The wisdom of the crowds? Water awareness in the European Union

An interesting survey by TNS Political and Social for the European Commission amongst more than 25,000 Europeans was completed recently. It shows large differences in awareness of water issues between various national populations. Four out of ten Europeans think they are well or very well informed about water issues, but this percentage is significantly higher in Denmark (62%) than in Latvia (16%). A surprisingly large segment of the interviewees (68%) considers that there are serious issues with water quality in Europe. Romania, France and Italy lead the way here with high levels of concern, whereas concerns are lower in countries such as Austria, Germany and Finland.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Is process enough to make big, watery dreams come true? The example of CALFED in the U.S.

Contribution by Sara Hughes NCAR (USA). There may be an unwritten rule in water governance: collaboration is key. We advocate collaboration between decision makers and stakeholders, between government departments with different responsibilities, and between actors at different scales. There are many cases that have been used to understand when and how such collaboration has occurred and with what consequences. One particular case, the case of CALFED in California, is an example of a large collaborative undertaking that worked…for about five years. But it seems that researchers are not ready to let it go. Why not? Read the rest of this entry »

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Lund conference on Earth System Governance

Several interesting papers on water governance were presented at the Lund conference on Earth System Governance.

Charlotte de Bruyne and Itay Fischhendler presented the results of research on factors which may explain the adoption of conflict resolution mechanisms (CRM’s) in transboundary agreements. Read the rest of this entry »

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IPCC releases special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working group I & II’ full report was presented on March 28, 2012. According to the IPCC, evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tool for climate adaptation policy-making

The European Commission presented “The European Climate Adaptation Platform”, an interactive web-based tool on adaptation to climate change. The European Climate Adaptation Platform is a publicly accessible, web-based platform, designed to support policy-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels in the development of climate change adaptation measures and policies. According to the European Commission adaptation means “anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the damage they can cause“.

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Mainstreaming climate considerations in European river basins

Despite the fact that mainstreaming of climate change into existing European Uinion sectoral policies is a key aim, empirical knowledge of how it works in practice remains scarce. A just accepted article in Environment and Planning C by Stijn Brouwer, Tim Rayner and Dave Huitema explores to what degree climate considerations are taken into account in the implementation of one of the most influential pieces of European water legislation, the Water Framework Directive, and more importantly, assesses possible explanations for the geographical variability in levels of mainstreaming observed. Read the rest of this entry »

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New handbook on cross-border partnerships

Jan van der Molen and Hannah Ietswaard, two civil servants working at the Dutch Water Board Velt and Vecht, published a handbook on cross-border partnerships. In this handbook they combine the insights which they have gained during many years of involvement in cross-border projects with up to date theoretical knowledge on network management, change management, partnerships and  cross-border cooperation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Water and climate change adaptation in transboundary basins

On 25 and 26 April 2012, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe organizes their third workshop on water and climate change in transboundary region in Geneva, Switzerland. The organizers state the following: “This workshop will bring together persons from all over the world, engaged in activities on water and adaptation to climate change and variability, in particular in transboundary basins. The workshop offers a platform for exchanging experience on climate change adapatation strategies, best practices, success factors and lessons learned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Corporate engagement with water, beyond the privatization debate

By Farhad Mukhtarov. Like it or not, there are strong private interests involved in managing water resources. Water is being bought and sold, in bottles and in concession contract for the right to supply drinking water. And often, it is the source of lucrative profits made from the sales of a resource that buyers may actually already have in abundance, as Richard Wilk argues in his popular paper. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Water Day announcement

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This years’ theme is “Water and Security; The World is Thirsty, Because We are Hungry ” Read the rest of this entry »

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