River basins provide the geographical working unit for hydrologists and water managers as their boundaries obtain all the fresh water which is potentially available in a region. Basin.info presents summarized information on selected river basins and gives an overview on some of the work which is carried out in river basins worldwide by our international group of institutions towards a more integrated management of water resources. Key objective of basin.info is to give an insight in bio-physical, institutional and socioeconomic catchment characteristics for stakeholders and researchers providing data sources and a state of the art with references. Furthermore the groups´ expertise and work approaches related to river basin assessment and management are illustrated.
Introductory video about monitoring and assessment of water resources
The need for practical training in the context of water resources will grow in the coming years because both society and governments are becoming more aware of emerging environmental problems and the consequent demand for practical methods for assessing natural resources. The CapWater project significantly contributes to the education of experts in the field of water resources sciences and management. To achieve this goal the project consortium is developing learning units and case studies in the field of (i) monitoring, (ii) data management and (iii) modelling. The introductory video about the CapWater project delivers insights into the project's three main topics and their relevance for sustainable water resources management. More information and see video
International WEF Nexus Symposium in Cologne, 11-15th July 2016
From 11-15th of July, ITT organized a WEF Nexus Symposium addressing Education and Research related to Nexus issues. We wanted to promote and present Nexus Laboratories using case studies related to the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus. The event aimed at involving partners from a variety of international Nexus related projects in presenting their case studies as “nexus laboratories” useful for enhancing educational contents and outlining future collaborative research activities. In the scope of this Nexus symposium international experts and young researchers have been invited to provide insights in ongoing research and further research demand. Different case studies with WEF-Nexus related topics at river basin scale were presented from countries such as Jordan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Colombia and also larger scales as the Mekong and Paraiba do Sul region or even global scale. The symposium aimed at expanding the network of partners related to Nexus topics and interdisciplinary regional and basin planning initiatives and offered an opportunity as an exchange platform.
Water Security Conference in Bangkok, 29.11.-01.12.2016
The Asian region has been facing many water security problems due to multiple drivers. Key concerns are related to the availability of water supplies, waste disposal and sanitation, environmental degradation and disasters related to hydro-meteorological extremes as floods, droughts and erosion. The regional joint conference “Water Security: Challenges and opportunities in Asia” will address thematic areas that are based on the sustainable development goals of UN WATER. The overall objective is to bring together relevant expertise related to water security in Asia and to bring forth an added value for network members belonging to the organizers AIT, CNRD and SWINDON. The expected outcomes will be: creating a high-ranked platform for knowledge exchange, forging regional partnerships, transfer of water security related research and management, identifying challenges and research gaps and developing of research and ODA project proposals. More information