The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

International G-WADI Seminar - Citizen Science for Water and Drought Management

Availability of water resources is essential for communities, as well as for agricultural and industrial activities. The generation of agrometeorological and hydrological data underpins most decision-making on water resources and is the basis for assessing risks related to water such as floods and droughts. But despite its critical societal relevance, this area of science is characterized by an acute scarcity of data in space and time (e.g., Hannah et al., 2011), which contrasts significantly with the heterogeneity and complexity of actual water management and governing processes. As such, it is pertinent to reflect upon the potential role that citizen science could play in the generation of new knowledge in relation to the water cycle and drought-related aspects, and the use of citizen science in decision-making.

As part of the project ‘A Citizen Science Approach to Drought Risk Management in Peru and Chile’, granted by Newton-Picarte Fund through the British Council as a delivery partner, carried out by Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture, through its Section of Emergencies and Management of Agricultural Risks, and within the framework of the UNESCO Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) program, the seminar invites experiences from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean on the different aspects of citizen science for water resources and drought risk management. The workshop is also a contribution to the 8th Phase of UNESCO IHP (IHP VIII 2014-2021) Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’.
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9th Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate

The Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, including flood and drought management, in accordance with the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.

The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate aims to discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention as well as to discuss future activities in this framework.
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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Drought early warning and assessment, experiences from Africa, February 28th.
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New UNEP-DHI Water Webinar Series on Flood and Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is launching a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

Flood and Drought Management webinar series will give an insight into the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting flood and drought management at all scales - from basin to catchment, to water utility and industry levels. Presentations will cover a broad range of technical tools, emerging technology advances, as well as practical experiences in applying these tools and technologies in basins and water utilities.
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Innovative Approaches and Tools for Improved Management of Floods and Droughts

This is the fourth session in the UNEP-DHI Water Innovation Webinar series, co-organized with THE ACADEMY by DHI. These Water Webinar series are targeted at water practitioners of all levels, including policy-makers, technical staff and water educators. The aim of these series of webinars is to give an insight to the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting the achievement of SDGs in a number of ways, underlining the need for, and opportunities in integrated approaches to water management.

Throughout the series, the presenters will address a broad range of aspects – from water education, to emerging possibilities in water data collection, to technical tools and planning with nature. Read More...

Making Groundwater Sustainable

Droughts in California and the Southwest, as well as growing demands and competition for water throughout much of the country, increasingly highlight the importance of groundwater. Groundwater supplies almost half the nation’s drinking water, supports irrigated agriculture, industry, and energy development, and sustains streams and ecosystems.

This National Groundwater Association (NGWA) sponsored workshop will examine how to develop and use groundwater in a sustainable manner to meet the nation’s pressing needs for food and energy while maintaining a healthy environment. Read More...