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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.

 
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.«

 
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.

 
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.

 
Freshwater and International Law: The Multiple Challenges

7–9 July 2011, Genève • Conference «Freshwater and International Law: The Multiple Challenges», organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva (Platform for International Water Law). It will look at the interaction between law, science and policy with respect to managing international freshwater resources.

 
ModelCARE2011 conference «Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Models – Repositories of Knowledge»

18–22 September 2011, Leipzig • The ModelCARE 2011 conference «Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Models – Repositories of Knowledge» will be held at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany.

 
Porous media physics and mathematics – symposium in honour of Pieter Raats

31 May 2011, Wageningen • Wageningen University and Technical University Eindhoven present this symposium at Atlas Building 104, room 1–3, 6708 PB Wageningen.

 
International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks

21–24 May 2011, Prague • The GwFR’2012 conference is a follow-up to the conference GFR2003 – International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rock – held in Prague in 2003, organized by Jiri Krasny et al. The direct incentive was the meeting of the IAH Commission on Hydrogeology of Hard Rocks during the 38th international congress of IAH in Kraków, Poland. It was concluded that, so many years after GFR2003, it would be needed to organize again the conference on groundwater in fractured rocks.

 
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