Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Water Management


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

World Water Day
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Water management and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Putting Farmers First for Biofuel Production
Timothy Singer and Matthew Basinger present key findings and lessons from a survey of jatropha farmers in Koulikoro, Mali. Published April 2011

Indus Basin Water Resources
Agha Ali Akram advocates demand management for optimal adaptation to trends in water resources in the Indus Basin resulting from climate change. Published May 2009

Too Much of a Good Thing
Gwen Young, Barry Smit, Johanna Wandel and Humberto Zavala describe vulnerability to water resources under climate change in the semi-arid Elqui Valley, Chile. Published November 2008

Rainwater Harvesting
The Intermediate Technology Development Group South Asia describes a rainwater harvesting project, designed to help people adapt to climate change in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Published September 2005

Water: Who Needs It?
Sarah Granich discusses the United Nations Water for Life Decade, launched March 2005. Published April 2005

Water for Life Decade
Sarah Granich describes the main aims and activities of the United Nations Water for Life Decade. Published April 2005

Floodwater — the Softest Hardware
Sayyed Ahang Kowsar describes the positive results of a desertification control scheme in southern Iran. Published June 1998

Environmental Degradation in Somalia
Feysal Ahmed Yusuf details the extreme degradation of the Somali environment and suggests means of coping with the crisis. Published December 1997

On the Web

Assessing Biofuels
Assessing Biofuels, from UNEP, recommends new planning and management approaches to balance the beneficial effects of the production of biofuels with their environmental and social consequences. Published 2010

Charting our Water Future
Charting our Water Future, from the 2030 Water Resources Group, shows that, while meeting competing future demands for water will be a considerable challenge, it is entirely possible to close the growing gap between water supply and demand. Published November 2009

Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate
The international Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate aims to improve the capacity in water resources management to cope with the impacts of increasing variability of the world's climate. It addresses the gap between the climate and water sectors, encouraging co-operation through awareness raising and support for professionals.

Dialogue on Water and Climate
The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate, in The Hague, the Netherlands, aims to improve the capacity in water resources management to cope with the impacts of increasing variability of the world's climate.

The United Nations Division of Sustainable Development provides a summary of international initiatives on water management, access to relevant documents and links to websites.

Green Economy Initiative
The Green Economy Initiative, launched by the United Nations Environment programme, is designed to assist governments in "greening" their economies by reshaping and refocusing policies, investments and spending towards a range of sectors, such as clean technologies, renewable energies, water services, green transportation, waste management, green buildings and sustainable agriculture and forests.

Institute for Water Education
The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure.

Integrated Water Resources Development and Management
Introduces Integrated Water Resources Development and Management in the context of Agenda 21. Prepared by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.

International Development Enterprises (India)
International Development Enterprises (India) is a not-for-profit enterprise committed to providing long-term solutions to poverty, hunger and malnutrition. It aims to stimulate a sustainable and free market by creating demand for affordable technologies and ensuring a sustainable supply chain.

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
The International Water and Sanitation Centre provides news and information, advice, research and training, on low-cost water supply and sanitation in developing countries.

Managing the Water Buffer for Development and Climate Change Adaptation
Managing the Water Buffer for Development and Climate Change Adaptation, from UNESCO, explores how to maximize the use of groundwater and rainwater for development and climate change adaptation in an approach called 3R. Published November 2009

Radical Riverists
Radical Riverists aim to restore rivers to the heart of cities.

Rainwater Harvesting
Centre for Science and the Environment site promoting rainwater harvesting, including information, research tools and links.

Ramsar Factsheets on Wetlands Ecosystem Services
Factsheets of Wetlands Ecosystem Services, from Ramsar, profile the benefits people obtain from wetlands ecosystems. They illustrate the great diversity of ecosystem services delivered by wetlands and their values.

Sick Water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development
Sick Water?, from the United Nations, identifies the threats to human and ecological health of ineffective waterwater management and presents opportunities, where appropriate policy and management responses over the short and longer term can trigger employment, support livelihoods, boost public and ecosystem health and contribute to more intelligent water management. Website provides access to the full report and other resources. Published March 2010

The Greening of Water Law
Greening Water Law, from the United Nations Environment Programme, calls for greener laws to avert world water crisis.

The Water Channel
The Water Channel makes available documentaries on today's water challenges, bringing together multimedia expertise, a passion for better water management and better water services for a growing world.

The Water Page
The Water Page is an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use. A particular emphasis is placed on the development, utilization and protection of water in Africa and other developing regions.

The aim of Twin2Go is to draw policy-relevant research results on issues around adaptive water governance in the context of climate change and to make them transferable to other basins.

Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change for Transboundary Waters
Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change for Transboundary Water, from the Pacific Institute, argues that climate change will increase the risk of conflict over shared international freshwater resources. Treaties and other cross-border agreements can help reduce those risks, but existing agreements are inadequate for dealing with the impacts of climate change. Published January 2010

UNEP Bioenergy Issue Paper Series
The Bioenergy Issue Paper Series, from UNEP, covers various topics related to bioenergy, including land-use change, water, invasive species and stakeholder involvement. Published, 2010 onwards

Water and Climate Change Bibliography
Searchable bibliography on climate change and water from the Pacific Insititute.

Water and Nature Initiative
IUCN's Water and Nature Initiative works in more than 12 river basins in over 30 countries worldwide, unlocking the potential for healthy river basins to build climate resilience and to sustain ecosystems and livelihoods.

Water and Sanitation Program
The World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program is an international partnership of the world's leading development agencies concerned with improving sector policies, practices and capacities to serve poor people, with the goal of alleviating poverty by helping the poor gain sustained access to water and sanitation services.

Water for Life Decade
The goal of the United Nations's Water for Life Decade is to meet the internationally agreed targets for water and sanitation by 2015, and to build the foundation for further progress in the years beyond. A briefing document and an advocacy guide can be downloaded. The Water for Life Decade is featured in a Tiempo Climate Newswatch article.

Water Sanitation and Health
The World Health Organization works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene where the health burden is high, where interventions could make a major difference and where the present state of knowledge is poor. Site contains briefing documents, policy statements, access to data and other resources.

Water Security and Climate Change
SciDev.Net spotlights scientific and policy aspects of water security and climate change.

The Water-L distribution list is intended to facilitate information exchange related to the World Water Forum and water policy issues. You can view recent posts and subscribe to other news services at this site.

Journal covering the issues of ecology, means of livelihood and development in the Mekong region. Available on-line.

World Water Day
The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015