Cost-benefit analysis for developing countries.

In this new, updated version of his earlier book, Project Appraisal for Developing Countries, Robert Brent provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to recent developments in project appraisal.

Water Security & the Global Water Agenda. A UN-Water Analytical Brief

This Analytical Brief serves as a starting point for dialogue on water security in the United Nations system.

Integrating economic costs into conservation planning

Incorporation of spatial distributions of biological benefits and economic costs in conservation planning

Agriculture and Climate Change. Policy Brief. Main Issues for UNFCCC and Beyond

This policy brief is a condensed version of the Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report. This summary seeks to provide key points for policymakers focusing on the unique aspects of agriculture when considered in the context of climate change. It emphasizes actions that can be taken when considering agriculture’s multiple objectives, from providing adequate food for growing populations to protecting the environment and ensuring resilience to future climatic changes.

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Agriculture Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report.

The report considered the role of development in exposure and vulnerability, the implications for disaster risk and DRM, and the interactions between extreme events, extreme impacts, and development. It examined how human responses to extreme events and disasters could contribute to adaptation objectives, and how adaptation to climate change could become better integrated with DRM practice. The report represents a significant step forward for the integration and harmonisation of the climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and climate science communities.

Advantages and Limitations of Benefit-Cost Analysis for Evaluating Investments in Natural Disaster Mitigation

Natural disasters and project analysis; Risk modified, benefit-cost analysis; empirical issues; disaster mitigation for an agricultural project in St. Lucia.

A Cost Effective Solution to Reduce Disaster Losses in Developing Countries: Hydro-Meteorological Services, Early Warning, and Evacuation

The paper starts by investigating benefits from early warning systems in Europe, in terms of saved lives and reduced disaster asset losses. It then uses this evaluation to estimate the potential benefits of providing similar services in developing countries. Section 2 then assesses the other economic benefits that could be derived from the same hydro-meteorological information that is needed for early warning. These benefits are linked to a better optimization of economic production, and can be estimated in Europe to serve as the basis for an estimate for developing countries.

Economic and health effects of increasing coverage of low-cost household drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to countries off-track to meet MDG target 10

The aim of this study is to estimate the health impacts and economic costs and benefits of improving water supply and sanitation services, with a focus on the least developed countries that are “off-track” to meet the water supply and sanitation MDG targets