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Title Water : a shared responsibility / [World Water Assessment Programme].
Imprint Paris, France : United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ; New York : Berghahn Books, 2006.

Series United Nations world water development report ; 2.
United Nations world water development report.
Subject Water resources development.
Water-supply -- Management.
Water quality management.
Alt Name Unesco.
World Water Assessment Programme (United Nations)
Description xv, 584 pages : color illustrations, color maps, color photographs ; 26 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
System Details Minimum system requirements: Windows-- Windows NT, 2000 professional or XP operating system; Macintosh-- MAC OS 9.2.1 or OS X 10.4 operating system; 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended); Internet Explorer 6.0 or Netscape 7.0; Acrobat Reader 5.0 or above (7.0 recommended and included on disk).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Section 1: Changing Contexts -- 1. Living in a changing world -- 2. The challenges of water governance -- 3. Water and human settlements in an urbanizing world -- Section 2: Changing Natural Systems -- 4. The state of the resource -- 5. Coastal and freshwater ecosystems -- Section 3: Challenges for Well-being and Development -- 6. Protecting and promoting human health -- 7. Water for food, agriculture and rural livelihoods -- 8. Water and industry -- 9. Water and energy -- Section 4: Management Responses and Stewardship -- 10. Managing risks: securing the gains for development -- 11. Sharing water -- 12. Valuing and charging for water -- 13. Enhancing knowledge and capacity -- Section 5: Sharing Responsibility -- 14. Case studies: moving towards an integrated approach -- 15. Conclusions and recommendations for action.
Note Also available online via the Internet from the UNESCO web site.
Summary A joint undertaking of the 24 UN agencies comprising UN-Water, and in partnership with governments and other entities concerned with freshwater issues, this volume, covering as it does all regions and most countries of the world, provides an up-to-date global overview of the state and uses of freshwater, critical water-related problems, and societies coping mechanisms. Drawing on an extensive database, expert analysis, case studies, and hundreds of graphic elements, it is the most comprehensive undertaking to date of freshwater assessment, providing a mechanism for monitoring changes in the resource and its management and progress towards achieving development targets, particularly the Millennium Development Goals. Building on the conclusions of the first United Nations World Water Development Report, Water for People, Water for Life, the 2006 Report confirms the ongoing, serious and growing water crisis, essentially a crisis of governance, and points to a prevalent lack of capacity and knowledge base as todays primary obstacles to achieving the necessary levels of water governance. This volume proposes a more integrated vision of water resources management to respond to changing environmental and socio-economic conditions.--Publisher's description.
ISBN 9231040065 (UNESCO)
9789231040061 (UNESCO)
1845451775 (Berghahn)
9781845451776 (Berghahn)
OCLC # 78888438
Table of Contents
Ch. 1Living in a changing world5
Ch. 2The challenges of water governance (UNDP, with IFAD)43
Ch. 3Water and human settlements in an urbanizing world (UN-HABITAT)87
Ch. 4The state of the resource (UNESCO & WMO, with IAEA)119
Ch. 5Coastal and freshwater ecosystems (UNEP)159
Ch. 6Protecting and promoting human health (WHO & UNICEF)203
Ch. 7Water for food, agriculture and rural livelihoods (FAO & IFAD)243
Ch. 8Water and industry (UNIDO)275
Ch. 9Water and energy (UNIDO)305
Ch. 10Managing risks : securing the gains of development (WMO & UN-ISDR)341
Ch. 11Sharing water (UNESCO)371
Ch. 12Valuing and charging for water (UNDESA)399
Ch. 13Enhancing knowledge and capacity (UNESCO)433
Ch. 14Case studies : moving towards an integrated approach467
Ch. 15Conclusions and recommendations for action519

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