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Decision making in a changing climate: World Resources Report 2010-2011

The United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and the World Resources Institute have released the World Resources Report 2010–2011: «Decision Making in a Changing Climate». The publication explores challenges and offers recommendations for national-level government officials to make informed and effective decisions to respond to the changing climate.

Transforming Landscapes – Transforming Lives: the business of sustainable water buffer management

A brand new book about sustainable land management, the development of water buffers and the business case underneath it. As part of the discussion on the green economy it shows that investments in natural resource management make sense business-wise. While the parameters for investments in land, water and vegetation cover may be different – and returns may not always be immediate – both the financial payback and the economic dividend of investments in integrated landscapes, when done properly, are rewarding. As investments in sustainable land and water buffers will transform lives and economies, the social impact will become important. A buffer gives a sense of security and the reassurance that one’s livelihood is secured – something sought-after in a world of growing stress and climate change risks.

USAID grants $2.95 million to UNESCO-IHE to improve groundwater management in MENA region

USAID, the United States Agency for International Development has awarded a $2.95 million grant to UNESCO’s Institute for Water Education (IHE-Delft) for the creation of a “collaborative knowledge network” aimed at improving the management of groundwater in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. The MENA region includes Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Algeria, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Yemen, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

Traditional irrigation systems and methods of water harvesting in Yemen

With support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sana’a, Yemen, a documentary study on models of traditional irrigation systems and methods of water harvesting in the Hadramout and Shabwah governorates in Yemen has been translated and reproduced. Man has long struggled with nature to obtain water for drinking and agriculture. Over time, he has developed expertise in harvesting water, and draining surface water for irrigation. Expertise that accumulated over thousands of years is now falling into neglect.

The World's Water Volume 7: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

Although we do not have a report for 2010, «The World’s Water», the ‘Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources’ ,promises again to be a very interesting and well-written publication if it is like the previous six volumes. We reviewed them all before and were excited each time about the quality of the chapters. Volume 7 features chapters on U.S. water policy, climate change and transboundary waters, and the effects of fossil fuel production on water resources, and other timely issues. Water briefs provide concise updates on topics including bottled water, The Great Lakes Water Agreement, and water and security. We expect that Peter Gleick and his team from the Pacific Institute have done a great job again.

Irish National Hydrology Conference 2011 – call for papers

The Irish Joint National Committees of the International Hydrological Programme and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (IHP/ICID) are pleased to announce that this years’ National Hydrology Conference will take place on 15th November 2011 in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

The Governance of Adaptation: international symposium

22–23 March 2012, Amsterdam • In March 2012 a two day conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on ‘The governance of adaptation’. Topics to be discussed include: the framing of adaptation problems and goals, modes of governance and available instruments, agency and leadership in adaptation governance, science-policy interaction and adaptation. The purpose of the meeting is twofold: 1) to establish a network of researchers who are analyzing the efforts of both public and private actors to prepare for climate change, 2) to exchange insights on adaptation governance across the world and draw lessons in a coordinated way. Abstracts are welcomed and a contribution to travel costs is available for all participants with an approved abstract.

UNESCO-IHE op weg naar mondiale campus

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.

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