- UNESCO and the Dominican Republic establish new Category II Centre
- The UNESCO Secretariat of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development invites you to participate in the new collection of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Good Practices in Addressing Climate Change
- Yellow River Conservancy Commission awarded Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize
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- 13th Biennial ERB 2010 Conference on "Hydrological Responses of Small Basins to a Changing Environment"
- 1st International Congress of Flatlands Hydrology (1er Congreso Internacional de Hidrología de Llanuras)
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UNESCO and the Dominican Republic establish new Category II Centre
Mrs. Irina Bokova (UNESCO) and Mr. Francisco Rodriguez (INDRHI)
UNESCO and the government of the Dominican Republic signed an agreement on 8 March 2010 establishing, under the auspices of UNESCO, the Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Mr. Francisco Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos, were present to sign the agreement.
The centre will perform the following functions per the agreement:
- promote and perform scientific research on water management in the region, and hydrologic aspects thereof;
- promote and facilitate applications of technology towards better practical use of water;
- expand and coordinate research activities, in cooperation with the various international agencies and the relevant entities of the States of the region, most particularly by taking advantage of the scientific and professional capacities of the region, as well as using the corresponding networks of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP);
- organize and implement activities for knowledge and information transfer for training and upgrading the human resource base for sustainable water resources management, and for hydrological aspects of interest to the States of the region;
- provide reliable information on water resources and their sustainable management by improving the transfer and sharing of information strategies, and the means of dissemination and assimilation of such information;
- deliver consulting and technical advice in the region and in other countries, as requested by the interested parties and in fulfillment of the Centre’s objectives;
- issue scientific and technical publications and informative materials in the form and formats deemed appropriate, on the issues of sustainable water resources management and related and/or supplementary themes, as well as on hydrological aspects of interest to the States of the region.
The UNESCO Secretariat of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development invites you to participate in the new collection of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Good Practices in Addressing Climate Change
Since 2007, UNESCO has published a number of collections in its Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Good Practices series:
While the main aim of the collection is to provide for an exchange of experiences among stakeholders, its other envisaged uses include:
- resource materials in the preparation of different ESD progress reports;
- input to provide examples of practice for the DESD website;
- input into related international events, including several UNESCO and UN events on education and climate
- Each stakeholder or organization can send a maximum of 3 good practices indicating the priority 1, 2 or 3 (only selected good practices will be included in the compilation to be published, while relevant ones will be posted on the website).
- Good practices should be about addressing climate change issues through ESD.
- The use of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge can be either a valuable component of a good practice submitted or be submitted as a separate good practice, e.g. how this is used to promote ESD in light of climate change.
In order to enable the inclusion of the selected good practices in the document to be published, the deadline for submission of completed templates is 30 June 2010 at the latest. Templates should be sent electronically to the following e-mail address: email@example.com with as subject: ESD Good Practices – Climate Change.
The completed templates can be submitted in English or French. Please make sure that the text is properly edited prior to the submission.
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Yellow River Conservancy Commission awarded Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize
The Singapore International Water Week today announced that the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) has been awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2010, a prestigious award that recognises outstanding contributions towards solving global water problems by either applying technologies or implementing policies and programmes which benefit humanity. With its success in transforming China’s second-longest river, YRCC outshone 49 other nominees to become the third recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.
The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Council recognised YRCC’s remarkable progress in overcoming natural and man-made challenges through innovative and sustainable policies and solutions that have enabled the Yellow River to flow unabated over the last 10 years. YRCC’s integrated water allocation programme balances water availability with social, economic and ecological developments. The improved, reliable supply of water brought about by YRCC’s efforts have benefitted and enhanced the quality of life for over one hundred million people both in the basin and in regions served by the river. Large areas of wetlands and biodiversity in Yellow River Delta have also been restored over the years, returning life and vitality to the river.
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13th Biennial ERB 2010 Conference on "Hydrological Responses of Small Basins to a Changing Environment"
2-8 September 2010: Seggau Castle, Austria
1st International Congress of Flatlands Hydrology (1er Congreso Internacional de Hidrología de Llanuras)
21-24 September 2010: Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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International Workshop on Advances in Flood Forecasting and the Implications for Risk Management
25-26 May 2010: Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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29 September – 1 October 2010: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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17-22 October 2010: Queretaro, Mexico
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Lecturer Business Economy – Department of Management and Institutions – UNESCO-IHE
The Department of Management and Institutions (MaI) provides postgraduate education and training in the area of water management to professionals with backgrounds in engineering, social science or management; carries out research in this area and supports the development of education and research capacity in universities and other knowledge centres in the developing world. The Department has two Core Groups: Water Services Management and Water Resources Management. This department has a vacancy for Lecturer Business Economy. The staff member will be positioned in the Water Services Management (WSM) Core Group. The new staff member will contribute to the activities of the Core Group in education, research and projects.
Did you know...? Facts and figures about Estonia
- Estonia’s annual average surface water availability is 12 billion m3 and the groundwater potential is 3.2 billion m3.
- The rivers are characterized by short flow distances and low flow rates. Only 10 rivers are longer than 100 km. The longest is the Võhandu (162 km) and the largest is the Narva, with a catchment area of 56,200 km2, only about one-third of which is within Estonia.
- Of Estonia’s approximately 1,200 lakes, half have a surface area of less than 0.03 km2. The largest, Lake Peipsi, covering some 3,500 km2, is the fourth largest lake in Europe. It was the subject of in-depth case studies in the first and second editions of the World Water Development Report.
- Water consumption has decreased significantly since Estonia regained its independence in 1992. For a quick comparison, combined water use in 2006 was half that of 1992. Between 1992 and 2007, agricultural water consumption decreased by almost a factor of seven, and the average price of water increased nearly 25 times. Daily per capita water consumption fell from 188 litres in 1992 to 90 litres in 2007. The main reasons for the abrupt decrease in overall water use were the introduction of a water use charge, an increased unit price, the closure of a pulp factory in the capital, Tallin, adoption of water saving technology in industry, and reductions in numbers of livestock and in agricultural production after the system of collective farms collapsed.
- Groundwater resources are used mainly for municipal water supply and to some extent in industrial processes.
- In line with the price increase and deployment of water saving technology, groundwater consumption decreased by one-third from 1992 and amounted to 50 million m3 in 2006.
The section "Did You Know…?" is taken from the 3rd World Water Development Report "Water in a Changing World".
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