Technical Reports

New SDG6 Synthesis report on water and sanitation 2018

Editor-in-Chief for this major report reviewing SDG 6 'water goal' as part of the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) meeting in New York in July 2018.   The report reviewed progress on 6 SDG targets and 11 indicators of progress across the entire water cycle. It involved coordinating and editing inputs from 8 United Nations agencies, 14 International Organisations and many individuals and as such the report itself was a major exercise in cooperation and integration - the essence of the UN's 2030 Agenda.  

 Sustainable Development Goal 6: Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation 2018

Client: UNESCO for UN-Water 


Technical editor for Global water partnership (GWP)

The GWP is a network based in Sweden that works internationally with partner organisations across the world to increase water security.   There is a vast amount of literature being produced on water-related issues by myriad organisations.  GWP promotes Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as a means of achieving water security and works in niche areas often neglected by others.  it uses its unique mix of leading inter-disciplinary specialists to produce a series of papers to present innnovative concepts and cutting-edge issues in water resources management to professional and political audiences who may not be water specialists but need to keep up to date on water management.
As TEC editor I work closely with the Technical Committee adding value to technical publications by editing and re-writing in order to tailor them for different GWP audiences, who may not be technical experts.  Over the past 3-years we supported six papers in the Background Paper series including:
Increasing Water Security: the Key to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals No 20
Promoting Effective Water Management Cooperation among Riparian Nations No 21
Water security: Putting the concept in to Practice No 20

Client: Global Water partnership (GWP) Stockholm

GWP Focus Papers on water management

GWP also produces a series of Focus Papers which harness partners' experiences from the regions for the benefit of the whole network.  This included a series of paper on experience in the regions in putting IWRM into practice. 

As Technical Editor I edited and re-wrote material and sharpened up the text prepared by specialist authors, for whom Enlish is not their first language, for a GWP audience:

IWRM in eastern and central Europe: IWRM versus EU Water Framework Directive, No. 8
China's Water Resources Management Challenge: The 'three red lines', No. 6  
IWRM in Central Asia: challenges of managing large transboundary rivers, No.5 

Client: Global Water partnership (GWP) Stockholm

Characterising and managing drought

This major 2-year project involved editing-rewriting eight regional and country reviews of drought how droughts are managed the Caribbean, Central Asia, China, India, Latin America, North Africa and the Near East, East Africa, and Southern Africa.  Each study included the history of drought, meteorological characteristics, drought impacts, vulnerability, capacity to deal with drought including government policy and early warning systems, goverment and private practices to alleviate the effects of drought, and measures being taken to build drought resilience.

I edited/re-wrote all 9 regional reports prepared by FAO regional consultants, and used our water management expertise to prepare the overall synthesis which is now in press (2016)

Client: Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Drought in the Caribbean

This report is part of the major 2-year project (see above) and reviews drought characteristics and management in the Caribbean.  It includes the history of drought, meteorological characteristics, drought impacts, vulnerability, capacity to deal with drought including government policy and early warning systems, goverment and private practices to alleviate the effects of drought, and measures being taken to build drought resilience.

I edited/rewrote the report for publication by FAO (2016).

Client: Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO)


facing the future together

A professional contributor to a report from the UK's Farming and Water Action Group to explore tghe links between water and food production and the challenges of delivering both food and water to society in a sustainable manner

The report identifies the water and agriculture challenges in the UK and provided recommendations for policy makers, industry, practitioners, and academia, and future research needs.

Facing the future together published by UKWRIP and Global Food Security programme


Save water and save money - irrigate efficiently

Save Water ... is a 12-page guide to improving irrigation efficiency that can help to increase farm profits, assist abstractors to meet government licencing requirements, and demonstrate sustainable use of resources for supermarket grower protocols.

This is one of a series of innovative booklets we wrote, edited, and designed with Cranfield University to inform UK farmers about how to improve their irrigation.  This is not a traditional text book, rather it is a booklet designed for busy farmers to 'dip into for knowledge and tips'.  Others in the series include:
Save water and money - irrigate efficiently; Thinking about a reservoir; Working to protect water rights; Switching irrigation technologies; Coping with drought and water shortages; Managing water better
Client: Cranfield University and the UK Irrigation Association


World water development report 4

The United Nations produces a report on world water development every 4 years.  FAO and IFAD 2012 contributed to Report No 4 with a chapter on agriculture focusing on ‘Managing the livestock value chain (Chapter 18).  This was designed to show impact of water use on the whole value chain from farm to peoples’ plates and on the growing importance of livestock in feeding people and the large amounts of water this consumes. 

I was on the lead writing/editing team working with key IFAD and FAO experts to produce this chapter, which was peer reviewed by several international organisations.

WWDR 4: Knowledge base – volume 2 chapter 18

Client: IFAD and FAO Rome

Innowat – Learning and knowledge innovation

IFAD has created the Innowat kit to improve its comparative advantage in supporting rural poverty reduction and water issue.  It uses the ‘synthesis of strategies approach’ which brings together two approaches papers which provide the rational for this project – The New Rurality, and Coping with Complexity. The kit contains a series of topic papers ranging from agriculture and livestock management to spate irrigation and reinforcing gender equity.  Case studies come from Bangladesh, India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Peru.
We were lead writer/editors for Innowat working with material provided by IFAD specialist authors worldwide.

Synthesis of strategies approaches: Enhancing pro-poor investments in water and rural livelihoods IFAD (2009)

Client: IFAD Rome

Community based natural resource management

Central to the process of development are the concepts of learning and 'learning to learn' and sharing knowledge.  This publication is about how knowledge is managed, disseminated, and used.  Knowledge is essential for supporting poverty alleviation but oftern information is lost, is not easily accessed, or changing circumstances limit its value.  Whatever the reason, learning from the past still makes sense,knowledge does not wear out, althought it is sometimes difficult to find, synthesise and use.  IFAD shares its 'learning to learn' and sharing knowledge experiences in this publication.

We were lead writers/editors for this knowledge publication using material provided by IFAD staff.

Community based natural resource management: How knowledge is managed, disseminated, and used
Client: IFAD Rome

Land and water governance – IFAD experience

Land without water in a arid climate is of little use as is access to water without land to grow crops.  This paper explores the symbiotic relationship between land and water resources and the need for these two resources to be coordinated. 

Four case studies, from Bangladesh, Peru, Sudan, and Zimbabwe are used to explore and synthesise the key issues.

We were lead writer/editor for the publication based on material provided by IFAD.

Land and water governance – IFAD experience

Client: IFAD, Rome

Capacity development in irrigation and drainage

Based workshops in Montreal and Beijing and finally in Montpellier, this publication was the culmination of FAO and ICID's work over a decade to provide structure to the process of capacity development in irrigation and drainage, which is still sadly lacking in most developing countries.  It includes not just training individuals but also institutional capacity which enables individuals to work effectively, and the socio-economic environment in which institutions can flourish.

We were the lead author/editors producing this publication and involved in running the workshops in Beijing and Montreal.

Capacity development in irrigation and drainage: Issues, challenges, and the way ahead.  FAO Water Report No 26
Cliewnt: FAO, Rome