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Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa

Over 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the last 50 years. Many more are in the planning stages to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. Their reservoirs will displace many thousands of people. Success in resettling affected people and in rebuilding their livelihoods has been mixed in the region. This publication reviews detailed experience from six dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal through the lens of ‘benefit sharing’ with local populations, which asks to what extent the affected communities have indeed benefited from the dam and how the multiple positive consequences from water use have been shared between different actors. The lessons learned from these experiences can guide future decision making.

 
Short report conference «Resilient societies: water solutions in a new context»

A short report (in Dutch) of the conference «Resilient societies: water solutions in a new context» has been published in H2O, Dutch magazine on water management.

 
Water for Growth and Development in Africa

The World Water Council has released a new publication: «Water for Growth and Development in Africa». The report wishes to convey a global message to those working both inside and outside the international water community: Wise investments in managing and developing Africa’s water resources are integral to the future growth and prosperity of the continent. The questions of what, where and how to invest are at the heart of this report.

 
The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture: new FAO report

A new FAO report profiles the state of the natural resource base upon which world food production depends. The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) notes that – while the last 50 years witnessed a notable increase in food production – »in too many places, achievements have been associated with management practices that have degraded the land and water systems upon which food production depends«. Today a number of those systems »face the risk of progressive breakdown of their productive capacity under a combination of excessive demographic pressure and unsustainable agriculture use and practices«, the report continues. No region is immune: systems at risk can be found around the globe, from the highlands of the Andes to the steppes of Central Asia, from Australia’s Murray-Darling river basin to the central United States.

 
Leven met water: 9e Erasmus-Descartesconferentie

18 november 2011, Amsterdam • Water, een gemeenschapsgoed? Hoe bestrijdt men waterrampen? Welke toekomstige projecten bestaan er? Zestien experts presenteren hun visie. De Erasmus-Descartesconferentie wordt sinds 2002 afwisselend in Parijs en Amsterdam georganiseerd en maakt deel uit van de activiteiten van de Nederlands-Franse Samenwerkingsraad.

 
Decision making in a changing climate: World Resources Report 2010-2011

The United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and the World Resources Institute have released the World Resources Report 2010–2011: «Decision Making in a Changing Climate». The publication explores challenges and offers recommendations for national-level government officials to make informed and effective decisions to respond to the changing climate.

 
The World's Water Volume 7: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

Although we do not have a report for 2010, «The World’s Water», the ‘Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources’ ,promises again to be a very interesting and well-written publication if it is like the previous six volumes. We reviewed them all before and were excited each time about the quality of the chapters. Volume 7 features chapters on U.S. water policy, climate change and transboundary waters, and the effects of fossil fuel production on water resources, and other timely issues. Water briefs provide concise updates on topics including bottled water, The Great Lakes Water Agreement, and water and security. We expect that Peter Gleick and his team from the Pacific Institute have done a great job again.

 
The Governance of Adaptation: international symposium

22–23 March 2012, Amsterdam • In March 2012 a two day conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on ‘The governance of adaptation’. Topics to be discussed include: the framing of adaptation problems and goals, modes of governance and available instruments, agency and leadership in adaptation governance, science-policy interaction and adaptation. The purpose of the meeting is twofold: 1) to establish a network of researchers who are analyzing the efforts of both public and private actors to prepare for climate change, 2) to exchange insights on adaptation governance across the world and draw lessons in a coordinated way. Abstracts are welcomed and a contribution to travel costs is available for all participants with an approved abstract.

 
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