Activities undertaken in the framework of IHP in the period June 2012 – May 2014
2.1 Educational activities (i.e., those with accreditation) that directly contributed to the IHP-VII/VIII (Appendix-1 and 2) and WWAP
Please include here those activities which led to accreditation of degrees, or those held in formal school settings.
– Several ICIWaRM Visiting Scholars teach graduate-level courses at their respective universities related to IWRM, climate adaptation and Conflict resolution.
– Dr. Eugene Stakhiv teaches graduate level courses on water management and climate change adaptation at Johns Hopkins U. and has Master’s degree students writing thesis, as well as sitting on PhD thesis Committees.
– Dr. Richard Meganck, whom we partially support at Oregon State University, is on a PhD committee.
– Dr. Serrat Capdevila (University of Arizona) works with several masters and PhD students.
2.2 Research activities that directly contributed to the IHP-VII and/or IHP-VIII activities
Please include research/applied projects outputs such as publications that directly contributed to the IHP-VII/VIII and WWAP objectives
– As G-WADI secretariat, supported multiple research efforts to advance satellite precipitation applications in water resources management. Provided funding and initiated collaborations between researchers and ICIWaRM team members at the University of Arizona, Princeton University, and University of California, Irvine.
o Team members from the U of A developed monitoring tools and real-time streamflow forecasting applications in the Senegal Basin using satellite precipitation measurements and numerical weather model results.
o Princeton’s Land Surface Hydrology Group developed a drought and flood monitor for operational and research use over Africa (and potentially elsewhere) using available satellite remote sensing and in-situ information and a hydrologic modeling platform and accompanying web-based user interface.
o The Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing at UC Irvine developed PERSIANN (Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks), which uses neural network functions classification procedures to estimate rainfall rates at each 0.25° x 0.25° pixel of the infrared brightness temperature image provided by geostationary satellites.
o Co-sponsored G-WADI meeting in April 2014 (G-WADI – IDI Data and Products for Hydrological Extremes“) to review stakeholder feedback on the PERSIANN satellite precipitation product, outline potential applications and future visions for satellite precipitation tools in hydrology, and identify future research and data needs in the field.
o Sponsored collaboration meetings between U of Arizona and Princeton University to improve applications of satellite precipitation for water management at the basin and continent level in 2013.
o Sponsored collaboration meeting between a UNESCO Santiago scientist and Princeton University to consider how to apply the African Flood and Drought Monitor to Latin America to improve drought and flood forecasting in the region (February 2014).
o Sponsored collaboration meeting between scientists of the AGRHYMET Centre of Niamey, Niger and the University of Arizona, April 2014 on joint research for use of satellite-based products for floods and droughts in West Africa.
o Sponsored sessions on “Advances in Satellite Precipitation and Hydrologic Applications” at American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Meeting of the Americas in Cancun, Mexico, May 2013. It highlighted G-WADI related work at the University of Arizona, University of California-Irvine and Princeton University.
– Developed the ICIWaRM Regional Analysis of Frequency Tool (ICI-RAFT), a software program which performs Regional Frequency Analysis (RFA) on rainfall data using the Method of L-moments. ICI-RAFT was formally approved by the USACE Hydraulic Engineering Center at the end of October after a thorough review.
o ICI-RAFT was presented at the 2nd EuroClima Workshop on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought”, in Natal, Brazil, on 24 – 25 October 2012. Experts from several countries in attendance have initiated collaborative efforts to use ICI-RAFT on rainfall data in their own countries.
– ICIWaRM was assigned the leadership role in the Hydrology & Climate working group of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), an international consortium developing practical guidance for decision making in planning and design under climate uncertainty. The hydrology & climate group complements three other working groups: (1) engineering and ecology lead by Conservation International and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; (2) Governance lead by the U.S. Department of State and (3) Economics and Finance lead by the World Bank. As part of this work, ICIWaRM delivered a key note address on the AGWA process for a special session in Vienna, provided input that became a signature activity for the US National IHP committee, and developed a methodology report for the World Bank.
