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- ICIWaRM, the International Hydroinformatics Centre and UNESCO Collaborate on Water Resources Training Workshop in Paraguay
- UNESCO-PCCP co-organizes event on water law in the Mediterranean
- UNESCO-IHP HELP International Symposium on "Restoring and Managing Rivers for Future", 13-15 April Daegu, Korea
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- 2nd annual International Law & Transboundary Freshwaters Workshop 2011
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- 2011 World Water Week: Responding to Global Changes - Water in an Urbanising World
- Tropical Montane Cloud Forests – International Hydrology Series – Edited by L.A. Bruijnzeel, F.N. Scatena and L.S. Hamilton
- Transboundary Aquifers in Asia: a Preliminary Inventory and Assessment – Technical Documents in Hydrology – UNESCO Office of Beijing, UNESCO Office of Jakarta and Regional Bureau for Science in Asia and the Pacific
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Featured Publication: The Impact of Global Change on Water Resources: The Response of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme
This brochure provides an overview of the likely effects of global change (population growth, climate change, urbanization, expansion of infrastructure, migration, land conversion and pollution) on water resources and the International Hydrology Programme’s response to these challenges. It reflects information about the water related impacts of climate change as documented in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the most comprehensive scientific assessment of this issue to date.
ICIWaRM, the International Hydroinformatics Centre and UNESCO Collaborate on Water Resources Training Workshop in Paraguay
Staff from the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), a US-hosted UNESCO category 2 centre, taught a Hydrology and Hydraulics training course in Asuncion, Paraguay, from 21 – 30 March. This course was hosted by the Centro Internacional de Hidroinformática (International Hydroinformatics Centre), a category 2 center co-sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil. UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme office in Montevideo, Uruguay sponsored many of the participants from neighboring countries.
Over 25 participants from Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Chile participated in the workshop. It featured training sessions on software programs developed by HEC. Programs addressed in the workshop included HEC-HMS (Hydrologic Modeling System), HEC-RAS (River Analysis System), and HEC-ResSim (Reservoir Simulation). The workshop included two days of real-life problem solving where the participants shared their project models and instructors worked with them on trouble-shooting their problems.
ICIWaRM website | International Hydroinformatics Centre website | IHP Latin American and Caribbean
UNESCO-PCCP co-organizes event on water law in the Mediterranean
On 25-28 March 2009, UNESCO-PCCP co-organized with the University of Novi Sad a workshop on "Law of Water Management in the Mediterranean – Past, Present, Future" at the European University Institute (EUI) Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies’ (RSCAS) 10th Mediterranean Research Meeting, Montecatini Therme, Italy. The papers presented at this workshop are gathered in a new publication consisting of eleven specific case studies from all over the Mediterranean region (and a bit beyond).
Publication "Water Law and Policy in the Mediterranean" EUI website | University of Novi Sad website
UNESCO-IHP HELP International Symposium on "Restoring and Managing Rivers for Future", 13-15 April Daegu, Korea
UNESCO-IHP HELP, in association with the International Hydrologic Environmental Society (IHES) and Daegu Metropolitan City, Gyeongbuk Province, organized the International Symposium on "Restoring and Managing Rivers for Future" in Daegu, South Korea from 13-15 April 2011. The main objective of this symposium was to synthesize river basin knowledge, which can facilitate restoration of water quality and ecosystem health through storm water management, floodplain loss reduction, sedimentation and pollution control, improvement of water quality, securing recreation areas, community education and provision of ecosystem services through appropriate cropping systems. The symposium discussions helped formulate a number of recommendations for accelerating progress toward ecological sustainable restoration and enhancement of river systems using successful examples from South Korea. The participants called for leadership from lending institutions, national governments and river basin managers to substantially increase investment and facilitate real-world demonstration and implementation of ecologically sustainable restoration and management of river basins.
Conference Programme | For further Information contact Shahbaz Khan
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2nd annual International Law & Transboundary Freshwaters Workshop 2011
1-5 August 2011: Dundee, United Kingdom
Featured International Events
2011 World Water Week: Responding to Global Changes - Water in an Urbanising World
21-27 August 2011: Stockholm, Sweden
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Tropical Montane Cloud Forests
International Hydrology Series – Edited by L.A. Bruijnzeel, F.N. Scatena and L.S. Hamilton
This volume represents a uniquely comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on tropical montane cloud forests. 72 chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics including cloud forest distribution, climate, soils, biodiversity, hydrological processes, hydrochemistry and water quality, climate change impacts, and cloud forest conservation, management, and restoration. The final chapter presents a major synthesis by some of the world's leading cloud forest researchers, which summarizes our current knowledge and considers the sustainability of these forests in an ever-changing world. This book presents state-of-the-art knowledge concerning cloud forest occurrence and status, as well as the biological and hydrological value of these unique forests. The presentation is academic but with a firm practical emphasis. It will serve as a core reference for academic researchers and students of environmental science and ecology, as well as practitioners (natural resources management, forest conservation) and decision makers at local, national, and international levels.
Transboundary Aquifers in Asia: a Preliminary Inventory and Assessment
Technical Documents in Hydrology – UNESCO Office of Beijing, UNESCO Office of Jakarta and Regional Bureau for Science in Asia and the Pacific
This publication is a compilation of research papers prepared as a contribution to a transboundary aquifer inventory in Asia under UNESCO-IHP VII theme on Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management. As a regional atlas, this volume presents hydrogeological data and other information crucial to the future sustainability of transboundary aquifers in the region.
The volume is organized into three parts: a) groundwater conditions in Asia, b) regional major transboundary aquifers inventory and c) case studies from country/basin level.
The publication also provides a factual backdrop to the Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers (A/RES/63/124) by a lead expert of the United Nations International Law Commission.
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Did you know...? Facts and figures about trends in water use
- With rapid population growth, water withdrawals have tripled over the last 50 years.
- This trend is explained largely by the rapid increase in irrigation development stimulated by food demand in the 1970s and by the continued growth of agriculture-based economies.
Expected trends over the next 50 years:
- There is still substantial uncertainty on the scale of future demands. Between 2000 and 2050 the world's population is projected to grow from 6 billion to 9 billion, and demand for food and other goods will increase significantly.
- The Mediterranean Action Plan is exploring possible futures for agriculture-based economies that are most vulnerable to anticipated climate change effects.
The section "Did You Know…?" is taken from the 3rd World Water Development Report "Water in a Changing World".
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