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​Topic: Water
​ As populations increase, especially in dryland areas, more and more people are becoming dependent on fresh water supplies in lands that are becoming degraded. This is not sustainable. Water security, like food security, is becoming a major national and regional priority in many areas of the world. The implementation of the UNCCD has a significant role in the sustainable availability of clean, adequate and safe water for human consumption and economic development.

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Articles related to: Water
 

 Articles related to: Water

 
Capacity building is vital for Africa
​Speakers at the session Water Security: Opportunities for the 21st Century emphasized the need for increased capacity building if Africa is going to meet its water and sanitation goals.

Royal Society and DFID launch fund for African research
​A £15.3 million (US$24 million) fund to build links between African research laboratories and strengthen their research.

Where Middle East and North Africa Water Leaders Engage
The World Bank Institute (WBI)’s Urban Water Program works together with the Arab Water Academy (in the United Arab Emirates) to promote capacity building in the water sector in The Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Good Practice Guides
The Good Practice Guide series presents policy considerations, management tools, market-based instruments, and capacity-building methods that support biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in a number of different development sectors. Each guide in the series is composed of a booklet and accompanying power point presentation.

Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in sustainable water management
It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector.

Ecological Sciences for Sustainable Development - Training Materials
Education, communication, and public awareness are essential elements in ensuring improvements in the quality of life of all people and their environment, eradication of poverty, reducing inequalities and promoting sustainable development.
Environmental education is key for respecting nature and for achieving international agendas, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD, 2005-2014).

National Action Programme alignment workshop for Northeast, Southeast and South Asia
The workshop held from the 12 to the 14th of March, 2013 brought together representatives from 24 Asian countries to build their capacities to align their National Action Programmes to combat desertification with the 10-Year Strategy of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

 Publications realted to: Water
 

 Publications related to: Water

 

United Nations World Water Development Report 4: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

The fourth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR4) seeks to offer leaders in government, the private sector and civil society tools and response options to address current and future challenges related to the pressures driving demand for water and affecting its availability. The WWDR4, which for the first time has been mainstreamed for gender, also seeks to show that water has a central role in all aspects of economic development and social welfare, and that concerted action via a collective approach of the water-using sectors is needed to ensure water’s many benefits are maximized and shared equitably and that water-related development goals are achieved.

Research and Capacity Development on Water Resources Management by the United Nations University: Focus on Africa

This publication addresses the concerted efforts to bring together the activities of UNU on water in Africa as showcased at the 12th WaterNet Symposium in October 2011. WaterNet is a regional network of university departments and research and training institutes in Southern and East Africa that specialise in water. The networak aims to build regional institutional and human capacity in integrated water resources management (IWRM) through training, education research and outreach by harnessing the complementary strengths of member institutions in the region and elsewhere. At the occasion of the symposium, UNW-DPC brought together six UNU institutes and programmes to showcase and discuss with scientists and decision makers their examples of water-related reserach and capacity development.  

Building Capacity to Monitor Water Quality- A First Step to Cleaner Water in Developing Countries

One of the key challenges to ensuring adequate supplies of fresh water and sanitary wastewater systems is to build the capacity of various stakeholders to manage and deliver water and sanitation services. One element of such capacity building is technological and includes the wide deployment of water quality monitoring and analysis equipment. This report explores four cases in China, India, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei, where water-quality monitoring and protection capacity has been improved through the use of imported water-quality monitoring equipment combined with indigenous implementation.

Open Access publication on Soil Health and Land Use Management

This sixteen chapter book showcases a multidisciplinary composition of current trends in soil health.

Manual de manejo de suelo y riego deficitario para el cultivo de la quinua

The manual provides an overview of the soil conditions, reports on the problems related to soil and water degradation under current and future conditions. It also gives information on the handling of nutrients for the cultivation of quinoa and suggests soil conservation techniques to reduce the occurrence of erosion.

African Water Cycle Monitor Tutorial

This tutorial examines the main features of the African Water Cycle Monitor web-interface. Its capabilities include the animation of spatial data information, point data visualization, and download of data in both space and time. It shows not only the historical and present conditions but also the daily and monthly meteorological and hydrologic forecasts.

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