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UNESCO to identify groundwater and alleviate water shortages in Iraq

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a scientific survey of Iraq’s groundwater in an effort to improve government capacity to address water scarcity in the country.

Updated version (2.25) of MLU for Windows – UNESCO edition

Version 2.25 of the UNESCO IHP edition of MLU is available. New features include conversion between metres and feet. MLU for Windows is an analytical groundwater modelling tool to compute heads and drawdowns, analyse a variety of aquifer test data and design well fields in layered aquifer systems. Also new in this version is the option to import images (such as maps!) that can be displayed as background in contour plots. This includes BMP, PNG JPG, GIF and most TIFF files.

Groundwater (Geology of the Netherlands)

Geology of the Netherlands presents an overview of the geology of the subsurface of the Low Countries. The chapter on Groundwater was written by prof. dr. J.J. (Co) de Vries, who kindly made it available to those interested.

Irish National Hydrology Conference 2010

16 November 2010, Athlone • The Irish National Committees of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 11th National Hydrology Conference.

Presentations colloquim on water and rights available

On 22 September 2010 a colloquium on «The right to water and water rights in a changing world» was held at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. The presentations and a report are now online.

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».

Krakow Declaration on the Protection of Groundwater Quality

The Krakow Declaration on the Protection of Groundwater Quality, produced at the excellently organized XXXVIIIth IAH Congress, held 12–17 September 2010 in Kraków, Poland, calls on Governments, UN Agencies and other multi- and bilateral agencies, and seeks to ensure that their policies on water resources management on national and regional levels should recognize, inter alia, the important role of groundwater in water quality management.

Vacancies at UNESCO-IHE: Lecturer in Urban Drainange and Sewerage, Lecturer in Water Supply

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offers post-graduate courses and PhD research programmes in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of UNESCO-IHE is contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

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.

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.

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