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​Topic: Water
​ As populations increase, especially in dryland areas, more and more people are becoming dependent on fresh water supplies in lands that are becoming degraded. This is not sustainable. Water security, like food security, is becoming a major national and regional priority in many areas of the world. The implementation of the UNCCD has a significant role in the sustainable availability of clean, adequate and safe water for human consumption and economic development.

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Articles related to: Water

 Articles related to: Water

Capacity building is vital for Africa
​Speakers at the session Water Security: Opportunities for the 21st Century emphasized the need for increased capacity building if Africa is going to meet its water and sanitation goals.

Royal Society and DFID launch fund for African research
​A £15.3 million (US$24 million) fund to build links between African research laboratories and strengthen their research.

Where Middle East and North Africa Water Leaders Engage
The World Bank Institute (WBI)’s Urban Water Program works together with the Arab Water Academy (in the United Arab Emirates) to promote capacity building in the water sector in The Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Good Practice Guides
The Good Practice Guide series presents policy considerations, management tools, market-based instruments, and capacity-building methods that support biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in a number of different development sectors. Each guide in the series is composed of a booklet and accompanying power point presentation.

Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in sustainable water management
It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector.

Ecological Sciences for Sustainable Development - Training Materials
Education, communication, and public awareness are essential elements in ensuring improvements in the quality of life of all people and their environment, eradication of poverty, reducing inequalities and promoting sustainable development.
Environmental education is key for respecting nature and for achieving international agendas, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD, 2005-2014).

National Action Programme alignment workshop for Northeast, Southeast and South Asia
The workshop held from the 12 to the 14th of March, 2013 brought together representatives from 24 Asian countries to build their capacities to align their National Action Programmes to combat desertification with the 10-Year Strategy of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Fighting over groundwater: water companies vs. environmentalists
Yet the owners of Catfield Fen fear groundwater abstraction by a local farm could be imperilling the delicate ecosystem.Catfield Fen and its neighbour Sutton Fen, both near the east Norfolk coast, are home to more than 90% of the UK’s population of fen orchids.
One step for managing groundwater resources on the demand side, for instance, is the introduction of mandatory household meters to better monitor water use.

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country
If global carbon emissions continue on current trends and sea levels are affected by climate change about as much as expected, about 2.6 percept of the global population (about 177 million people) will be living in a place at risk of regular flooding. in this page you can also see the effect in other scenarios.

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Is Dry for First Time in 600 Years
Once the fourth largest lake in the world, Central Asia's shrinking Aral Sea has reached a new low, thanks to decades-old water diversions for irrigation and a more recent drought. Satellite imagery released this week by NASA shows that the eastern basin of the freshwater body is now completely dry.

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil: May help protect waterways from excess nitrogen from industry
Ecologists working in central Pennsylvania forests have found that forest top soils capture and stabilize the powerful fertilizer nitrogen quickly, within days, but release it slowly, over years to decades. The discrepancy in rates means that nitrogen can build up in soils. Forests may be providing an unappreciated service by storing excess nitrogen emitted by modern agriculture, industry, and transport before it can cause problems for waterways

Groundwater patches play important role in forest health, water quality
Patches of soaked soil act as hot spots for microbes removing nitrogen from groundwater and returning it to the atmosphere. The discovery provides insight into forest health and water quality.

 Publications realted to: Water

 Publications related to: Water


United Nations World Water Development Report 4: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

The fourth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR4) seeks to offer governments, the private sector and civil society, the tools to response to options to address current and future challenges related to the pressures driving demand for water, and affecting its availability. The WWDR4, which for the first time has been mainstreamed for gender, also seeks to show that water has a central role in all aspects of economic development and social welfare, and that concerted action via a collective approach of the water-using sectors is needed to ensure water’s many benefits are maximized and shared equitably, and that development goals pertaining to water are achieved.

Research and Capacity Development on Water Resources Management by the United Nations University: Focus on Africa

This publication addresses the concerted efforts to bring together the activities of UNU on water in Africa, as showcased at the 12th WaterNet Symposium in October 2011. WaterNet is a regional network of university departments and research and training institutes in Southern and East Africa that specialise in water. The network aims to build regional, institutional and human capacity in integrated water resources management (IWRM) through training, education research and outreach by harnessing the complementary strengths of member institutions in the region and elsewhere. At the time of the symposium, UNW-DPC brought together six UNU institutes and programmes to showcase and discuss with scientists and decision makers their examples of water-related reserach and capacity development.  

Building Capacity to Monitor Water Quality- A First Step to Cleaner Water in Developing Countries

One of the key challenges to ensuring adequate supplies of fresh water and sanitary wastewater systems is to build the capacity of various stakeholders to manage and deliver water and sanitation services. One element of such capacity building is technology which includes the wide deployment of water quality monitoring and analysis equipment. This report explores four cases in China, India, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei, where water-quality monitoring and protection capacity has been improved through the use of imported water-quality monitoring equipment combined with indigenous implementation.

Open Access publication on Soil Health and Land Use Management

This book showcases a multidisciplinary composition of current trends in soil health.

Manual de manejo de suelo y riego deficitario para el cultivo de la quinua

The manual provides an overview of the soil conditions, reports on the problems related to soil and water degradation under current and future conditions. It also gives information on the handling of nutrients for the cultivation of quinoa and suggests soil conservation techniques to reduce the occurrence of erosion.

African Water Cycle Monitor Tutorial

This tutorial examines the main features of the African Water Cycle Monitor web-interface. Its capabilities include the animation of spatial data information, point data visualization, and download of data in both space and time. It shows not only the historical and present conditions but also the daily and monthly meteorological and hydrologic forecasts.

Programme on Capacity Building in Hydrology and Water Resource Management

This initiatives hopes to educate and train the relevant personnel about the importance of hydrological activities, and aims to offer support through technical cooperation activities.

Capacity Building for Water Supply and Sanitation Development at Local Level

Throughout Africa, both the engagement of local people in their own development and ensuring sustainability are two enduring problems. To ensure the proper functioning of government, particularly at local level, and the efficient delivery of services, the abilities and skills of local people need to be built.  It is important to develop, in conjunction with all role players, a rational and well considered framework for these activities.

Capacity Building for the Water sector in Mexico: An analysis of recent efforts

Present and future improvements in efficiency of the water sector in Mexico  depend on the development of a cadre of well trained professional managers in the public and private sectors, as well as the strengthening of the private and public sector institutions. This paper analyses several important exercises on capacity building in Mexico which took place during the decade of 1990-2000.

Asian Development Bank Capacity Building Assistance for managing water supply and sanitation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted a number of its Pacific developing member countries in the area of water supply and sanitation. The main issues to be dealt with were water shortage, water and land usage, and constraints of financial and human capital.
The ADB assisted these countries in terms of loans and technical assistance  aimed at improving the operational and financial performance of water utilities, enabling them to provide better services to their clients and to become less dependent on government subsidies. However, it was evident that institutional and infrastructure changes were in order for these goals to be achieved.

Strengthening National Capacities to Manage Water Scarcity and Drought in West Asia and North Africa

The project’s main objective is to strengthen the capacities of national planners, policy makers and stakeholders in water-scarce countries in West Asia/North Africa, and to enhance their effectiveness in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of pre-impact and preparedness drought management strategies.

Civil society: Stewards of the Land

The livelihoods of 2 billion people are under direct threat from desertification / land degradation and drought. Climate change is eroding the precious life-support systems – the land and the ecosystem services we all depend on. CSOs are vital and strategic partners in efforts to improve the conditions of the most vulnerable land-dependent people and in moving global decisions on land, climate change and biodiversity forward. No one should be left behind.

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