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UNESCO Director-General to visit flood zones in Pakistan

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will visit flood-stricken zones and meet with national and regional authorities during a visit to Pakistan on 31 August 2010.

 
World Water Week 2010 to focus on water quality

The World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. The thematic scope for 2010 is «The Water Quality Challenge – Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement». Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Week brings together experts, practitioners, decision makers and leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.

 
Guide to Hydrological Practices: new edition by WMO

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has just published the new (6th) edition of its Guide to Hydrological Practices. The Guide now has fewer but broader chapters and is issued in two volumes:
1 – Hydrology: From Measurement to Hydrological Information
2 – Management of Water Resources and Application of Hydrological Practices

 
Управление Риском Трансграничных Наводнений: опыт региона ЕЭК ООН

The Russian version of the recent UNECE report «Transboundary flood risk management: experiences from the UNECE region» is now available for download.

 
Position Paper on «Climate Change and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation»

A position paper on climate change by UNHCR’s Independent Expert on human rights, water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, has recently become available. The paper examines the legal obligations concerning the rights to water and to sanitation, as well as those arising from the climate change regime. It further outlines the impact of climate change on the enjoyment of the rights to water and to sanitation, and offers recommendations on integrating human rights into climate change negotiations.

 
UN/ISDR warns against building in flood-prone areas

After a week of massive flooding in Myanmar, France and China, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has urged governments to take flood risk into account in urban planning, and citizens to avoid building in flood prone areas.

 
Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change

IWMI_WPB32_75pxClimate and other drivers of change raise questions about the continued reliance on surface water resources, prompting countries to fundamentally rethink groundwater management strategies. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has issued Water Policy Brief 32, titled «Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change». The findings are in line with «Managing the water buffer for development and climate change adaptation».

 
Presentations available from workshop «Advances in Flood Forecasting and the Implications for Risk Management»

The presentations for the International Workshop on Advances in Flood Forecasting and the Implications for Risk Management are now available.

 
Deltas in Times of Climate Change

29 September–1 October 2010, Rotterdam • Deltas in Times of Climate Change
Deltas have a lot to offer. They are close to the sea and inland waterways. Their soils are fertile. They are therefore the base of many large and fast growing cities. But as populations grow, deltas and their cities are becoming more vulnerable. Floods, land subsidence, traffic congestion, air pollution and salt intrusion loom up as common threats. Climate change aggravates these problems.

 
Water on Planet Mars: Follow the Flow

5–16 July 2010, Utrecht • Planet Mars has water ice near its surface, and dry rivers, deltas and gigantic canyons attest to past water flow on the surface. But how much water did flow on Mars? What was the past climate, and how long was the planet wet? Was there ever life on Mars and could we live there in the future?

 
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