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Securing water and land in the Tana Basin, Kenya: a resource book for water managers and practitioners

A new manual describes Kenya’s Tana River catchment area and zooms in on what can practically be done in the different parts of the basin to secure land and water. With 800–1,000 km length the Tana River is Kenya’s largest river. A large range of measures can be introduced: bench terraces and tied ridges in the Upper Catchment; retention through sand dams and subsurface dams in the Middle Catchment; flood water management in the Lower Tana; improved agroforestry throughout the area. Much remains to be done – in outscaling successful experiences and introducing new techniques to better secure ecosystems and make use of water buffers.

 
Streamflow Depletion by Wells—Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow

Groundwater is an important source of water for many human needs, including public supply, agriculture, and industry. With the development of any natural resource, however, adverse consequences may be associated with its use. One of the primary concerns related to the development of groundwater resources is the effect of groundwater pumping on streamflow. An new USGS report summarizes the scientific insights.

 
Easy Like Water

In the Bangla language, ‘easy like water’ translates roughly to 'piece of cake.' The irony is that in Bangladesh, with 160 million people in a country the size of Wisconsin, water poses a relentless threat. With stronger cyclones and accelerating glacier melt upstream, flooding may create 20 million climate refugees by 2050. A documentary film.

 
The Historical Evolution of the Water Resources Development in the Jordan River Basin in Jordan

Within the scope of IWMI’s «Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture» a comparative study of the historical development of nine selected river basins around the world is conducted, aimed at the improvement of rural development through agricultural water use strategies in developing countries. The report on «The Historical Evolution of the Water Resources Development in the Jordan River Basin in Jordan» is a contribution.

 
Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa

Based on a meeting at the Stimson Center, Washington, USA, May 2012, the Brookings report «Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa» first provides a brief overview of available water resources in the Middle East and Northern African region. It then discusses the salient socio-economic and environmental stresses and trends that will drive and condition water supply and demand over the coming decades. Next, the report sketches prevailing water management approaches that are being developed or might be brought to bear.

 
Measuring glacier change in the Himalayas

A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million people. There is thus an urgent need to improve cross-boundary scientific collaboration and monitoring of glaciers to bridge the knowledge gap and allow policy options to be based on appropriate scientific evidence.

 
Institutional adaptive capacity as a way towards water security? The case of Kyrgyzstan

Water takes on special importance in Kyrgyzstan. Also known as the «Switzerland of Central Asia», this mountainous country at the very heart of Asia is home to a complex system of rivers, lakes and glaciers, and produces an average volume of water of 2,458 km3, or the 30% of the total water resources of the region. Financial constraints, political volatility, fragentation, and the perceptions are the four barriers to adaptive capacity. An informative poster by Beatrice Mosello.

 
World Water Week 2012 from a young professional’s perspective

Ms Emma Lupton, working on her Msc in Environmental Technology and Water Management at Imperial College London, provided us with her perspective on this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm.

 
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