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Tropical Montane Cloud Forests – new benchmark book by Bruijnzeel, Scatena and Hamilton

Tropical Montane Cloud Forests – Science for Conservation and Management, edited by L.A. Bruijnzeel (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), F.N. Scatena (University of Pennsylvania) and L.S. Hamilton (Cornell University, New York), represents a uniquely comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on tropical montane cloud forests. 72 chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics including cloud forest distribution, climate, soils, biodiversity, hydrological processes, hydrochemistry and water quality, climate change impacts, and cloud forest conservation, management, and restoration. The final chapter presents a major synthesis by some of the world’s leading cloud forest researchers, which summarizes our current knowledge and considers the sustainability of these forests in an ever-changing world.

Peter Gleick briefs US Congress on vulnerability of water resources to climate change

Pacific Institute President Dr. Peter Gleick – in Washington, D.C. to accept the 2011 U.S. Water Prize for the Pacific Institute –  briefed congressional staff and personnel from government agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the vulnerability of U.S. water resources to climate change. »Extreme weather is influenced by climate change, and extreme weather events are now subject to human influence«, said Gleick. »The continued delay in taking action means we face rapidly worsening impacts, and unavoidable adaptation. We are loading the dice and painting higher numbers on them.«

International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management

12–13 October 2011, Dresden • International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management: Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives.

Water Governance Centre starts in the Netherlands

The Dutch Unie van Waterschappen (Union of Water Boards) has taken the initiative to start a Water Governance Centre. Supported by the Government of the Netherlands (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment; Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the centre aims to make better use of the Dutch knowledge on water governance, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Simultaneously, societal changes, greater complexity of problems, competing interests and climatic change call for strengthening water governance. The centre, which opened on 20 May 2011, will act as a network organization.

Women & Water: The Nature Conservancy

Around the world, women and girls bear most of the responsibility for collecting and preparing water and are often on the front lines of water issues in their communities. Now, women everywhere are stepping up to encourage smarter choices about water and the natural places that provide it. This spring, get inspired by visionary women around the globe, then take action yourself.

Vth International Symposium on Transboundary Waters Management

3–5 October 2011, Bled, Slovenia • The main topic of the symposium is Transboundary Surface Waters and Shared Aquifers. The aims of the symposium are: (1) to assess the state of the art and the progress recently made in the sustainable management of transboundary waters by different disciplines such as law, socioeconomics and water science; (2) to promote interdisciplinary approaches for integrated transboundary water resources management and (3) to review current major international programmes concerned with the assessment and management of transboundary water resources.

The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM): new opportunities for scientists, engineers, managers, and planners to engage with UNESCO

We have just received a new article about ICIWaRM, the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management, which operates under the auspices of UNESCO. It is written by Robert A. Pietrowsky, Eugene Z. Stakhiv, and William S. Logan, USACE Institute for Water Resources.

ModelCARE2011 conference «Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Models – Repositories of Knowledge»

18–22 September 2011, Leipzig • The ModelCARE 2011 conference «Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Models – Repositories of Knowledge» will be held at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany.

The management of the Guarani aquifer system

21–23 September 2011, São Paulo • In August 2010 Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, countries that share the Guarani Aquifer System (GAS), signed a new agreement for the management of this complex system. The four countries are now involved in the ratification process and in the negotiations of institutional aspects, including discussions regarding an annex to the Agreement on arbitration procedures. Against this background, the management of the GAS can benefit from a debate about the steps that have been taken until now, and about the challenges that lay ahead.

11,000 copies of water DVD for Indian water experts and students

Gurgaon, 14–15 March 2011 • 11,000 DVDs on «International hydrology and water resources» for Indian water experts have been launched at the international workshop «Adaptation and Mitigation Options for Tackling the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources» at ITM University, Gurgaon, India.

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