The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Central American and Caribbean Workshop on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Predictability of the Mid-Summer Drought

Make sure to register before the end of the month if you're interested in attending the December training event "Central American and Caribbean Workshop on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Predictability of the Mid-Summer Drought."

To advance the understanding of the subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) physical mechanisms and sources of predictability related to the mid-summer drought characteristics, the Central American and Caribbean Workshop on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Predictability will have a special focus on these issues. The participants will be exposed to different tools to monitor and analyze canícula’s characteristics, and to assess its S2S predictability and skill. The workshop is designed to have a strong component (approx. 70%) of practical sessions and “real-world exercises." The classes will be given in both English and Spanish. Read More...

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’.

Public Session on the United Nations World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-Based Solutions for Water

Under the auspices of the EU Bulgarian Presidency, the MEP Water Group and the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO are co-organising a public session on the new United Nation World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2018 ‘Nature-Based Solutions for Water’ on the 22nd of May at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The WWDR2018 demonstrates how nature-based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means to address many of the world’s water challenges, while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development. The main policy messages and findings from the report will be presented during the public session, followed by a high-level panel discussion.

SDG 6 Global Indicators - Transboundary Cooperation

This week UNECE and UNESCO will be holding technical webinars on SDG indicator 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation.” The webinars will explain the rationale behind indicator 6.5.2 and the methodology for monitoring it, and participants will have the opportunity to pose any questions they may have. They are expected to be particularly useful for the national administrations who are responsible for reporting on indicator 6.5.2.

The webinars are offered as part of the 2017 baseline process of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. They'll be offered in three languages (see below).

International Summer Program on Sustainable Water Management in an era of Big Data

When: 25 July – 5 August, 2016
Where: ICHARM, Tsukuba, Japan & The University of Tokyo
How to Register: Visit this registration page to apply by May 22
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The Summer Program explores how to develop resilience to disasters under the climate change, while providing comfortable, safe, and naturally rich environment. It considers risk of unforeseen disasters and researches how to introduce this risk into social management and planning to assure sufficient preparedness. It provides knowledge on how to exploit data and data integration functions of DIAS for this purpose.

It is mainly intended for undergraduate students, but applications by graduate and post-graduate students as well as young professionals will also be welcomed. All applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English, which will be the course language and must be able to attend the program for the whole duration. Applications from various majors and disciplines are welcomed. Read More...