– Dr. Richard Meganck of Oregon State University, partially supported by ICIWaRM, participates in courses at OSU and serves on the PhD committee of Ms. Carla Portugal, who is working on integrated watershed management models for application in Brazil (2014-2017).
– Provided continued support to IWR climate adaptation team in Ukraine supported by the Civilian Research Defense Fund in August, 2012.
– In April 2013, an ICIWaRM team member assisted the World Bank on its Proyecto de Manejo de la Gestión de los Recursos Hídricos in Peru. The project focused on evaluating progress in preparation of water management plans for the different basins, and was a follow-up trip to ICIWaRM-World Bank-ANA work developing the concept of Shared Vision Planning as applied to six Peruvian river basins. The results are summarized in Mendoza, G., H. Cardwell and P. Guerrero, 2013, Integrated water resources management in Peru through shared vision planning. Pp 136-139 in Free Flow: Reaching Water Security through Cooperation. UNESCO:Paris.
– An ICIWaRM team member spent four weeks during summer 2013 as an Embassy Science Fellow at the US Mission in N’Djamena to assess water management challenges and activities in the Lake Chad Basin. ICIWaRM provided the U.S. State Department with a Summary Report of this mission and supported the World Bank in a scoping mission for a potential water management project based on the findings from this effort.
– Starting in July 2013, began to assist the UNECE/OECD working group for the project “Reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change in the Dniester river basin” and the beginning or a new project on “Climate Change and Security in the Dniester River Basin”. ICIWaRM team members attended the seventh meeting for this working group, titled: “Climate Change and River Basin Management in the Dniester River Basin” meeting in Chisinau, Moldova. ICIWaRM presented the AGWA approach for water management under climate uncertainty and is now engaged in follow-up efforts to assist the working group in reducing vulnerability of the Dniester river basin to extreme floods and climate change.
– Moderated Session V: Panel on Climate and Water Resources, World Meteorological Organization “A Dialogue for Climate Services Users and Providers: Towards Implementation of the Global Framework on Climate Services”, 26-27 October, 2012.
2.3 Training activities that directly contributed to the IHP-VII/VIII and WWAP objectives
– Integrated Water Resources Management Trainings (IWRM)
o Team members conducted a Regional Strategic Shared Vision-Scenario Planning and Management Workshop for the Mekong River Commission in June 2012. The workshop supported a collaborative process to implement IWRM under a basin development strategy. The process assessed the effects of a range of population and climate scenarios and development alternatives on IWRM goals defined in the basin development strategy. More than fifty participants from the four Lower Mekong countries attended, representing National Mekong Committees, academia, other government agencies, and the MeRC secretariat.
o Conducted a sub-basin pilot workshop on Shared Vision-Scenario Planning and Management for the Nam Kam watershed in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, November 2012. The workshop was requested and co-sponsored by the Thai National Mekong Committee to support IWRM.
o Currently supporting the USAID’s Mekong-Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities (MBRACE) Program through Shared Vision and Scenario Planning and Management Workshops in Udon Thani and Phuket, Thailand to promote IWRM.
o Supported UNESCO’s December 2013 workshop on “Water Cooperation in the Nile Basin–from Concepts to Action.” Hal Cardwell presented on “Collaborative Modeling as a Tool to Implement Integrated Water Resources Management” and facilitated the working group that developed a road map for IWRM for the Nile. Aleix Serrat Capdevila presented on “Remote Sensing for Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation and facilitated the working group that developed a road map for Climate Change Adaptation for the Nile.
