Environment & Energy

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Water Adaptation in National Adaptation Programmes for Action

The dialogue paper is one of the series of the World Water Assessment Programme side publications. It presents analysis of water links in the NAPAs and national communications plans of different categories of LDCs and opportunities to address and integrate climate change considerations into water more

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Water Governance for Poverty Reduction

This booklet aims to highlight the key water-related challenges developing countries face, give examples of approaches that have worked based on the experience of UNDP and its partners, and make recommendations concerning policy. It is organized in chapters that correspond to the areas targeted by more

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Water Resources Management Report-2012

The report follows an earlier UN-Water report presented to the 16th session of the CSD in 2008 which primarily took stock of the development and implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency Plans, as required in the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPoI). more

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Water Rights and Wrongs: A summary of the Human Development Report

This booklet on the Human Development Report 2006: Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis is produced by the young people. The report tackles one of the most challenging and most ignored issues facing the global human family: the availability of clean water and adequate more

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Water Supply and Energy Services for the Poor: Rules Make Markets

The paper notes that deregulation and privatization in the water supply and energy sectors, as a means to stimulate private-sector investment, have only led to improved services for the poor when effective regulation mechanisms have been put in place by governments and public agencies. It proposes more

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Water Supply in Rural Ghana: Do Women Benefit?

The One Pager, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the impact of water provision on women's time allocation in rural Ghana. The document notes that while having access to water infrastructure can reduce the time burden on women, it is not implicit that the time more

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Water Supply in Shared Waters

The publication notes that the key to achieving a sustainable development and management of water resources lies in resolving long term governance challenges; not least to enforce legislation and empower local communities and vulnerable groups. more

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Water for Life: Community Water Security

This booklet provides practical guidance on the most important "how to" questions dealing with access to water. It highlights, among other issues, what can be done to make water safe for drinking and cooking, and how to protect groundwater resources, collect rainwater, and store water more

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White Paper for a Regional Policy: Toward Increasing Access to Energy Services

Member States of the ECOWAS Region have decided to engage on an ambitious regional policy in order to increase access to modern energy services. Their objective is to allow at least half of the population to have access to modern energy services by the year 2015. The paper describes this policy and more

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Why Gender Matters: A Tutorial for water managers

The tutorial aims to show how addressing gender will improve efficiency of water use and environmental sustainability, as well as social benefits and equity from use of water resources. It also helps capacity builders to include gender issues in their training and educational programmes. It has more

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Will Tomorrow Be Brighter than Today?

The report focuses on enhancing equitable access to appropriate, reliable and affordable energy services so as to reduce human and income poverty. In examining the gender dimension of energy access and provisioning, its use and impact, the report highlights the gender concerns in the Asia-Pacific more

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Women's Green Business Initiative

The Women’s Green Business Initiative is an innovative Programme that addresses existing structural barriers to women’s economic advancement and facilitates equal opportunities for women to participate in the green economy. It aims to ensure that emerging climate funds address the needs of poor more

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World Energy Assessment Overview: 2004 Update

The document presents the linkages between energy and the MDGs, describes the discussions and outcomes that emerged from CSD-9 and WSSD, and outlines the latest energy trends, new energy related technologies, and energy policy options for a sustainable future. It also examines distinct regional more

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World Energy Assessment: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability

The publication highlights the social, economic, environmental and security issues linked to energy. It analyzes how energy can serve as an instrument to reach the goal of sustainable human development. It concludes that the adoption of policies that encourage the delivery of energy services in more

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World Resources 2005: Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty

The main message of this publication is that natural resources and ecosystems can be a route to wealth creation when good governance empowers the poor. The report details the steps necessary to empower the poor to use ecosystems both wisely and for wealth, and demonstrates how local stewardship of more

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World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience

The report argues that properly designed nature-based enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that cushion the impacts of climate change, especially for the rural poor, and help provide needed social stability. It notes that the efforts that foster resilience chart the more

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