Traditional irrigation systems and methods of water harvesting in Yemen

With support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sana’a, Yemen, a documentary study on models of traditional irrigation systems and methods of water harvesting in the Hadramout and Shabwah governorates in Yemen has been translated and reproduced. Man has long struggled with nature to obtain water for drinking and agriculture. Over time, he has developed expertise in harvesting water, and draining surface water for irrigation. Expertise that accumulated over thousands of years is now falling into neglect.

Converging Currents in Climate-Relevant Conservation: Water, Infrastructure, and Institutions

The difficulty of determining future hydrological conditions based on past records of climate and hydrologic regimes has been the “death of stationarity”, which refers to the assumption that future climate conditions have “predictable uncertainty”; that is, the frequency and severity of flood or drought events can be accurately estimated, allowing water managers (and economists) to manage risk. Climate change undermines this assumption by suggesting that the future holds unpredictable uncertainty. The water resource management community has not yet developed an alternative vision capable of embracing this new reality.

WMO Secretary-General elected chair of UN-Water

UN-Water elects new office holders as water moves to centre of sustainable development challenge. The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr Michel Jarraud, has been elected as the Chair of UN-Water for a two-year term. Mr Bert Diphoorn, Director of Human Settlements Financing Division at UN-Habitat, was elected as vice-chair of UN-Water. With the customary two-year term approaching, the election took place in Stockholm during UN-Water’s 15th meeting.

World Water Week wraps up with Stockholm Statement for the Rio+20 conference

The 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm closed with a «Stockholm Statement to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20 Summit)». The Stockholm Statement calls on governmental leaders at all levels participating in the Rio+20 Summit (4–6 June 2012) to commit to achieving “universal provisioning of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and modern energy services by the year 2030” and to adopt intervening targets to increase efficiency in the management of water, energy and food.

Global travels in freshwater climate adaptation

Just to inform you about an interesting blog by a well-informed person (John) on water and adaptation to climate change, the ClimateChangeWater Blog.

Resilient societies: water solutions in a new context

19–21 October 2011 • Twente University’s Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS) will host a conference on «Governing Risk and Vulnerability: for Water, Energy and Climate Change». The water theme of the IGS conference will concentrate on connecting science and policy, while remaining cognizant of the importance of locality and context and the dynamic nature of both water and society. The topic will be addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective. Both technical and non-technical scholars are invited to submit papers, organize open sessions and provide demonstrations.

United Nations Bimonthly Publications Review on water and sanitation issue 5

The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has published the fifth issue of its Bimonthly Publications Review both in English and Spanish. The review features the latest publications produced by United Nations agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation.

UNESCO-IHE Education and Training Guide 2012 online

UNESCO-IHE’s Education and Training Guide 2012 offers a range of educational solutions for professionals from the water arena that wish to increase their professional expertise or refresh their knowledge and skills for today's working environment. The Education and Training Guide contains information on MSc programmes, the PhD programme, online courses & short courses and the possibility of having tailor-made training custom-made for specific organizational needs.

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