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Hydrological Sciences and Water Security: Past, present and future
  • Hydrological Sciences and Water Security: Past, present and future
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). June 2014
  • "This colloquium summary is the continuation of a series of biennial international scientific meetings organized jointly by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) in the fields of water resources research. The 11th Kovacs Colloquium took place on 16 and 17 June 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, and addressed the emergence and development of water security concepts over the past decades, the state of present day ideas and opinions and looked to likely developments in the futu...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Climate change, Energy, Hydrology, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Monitoring, Water availability, Water governance, Water management, Water operators, Water quality, Water security

Voter Response to Natural Disaster Aid. Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Drought Relief Payments in Mexico
  • Voter Response to Natural Disaster Aid. Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Drought Relief Payments in Mexico
  • World Bank. April 2014
  • This paper uses a quasi-experimental approach to provide evidence on the electoral effect of government economic transfers as compensation for the damage caused by a natural shock: severe drought on rain-fed agricultural regions. Exploiting the discontinuity in payment of a government funded climatic contingency aid program in Mexico, it shows that voters reward the incumbent presidential party for delivering drought relief compensation. Its estimates suggest 7.6 additional percentage points for the presidential incumbent's share of votes in those electoral s...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drought, Financing, Resilience, Rural areas, Vulnerability

River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • World Bank. March 2014
  • This paper presents a study conducted in Bangladesh, which quantifies the prospective relationship between climate-induced changes in sea level, temperature, rainfall, and altered riverine flows from the Himalayas, and the spread and intensity of salinisation on river water in the coastal zone by 2050. The research takes into account the projected land subsidence of the Ganges Delta, as well as alternative scenarios of upstream withdrawal of freshwater. The findings indicate that climate change will cause significant changes in river salinity in the southwest...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Climate change, Coastal zones, Drinking water, Environment, Groundwater, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Scenarios, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water scarcity

On-farm feeding and feed management in aquaculture
  • On-farm feeding and feed management in aquaculture
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2013
  • This technical paper reviews the current status of on-farm feeding and feed management in aquaculture. It contains a) ten case studies on feeding and feed management practices carried out in seven selected countries of Asia (i.e., Bangladesh, China, India, Thailand, Viet Nam) and Africa (i.e., Egypt, Ghana) for eight species belonging to four major farmed species of freshwater finfish and shellfish: shrimp and prawns, Nile tilapia, striped catfish and Indian major carps; b) an analysis of the findings of these ten case studies and a case study for Indian majo...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Legal aspects, Sustainable development

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

Climate-Related Disasters in Asia and the Pacific
  • Climate-Related Disasters in Asia and the Pacific
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2013
  • This document explores whether there is a statistical relationship between changes in climate variables such as temperature and precipitation and the frequency of intense natural disasters. The paper is structured as follows. Section II sets out a framework for analysis, based on the IPCC's disaster risk framework, focusing on the key idea that natural disaster risk is affected by hazards, exposure to those hazards, and vulnerability to their effects. Section III presents an overview of natural disaster data and trends globally, and in Asia and the Pacific. I...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Information and data, Risk management, Vulnerability

Soil Erosion and Sediment Production on Watershed Landscapes: Processes and Control
  • Soil Erosion and Sediment Production on Watershed Landscapes: Processes and Control
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). June 2013
  • This report describes the processes that lead to losses of soil resources through erosion, effective methods of preventing unacceptable soil losses on watersheds, and methods of controlling the losses of soil resources when these losses become excessive. It also describes the processes that lead to losses of soil resources through erosion; effective methods of preventing unacceptable soil losses on watersheds, and methods of controlling the losses of soil resources when these losses become excessive. Finally it discusses the economics of selecting economicall...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Groundwater, Hydrology, Land degradation, Land management, Technology, Water cycle, Watersheds

How Much International Variation in Child Height Can Sanitation Explain?
  • How Much International Variation in Child Height Can Sanitation Explain?
  • World Bank. February 2013
  • This paper documents the cross-country gradient between sanitation and child height that can statistically explain a large fraction of international height differences. It also documents the interaction between sanitation and population density, and contributes to a resolution of the puzzle of the "Asian enigma" of Indian stunting, which has received much recent attention from economists. Three sections of the paper contribute complementary analyses of the relationship between height and open defecation, each focusing on a different dimension of heterogeneity.[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Children, Sanitation

Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship: Results of Initial Research
  • Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship: Results of Initial Research
  • Pacific Institute, United Nations Global Compact. August 2012
  • This publication summarizes initial research to understand and elucidate international and national legal trends relate to the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS), illustrating some of the current challenges businesses face in respecting this right, as well as the perspectives of potentially-affected communities, and lastly identifying areas of potential synergy with companies existing water stewardship efforts. The report is divided into 7 sections. Section A introduces the report. Section B outlines key developments in the broader business and human...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Gender, Human right to water and sanitation, Human rights, Legal aspects, Mining, Oil industry, Participation, Pollution, Water management, Water policy

Pneumonia and diarrhoea. Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children
  • Pneumonia and diarrhoea. Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). June 2012
  • This report focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea - the two primary killers of children under the age of five. Apart from identifying key prevention measures and treatment coverage needs, the report estimates children's lives saved by scaling up key interventions in an equitable way and presents an array of data showing progress and challenges over the past several decades.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Children, Disease, Drinking water, Health, Hygiene, Poverty, Sanitation, Water security

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