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PhD defense «Groundwater System Identification through Time Series Analysis»

Careful analysis of groundwater level fluctuations may reveal much of the functioning of systems, and of the effects of individual factors. This is shown by many, but practiced by too few, as traditional time series analysis theory and software are complex. In his thesis, Jos von Asmuth presents a new method of time series analysis. The defense of his thesis will be on 5 March 2012 at Delft University of Technology.

Water Youth Movement to start discussions on water challenges and solutions

Youth Diplomacy (a French youth think tank) and young Dutch water enthousiasts have started the Water Youth Movement, a network of youth organizations. It gathers young, enthusiastic people who believe that it is important to give young people all over the world a say in how their future should look like. Participants of youth initiatives are invited to contribute to the youth vision, while several discussions are being set up.

World Water Week in Stockholm: 2011 Conclusions and 2012 Announcement

The Overarching Conclusions of the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm («Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World») capture the outcomes from, and the discussions at the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm. The first chapter outlines the key issues and insights advanced during the week. In the second chapter, five teams of senior and junior rapporteurs offer their narrative on five thematic streams that they covered during the week. Simultaneously, the 1st Announcement for the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, 26–31 August  2012, invites interested individuals and organisations to submit workshop abstracts or proposals to convene a seminar or side event.

The impacts of water infrastructure and climate change on the hydrology of the Upper Ganges River Basin

IWMI Research Report 142 assesses the variability of flows under present and ‘naturalized’ basin conditions in the Upper Ganges Basin. Furthermore, a regional climate model was used to generate climate projections for the basin, with subsequent simulations of future river flows.

«Principles of good governance at different water governance levels»: new publication

How is water governance evolving at different levels of governance and what are the implications for principles of good governance such as equity, legitimacy, efficiency, transparency and accountability? The publication «Principles of good governance at different water governance levels» addresses these issues. It is based on the workshop on «Water and Governance».

Publication «The right to water and water rights in a changing world» now out

The publication based on the colloquium on «The right to water and water rights in a changing world» has now been published! All speakers have written a chapter in this new and compelling publication on how to address global and climate change when dealing with water rights and the right to water.

Nordic Water 2012: Catchment Restoration and Water Protection

13–15 August 2012, Oulu • The XXVIIth Nordic Hydrological Conference will be in Finland. It is all about hydrology in a wide sense. The main theme focuses on catchment restoration and water protection. The subjects will revolve widely around the main theme with oral and poster presentations, and special workshops.

Water as a window of opportunity?

How can negotiators who hold divided interest make concrete decisions? Can science help collective negotiation sessions visualize future outcomes? According to Dr Irna van der Molen, the long-term perspective is shaded with tints of optimism by building trust, finding scientific solutions and showing through scenarios how the changing landscape will be affected by various choice. A report.

Water for Growth and Development in Africa

The World Water Council has released a new publication: «Water for Growth and Development in Africa». The report wishes to convey a global message to those working both inside and outside the international water community: Wise investments in managing and developing Africa’s water resources are integral to the future growth and prosperity of the continent. The questions of what, where and how to invest are at the heart of this report.

Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa

Over 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the last 50 years. Many more are in the planning stages to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. Their reservoirs will displace many thousands of people. Success in resettling affected people and in rebuilding their livelihoods has been mixed in the region. This publication reviews detailed experience from six dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal through the lens of ‘benefit sharing’ with local populations, which asks to what extent the affected communities have indeed benefited from the dam and how the multiple positive consequences from water use have been shared between different actors. The lessons learned from these experiences can guide future decision making.

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