation

Integrating Behaviour Change and Hygiene in Public Policy: Four Key Dimensions. Lessons from the Conference 'Beyond Infrastructure: Integrating Hygiene in Water and Sanitation Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean'

Considerations for Policy Development and Scaling-Up Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage with Communicable Disease Prevention Efforts
  • Considerations for Policy Development and Scaling-Up Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage with Communicable Disease Prevention Efforts
  • World Health Organization (WHO). October 2013
  • This report summarizes the key outcomes of the discussions held by WHO, which included experts in child and maternal health, HIV, malaria and vector borne diseases. The report aims to inform Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) scaling-up efforts with particular attention to vulnerable, at-risk populations and integrated approaches to delivering water, HIV, and other interventions using synthesized meta-analyses and recent studies on the health impact of HWTS. It begins by summarizing the main discussion outcomes, including the specific recommend...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Children, Disease, Drinking water, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Vulnerable groups, Water treatment

Forests Challenge Badge
  • Forests Challenge Badge
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). October 2013
  • The Forests Challenge Badge is designed to help educate children and young people about the crucial role that forests play for life on our planet. It explains how forests provide essential ecosystem services such as clean air, water, and climate change mitigation. It also describes various forest resources and explains how millions of people worldwide rely on forests for their livelihoods. The badge describes the threats to our planet's forests and what is being done to protect them. This material is appropriate for use in school classes, Guide or Scout group...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Livelihoods, Water management

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Published in 2015