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UNESCO to explore groundwater resources in Horn of Africa

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is helping drought-prone Horn of Africa states map and exploit roundwater resources. Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia will benefit from the initiative, «Strengthening Capacity to Combat Drought and Famine in The Horn of Africa: Tapping Ground Water Resources for Emergency Water Supply», presented in Nairobi on 22 May 2012.

 
Dr C.J. (Kick) Hemker awarded for best paper

On 3 May 2012, Dr C.J. (Kick) Hemker received the award for the best paper in Stromingen, the professional magazine of the Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV), over the first 15 years of the magazine. Dr Hemker received the prize for his groundbreaking work on whirls in groundwater.

 
U.S. report warns of global water tensions

The American intelligence community warned in a report released on World Water Day (22 March 2012) that problems with water could destabilize countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia over the next decade, according to the New York Times. Increasing demand and competition caused by the world’s rising population and scarcities created by climate change and poor management threaten to disrupt economies and increase regional tensions, the report concludes.

 
The Hydropolitical Baseline of the Upper Jordan River

The Hydropolitical Baseline of the Upper Jordan River study, undertaken by the UEA Water Security Research Centre, examines the history and current politics of water use in the basin – specifically the Liddan, Banias and Hasbani sub-basins. An interdisciplinary lens interprets the archives of French and British authorities, Lebanese and Israeli river flow data, news media, interviews and unpublished official reports. Finding the distribution of the transboundary flows to be asymmetric in the extreme, the study investigates how the inequity has been achieved and is maintained.

 
2012 Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management in Africa

The «2012 Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management in Africa» is a study to determine progress in Africa towards sustainable management of water resources using integrated approaches. The study was commissioned by AMCOW to collate and analyse data collected from 40 member countries of AMCOW African countries that responded to a detailed survey conducted by UN-Water.

 
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) named 2012 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is the winner of the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize. IWMI, with headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, does pioneering research that has served to improve agriculture water management, enhance food security, protect environmental health and alleviate poverty in developing countries.

 
Grondwaterzakboekje

Dutch IAH member Bram Bot informed us about a new and interesting publication (in Dutch), the «Grondwaterzakboekje». The «Grondwaterzakboekje» is a pocket companion for groundwater hydrologists. It is not a textbook, but a concise, 250-page compendium packed with useful equations, typical parameter values, checklists, rules of thumb, overviews, tables, graphs, examples and illustrations.

 
4th World Water Development Report published

The 4th edition of the World Water Development Report, «Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk», has been launched on 12 March 2012 at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France, by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The report has 3 volumes: (1) Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk, (2) Knowledge Base and (3) Facing the Challenges. Key messages, stakeholder briefing notes and scenario publications support the report.

 
The Economist: Counting the cost of calamities

»If human nature cannot be changed, government policy can be. That might mean spending more on preventing disaster so as to cut its costs. Roughly 20% of humanitarian aid is now spent responding to disasters, whereas a paltry (but rising) 0.7% is spent on preventive measures taken to mitigate their possible consequences, according to the World Bank. The Netherlands, whose existence has long been at the mercy of nature, may be at the forefront of rethinking how to cope with it.«, according to The Economist.

 
New: 6th World Water Forum group on LinkedIn

A new group about the 6th World Water Forum has just opened at LinkedIn. The group is open for discussions and news on the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012): organization, sessions, themes, suggestions, wish lists, outcries, political processes, panels, statements, programming, regional processes, receptions and other related activities.

 
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