Policy Briefs

Water

Logo, Programme hydrologique international (PHI)

An overview of selected policy documents on water resources management that contributed to the design of HELP
This publication summarizes various recent policy documents and international conference reports on the subject of water resources management, many of which stress the urgent need for action to address declining global water security.

World Water Assessment Programme Message Series
A host of actors including representatives of government, business and civil society all make decisions which have implications on water use. In an effort to ensure this diverse group of actors understand how their decisions affect water use, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) has created a series of Messages based on the findings of the Third World Water Development Report.

WWAP Briefing Notes

Ecological Sciences

UNESCO-SCOPE-UNEP policy Briefs
The policy briefs provide "at a glance" information relating to global environmental issues, building on the contributions of international experts at multi-disciplinary workshops. Each brief reviews current knowledge, highlights trends and controversies, and opens perspectives for policy planners, decision makers and stakeholders in the community.

Securing the Future of Mangroves
Based on the 2nd edition of the World Atlas of Mangroves, the policy brief ‘Securing the Future of Mangroves’ provides managers and decision-makers from around the world with straight-forward options for robust management and policy responses, and up-to-date information on the current status of mangrove ecosystems and their most pressing threats.

Oceans

The International thermodynamic equation of seawater, 2010
A scientific summary for policy makers

Why monitor the Arctic Ocean?
Services to society from a sustained ocean observing system

Sea-level Rise and Variability  
A Summary for Policy Makers

Ocean Fertilization
A Scientific Summary for Policy Makers

Ocean Acidification  
A Summary for Policymakers from the Second Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World
(Sponsors: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Marine Environment Laboratories (MEL) of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research)

Recently published

This policy brief is an outcome of discussions based on an overview paper presented at regional workshops in Africa, Asia, Latin America (2013) and a workshop held in Paris (2014) in the context of “Climate Change Impacts in Major Mountainous Regions of the World: Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe)”.
This project was undertaken within the framework of the IHP in collaboration with MAB, and funded through UNESCO’s Climate Change Intersectoral Platform.
This Policy Brief is a contribution to the VIIIth Phase (2014-2021) of the IHP “Water security: responses to local, regional and global challenges”. It aims to transform scientific information and experience into action by answering local and regional needs for tools to improve adaption to global changes and build capacity to adresse and meet today’s global water challenges.

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