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Africa Water Atlas

The Africa Water Atlas is a visual account of Africa’s endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos. However the Atlas is more than a collection of static maps and images accompanied by informative facts and figures: its visual elements vividly illustrate a succinct narrative describing and analyzing Africa’s water issues and exemplifying them through the judicious use of case studies. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change into one comprehensive and accessible volume.

 
Swiss Re Foundation launches "ReSource Award 2017"

The ReSource Award focuses on social entrepreneurial approaches that implement the principles of sustainability in water management. The prize builds on more than ten years of experience in supporting outstanding partners heading for sustainable watershed management. An international jury awards USD 150,000 to new social entrepreneurial initiatives driving sustainable water management practices. The prize combines financial and non-financial contributions (coaching and expert advice).

 
Collective action on South Asia’s ‘wicked problems’

The problems of water, energy, climate change, and urbanisation, are all intertwined; they are, also, all ‘wicked’. There is little consensus on how to effectively navigate these problems, let alone, how to solve them. Of these, water is key: the threat of climatic changes is primarily manifested in water, its dwindling supply, and the conflicts that may potentially arise. It also encompasses so-called ‘toad's eye’ concerns of the grassroots, often informal economy, as well as the ‘eagle’s eye’ perspectives of national and global managers. In South Asia, regional cooperation in managing water has not been successful for various reasons.

 
Groundwater flow cooling the Earth’s crust

Groundwater that flows through the outer shell of the Earth as part of the hydrologic cycle influences the distribution of heat and, thereby, the temperature field in the Earth’s crust. Downward groundwater flow in recharge areas lowers crustal temperatures down to great depths, whereas upward flow in discharge areas tends to raise temperatures relative to a purely conductive geothermal regime. Henk Kooi presents numerical simulations of generalized topography-driven groundwater flow.

 
Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique

Right now, the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are keenly feeling the impacts of climate change. They are being hit hard by increased droughts, floods and extreme weather. And they will be hit even harder in the future. Because of its coastal location, Mozambique is exposed to severe climate risks, such as flooding, cyclones and sea-level rise. Enabling developing countries like Mozambique to adapt to the effects of climate change and protect its most vulnerable citizens, while growing its economy in a sustainable way, is a critically important challenge.

 
Nature Geoscience: focus on groundwater

A vast store of freshwater that circulates beneath the land surface is increasingly tapped to serve the water needs of human communities. Groundwater represents the largest component of the active hydrological cycle and its movement through the subsurface affects many aspects of the Earth system. In a new groundwater focus, Nature Geoscience presents a collection of research papers and opinion pieces that discuss the influence of groundwater on hydrological, environmental and geological processes.

 
Water & Heritage: Material, conceptual and spiritual connections

Initiated by ICOMOS Netherlands, a new book on the heritage of water management has been published, just before the World Water Forum: Water and Heritage. It contains 26 articles from ICOMOS members worldwide and prominent international scholars. The book contains a foreword by Ms Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO. Edited by Willem Willems and Henk van Schaik, the book will be presented on 13 April 2015 during the World Water Forum in Korea. Free to read on the website of publisher Sidestone.

 
(Re)configuration of Water Resources Management in Mongolia: A Critical Geopolitical Analysis

In Mongolia ‘water’ as a concept is constructed by local people based on the values and norms in which it was rooted in the past. Rivers and its resources are considered gifts from ‘Naga’ who is believed to be the snake lord for pure water resources, lakes, springs, waterfalls and rivers. However, the expectation to have ‘pure water’ has been challenged. Stress over water resource has gradually increased. Therefore, water resource management has been one critical theme in politics and policies in Mongolia with respect to climate conditions and socioeconomic impacts. With what scale and level water resources should be governed and managed has been a focal point in the water policy reform process.

 
The Value of Groundwater – presentations available

On 23 September 2015, the Netherlands Chapter of IAH, the Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV) and environmental society VVM organized a symposium in Nieuwegein (NL) about The Value of Groundwater, with speakers from the World Bank, water boards, water supply companies, science and groundwater users such as Heineken. The presentations are now available.

 
Groundwater around the world – book of the month August 2015

This book presents a unique and up-to-date summary of what is known about groundwater on our planet, from a global perspective and in terms of area-specific factual information. Unlike most textbooks on groundwater, it does not deal with theoretical principles, but rather with the overall picture that emerges as a result of countless observations, studies and other activities related to groundwater in all parts of the world. The focus is on showing the role and geographical diversity of groundwater – a natural resource of great importance in daily life, but poorly understood by the general public and even by many water sector professionals. Warmly recommended and essential to every hydrological library.

 
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