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IAHS March 2010 Newsletter available

The March 2010 Newsletter (96) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) is now available for download. The IAHS newsletter is now published in electronic form only.

Whirlpool Politics: Water as a Global Challenge

11–17 April 2010, Leiden • The Institute of Political Science at Leiden University (NL) will host an international conference in the field of political science. During the Academic Conference students will explore this year’s theme, Whirlpool Politics: Water as a Global Challenge.

Water quality reader by UNW-DPAC

A reader on water quality issues has been published by the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005–2015, which implements the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC).

Isotopes and tracers in hydrology: report online

The report of the symposium in Amsterdam, 5 November 2009, on the use of isotopes and tracers in hydrology, combined with the 2009 Henry Darcy Lecture, is now available.

Transboundary flood risk management: experiences from the UNECE region

The study describes problems and progress made regarding transboundary flood management in 10 transboundary river basins in the UNECE region; tools for managing transboundary flood risk, for joint flood forecasting, flood warning and exchange of data, joint flood risk management planning and implementation; and useful legal and institutional arrangements for cooperation.

21st Salt Water Intrusion Meeting

21–25 June 2010, Azores • The 21st Salt Water Intrusion Meeting (SWIM21 – AZORES 2010) will this year be held at the University of Azores, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal.

Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change

Countries need to adapt to climate change jointly without delay! This is the main message of the Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change, developed under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and recently adopted by its 36 Parties at their fifth meeting (Geneva, 10–12 November 2009).

Rainwater harvesting: a lifeline for human well-being

This publication highlights the link between rainwater harvesting, ecosystems and human well being and draws the attention of readers to both the negative and positive aspects of using this technology and how the negative benefits can be minimized and positive capitalized. The report  has been prepared for UNEP by the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Workshop climate change adaptation in Indonesia

Under the umbrella of main organizer CPWC, the UNESCO-IHE Insititute for Water Education, together with Indonesian and Dutch partners, will contribute to a workshop on adaptation to climate change in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop (8–9 March 2010) will be held in the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding by 4 parties in both Indonesia and the Netherlands (Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (V&W) and Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, VROM).

Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector

Today’s climate variability already has a large impact on water supply and protection. Millions of people are affected every year by droughts and floods. Future climate change is likely to make things worse.

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