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International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health of the Rivers – ICF-River

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This network proposes the design of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health of Rivers. ICF-River, is a classification system designed with multiple purpose to use in various disciplines and different sectors. Its specific objectives are summarized in: providing a scientific basis for understanding and studying the health of rivers, establish a common language to describe the health of rivers and states associated with it, permiting evaluation and comparison of data between countries, providing a systematic coding scheme to be applied in information systems of the rivers.

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The Benefits of Water supply and Sanitation – An OECD Perspective

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The report shows the full magnitude of the benefits of water services. The provision of water supply, sanitation and wastewater services generates substantial benefits for public health, the economy and the environment. Finally, protecting water resources from pollution and managing water supply and demand in a sustainable manner can deliver clear and sizeable benefits for both investors in the services and end water users. 

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Comparison of water supply options in the Gaza Strip

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This plan, the Gaza comparative study of water supply options (CSO-G) differs in both its timing and its overall approach.  It represents the first component of an envisaged emergency response to the problems in the water sector in Gaza, and provides proposals for an overall strategy to address – and hopefully resolve – the current problems.

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Deep Words, Shallow Words: An Initial Analysis of Water Discourse in Four Decades of UN Declarations

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UNU-INWEH undertook an examination of the changing language of water in high-level declarations from eleven UN conferences on water and the environment over the past forty years. Both deepening and shallowing of key terms were evident throughout the documents and the report suggests effective strategies for highlighting and strengthening key concepts.

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Bridging formal education, watershed stewardship, and local health issues related to water.

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The goal of this project is to encourage participation and collaboration of youth with wide sectors of the community to analyze local water related health problems, as well as to encourage youth in becoming part of the solution. To achieve this goal this project aims to bridge formal basic and middle science education with local environmental issues facilitating links among students and local water monitors.

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The Protocol on Water and Health – A unique agreement to ensure the adequate supply of safe drinking water and sanitation for all

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The Protocol stipulates the set-up of coordination mechanism between environment and health authorities, as well as others responsible for the different sources and uses of water. The Protocol stipulates public participation as a basic principle by obliging Parties to set targets in a consultative process of sound, cooperative environmental decision-making. It also provides for the possibility for members of the public to make communications to the Compliance Committee on cases of alleged non-compliance.

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Education à la santé et promotion de l’hygiène et de l’assainissement sur la commune de Markoye au Burkina Faso

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Ce projet est issu des priorités en matière de santé et d’assainissement du plan communal de développement. Il a pour but de permettre aux populations cibles (école et population d’un quartier) de comprendre, par des méthodes simples, par quels mécanismes certains facteurs environnementaux, et plus particulièrement ceux liés à l’eau, peuvent dégrader leur santé et quels moyens à leur portée peuvent limiter, voire enrayer ces maladies.

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The Proposed Sanitation Index to Measure the Sanitation Coverage

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The solution addresses the policy level and is a solution to a leading issue of the sanitation sector. The sanitation ladder which is currently used for monitoring the sanitation coverage reflects on the technology. Even though it is a simple and acceptable mechanism for most situations, it does not provide the opportunity to obtain a clear picture on complete sanitation coverage. 

Solution is the new sanitation index. It includes two sub indices; (a) latrine security and hygiene, and (b) treatment and disposal. Score for each component is taken from 9 and 10 easily measurable parameters, respectively. Fifteen combinations of the two sub indices give the final sanitation index. The proposed sanitation index is a practical and scientific approach to monitor the level of sanitation and is a step towards the ensuring sustainability of the sanitation services.

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Empowering Rural Communities through Water and Sanitation: the MANTRA Program

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MANTRA is a comprehensive habitat development and governance program, which uses the common concerns for clean water and sanitation to unite and empower rural communities. It has been deployed by Gram Vikas in over 1000 rural communities in the Indian state of Orissa, improving the lives of nearly 300,000 people. MANTRA stands for Movement and Action Network for Transformation of Rural Areas.

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