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Dr. Daniel Hillel named 2012 World Food Prize laureate
The 2012 World Food Prize will be awarded to Dr Daniel Hillel for conceiving and implementing a radically new mode of bringing water to crops i­­n arid and dry land regions — »micro-irrigation«. Dr Hillel’s pioneering scientific work in Israel revolutionized food production, first in the Middle East, and then in other regions around the world over the past five decades. His work laid the foundation for maximizing efficient water usage in agriculture, increasing crop yields, and minimizing environmental degradation.
 
Water use of forests in the Netherlands

Forests are complex ecosystems with a large variability in the horizontal as well as in the vertical space. To study the dissimilarities in water use for different forest types, the water and energy balance of five forest stands in the Netherlands were observed during periods varying from 2 years to more than 15 years. On 22 May 2012, Mr Eddy Moors succesfully defended his PhD thesis on the water use of forests in the Netherlands.

 
2012 Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management in Africa

The «2012 Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management in Africa» is a study to determine progress in Africa towards sustainable management of water resources using integrated approaches. The study was commissioned by AMCOW to collate and analyse data collected from 40 member countries of AMCOW African countries that responded to a detailed survey conducted by UN-Water.

 
Dr C.J. (Kick) Hemker awarded for best paper

On 3 May 2012, Dr C.J. (Kick) Hemker received the award for the best paper in Stromingen, the professional magazine of the Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV), over the first 15 years of the magazine. Dr Hemker received the prize for his groundbreaking work on whirls in groundwater.

 
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) named 2012 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is the winner of the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize. IWMI, with headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, does pioneering research that has served to improve agriculture water management, enhance food security, protect environmental health and alleviate poverty in developing countries.

 
U.S. report warns of global water tensions

The American intelligence community warned in a report released on World Water Day (22 March 2012) that problems with water could destabilize countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia over the next decade, according to the New York Times. Increasing demand and competition caused by the world’s rising population and scarcities created by climate change and poor management threaten to disrupt economies and increase regional tensions, the report concludes.

 
New: 6th World Water Forum group on LinkedIn

A new group about the 6th World Water Forum has just opened at LinkedIn. The group is open for discussions and news on the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012): organization, sessions, themes, suggestions, wish lists, outcries, political processes, panels, statements, programming, regional processes, receptions and other related activities.

 
4th World Water Development Report published

The 4th edition of the World Water Development Report, «Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk», has been launched on 12 March 2012 at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France, by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The report has 3 volumes: (1) Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk, (2) Knowledge Base and (3) Facing the Challenges. Key messages, stakeholder briefing notes and scenario publications support the report.

 
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