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TitleRainwater harvesting : a lifeline for human well-being : a report prepared for UNEP
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBarron, J
Paginationx, 69 p. : fig., tab.
Date Published2009-01-01
PublisherUNEP, United Nations Environment Programme
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
ISSN Number9789280730197
Keywordsagriculture, case studies, catchment areas, ecosystems, policies, poverty, rainwater harvesting, rural areas, sdipol, urban areas, water demand, water shortage

The aim of this report is to compile a synthesis of experiences that can provide insight into the multiple opportunities rainwater harvesting can have when addressing human well-being, while continuing to sustain a range of ecosystem services. This synthesis of linkages between ecosystem services, human well-being and rainwater harvesting interventions examines 29 cases from diverse economic and environmental settings. The cases are organised into thematic chapters addressing rainwater harvesting systems, their roles and their impacts. The chapter themes were selected based on the economic importance of the specific themes for human well-being and contain examples in which rainwater harvesting has, and may continue to play, an integral role. The cases were selected to represent a wide variety of social, economic and hydro-climatic conditions. They exemplify a diverse set of rainwater harvesting technologies, and uses of the collected water. The report synthesises the positive and negative impacts of the rainwater harvesting cases, using a pre-defined set of indicators of ecosystems impacts and human well-being. The outcomes are interpreted in a number of key messages and recommendations.

NotesIncludes references
Custom 1202.3, 213.1


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