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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.

Report workshop «Advances in Flood Forecasting and the Implications for Risk Management» available

The report of the International Workshop on Advances in Flood Forecasting and the Implications for Risk Management (Alkmaar, the Netherlands, 25–26 May 2010) is now available. The workshop was organized by the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin (CHR), together with the Netherlands National Committee IHP-HWRP and other international partners.

Guidelines on spate irrigation (FAO)

Spate irrigation is an ancient practice by which floodwater is diverted from its river bed and channelled to basins where it is used to irrigate crops and feed drinking-water ponds, serve forest and grazing land and recharge local aquifers. It has evolved over the centuries and provided rural populations in arid and semi-arid regions with an ingenious way to cope with the aridity of their climate. It is thought that spate irrigation started in present-day Yemen, where it has been practised for around five thousand years.

The right to water and water rights in a changing world

22 September 2010, Delft • Colloquium in the framework of 30 years University for Peace. The topic is very timely: in the face of global changes, what role can law play in safeguarding basic needs and rights, including that of water?

Rotterdam features international conference on deltas

The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC) is a key partner in the international conference «Deltas in Times of Climate Change». The programme will convene 6 interesting sessions during the conference in the Rotterdam World Trade Centre.

Water and Climate in Focus at World Water Week in Stockholm

The programme for the sessions on Water and Climate at the World Water Week in Stockholm (5–11 September 2010) is ready.

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