IHP News

Adaptation strategies in montane regions are key to water security

The important role played by mountains in freshwater supply and regulation justifies their reputation as Water Towers of the world. They are home to the headwaters of the world’s major rivers, and about 40% of the population depends indirectly on mountain resources for water supply, agriculture, hydroelectricity and biodiversity. Mountains are among the most sensitive ecosystems to climate change and are being affected at a faster rate than other terrestrial habitat, putting their integrity and the services they provide at risk. In view of the urgent need for adaptation strategies and policies, an exhibition and High-level Panel Session was organized during UNESCO’s General Conference to share experiences, views and recommendations on coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

UNESCO and WMO renew cooperation in hydrology and water resources

On 25 November 2013 at the UN Headquarters, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, signed an agreement on reaffirming the long term cooperation between the two Organizations in the field of hydrology and water resources. While maintaining respective programmes in line with their fields of competence, the two Organizations recognized the necessity of close cooperation between their work on freshwater, and expressed their common determination to maintain and develop this collaboration in water sciences and water resources.

UNESCO’s Director-General attends International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe

On 20 August 2013, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Mr Emomali Rahmon, participated at the opening ceremony of the International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation. The Dushanbe High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation, organized by the Government of Tajikistan on 20 and 21 August, comes as a contribution from Tajikistan to the implementation of Resolution 67/204 of the UN General Assembly concerning the implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC).

UNESCO’s IHP newsletter July 2013

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO is pleased to launch this inaugural issue of its Newsletter, with the kind support of the Secretariat of the Netherlands National Committee IHP-HWRP. This initiative aims to strengthen knowledge sharing and increase awareness of our activities amongst Members States and the UNESCO Water Family. We would welcome suggestions and feedback.

UNESCO-IHE presents its 2012 annual report

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, based in Delft, the Netherlands, has just released its 2012 annual report.

Report of the International Advanced Training Workshop on Integrated River Basin Management

From 27 July to 3 August 2009, Ms Orsolya Korsos attended UNESCO’s Report of the International Advanced Training Workshop on Integrated River Basin Management, in Beijing, China. The meeting was organized by the International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES) in cooperation with the World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research (WASER) and sponsored by the International Sedimentation Initiative (ISI) of UNESCO-IHP and the Ministry of Water Resources, P.R. of China. Support was provided by Mr Michael van der Valk, on behalf of the Netherlands National Committee IHP-HWRP.

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