Regulatory Frameworks for Dam Safety

Author: Daniel D. Bradlow
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 082135695X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'Regulatory Frameworks for Dam Safety' was conceived and prepared in response to growing concern over the safety of dams. Given the large number of dams around the world, the safe operation of dams has significant social, economic, and environmental relevance. A dam failure can result in extremely adverse impacts, including a large-scale loss of human life. For countries with large stocks of dams, the issue of dam safety is critical. The book examines the dam safety regulatory frameworks of 22 countries. It draws comparisons and highlights similarities among the various systems. Most important, it identifies essential elements, desirable features, and emerging trends for dam safety regulatory frameworks. The authors are leading experts in their fields. Daniel Bradlow is professor and director of the International Legal Studies Program at the Washington College of Law at American University and was a consultant to the World Commission on Dams. Alessandro Palmieri is Lead Dam Specialist in the Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit of the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Vice Presidency at the World Bank. Salman Salman is Lead Counsel in the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development and International Law Group of the World Bank's Legal Vice Presidency and has published extensively in the area of water law.

The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

Author: Attila Tanzi
Publisher: Hotei Publishing
ISBN: 900429158X
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The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes provides invaluable insights into the contribution of this international agreement towards transboundary water cooperation via its legal provisions, accompanying institutional arrangements and subsidiary policy mechanisms.

Regulatory Frameworks for Water Resources Management

Author: Salman M. A. Salman
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821365207
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This title examines how regulatory frameworks have addressed the various basic issues related to water resources management, and provides a comparative analysis of those issues. It elicits and discusses what it considers are the essential elements for a regulatory framework for water resources management, and identifies some emerging trends.

Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

Author: Walter Leal Filho
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642311105
Format: PDF, Mobi
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​There has been some degree of reluctance in the past to consider disaster risk management within the mainstream of adaptation to climate variability and climate change. However, there is now wide recognition of the need to incorporate disaster risk management concerns in dealing with such phenomena. There is also a growing awareness of the necessity for a multi-sectoral approach in managing the effects of climate variability and climate change, since this can lead to a significant reduction of risk. This book presents the latest findings from scientific research on climate variation, climate change and their links with disaster risk management. It showcases projects and other initiatives in this field that are being undertaken in both industrialised and developing countries, by universities and scientific institutions, government bodies, national and international agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders. Finally, it discusses current and future challenges, identifying opportunities and highlighting the still unrealised potential for promoting better understanding of the connections between climate variation, climate change and disaster risk management worldwide.

Land Law Reform

Author: John W. Bruce
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821364680
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'Land Law Reform' examines the wide-spread efforts to reform land law in developing countries and countries in transition, drawing in particular upon the experience of the World Bank and the Rural Development Institute. The book considers the role of land law reform in the development process and analyzes how the World Bank has sought to support these legal changes in client countries. It reviews the experience with reform of laws affecting land access and rights in achieving gender equity, identifies opportunities for reinforcing environmentally sustainable development through land law reform, and examines from both growth and poverty alleviation perspectives the effectiveness of reforms to formalize property rights and liberalize land markets. The concluding chapter recommends some basic priorities for land law reforms.

Forest Law and Sustainable Development

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Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821370384
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This publication considers key issues in forest-related legislation in the context of the broader legal framework governing land use and land tenure, as well as international obligations related to trade, environmental protection and human rights. It also looks at institutional arrangements and governance practices relevant to forestry, including decentralisation, transparency, and law enforcement. The authors, all experts in the field of forest law, draw extensively on experience from around the world to provide tools for dealing with various forest management challlenges.

The Transit Regime for Landlocked States

Author: Kishor Uprety
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821362990
Format: PDF, ePub
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This publication examines the strengths and limits of existing international legislation relating to the free access of landlocked states to and from the sea, including general and specific conventions, as well as treaty regimes emanating from them. It considers the economic issues involved, given that many landlocked states are among the world's poorest nations, as well as ongoing international initiatives and developments.

The Human Right to Water

Author: Salman M. A. Salman
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821359228
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Currently, it is reported that more than two billion people are affected by water shortages in over 40 countries, with diseases associated with unsafe drinking water and lack of adequate sanitation among the leading causes of death in developing countries. Predictions forecast that by the year 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. This publication, written by recognised experts in this field, explores the genesis of the debate on the right to water and the links between development issues, water resources and human rights. It focuses on the importance of General Comment No. 15 (issued by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2002) which explicitly recognizes a human right to water; and concludes that an incipient right to water is emerging in international law, supported by several soft law instruments, evolving customary international law and an increasing number of domestic law provisions.