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Freshwater

Emerging Issues

Major Assessments

FAO
  • UNLOCKING THE WATER POTENTIAL OF AGRICULTURE - - 2003
    FAO; March 2003.
    On the occasion of the third World Water Forum (WWF-3), being held in Kyoto, Japan, from 16 to 23 March 2003, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presented an overview of the priority issues facing the agricultural decision-makers of the world in the field of agricultural water development and their implications for the management of water resources in a wider context.
    The publication is available for download in PDF format at: ftp://ftp.fao.org/agl/aglw/docs/unlocking_e.pdf

UNEP
  • virtual_water_graphics WATER FOR THE FUTURE: An annotated bibliography for World Water Day and the International Year of Freshwater - 2003
    UNEP; March 2003. ISBN: 92 807-2306-3.
    To mark World Water Day and the International Year of Freshwater, the United Nations Environment Programme has compiled a bibliography of more than 600 water publications, from a wide range of UN bodies and specialized agencies, featuring material in three languages (English, French and Spanish).

  • virtual_water_graphics ATLAS OF INTERNATIONAL FRESHWATER AGREEMENTS - 2002
    UNEP; March 2002. ISBN: 9280722328.
    The Atlas of International Freshwater Agreements was compiled under the direction of Aaron T. Wolf, Oregon State University, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "The World'S International Freshwater Agreements" was authored by Meredith A. Giordano and Aaron T. Wolf. "Thematic Maps: Visualizing Spatial Variability and Shared Benefits" was authored by Aaron T. Wolf.

  • virtual_water_graphics VIRTUAL WATER GRAPHICS: An Overview of the State of the World's Fresh and Marine Waters - 2002
    UNEP/GRID-arendal; 2002. ISBN: 9280722360
    This publication produces a clear overview, through a set of graphics, maps and other illustrations, of the state of the world's fresh and marine waters.
     

UNESCO/WHO/UNEP
  • virtual_water_graphics Water quality assessments: A guide to the use of biota, sediments and water in environmental monitoring - 1992, 1996
    UNESCO/WHO/UNEP1992, 1996
    Edited by Deborah Chapman
    ISBN 0 419 21590 5 (HB) 0 419 21600 6 (PB)
    This second edition of a highly successful guide has been completely updated to take in the latest developments in strategies and methodologies. It gives comprehensive and practical advice on designing and setting up monitoring programmes to obtain valid data for water quality assessment in all types of freshwater bodies.
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WEHAB
  • WEHAB FRAMEWORK PAPER ON WATER AND SANITATION - 2002
    This comprehensive paper on water and sanitation released during the panel discussion on water sanitation outlines the major areas of concern and need for action in the area of freshwater. Prepared by WEHAB for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. August 2002.

WHO/UNICEF
  • global_waterGLOBAL WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION ASSESSMENT - 2000
    The WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) provides a snapshot of water supply and sanitation worldwide at the turn of the millennium using information available from different sources.

 

GIWA
  • A Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) is now in preparation, with a secretariat under UNEP hosted by the University of Kalmar, Sweden, and with financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNEP and other donors. It is to develop a comprehensive strategic framework for the identification of priorities for remedial and mitigatory actions in international waters (both fresh and marine). Web information at: http://www.giwa.net/

IFPRI/IWMI
  • water_outlookGLOBAL WATER OUTLOOK TO 2025: Averting an Impending Crisis - 2002
    Mark W. Rosegrant, Ximing Cai, and Sarah A.Cline; Sept. 2002. Washington, USA: IFPRI/IWMI, 36p. ISBN 0-89629-646-6.
    This outlook reports that if current trends in water policy and investment hold or worsen, we will soon face threats to the global food supply, further environmental damage, and ongoing health risks for the hundreds of millions of people lacking access to clean water.

IWMI
  • WORLD WATER AND CLIMATE ATLAS - 1999
    Geographic Information System available on CD-ROM
    Prepared by International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    http://www.iwmi.org/

WWF
  • Rivers at Risk: Dams and the future of freshwater ecosystems
    WWF, June 2004. Prepared in cooperation with the World Resources Institute.
    This report analyses the construction and planning of dams on a river basin scale and examines the risks of dams to freshwater ecosystems. It identifies 21 river basins at severe risk of ecological degradation as they have six or more dams over 60 m high planned or under construction in addition to existing dams.

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