– Hydraulic, Hydrologic, and Reservoir Modeling Training
o Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s hydrologic modeling software program, HEC-HMS, in June 2013 in the Dominican Republic. Twenty water professionals from the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidraulicos and several other institutions attended.
o Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s hydrologic modeling software program, HEC-HMS, June 2013 at INDRHI—the parent body of the Category 2 center CEHICA in the Dominican Republic.
o Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s reservoir modeling software program, HEC-RESSIM, in April 2014 at the Category 2 center CEHICA in the Dominican Republic.
o Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s hydraulic modeling software program, HEC-RAS, in Guatemala City in April 2014. Hosted by the UNESCO Water Chair at the University of San Carlos, participants included 42 engineers, scientists, and academics from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Collaboration and linkages
3.1 Participation in major international networks, programmes, partnerships with other UN or other International Agencies, media and professional bodies
– Member, Steering Committee, Global Water Partnership (GWP).
– Member, Board of Governors, World Water Council.
– Member, North American Network of Basin Organizations (NANBO).
– Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). In collaboration with Conservation International and the World Bank, ICIWaRM and its parent institution are providing major in-kind support for two of the four task teams: Hydrology & Climate Group and Engineering & Ecology Group
– Participated in World Water Week 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden and presented on the UNESCO-IRBM panel, August 25-September 1, 2012.
– Collaborating with U.S. State Department and University of Colorado to synthesize the US’s unique contributions to the water-food-energy nexus discussion. A group of 25 government, private sector, academic, and NGO participants will meet in June 2014 to finalize the dialogue to be presented at an international meeting in fall 2014.
3.2 Participation in meetings related to the IHP and UNESCO (e.g., the UNESCO General Conference, the UNESCO Executive Board, the IHP Intergovernmental Council and/or other meetings organized by IHP)
– As G-WADI Technical Secretariat, attended all G-WADI related meetings. These included:
o “Drought Monitoring at the Country Level – Towards Regional and National Drought Mitigation and Risk Management and Planning Strategies in Africa” and a workshop on “Gender and Youth Strategies in Africa”, Niamey, Niger, October 2013; and
o Asian G-WADI meeting and Global G-WADI meetings at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, September 2013. This was in conjunction with a UNESCO workshop/training course on Remote Sensing and Eco-Hydrology in Arid Regions, and meetings of the Asian G-WADI sub-network.
– Participated in meetings for IHP Intergovernmental Council in Paris, France June 3-8, 2012.
– As member of the IHP Ecohydrology Steering Committee, ICIWaRM Director participated in the Ecohydrology workshop and Steering Committee meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, 20- 21 May 2014.
– Took important roles in at least six events related to the International Year of Water Cooperation. These included:
o Participating in panel discussion on Hydrodiplomacy at High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation, August 2013, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
o Panelist and co-rapporteur for UNESCO’s “Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation” in Nairobi, Kenya, September 2013—in particular for the Working Group on IHP-VIII Implementation meeting that examined the role of Category 2 centers, chairs, and national committees in this next phase of IHP.
o Invited talk and other participation in UNESCO-Asia’s “Dialogue on Water Challenges and Solutions for Post-2015 Agenda” (March 2013).
o Serving on the International Programme Committee and Budapest Statement Drafting Group, and as High-Level Panel moderator at the Budapest Water Summit, October 2013.
o Serving as session moderator and breakout group rapporteur at Closing Ceremony in Mexico City, 5-6 December 2013.
o Participated in “Rio+20: UNESCO”, June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
3.3 Collaboration and networking with other UNESCO category 1 or 2 institutes/ centres
3.3.1 cross-appointment of directors of the category 1 or 2 institutes or centres on the governing board
– Member, Governing Board of UNESCO-IHE.
– Member, Governing Board of CAZALAC.
– MOU with UNESCO-IHE, the Institute for Water Education, Delft.
– MOU with ICHARM, the International Center for Hazard and Risk Management, Japan.
– MOU with CAZALAC, the Center for Arid and Semi-arid Zones of LAC, Chile.
– MOU with CEHICA, the Center for Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States, Dominican Republic.
– MOU with UNESCO HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, Scotland
– MOU with IHP proper.
