Resources

Organizations:

European Commission Database on Good Practice in Urban Management and Sustainability

This database, part of the European Commission’s site, is designed to help authorities work towards sustainable urban management through the dissemination of good practice and policy.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/urban/

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), AQUASTAT

Provides data on the state of water resources across the world, including an online database on water and agriculture, GIS, maps, etc.

http://www.fao.org/ag/agl/aglw/aquastat/main/

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), FAOSTAT

Time series records covering production, trade, food balance sheets, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, population, agricultural machinery, etc.

http://apps.fao.org/

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) Global fishery statistics on production, capture production, aquaculture production, fishery commodity production and trade, and fishing fleets.

http://www.fao.org/fi/figis/tseries/index.jsp

Food and Agriculture Association – FAO (Food Security)

Provides information on the state of food insecurity in the world and on global and national efforts.

http://www.fao.org/SOF/sofi/

Food and Agriculture Association – FA0 (WAICENT)

FAO’s information portal: this is a programme for improving access to documents, statistics, map and multimedia resources.

http://www.fao.org/Waicent/

From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential (PCCP)

In collaboration with Green Cross International, and part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP), PCCP provides tools for aiding conflict resolution in transboundary water bodies. PCCP is also a UNESCO contribution to WWAP.

http://www.unesco.org/water/wwap/pccp/

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

A working partnership among all those involved in water management.

http://www.gwpforum.org/

Green Cross International (GCI), Water Conflict Prevention

Aims to actively avoid and mitigate conflict in water-stressed regions. Provides news events, links, and bibliography.

http://www.gci.ch/GreenCrossPrograms/waterres/waterresource.html

International Water Law Project

Joint United Nations initiative. Provides information, bibliography, and documents on water laws relating to transboundary water resources.

http://www.internationalwaterlaw.org/

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Deals with issues related to water management and food security: water for agriculture; groundwater; poverty; rural developments; policy and institutions; health and environment.

http://www.cgiar.org/iwmi/

International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Water for Agriculture

Provides information on issues related to water for agriculture: research activities, list of publications and links. This site is part of a larger site that houses information on a plethora of water management-related topics, such as the environment, health, etc.

http://www.cgiar.org/iwmi/agriculture/

Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Topics related to desertification, while staying in the context of sustainable development.

http://www.unccd.int/

Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Part of the United Nations (UN) framework, this provides information relating to flood management and flood disaster reduction.

http://www.unfccc.int/

Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)

A non governmental organization devoted to working with the urban poor. The site provides information on projects, news events, publications and related links, including information on the National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF).

http://www.sparcindia.org/

Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database

Searchable database of water-related treaties organized by basin, countries or states involved. Focuses on problems related to international waters.

http://www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu/

UN-Habitat: Global Urban Observatory

Part of the UN Habitat site, this section provides policy-oriented urban indicators, statistics and other information on global urban conditions and trends.

http://www.unchs.org/programmes/guo

United Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Statistics: Water and Sanitation UNICEF’s key statistical database with detailed country-specific information that was used for the end-of-decade assessment. Among the main themes: Water and Sanitation, Child Survival and Health, Child Nutrition, Maternal Health, Education, Child Rights.

http://www.childinfo.org/eddb/water.htm

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)

Promotes nature and human well-being, focusing on the importance of biological diversity for the health of people and the planet.

http://www.biodiv.org

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

http://www.undp.org/

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment (PPUE)

The PPUE supports the development of public-private partnerships at the local level in order to ensure more sustainable urban management practices. The aim is to facilitate meeting the challenges faced by cities in providing basic services to populations.

http://www.undp.org/ppp/

United Nations Environment Programme, Floods and Droughts

Strategies, links, documents and other resources for coping with flood and drought.

http://freshwater.unep.net/index.cfm?issue=water_flood_drought

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Freshwater Portal

Information on the key issues of the global water situation. A section dedicated to water and ecosystems.

http://freshwater.unep.net/

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Global Environment Monitoring (GEMS/WATER)

A multifaceted water science programme oriented towards understanding freshwater quality issues throughout the world.

http://www.cciw.ca/gems/

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

International site providing information, news events and training courses in order to increase awareness of the importance of disaster reduction.

http://www.unisdr.org/

World Bank, Urban Development

A site committed to promoting sustainable cities by improving the lives of the poor. This department of the World Bank provides inter alia information on a variety of aspects of urban management.

http://www.worldbank.org/urban/

World Bank, Law Library

Organized database of links and tools on international organizations, laws, treaties and laws of nations with links to their constitutions, legislation.

http://www4.worldbank.org/legal/lawlibrary.html

World Health Organization (WHO), Healthy Cities and Urban Governance

This site provides information on health issues in urban areas, as well as ideas on making cities healthier, news events from around the world and links to related sites.

http://www.who.dk/eprise/main/WHO/Progs/HCP/Home

World Health Organization (WHO): Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)

A guide to health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information available from WHO, and elsewhere.

http://www3.who.int/whosis/menu.cfm

World Health Organization (WHO): Water, Sanitation and Health Programme

Regularly updated information of the WHO’s Programme on Water Sanitation and Health, including all publications and documents in PDF and HTML format files.

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health

World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization/Pan-American Centre for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences (WHO/PAHO/CEPIS)

Virtual library on health and the environment: Assessment of Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Americas

Data and indicators on Urban and Rural Population, Water, Sanitation, General Health and Hygiene.

http://www.cepis.ops-oms.org/enwww/eva2000/infopais.html

World Health Organization/United Children’s Fund (WHO/UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)

Data on access to water supply and sanitation services at the country, regional and global levels.

http://www.wssinfo.org

World Meteorological Organization (WMO): Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC)

Collection and dissemination of river discharge data on a global scale.

http://www.bafg.de/grdc.htm

World Meteorological Organization (WMO): Hydrology and Water resources Programme

Collection and analysis of hydrological data as a basis for assessing and managing freshwater resources.

http://www.wmo.ch/web/homs/

World Meteorological Organization (WMO): World Climate research Programme (WCRP)

Studies of the global atmosphere, oceans, sea and land ice, and the land surface which together constitute the earth’s physical climate system.

http://www.wmo.ch/web/wcrp/wcrp-home.html

World Meteorological Organization (WMO): World Hydrological Observing System (WHYCOS)

Global network of national hydrological observatories.

http://www.wmo.ch/web/homs/projects/whycos.html

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)/Global Water Partnership (GWP), the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM)

Site promotes flood management within the context of integrated water resources management.

http://www.wmo.ch/apfm/

World Resources Institute (WRI): EarthTrends

Environmental Information Portal. Among the issues featured: coastal and marine ecosystems, water resources and freshwater ecosystems, human health and well-being, biodiversity and protected areas.

http://earthtrends.wri.org/

World Water Assessment Programme / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (WWAP/UNESCO): Water Portal

A new initiative for accessing and sharing water data and information from all over the world.

http://www.unesco.org/water/

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): The Living Planet

The Living Planet Report is WWF’s periodic update on the state of the world’s ecosystems and the human pressures on them through the consumption of renewable natural resources.

http://www.panda.org/livingplanet/