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.
Science-Policy Workshop on Drought management in Ninh Tuan Province, Vietnam, 23-25th June 2016
In recent years, many regions in South East Asia have been strongly affected by drought disasters which are culminating during the strong El Nino year 2015/2016. The Southern Central Region in Vietnam and the Mekong River Delta have been particularly affected suffering from water shortages for domestic and agricultural water supply leading to severe socioeconomic impacts. However, such water shortages are not only caused by dry meteorological conditions but can also be blamed on over-allocation of water resources due to extremely fast socioeconomic development.
To address the management of meteorological and hydrological droughts as well as water allocation, we have invited involved institutions from regional and National level as well as ODA institutions to discuss drought monitoring options and related research for the Southern Central Region and South East Asia. Furthermore, funding options and research demand have been explored based on a well moderated science policy dialogue. In this context, a German-Vietnamese project has been prepared and was presented to the German Ministry of Science by the end of June.
The meeting took place in Ninh Tuan Province from 23-25th of June 2016, jointly organized by the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), CNRD and ITT. More information
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