Mapping Pakistan floods

Late July 2010, heavy rain caused record flooding in Pakistan, especially along the Kabul River in the northwestern part of the country.  The UN, governments and private organizations are joining forces to help. One of the means is to provide accurate and timely data about the situation on the ground. Maps, as supplied by many organisations, are very helpful for getting an overview of the problems, e.g. of the flood extension.

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.

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».

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.

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.

Vit Klemeš passed away

We just received the very sad news that Vit Klemeš, former IAHS President from 1987 to 1991, passed away last March.

In Memoriam BertJan Heij

In his work and his personal life BertJan Heij remained true to himself: an honest, hard-working man, attentive to those around him, and was genuine on all occasions.

IWRM in Nigeria

On 8 April 2010 Bart Goes held a presentation on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Nigeria at the VU University in Amsterdam. His presentation went into the river basins of the Hadejia-Jama’are, Komadugu and Yobe in the semi-arid North of Nigeria and the Cross River in the humid South of Nigeria.

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