The Water Footprint Assessment Manual sets the standard

«The Water Footprint Assessment Manual: Setting the Global Standard» has just been published. The first Global Water Footprint Standard, a scientifically credible methodology that will make all water footprints comparable, clearly demonstrates how individuals, companies and nations can quantify their contribution to water use conflicts and environmental degradation in river basins around the world.

10th hydrological PhD thesis added: Ruud Bartholomeus

The PhD thesis (2010) of Ruud Bartholomeus, «Climate-proof and process-based relationships between water, oxygen and vegetation», has been added to the PhD theses section.

Nine hydrological PhD theses now available online

Eight recent and one older hydrological PhD theses are now available in the PhD theses section. The promovendi are from Wageningen University, VU University Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and Utrecht University.

February 2011 newsletter of International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance to focus on urban rainwater harvesting

This newsletter will look how rainwater harvesting can be used within cities to help face the duel problem of rapid population increase and climate change. One of the biggest problems in today’s cities is the rapid growth of urban populations in developing countries. The world’s urban population increased from around 200 million (15% of world population) in 1900 to 2.9 billion (50%) in 2000.

International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management

12–13 October 2011, Dresden • International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management: Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives.

How much water is needed for animal products?

A study carried out by researchers from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, provides a comprehensive account of the global green, blue and grey water footprints of different sorts of farm animals and animal products, distinguishing between different production systems and considering the conditions in all countries of the world separately.

More frequent drought likely in Eastern Africa

The increased frequency of drought observed in Eastern Africa over the last 20 years is likely to continue as long as global temperatures continue to rise, according to new research published in Climate Dynamics. This poses increased risk to the estimated 17.5 million people in the Greater Horn of Africa who currently face potential food shortages. New projections of continued drought contradict previous scenarios by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

E-learning course on «Water Footprint Assessment: towards sustainable and efficient water use»

7–18 February 2011, online • The Water Footprint Network is organizing the next e-learning course on «Water Footprint Assessment: towards sustainable and efficient water use». The objective is to introduce the concepts of water footprint and virtual water; discuss potential applications in water savings through trade; present why a business would want to conduct a corporate water footprint assessment, and how to do so.

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