3.3.2 exchange of information on activities such as training/educational materials, and funding opportunities
– Attended UNESCO meetings in Santiago, Chile November 2012 and participated in a meeting of collaborators on the initiative “Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean” (MWAR-LAC). The meeting resulted in the development of new projects in semi-arid regions of Latin America, especially in collaboration with CAZALAC.
– Participated in a follow-up coordination meeting for the MWAR-LAC program, and G-WADI programs in Latin America, Montevideo, Uruguay, February 2014.
– Participated in the IHP-LAC Focal Points’ and National Committees meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2-3 December 2013. Two of the training courses in section 3.6 were conceived and agreed to at this meeting.
– Participated in the Meeting of the Regional Coordinators and Water Centers of the International Hydrological Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, in November 2012, at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (Mexico).
– Visit to ICIWaRM by Ms Zaki Shubber, Lecturer in Law and Water Diplomacy, UNESCO-IHE to discuss potential for collaboration on new water conflict management program at IHE with support from Oregon State University and Peace University of Costa Rica.
– Routine exchanges of information and scientific data with ICHARM (Japan), ERCE (Poland); CAZALAC (Chile); CEHICA (Dominican Republic); IHE-Delft; IRTCES (China); IRTCUD (Serbia); IHP-HELP (Dundee); HidroEX (Brazil); CIH (Brazil and Paraguay) and many others.
3.3.3 exchange of staff, most notably professionals and students
– HydroEx: Dr. Richard Meganck functions essentially as a liaison between ICIWaRM and HydroEx, working in part for each center. He recently published with HydroEx (Brito, Brito and Meganck, 2014, “Brazil’s Commitment to Train the Next Generation of Water Leaders: the Potential Role of UNESCO-Hidroex.”
– ERCE: Professor Maciej Zalewski, Director of the European Regional Center for Ecohydrology (ERCE), located in Lodz, Poland, visited ICIWaRM in November 2012 and presented on “Ecohydrology for the Enhancement of Resilience and Ecosystem Services of River Basins.”
– IRTCES: ICIWaRM Deputy Director visited the International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES) and the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST), both Category 2 centers in Beijing, China, in Fall 2013. IRTCES had previously visited ICIWaRM and the US Geological Survey in December 2012. Ideas for future collaboration on problems of sedimentation and erosion and on UNESCO World Heritage sites were discussed.
3.3.4 implementation of joint activities, such as workshops, conferences, training programmes, joint projects, field visits, software and data sharing, knowledge exchange and publications
– ICIWaRM contributed a scientist to a workshop from 4 to 8 November, 2013 in Kingston, Jamaica, to provide professionals with training in the application of statistical analysis to regional hydrological data sets. The workshop was organized by the UNESCO program on Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean (MWAR–LAC) and was conducted in collaboration with the Category 2 Water Center CAZALAC of Chile, UNESCO’s Cluster Bureau for the Caribbean in Jamaica and the UNESCO IHP office in Montevideo.
– ICIWaRM co-organized the International Symposium “Ecohydrology, Biotechnology and Engineering: Towards the Harmony between Biogeosphere and Society on the Basis of Long Term Ecosystem Research”, in September 2013. The meeting was hosted and organized by the European Regional Center for Ecohydrology (ERCE) and co-organized by the International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology, Portugal. ICIWaRM funding was targeting toward bring developing country scientists and engineers to the meeting. This included leadership of the Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM) in Nigeria. All told, four category 2 centers were involved.
– Together with IHP- Delft, helped organize Working Group 2 at the Hague “Water Security and Peace Conference”, Nov 14-15, 2013
3.4 Relationships with the UNESCO field and regional office whose jurisdiction covers the country of location
– Numerous interactions with UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology for Latin American and the Caribbean, Montevideo (see section 3.2).
– Numerous interactions with UNESCO-Chile, which is very active in promoting the G-WADI-LAC network.
– Considerable interaction with the regional UNESCO-Beijing office, particularly in preparation for the Global G-WADI and Asian G-WADI meetings in Beijing, September 2013.
