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Land Use Planning for Urban Flood Risk Management

land planning.pdf

Publisher: World Bank
Pages: 28
Document Date: 2017/04/01
Language: English

To reduce the underlying causes of flooding and ensure continuing development gains, cities must prioritize risk based land use planning. Globally, urban centers are at a high risk of flooding, not only from more frequent and severe hydro meteorological events and sea-level rise, but also from rapid, sprawling, and often unplanned urban development that is outpacing the construction or improvement of drainage infrastructure. A risk-based approach to land use planning is crucial to cities in both developed and developing countries.Citation World Bank. 2017. Land use planning for urban flood risk management. UFCOP knowledge notes. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.

Large marine ecosystems: A global comparative assessment of baseline status and future trends. Volume 4.

TWAP large marine ecosystems vol4Publisher: United Nations Environment Programme, Copyright © UNEP 2016
No. of Pages: 348 
Date of Publication: January 2016
ISBN: 978-92-807-3531-4

Volume 4 presents the results of the first global indicatorbased, comparative assessment of large marine ecosystems, prepared in partnership with IOC-UNESCO (lead), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of West Indies (Cave Hill) Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP) University of California Santa Barbara, Dalhousie University, the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine

 Environmental Protection (GESAMP), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), the University of British Columbia Sea Around Us (UBC SAU), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC), and a number of independent experts. An assessment of the Western Pacific Warm Pool, based on a sub-set of the indicators, is  included.

Report by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization

World healthISBN 94-2
© World Health Organization 2017
Pages: 152
“Ten years in public health 2007- 2017” chronicles the evolution of global public health during the tenure of Dr Chan, WHO Director-General. This series of chapters evaluates successes, setbacks, and enduring challenges during her administration. They show what needs to be done when progress stalls or new threats emerge. The chapters (links are below) show how WHO technical leadership can get multiple partners working together in tandem under coherent strategies. The importance of country leadership and community engagement is stressed repeatedly throughout the chapters.

SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation

synthesis book

Publisher: UN Water
Publication date: 1 January, 2017

In 2015, UN Member States adopted the historic 2030 Agenda, setting universal and transformative goals and targets, and committing to working tirelessly for their full implementation. To ensure that no one is left behind, it will be vital to track progress towards the goals. UN-Water will produce the SDG 6 Synthesis Report to provide input to Member States’ in depth review of SDG 6 in 2018. The report provides a joint position from the UN family on the global status on SDG 6 and other waterrelated targets. Building on the baseline data on SDG 6 global indicators coming from JMP, GEMI and GLAAS, the Synthesis Report will be launched in May/June 2018 as the consolidated input from the whole UN family to the HLPF and its in-depth review of SDG 6 on the theme “Transformation toward sustainable and resilient societies”.

Towards a Worldwide Assessment of Freshwater Quality

Freshwater qualityType: Policy and Analytical Briefs
Publisher: UN Water
Date of Publication: 28 November, 2016
No. of Pages: 40

The world is facing a water quality challenge. Serious and increasing pollution of fresh water in both developing and developed countries poses a growing risk to public health, food security, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. Pollution is strongly linked to economic development – with population growth and the expansion of agriculture, industry and energy production all in turn producing wastewater, much of which goes into surface and groundwater bodies uncontrolled or untreated. Despite recent preliminary assessments of the current worldwide water quality situation, the magnitude of the challenge is still unknown. Better information is required on where the issues lie and what is needed to effectively and efficiently take action to protect and improve water quality. This Analytical Brief provides information about past assessments, outlines the challenge but also provides a plan for a world water quality assessment, which, if undertaken, would provide decision makers with the information they need to address this challenge. The Analytical Brief also explores the strong linkages between water quality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 6, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” includes a specific target (6.3) dedicated to water quality. Central questions include: ‘how can the water quality target be achieved?’; ‘How will worsening water pollution affect SDGs for health, food security, and biodiversity, among others?’; Or, conversely, ‘how can actions to protect and enhance water quality help meet other SDGs?’. 




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene July - August 2017 Vol.12 No.4