23.09.2010 -

Sustainable Use of Water in Agriculture : Indicators and Trends for Water Resources Conservation

Water Civilizations International Centre 2010Sustainable Use of Water in Agriculture

Proceedings of the 3rd training course “European Sustainable Water Goals” held in Venice over 5-9 October 2009. English. 112 pp.


Edited by : Eriberto Eulisse, Melike Hemmami and Esther Koopmanschap
Published by : Water Civilizations International Centre 2010

The 3rd Marie Curie training course “European Sustainable Water Goals”, titled in 2009 “Sustainable Use of Water in Agriculture: Indicators and Trends for Water Resources Conservation”. This event, organized by the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice in co-operation with the Water Civilizations International Centre, is part of the Marie Curie Programme aimed to support transnational research networks and to enable junior and experienced researchers to benefit from the experience of leading international experts.

The World Water Assessment Programme of the United Nations (WWAP), established by UNESCO in 2000 responded to a call of the Commission on Sustainable Development, in 1998, to all UN agencies to combine their efforts with a view towards monitoring and periodically reporting the status of global freshwater resources in order to provide policy recommendations, enhance assessment capacity at a national level and inform the decision-making process. Since its establishment, WWAP effectively coordinates this periodic assessment and publishes every three years the authoritative World Water Development Report (WWDR) which results from comprehensive UN-wide cooperation of the 26 agencies of UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

It may be appropriate to recall here three key messages of the 3rd UN World Water Development Report (WWDR3), presented in Istanbul in the occasion of the 5th World Water Forum in March 2009:

• Properly managing freshwater resources is an essential component of growth, so-
cial and economic development, poverty reduction and equity - all essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals
• Leaders in the water domain have to disseminate the processes outside their domain and manage water resources to achieve agreed socioeconomic objectives and environmental integrity. Nevertheless leaders in government, the private sector and civil society will determine the direction that actions take
• Management of the world’s freshwater resources requires reliable information about the state of the resource and how it is changing in response to external drivers such as climate change and water and land use. Worldwide, water observation networks provide incomplete and incompatible data on water quantity and quality for properly managing water resources and predicting future needs”

Available for download :


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- River Restoration and Sustainable Agriculture in the Venice Lagoon Basin: the Nicolas project
- Irrigation Water Use, Conservation and Saving. Issues to Support a New Paradigm of Water Uses
- Estimating Water Balances for a Sustainable Use in Agricultural Basins
- Teledetection Techniques for Sustainable Agricultural Development
- Water, Economy and Sustainable Agriculture


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