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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.

 
US$ 8M grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for sanitation project by UNESCO-IHE and partners

A new strategy promotes adoption of safe, affordable sanitation in the developing world. The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and partners have been awarded a US$ 8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will be used to excel postgraduate sanitation education and research with a focus on solutions for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. This 5-year capacity building and research project was developed by Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, Professor of Sanitary Engineering at UNESCO-IHE and his team.

 
Alternative Strategies for Managing Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Water Resources

In recent decades, concern has grown over the presence of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in water. This concern stems from the possibility that the presence of PPCPs in water supplies may pose a threat to both human and environmental health. Such threats may be both direct (e.g., exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds) and indirect (e.g., emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria). A new report by the Micropollutants Clearinghouse gives an overview of alternative strategies for the management of pharmaceutical and personal care products in water resources.

 
FAO: major impacts of climate change on water for farming

Climate change will have major impacts on the availability of water for growing food and on crop productivity in the decades to come, warns a new FAO report. The survey sums up current scientific understanding of impacts, highlights knowledge gaps and areas for attention. Research is needed to better understand how climate change will impact water resources in specific regions and places.

 
Peter Gleick briefs US Congress on vulnerability of water resources to climate change

Pacific Institute President Dr. Peter Gleick – in Washington, D.C. to accept the 2011 U.S. Water Prize for the Pacific Institute –  briefed congressional staff and personnel from government agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the vulnerability of U.S. water resources to climate change. »Extreme weather is influenced by climate change, and extreme weather events are now subject to human influence«, said Gleick. »The continued delay in taking action means we face rapidly worsening impacts, and unavoidable adaptation. We are loading the dice and painting higher numbers on them.«

 
Women & Water: The Nature Conservancy

Around the world, women and girls bear most of the responsibility for collecting and preparing water and are often on the front lines of water issues in their communities. Now, women everywhere are stepping up to encourage smarter choices about water and the natural places that provide it. This spring, get inspired by visionary women around the globe, then take action yourself.

 
Water Governance Centre starts in the Netherlands

The Dutch Unie van Waterschappen (Union of Water Boards) has taken the initiative to start a Water Governance Centre. Supported by the Government of the Netherlands (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment; Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the centre aims to make better use of the Dutch knowledge on water governance, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Simultaneously, societal changes, greater complexity of problems, competing interests and climatic change call for strengthening water governance. The centre, which opened on 20 May 2011, will act as a network organization.

 
Freshwater and International Law: The Multiple Challenges

7–9 July 2011, Genève • Conference «Freshwater and International Law: The Multiple Challenges», organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva (Platform for International Water Law). It will look at the interaction between law, science and policy with respect to managing international freshwater resources.

 
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