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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.

 
Alternative Strategies for Managing Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Water Resources

In recent decades, concern has grown over the presence of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in water. This concern stems from the possibility that the presence of PPCPs in water supplies may pose a threat to both human and environmental health. Such threats may be both direct (e.g., exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds) and indirect (e.g., emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria). A new report by the Micropollutants Clearinghouse gives an overview of alternative strategies for the management of pharmaceutical and personal care products in water resources.

 
US$ 8M grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for sanitation project by UNESCO-IHE and partners

A new strategy promotes adoption of safe, affordable sanitation in the developing world. The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and partners have been awarded a US$ 8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will be used to excel postgraduate sanitation education and research with a focus on solutions for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. This 5-year capacity building and research project was developed by Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, Professor of Sanitary Engineering at UNESCO-IHE and his team.

 
Water issue of UNESCO’s World Heritage magazine

World Heritage sites offer a wide spectrum of water elements, from glorious water gardens to spectacular aqueducts, grand transport canals to ingenious water mills. This display of human creativity and ingenuity reveals the brilliance of our common heritage and the potential for future technological advances. By gaining a deeper knowledge of the principles by which societies have managed water resources, we can better discern the optimal strategies for dealing with water scarcity. Issue No. 59 of World Heritage takes a closer look at humanity’s interaction with water over time. Water: its role in human evolution.

 
Tropical Montane Cloud Forests – new benchmark book by Bruijnzeel, Scatena and Hamilton

Tropical Montane Cloud Forests – Science for Conservation and Management, edited by L.A. Bruijnzeel (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), F.N. Scatena (University of Pennsylvania) and L.S. Hamilton (Cornell University, New York), represents a uniquely comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on tropical montane cloud forests. 72 chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics including cloud forest distribution, climate, soils, biodiversity, hydrological processes, hydrochemistry and water quality, climate change impacts, and cloud forest conservation, management, and restoration. The final chapter presents a major synthesis by some of the world’s leading cloud forest researchers, which summarizes our current knowledge and considers the sustainability of these forests in an ever-changing world.

 
Peter Gleick briefs US Congress on vulnerability of water resources to climate change

Pacific Institute President Dr. Peter Gleick – in Washington, D.C. to accept the 2011 U.S. Water Prize for the Pacific Institute –  briefed congressional staff and personnel from government agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the vulnerability of U.S. water resources to climate change. »Extreme weather is influenced by climate change, and extreme weather events are now subject to human influence«, said Gleick. »The continued delay in taking action means we face rapidly worsening impacts, and unavoidable adaptation. We are loading the dice and painting higher numbers on them.«

 
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