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.
After a Political-Technical Nexus Dialogue in Latin American region, organized at the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division of ECLAC/CEPAL in Santiago de Chile, a training workshop was held together with the regional representatives of the GIZ Nexus Dialogue Programme as well as with lectures from ILPES, CEPAL and from the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics(ITT), Technical University of Cologne.The participants - all working in public institutions - came from 12 countries representing different sectors (Water, Energy, Agriculture and Planning); each with a different task related to “the Nexus”. The overall objective of the training was therefore to support them in the implementation of a Nexus approach in their activities. Further objectives were: 1. to provide them with an overview on Nexus concepts, assessment tools and potential governance related implementation measures, 2. to raise awareness about the challenges related to the individual sectors and the complexity arising from the interconnections between them and 3. to inform them about tools and mechanisms that promote Nexus friendly planning.
The Tropiseca project is a DAAD funded academic network focusing on research and education related to tropical drought and hydrology. Our annual meeting was hosted by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in San José. UCR is the largest public university in Central America with excellent facilities, attracting students and researchers from all Latin-American countries and worldwide. During the meeting, we presented and discussed our results and publications related to tropical drought risk assessment and drought characterization of our case study basins: the Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica; Magdalena Basin, Colombia and the Paute Basin in Ecuador. In addition, we worked on joint Learning Units and the curriculum of the MSc program on "Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (IWRM-LAC)" to be established at the Department of Geography, University of Costa Rica (UCR) that is expected to be inaugurated in August 2019. In the scope of an open workshop, UCR invited key stakeholders and researchers to have a debate on potential synergies, societal research and educational demand in the context of climate change and droughts in the LAC region.
We developed a variety of training materials and concepts related to the WEF Security Nexus in the scope of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Program Phase I (2016 – 2018) funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The overall objective is to promote the dialogue and a stronger cross-sectoral collaboration between the water, energy, agricultural and environment related sectors to improve decision-making processes. The program involves five regional Nexus dialogues, which are active in the Niger Basin, Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central Asia (Aral Sea region) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and involves national and regional policy makers, the private sector, academia and civil society. We developed two training modules that present hands-on tools and instruments on how to approach these challenges in practice: 1. Introduction to the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus, 2. WEF Nexus case studies from Europe and Germany.