– ICIWaRM hosted Mr. Hans Denker Thulstrup, a program specialist in natural sciences in UNESCO’s Beijing office, in the Alexandria offices of the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) in February 2014. The visit was sponsored through the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program.
– Through G-WADI, many interactions with UNESCO regional office for East Africa in Nairobi, and country offices in Egypt and Jordan.
– Hosted Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, of the IHP Secretariat, February 2013. The visit was sponsored through the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program.
3.5 Relationship with the UNESCO National Commission and the IHP National Committee in the country of location and with other organizations of other countries
– ICIWaRM’s parent entity, the US Army Corps of Engineers, is one of six permanent Federal agency members of the US-IHP committee. Attended and presented updates at all four semi-annual meetings in this biennium, and are involved in strategic planning and in drafting recommendations of the committee to the USNC for UNESCO.
– A Koen Verbist (UNESCO, Santiago) presented at the spring 2014 meeting of the UNESCO-IHP.
– Attended and presented updates at the bi-annual USNC for UNESCO meetings. Active in drafting recommendations of the Commission for the Natural Sciences.
3.6 Relationship with other UNESCO-related networks, such as UNESCO Clubs, ASPnet, and UNESCO chairs
– Co-organized April 2014 hydrologic and hydraulic modeling course in Guatemala City with the UNESCO Chair for Sustainability of Water Resources (Catedra UNESCO para la Sostenibilidad de los Recursos Hidricos), University of San Carlos. See section 2.3.
4.1 Communication and knowledge dissemination activities undertaken in the framework of IHP
– Website: www.iciwarm.org
– Website: www.gwadi.org
– Sponsored African Women, Water and Wells Photography Exhibit for World Water Day. The photographs in this exhibit debuted in two locations in Washington, D.C. in March 2013 (World Water Day and thereafter)—United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State. This exhibit had previously been featured at the 19th IHP IGC in 2012.
– Printed out and disseminated 2000 G-WADI brochures.
– Numerous presentations at the US State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, World Bank, Stockholm Water Week, NANBO, US Army Corps of Engineers, and many other venues.
4.2 Policy documents and advice
– Appointed to Board of Directors of Aqua-LAC—the Journal of the International Hydrological Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean.
– Conducting Climate Adaptation within an IWRM Framework – ‘Horizontal’ and ‘Vertical’ Integration of Management Decisions. Eugene Stakhiv, Hans Moser and Johannes Cullmann. Presented at IWRM Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, November 20-22, 2012; Third author was IHP Bureau chair Johannes Cullmann.
– Co-author on Edmunds, WM, Ramasamy, J, Mishra, A, Salih, A, Sorooshian, S, Wheater. HS and Logan, W. 2013. G-WADI—The First Decade. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, 5(1):1-5.
– “Decentralization Assessment and Capacity Development Plan: A Report for the Rwanda Integrated Water Security Program (RIWSP)” was published by RIWSP. 2013. Authors: Maria Rusca (IHE) and Sarah Sieloff (ICIWaRM).
– Giovannettone, J., F. Paredes, R. Seiler and A. Ravelo. “Effectiveness of a new method (software) to evaluate the impacts of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on rainfall in Central and South America.” (submitted to Aqua-LAC)
– Review Special issue of Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology as a follow-up to the ERCE Ecohydrology conference Sept, 2013.
– Performance Indicators in the Water Resources Management Sector (Balázs M. Fekete, Eugene Z. Stakhiv) – from Conference on ‘Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System’,(2013), Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May 2013. Conference organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP).
