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Dr. András Szöllösi-Nagy, rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, in Delft, the Netherlands, was interviewed for a special issue on international water education of H2O. H2O is the Dutch magazine on water management. The article is in Dutch.

 
Resilient societies: water solutions in a new context

19–21 October 2011 • Twente University’s Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS) will host a conference on «Governing Risk and Vulnerability: for Water, Energy and Climate Change». The water theme of the IGS conference will concentrate on connecting science and policy, while remaining cognizant of the importance of locality and context and the dynamic nature of both water and society. The topic will be addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective. Both technical and non-technical scholars are invited to submit papers, organize open sessions and provide demonstrations.

 
Converging Currents in Climate-Relevant Conservation: Water, Infrastructure, and Institutions

The difficulty of determining future hydrological conditions based on past records of climate and hydrologic regimes has been the “death of stationarity”, which refers to the assumption that future climate conditions have “predictable uncertainty”; that is, the frequency and severity of flood or drought events can be accurately estimated, allowing water managers (and economists) to manage risk. Climate change undermines this assumption by suggesting that the future holds unpredictable uncertainty. The water resource management community has not yet developed an alternative vision capable of embracing this new reality.

 
UNESCO-IHE Education and Training Guide 2012 online

UNESCO-IHE’s Education and Training Guide 2012 offers a range of educational solutions for professionals from the water arena that wish to increase their professional expertise or refresh their knowledge and skills for today's working environment. The Education and Training Guide contains information on MSc programmes, the PhD programme, online courses & short courses and the possibility of having tailor-made training custom-made for specific organizational needs.

 
Challenges in managing Iraq’s marshlands

Iraq’s marshlands must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems, according to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq. The new report by UNESCO and partners reviews challenges in managing Iraq’s marshlands.

 
FAO: major impacts of climate change on water for farming

Climate change will have major impacts on the availability of water for growing food and on crop productivity in the decades to come, warns a new FAO report. The survey sums up current scientific understanding of impacts, highlights knowledge gaps and areas for attention. Research is needed to better understand how climate change will impact water resources in specific regions and places.

 
World Water Week wraps up with Stockholm Statement for the Rio+20 conference

The 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm closed with a «Stockholm Statement to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20 Summit)». The Stockholm Statement calls on governmental leaders at all levels participating in the Rio+20 Summit (4–6 June 2012) to commit to achieving “universal provisioning of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and modern energy services by the year 2030” and to adopt intervening targets to increase efficiency in the management of water, energy and food.

 
Climate change, conflict and migration: the water context

21 September 2011, The Hague • The symposium will serve as a platform to discuss the links between climate change, water stress, migration and conflict from a human security perspective. The discussion will revolve around capacity building and resilience in hotspots, conflict prevention, and a (international) legal framework of protection of environmental migrants. Organized by several international partners and to be held at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

 
Intercomparison of flood forecasting models

14–16 September 2011, Koblenz • A workshop on the selection, application and further development of flood forecasting models, organized by the International Commission for the Hydrology of the River Rhine (CHR), the National Committees IHP-HWRP of  Germany and The Netherlands, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

 
Pakistan: remote sensing to forecast floods

Remote-sensing-based climate and flood warning technology is to upgrade flood management of Pakistan. The project will help build the capacity of Pakistan Meteorological Department and other agencies responsible for flood forecasting, early warning and management at the national, provincial and district levels. UNESCO, with the financial assistance of Japan, is introducing the system at a cost of 3.5 million dollar. The system is expected to be completed by 2013.

 
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