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Systematic planning in water storage and management to cope with increased rainfall variability

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a paper describing the need for systematic planning in water storage and management to cope with increased rainfall variability. The report, «Water Storage in an Era of Climate Change: Addressing the Challenge of Increasing Rainfall Variability», describes rainfall variability and the range of above- and below-ground water storage options.

 
Report on implementing environmental flows

WWF and The Nature Conservancy have released a report on implementing environmental flows: «The Implementation Challenge: Taking stock of government policies to protect and restore environmental flows».

 
Rotterdam features international conference on deltas

The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC) is a key partner in the international conference «Deltas in Times of Climate Change». The programme will convene 6 interesting sessions during the conference in the Rotterdam World Trade Centre.

 
Guidelines on spate irrigation (FAO)

Spate irrigation is an ancient practice by which floodwater is diverted from its river bed and channelled to basins where it is used to irrigate crops and feed drinking-water ponds, serve forest and grazing land and recharge local aquifers. It has evolved over the centuries and provided rural populations in arid and semi-arid regions with an ingenious way to cope with the aridity of their climate. It is thought that spate irrigation started in present-day Yemen, where it has been practised for around five thousand years.

 
Water and Climate in Focus at World Water Week in Stockholm

The programme for the sessions on Water and Climate at the World Water Week in Stockholm (5–11 September 2010) is ready.

 
IAHS August 2010 Newsletter available

The August 2010 Newsletter (97) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) is now available for download. The IAHS newsletter is now published in electronic form only.

 
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.

 
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