River basins provide the geographical boundary for hydrologists and water managers. River basin-, watershed- or catchment drainage areas collect and distribute all the freshwater that is locally available from precipitation. Societies and water users rely on the water resources that are available at river basin scale. aims at delivering systematic information about river basins for researchers and stakeholders and summerizes available information about bio-physical, institutional and socioeconomic river basin characteristics including data sources and references related to concluded research.





Scholarships available for MSc Program in Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (IWRM-LAC)San José, Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica (UCR), School of Geography, is offering a new MSc Program in Integrated Water Resources Management with focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. The second generation will start in August 2022 and is looking for students from all LAC countries and Germany.

The MSc Program is implemented at the UCR in the scope of a DAAD funded project “Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean – IWRM LAC” in the program: “Transnational Education - Degree Programs offered abroad by German Institutions”. The project is coordinated by the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln, Germany.  

The study covers a period of four semesters. The internationally oriented MSc Program gives the opportunity to students from Latin America and the Caribbean to start their studies in San José and to spend an exchange semester at ITT, TH Cologne, Germany. Courses in Costa Rica are taught in Spanish and English. The teaching language at the ITT is English. The curriculum of the MSc Program IWRM-LAC is framed after the MSc Program: “Integrated Water Resources Management” currently offered at ITT, TH Köln (LINK).

The inauguration ceremony for the first intake of students was held virtually on August 10, 2020. Due to the required social distancing caused by the COVID-19, all lectures are taking place in a virtual learning environment. Four students from Costa Rica arrived in Cologne in August 2021 to study the 3rd semester in ITT´s MSc IWRM.

Water Security and Climate Change Conference in Vietnam, 01-03 March, 2021

Our fifth Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) was hosted by the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) in Hanoi on March 01-03, 2021.

The WSCC is an initiative of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed’ program, and has been implemented since 2016 under the auspices of the Centres for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD: LINK) and the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON) network. The scientific committee includes the Food Security Centre (FSC) as well as the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Achieving water security in the face of rapid change – in demography, economies, geopolitics and climate - is one of the major challenges for societies today, on both a global and local level. Hence, the series of WSCCs aims to bring together scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from around the world and from various sectors and disciplines to exchange knowledge and discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relation to climate variability and change.

 DAAD funded Online Summer School “From Data to Decision – Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus”  in September 2021

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) holds a five-week programme “From Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus”. The summer school provides up to date information on water, energy and food resources management and how to assess nexus systems, enhancing the ability to create information that is valuable to decision makers.. Participants are MSc and PhD students from different disciplines, future professionals in the cross-sectoral field of sustainable resources management. The summer school course covers the following content: Introduction to Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Thinking,Water, Energy and Food Securities – concepts, dimensions and indicators to measure WEF Securities,WEF Nexus data and assessment tools: qualitative, quantitative and governance related tools, Nexus Governance Solutions and Nexus sound solutions and technologies that support integrated resources management.
A virtual Nexus course based on the materials developped will be published in December 2021.

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