Just released: Lessons from North and Central American UNESCO-HELP Basins
The U.S. National Committee for the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO has issued a Monograph on the Science and Practice of Integrated River Basin Management: "Lessons from North and Central American UNESCO-HELP Basins". The report is the product of the North American – UNESCO- HELP workshop held at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, from 10-12 May 2010.
Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) is a cross-cutting component of the UNESCO-IHP. The goal of HELP is to facilitate dialogue among hydrologists, social and economic scientists, water resource managers, water lawyers, policy experts, and river basin stakeholder communities in setting a physical and social science research agenda that is driven by local management and policy issues. HELP seeks to improve the benefits to society by applying the principles of integrated water-resources management (IWRM) to complex, interdisciplinary issues within catchments.
This Monograph is the product of a workshop held in 2010 in which the managers from six North American basins participating in HELP (San Pedro, Willamette, Upper Washita, Lake Champlain, Iowa-Cedar, Luquillo) and a Central American basin participating in HELP (Panama Canal), met to exchange ideas and “lessons learned” in various applications of IWRM.
Three major themes were examined:
- Climate change: Creating watershed resilience
- Use of social learning in IWRM
- Knowledge and information management for IWRM
These themes are explored and enhanced with case studies of IWRM applications from the participating North and Central American HELP basins.
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