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UNESCO to identify groundwater and alleviate water shortages in Iraq

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a scientific survey of Iraq’s groundwater in an effort to improve government capacity to address water scarcity in the country.

 
United Nations and Pakistan organize International Conference on Climate Change and Development

On 21–22 October 2010, the Ministry of Environment of Pakistan, in collaboration with One UN Joint Programme on Environment, held an International Conference on Climate Change and Development in Islamabad, Pakistan. The conference was meant to take stock of the effects of climate change in the South Asian region, with a focus on Pakistan.

 
Secretary General’s report on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China have provided stark reminders of the increasing disaster risk in urban areas. Smaller and more frequent disasters in communities around the world attest to rising vulnerability and insufficient capacity to cope with disaster risk at the local level.

 
Report (in Dutch) of 2010 World Water Week

Michael van der Valk wrote a report on the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm for H2O, the Dutch magazine for water management. With a special focus on Dutch presence and members of UN-Water.

 
Professor Anna Tibaijuka to chair the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Prof. Anna Tibaijuka, will succeed Dr Roberto Lenton, whose second and final term of office comes to an end in March 2011. WSSCC is an alliance of members from a range of sectors who are committed to improving the lives of poor people around the world by improving access to basic sanitation, good hygiene practices, and safe drinking water.

 
Vacancies at UNESCO-IHE: Lecturer in Urban Drainange and Sewerage, Lecturer in Water Supply

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offers post-graduate courses and PhD research programmes in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of UNESCO-IHE is contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

 
Systematic planning in water storage and management to cope with increased rainfall variability

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a paper describing the need for systematic planning in water storage and management to cope with increased rainfall variability. The report, «Water Storage in an Era of Climate Change: Addressing the Challenge of Increasing Rainfall Variability», describes rainfall variability and the range of above- and below-ground water storage options.

 
Report on implementing environmental flows

WWF and The Nature Conservancy have released a report on implementing environmental flows: «The Implementation Challenge: Taking stock of government policies to protect and restore environmental flows».

 
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