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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.«

 
International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management

12–13 October 2011, Dresden • International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management: Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives.

 
Water Governance Centre starts in the Netherlands

The Dutch Unie van Waterschappen (Union of Water Boards) has taken the initiative to start a Water Governance Centre. Supported by the Government of the Netherlands (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment; Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the centre aims to make better use of the Dutch knowledge on water governance, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Simultaneously, societal changes, greater complexity of problems, competing interests and climatic change call for strengthening water governance. The centre, which opened on 20 May 2011, will act as a network organization.

 
Women & Water: The Nature Conservancy

Around the world, women and girls bear most of the responsibility for collecting and preparing water and are often on the front lines of water issues in their communities. Now, women everywhere are stepping up to encourage smarter choices about water and the natural places that provide it. This spring, get inspired by visionary women around the globe, then take action yourself.

 
Vth International Symposium on Transboundary Waters Management

3–5 October 2011, Bled, Slovenia • The main topic of the symposium is Transboundary Surface Waters and Shared Aquifers. The aims of the symposium are: (1) to assess the state of the art and the progress recently made in the sustainable management of transboundary waters by different disciplines such as law, socioeconomics and water science; (2) to promote interdisciplinary approaches for integrated transboundary water resources management and (3) to review current major international programmes concerned with the assessment and management of transboundary water resources.

 
The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM): new opportunities for scientists, engineers, managers, and planners to engage with UNESCO

We have just received a new article about ICIWaRM, the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management, which operates under the auspices of UNESCO. It is written by Robert A. Pietrowsky, Eugene Z. Stakhiv, and William S. Logan, USACE Institute for Water Resources.

 
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