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Assessment of the state of hydrological services in developing countries

Source(s):  Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR)

This assessment aims to summarize the collected evidence, analytics, and recommendations and to provide an overview of the status of hydrological information and service delivery systems, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. While illustrating why hydrological services (HSs) in most countries cannot meet the needs of their populations, the assessment emphasizes the benefits of modernizing and maintaining robust HSs while charting a path for sustainable investment. Modernization of HSs should enable nations to reach minimum standards to effectively manage water resources and disaster risks.

This assessment intends to provide a basis from which the WBG and other development partners can assist countries to strengthen the capacity, sustainability, and service delivery of HSs. Where possible, quantitative measures of services and infrastructure highlight the status in low- and middle-income countries. More qualitative and indirect metrics, such as user satisfaction and level of confidence in provided services, also inform the assessment.



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  • Assessment of the state of hydrological services in developing countries
  • Publication date 2018
  • Author(s) Tsirkunov, Vladimir; Kull, Daniel; Suwa, Makoto; Pieyns, Serge; Adams, Thomas; Chebaane, Mohamed; Restrepo, Pedro; Hecht, Joy
  • Number of pages 55 p.

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