At its 58th session, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2006 to be the International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD). In so doing, the General Assembly underlines its deep concern for the exacerbation of desertification, particularly in Africa, and notes its far-reaching implications for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which must be met by 2015.
This website contains information on the IYDD, news, events, links and publications.
Action Against Hunger is currently working on specific angles of research: whilst it is continuing to improve its knowledge on nutrition, it is concentrating its efforts more specifically on the concepts of "food security" and "conflict prevention". Water and Sanitation is one of its area of activity.
AQUADOC-INTER is a network of national water information centers which
offers an integrated and multi-lingual access to documentary resources
as well as to research and expertise by associated countries, notably
those participating in the Réseau International des Organismes de Bassin
Aqua is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission will be collecting about the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea ice, land ice, and snow cover on the land and ice. Additional variables also being measured by Aqua include radiative energy fluxes, aerosols, vegetation cover on the land, phytoplankton and dissolved organic matter in the oceans, and air, land, and water temperatures.
AQUASTAT is FAO's global information system of water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Development Division. The objective of AQUASTAT is to provide users with comprehensive information on the state of agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition.
This programme is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). It promotes the concept of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) as a new approach to flood management.
This website has information about integrated flood management, publications, events, case studies and access to the programme newsletter.
Only space-based monitoring can measure water vapour concentrations on a global basis, either measuring vertical columns of water vapour or assessing atmospheric humidity through a cross-section of the atmosphere. Detailed mapping of water vapour promises to help increase the accuracy of weather predictions, especially for rainfall.
The Blue Plan provides the Mediterranean countries with useful information for implementing
sustainable socio-economic development that does not result in
degradation of the environment. Its activities programme includes a general mission of observation, evaluation and exploration in the relationships between populations, the environment and development, as well as studies and summaries on themes that are priorities for the Mediterranean Basin as a whole and certain bordering countries or their
Both ENDS is a support centre for environmental organisations in the South (and, more recently, in the Eastern and Central Europe) to help them locate relevant information and to facilitate their contacts with ‘Northern’ organisations, policy makers and compatible donors. Sustainable land use and water management is the central theme of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability, which is an online collection of innovative, people-oriented environment initiatives, and a meeting place, to exchange experiences and viewpoints.
The BHS was formed in 1983 in response to a recognised need for a new, broad-based national society. The Society caters for those with an interest in the inter-disciplinary subject of hydrology, and aims to promote interest and scholarship in scientific and applied aspects of hydrology and to foster the involvement of its members in national and international activities.
usiness and Professional Women (IFBPW) Taskforce Women for Water focuses on bridging gaps between principles and practice in sustainable water management and in particular on the role of women in this process. The key question is not whether gender should be a major element in improving water management, but how gender issues can be incorporated into better water management schemes.
BPD is a project-based initiative that studies, supports and promotes strategic examples of partnerships involving business, civil society and government working together for the development of communities around the world. The Water and Sanitation cluster is a co-initiative from Générale des Eaux (Vivendi), WaterAid and the World Bank Group. It aims at identifying specific lessons learned about partnerships from existing projects which are providing responsive and affordable water services to urban poor and to demonstrate that these can be replicated and scaled up to national and regional levels.
Cap-Net, a UNDP project, aims to foster human resources development for Integrated Water Resources Management. Cap-Net has a mandate to assist the collaboration between capacity building institutes and establish improved management of water resources. Cap-Net is GWP's key-mechanism for capacity building in IWRM.
The Centre for Groundwater Studies is an international cooperative research and education venture with strong focus on processes of groundwater recharge, discharge, contamination, remediation and management. It addresses major land and water resources issues in Australia and overseas through interdisciplinary research by its member organisations, agencies and companies.
The scientific research interests of the centre are focused on two areas: hydrological modelling of wetlands and ecological and management issues. Primary research is focused on collecting hydro-morphological data, processes data and carrying out hydrological modelling. In order to assess the measurement techniques for riparian wetlands; GIS and remote sensing techniques for land-use mapping in waterlogged areas; evaluate of hydrological models for their accuracy in modelling water flows in natural rivers and floodplains. Secondarily, the centre focuses on reference sites and wetlands management. The main objectives are to derive nature protection goals including anthropogenic influences (eg, extensive agriculture) and their impact on water management (in wetlands and in the catchment) and define terms of sustainability for wetland areas.
The Centre for Hydrogeology (CHYN) is research and education centre in the field of groundwater. One of its missions is to provide students with theoretical and applied knowledge that enables them to address groundwater management issues, to solve problems related to groundwater quality and quantity, and to carry out research on a higher level.
COHRE is an international NGO promoting the human right to water at the international, regional and national levels through law and policy publications, training and multi-stakeholder discussions, strategic law reform and advocacy.