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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».

Publication «The right to water and water rights in a changing world» now out

The publication based on the colloquium on «The right to water and water rights in a changing world» has now been published! All speakers have written a chapter in this new and compelling publication on how to address global and climate change when dealing with water rights and the right to water.

Nordic Water 2012: Catchment Restoration and Water Protection

13–15 August 2012, Oulu • The XXVIIth Nordic Hydrological Conference will be in Finland. It is all about hydrology in a wide sense. The main theme focuses on catchment restoration and water protection. The subjects will revolve widely around the main theme with oral and poster presentations, and special workshops.

Water as a window of opportunity?

How can negotiators who hold divided interest make concrete decisions? Can science help collective negotiation sessions visualize future outcomes? According to Dr Irna van der Molen, the long-term perspective is shaded with tints of optimism by building trust, finding scientific solutions and showing through scenarios how the changing landscape will be affected by various choice. A report.

Water for Growth and Development in Africa

The World Water Council has released a new publication: «Water for Growth and Development in Africa». The report wishes to convey a global message to those working both inside and outside the international water community: Wise investments in managing and developing Africa’s water resources are integral to the future growth and prosperity of the continent. The questions of what, where and how to invest are at the heart of this report.

Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa

Over 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the last 50 years. Many more are in the planning stages to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. Their reservoirs will displace many thousands of people. Success in resettling affected people and in rebuilding their livelihoods has been mixed in the region. This publication reviews detailed experience from six dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal through the lens of ‘benefit sharing’ with local populations, which asks to what extent the affected communities have indeed benefited from the dam and how the multiple positive consequences from water use have been shared between different actors. The lessons learned from these experiences can guide future decision making.

Improving the evidence for ecosystem-based adaptation

Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation integrate the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services into an overall strategy for helping people adapt to climate change. The body of scientific evidence that indicates how effective they are is in some cases lacking but in other cases is dispersed across a range of related fields, such as natural resource management, disaster risk reduction and agroecology, from which it needs to be synthesised. Without presenting and strengthening this evidence in a consolidated way, ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation cannot secure the policy traction at local, national and international levels that it merits.

Complex and Dynamic Implementation Processes: new book on water governance

«Complex and Dynamic Implementation Processes: Analyzing the Renaturalization of the Dutch Regge River» is a new book by Cheryl de Boer and Hans Bressers, University of Twente. They have assembled the results of over two years of research about the renaturalization efforts of the Regge River in the Twente region (NL). The authors provide a careful evaluation of the many different projects over the last decade as part of the long term vision for the River Regge.

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