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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.

Fourteen more hydrological PhD theses have been added to the PhD theses section

14 more hydrological PhD theses, most of them from ITC, Twente University in Enschede (NL), have just been added to the PhD theses section.

Non-renewable groundwater resources: a guidebook on socially-sustainable management for water-policy makers

This publication intends to provide a contribution not only towards the development of an improved knowledge base in the field of hydrogeology, but also to the sustainable management of groundwater resources in different regions of the world. In particular it aims to provide decision-makers with the relevant scientific information.

Alternative World Water Forum/Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME)) presents its programme

The objective of the Alternative World Water Forum (AWWF) – in French, the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) – is to create a concrete alternative to the 6th World Water Forum, which is organized by the World Water Council. The programme is now available online, the entrance fee is attractive, and nice banners too!

PhD defense «Groundwater System Identification through Time Series Analysis»

Careful analysis of groundwater level fluctuations may reveal much of the functioning of systems, and of the effects of individual factors. This is shown by many, but practiced by too few, as traditional time series analysis theory and software are complex. In his thesis, Jos von Asmuth presents a new method of time series analysis. The defense of his thesis will be on 5 March 2012 at Delft University of Technology.

Water Youth Movement to start discussions on water challenges and solutions

Youth Diplomacy (a French youth think tank) and young Dutch water enthousiasts have started the Water Youth Movement, a network of youth organizations. It gathers young, enthusiastic people who believe that it is important to give young people all over the world a say in how their future should look like. Participants of youth initiatives are invited to contribute to the youth vision, while several discussions are being set up.

World Water Week in Stockholm: 2011 Conclusions and 2012 Announcement

The Overarching Conclusions of the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm («Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World») capture the outcomes from, and the discussions at the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm. The first chapter outlines the key issues and insights advanced during the week. In the second chapter, five teams of senior and junior rapporteurs offer their narrative on five thematic streams that they covered during the week. Simultaneously, the 1st Announcement for the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, 26–31 August  2012, invites interested individuals and organisations to submit workshop abstracts or proposals to convene a seminar or side event.

The impacts of water infrastructure and climate change on the hydrology of the Upper Ganges River Basin

IWMI Research Report 142 assesses the variability of flows under present and ‘naturalized’ basin conditions in the Upper Ganges Basin. Furthermore, a regional climate model was used to generate climate projections for the basin, with subsequent simulations of future river flows.

«Principles of good governance at different water governance levels»: new publication

How is water governance evolving at different levels of governance and what are the implications for principles of good governance such as equity, legitimacy, efficiency, transparency and accountability? The publication «Principles of good governance at different water governance levels» addresses these issues. It is based on the workshop on «Water and Governance».

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