June 06, 2016

Introduction: Gender and Resilience

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January 17, 2016

Reviving Lakes and Wetlands in the People's Republic of China, Volume 2, Lesson Learned on Integrated Water Pollution Control From Chao Lake Basin

Since the mid-1990s, the water quality of Chao Lake in Anhui Province in the floodplain of the Yangtze River has been steadily deteriorating. In 1996, the central government identified Chao Lake as one of the top three priority lakes in the country for environmental rehabilitation. It is among the five largest freshwater lakes in the country. The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have provided large amounts of resources to control municipal and industrial pollution in the lake catchment. These investments have improved water quality, but they have not addressed all dimensions of the problem with the lake’s persistently poor water quality.

This case study on Chao Lake contributes to ADB’s body of knowledge on the success factors for reviving lakes and wetlands in the PRC. Expensive water cleanup programs across the PRC are not leading to substantial improvements in overall water quality. Rapid, unrestrained economic growth has led to dramatic ecological changes. Based on comparative case study work, ADB has identified four success factors to rehabilitating lakes and wetlands in the PRC: strong and consistent political leadership, integrated planning and analysis, effective management structures, and effective financial management.

Rising to the growing challenge of improving Chao Lake’s water quality, the Anhui Provincial Government (APG) has initiated the most progressive reforms in lake management in the PRC. Reform, especially through integrated water resources management, is a long-term process and one the APG has only just begun. Although the APG has adopted many success factors from national experiences, it has not yet implemented them comprehensively. The ADB-supported Anhui Chao Lake Environmental Rehabilitation Project, which was approved in 2012, supports the strengthening of the Chao Lake Master Plan and the Chao Lake Management Authority (CLMA) by introducing even more integrated approaches, continuing strides made in municipal wastewater treatment, and making new investments in nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control. The project will include a $3 million pilot to test various technologies, financing, and institutional innovations

June 25, 2015

An agenda for change : achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030 : principles paper

Four leading international water, sanitation and hygiene organisations IRC, Wateraid, Aguaconsult, and Water for People join hands in the run-up to the new Sustainable Development Goals. This is their set of shared principles to achieve universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.
June 12, 2015

Legionella pneumophila

Legionella is a Gram negative pathogen bacterium in the species of L. pneumophila that causes legionellosis or Legionnaires’ disease. The name originates from the American Legion convention in Philadelphia, USA, where the outbreak first happened in 1976.

In Indonesia, it was first found in Bali in 1996. Almost all reported cases in Indonesia originates from Bali (one report was from Tangerang in 1999). This is intelligible since the bacteria are mostly found in hotels and Bali, as the center of tourism, has more than 2000 of them. Another significant place where this bacteria grow is in hospitals. Buildings that have cooling towers, humidifiers, decorative fountains, spas, and other aquatic environments are also the source of legionella.

Legionnaires’ disease can affect anyone, but mainly affects elderly people and people with low immunity system.

The main purpose of this seminar is to increase awareness of this disease. It is possible that a number of cases in the field are much higher than reported. Jakarta, for example, is also home to many hotels, hospitals, and especially buildings in general. Regular inspection must be conducted to prevent this disease from spreading.

May 26, 2015

Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management and Improving Water Governance

Water security is fundamental to human lives, society, and economic activities in several aspects, including livelihood, health, food, energy, environment, and resilience against water-induced disasters. In other words, water security has to be ensured at all levels from households to communities, cities, river basins, and national economic sectors for their sustainable development. It has thus become a pressing issue for governments, political leaders, water users, and practitioners alike all over the Asia and the Pacific region. 
May 26, 2015

WASH Human Resource Capacity Gaps in 15 Developing Economies

Shortages of human resources in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector will undermine the progress of many countries over the last two decades to increase access to water and sanitation. It will impede socioeconomic development of those countries that remain off-track to meet the MDG water and sanitation targets, and raises questions about how realistic WASH targets under the Sustainable Development Goals will be.

In this report, the first of its kind, the IWA provides an overarching recommendation for the development of national capacity development strategies that have high-level political buy-in with involvement from multiple actors to ensure sustained, adequate professional and technical capacity. The report also calls for concerted action at regional and global level to collect relevant human resources data, and perform further research to strengthen the evidence base on which action plans and strategies can be built.

April 19, 2015

Report on the Achievements during the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005 -2015

This report documents the major added value initiatives carried out during the Decade by the entities of UN-Water and demonstrates that while much still remains to be done great strides have been made in the Decade as regards its goals.
April 19, 2015

NARBO: A Decade of Achievements (2004–2014): Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management and Improving Water Governance

In order to address Asia's water security issues, an integrated and comprehensive approach for better water resources management is essential. The Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) was launched in 2004 to promote integrated water resources management (IWRM) and improve water governance in the region.
April 14, 2015

A Road Map for the Implementation of Sustainable Water Management Policies by Local Governments - The 7th World Water Forum’s 4th Local and Regional Authorities Conference

Sustainable water management led by local governments, is the key topic of the 4th Local and Regional Authorities Conference that is being held on the 13th and the 14th of April at the HICO in Gyeongju. Over 100 local government representatives, international organizations and NGO's from twenty-five countries including Japan, France, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam and China have joined the conference.
Held in Da Nang, Vietnam May 5-7, 2018. It aims to provide a forum for researchrs, practitioners, and professionals from both the industry and the academia to share their newest research findings and results. Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

ICOCE--EI Compendex, Scopus 2018 : 2018 2nd International Conference on Civil Engineering (ICOCE 2018)

Applications are invited for the International Capacity Building Workshop on Green Growth from 19th – 23rd July 2017 as a follow up to the International Workshop on Climate Change organized in May 2015.

The International Capacity Building Workshop on Green Growth

The Asia Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW) is a gathering of youth delegates representing different countries within the Asia Pacific region. The APYPW is to bring a diversity of young voices together toward global water issues and in the process encouraging them to deeply ponder and invest

The 6th Asia Pacific Youth Parliament for Water 2017 in Korea

Green Idea Contest for World Day to Combat Desertification 2017 which is a part of National Desert Campaign of Iran. This is a green student-run project devoted to the global earth challenges such as desertification, climate change, land degradation, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity

Green Idea Contest for World Day to Combat Desertification 2017

The Smart Energy Challenge 2017 dares you to think of alternatives for how to influence others to live more sustainably by reducing energy use. In particular, this competition focuses on sustainable energy that tackles 3 of the 17 United Nations goals. By implementing new technologies, organizing ac

Smart Energy Challenge 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

The Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) is a program that responds to the global necessity of meaningfully including young people in SDG activities. By simulating policy formulation and project execution centered on SDGs, youth delegates have a unique opportunity to learn and hone the skills necessar

Asia Pacific Youth Exchange 2017 in Manila, Philippines

June 06, 2016

How We Set Up a Network of Partners to Achieve Greater Influence

June 06, 2016

Five Critical Factors for Working Well in Partnerships

June 06, 2016

Introducing the SWIFT Tool for Environmental Assessment and Risk Screening for Rural Water Supply

June 06, 2016

Introduction: Gender and Resilience

June 06, 2016

Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies: The good enough guide