Friday, March 30, 2012

[EQ] UN World Water Development Report - Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

The 4th edition of the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR4)

Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Paris, France, 2012

Volume 1: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

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Volume 2: Knowledge Base

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Volume 3: Facing the Challenges

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“……Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’ was recently launched at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and Michel Jarraud, UN-Water Chair.


The WWDR4 is a comprehensive review of the world's freshwater resources and seeks to demonstrate, among other messages, that water underpins all aspects of development, and that a coordinated approach to managing and allocating water is critical.


The Report underlines that in order to meet multiple goals water needs to be an intrinsic element in decision-making across the whole development spectrum


The WWDR4 aims to encourage all stakeholders both in and out of the ‘water box’ - water managers, leaders in government, civil society and businesses – to engage early in decision making processes to improve the quality and acceptance of decisions and the probability of successful implementation. It highlights that more responsible action by all water users has enormous potential to lead to better outcomes - but requires political, social, economic and technical responses at all levels of government, businesses and communities, from local to international.


While providing a comprehensive assessment of the world’s water resources it also introduces a strong thematic element. Building on the WWDR3 in the recognition of the externalities, the WWDR4 elaborates on the interactions between water and the drivers of change.


The WWDR4 describes the major changes, uncertainties, and risks taking place in the world and their links to water resources. It gives account of the status and the trends related to water supplies, uses, management, institutions and financing; highlights regional hotspots, and addresses issues such as gender equality, water-related disasters, health and the role of ecosystems. ….”




Volume 1


What’s  WDR4

Chapter 1. Recognizing the centrality of water and its global dimensions  TRENDS AND CHALLENGES

Chapter 2. Water demand: What drives consumption?

Chapter 3. The water resource: Variability, vulnerability and uncertainty

Chapter 4. Beyond demand: Water’s social and environmental benefits

Chapter 5. Water management, institutions and capacity development

Chapter 6. From raw data to informed decisions

Chapter 7. Regional challenges, global impacts

Chapter 8. Working under uncertainty and managing risk

Chapter 9. Understanding uncertainty and risks associated with key drivers

Chapter 10. Unvalued water leads to an uncertain future

Chapter 11. Transforming water management institutions to deal with change

Chapter 12. Investment and financing in water for a more sustainable future

Chapter 13. Responses to risk and uncertainty from a water management perspective

Chapter 14. Responses to risks and uncertainties from out of the water box


Volume 2 Knowledge Base

Chapter 15. State of the Resource: Quantity

Chapter 16. State of the Resource: Quality

Chapter 17. Human Settlements

Chapter 18. Managing water along the livestock value chain

Chapter 19. The global nexus of energy and water

Chapter 20. Freshwater for industry

Chapter 21. Ecosystems

Chapter 22. Allocating water

Chapter 23. Valuing water

Chapter 24. Investing in water infrastructure, its operation and its maintenance 550

Chapter 25. Water and institutional change: Responding to present and future uncertainty

Chapter 26. Developing knowledge and capacity

Chapter 27. Water-related disasters

Chapter 28. Desertification, land degradation and drought and their impacts on water resources in the dry lands



Volume 3: Facing the Challenges


Foreword by Olcay Ünver, Coordinator, United Nations World Water Assessment Programme


Case study development process and highlights of the findings


Chapter 37. Ghana

Chapter 38. Mara River basin, Kenya and Tanzania


Chapter 39. Jordan

Chapter 40. Morocco


Chapter 41. Murray-Darling basin, Australia

Chapter 42. Yellow River basin, China

Chapter 43. Jeju Island, Korea

Chapter 44. Pakistan, with special reference to the Indus River basin


Chapter 45. Czech Republic

Chapter 46. Marseille Provence Métropole Urban Community, France

Chapter 47. Tiber River basin, Italy

Chapter 48. Tagus River basin, Portugal

Chapter 49. St Johns River basin, Florida, United States of America


Chapter 50. Costa Rica

Chapter 51. Lerma-Chapala basin, Mexico

Boxes, tables, figures and maps



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