UNESCO-IAH MAR Publications

Van Steenbergen, F. and Tuinhof, A. (2010). Managing the Water Buffer for Development and Climate Change Adaptation Groundwater Recharge, Retention, Reuse and Rainwater Storage. UNESCO-IAH publication.

This 92 page, 6.3MB booklet describes the 3R approach (Recharge, Retention and Reuse) to buffer water supplies against climate change. It covers the principles then presents 18 case studies mostly in developing countries.


1 Introduction: 3R : Recharge, Retention and Reuse of water
2 Background to 3R
3 Cases studies : Africa, Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Yemen
4 Conclusion



Gale, I. (2005). Strategies for MAR in semi-arid areas. UNESCO-IAH Publication.

Gale, I. (2005) Strategies for MAR in semi-arid areas.  UNESCO-IAH Publication.

Also at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001438/143819e.pdf

This is a 30 page 2MB document describing objectives, methods, hydrogeological settings and controls, water quality issues and sources of water, and institutional issues. It then describes origins and outcomes of 10 wide ranging case studies. This is a useful entry level resource for practical people considering implementing MAR to secure and augment supplies with all types of water for a range of uses in semi-arid areas.