– Stakhiv, E.Z. presentation at Hague “Water Security and Peace Conference” on Systems Analysis as a Bridge between Diplomats, Politicians, Technocrats
and the Public Nov 14-15, 2013
Update on Centre Operations
5.1 Membership of the Board of Governors between designated period
Advisory Board members include:
– Region I: Mr Ibrahim Gurer (Turkey)
– Region II: Mr G. Jolánkai (Hungary)
– Region III: Mr Rubem La Laina Porto (Brazil)
– Region IV: Mr Liu Heng (China)
– Region Va: Mr Dhesigen Naidoo (South Africa)
– Region Vb: Mr Ahmed Murad (United Arab Emirates)
– The IHE Rector or his/her representative (Mr Michael McClain)
– The Director General of UNESCO or his/her representative (Ms Blanca Jimenez)
– The Executive Director of the US National Commission for UNESCO (Ms. Alison Wright)
– The Chair of the US National Committee for IHP (Mr. Jerad Bales)
– The Asst Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ex-officio Chair) (Ms. Jo Ellen Darcy)
5.2 Key decisions made (attach minutes of meetings)
Minutes available on request.
Evidence of the Centre’s Impacts
6.1 Science Impacts (Major contributions to the science, technology, education, and regional and/or international cooperation in the field of water)
– Supported research and collaborations on the application of satellite based precipitation data in water resources management by multiple universities.
6.2 Knowledge Transfer Impacts (Major achievements in the dissemination of knowledge and technology transfer)
– Provided multiple international trainings on hydraulic, hydrologic, and reservoir modeling to support integrated water resources management activities.
– Article by UNESCO Regional Hydrologist for Latin America and the Caribbean on “Water Education: key to advancing water security in Central America and the Caribbean” highlighting several 2014 training courses given by ICIWaRM in collaboration with CEHICA and the Guatemala water chair. See http://www.unesco.org/new/es/office-in-montevideo/about-this-office/single-view/news/educacion_en_agua_clave_para_avanzar_hacia_la_seguridad_hidrica_en_centroamerica_y_el_caribe/#.U3oZIXZYRW1.
6.3 Policy Impacts (advice sought by government and other bodies and evidence of inputs into policy arena)
– ICIWaRM is a leader of US National IHP Committee, and influences the policies and programs of US-IHP, and US National UNESCO Commission
– Dept of State, USAID and US Water Partnership have come to rely on ICIWaRM for policy advice and UNESCO related interactions throughout the world. The June 2014 meeting on the water-food-energy nexus was requested of ICIWaRM by the U.S. State Department.
– With major financial support by USAID, ICIWaRM has conducted multiple Shared Vision-Scenario Planning pilot studies throughout Southeast Asia to promote integrated water resources management. This includes policy-sensitive areas such as the Lower Mekong River Basin.
– At request of the World Bank, ICIWaRM has been a leader in development of framework for water resources management under climate change uncertainty under the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). World Bank is increasing interested in engaging our scientists and engineers to work on their projects.
– Often invited to present at the U.S. State Dept.-chaired Interagency Water Working Group, most recently in November 2013 on IHP-VIII and the potential role of Category 2 centers in its implementation.
– Invited to present to staff of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), most recently in April 2014.
Future activities that will contribute directly to IHP and/or to WWAP
7.1 Operational Plan (attach if available)
7.2 Strategic Plan linked with IHP-VIII (Appendix 2)
(attach strategic plan if available)
Strategic Alignment with IHP-VIII
8.1 Focal areas within IHP-VIII the centre plans to contribute to and specific actions the centre will undertake to align its activities with the strategic plan for IHP-VIII (Please see Appendix-2)
As per ICIWaRM’s May 2014 Strategic Plan, these include:
– Focal Area 1.1: Risk management as adaptation to global changes
– Focal Area 1.2: Understanding coupled human and natural processes
– Focal Area 1.3: Benefiting from global and local Earth observation systems
– Focal Area 1.5: Improve scientific basis for hydrology and water sciences for preparation and response to extreme hydrological events
– Focal Area 2.2: Addressing strategies for management of aquifer recharge
– Focal Area 3.1: Improving governance, planning, management, allocation, and efficient use of water resources
– Focal Area 3.2: Dealing with present water scarcity and developing foresight to prevent undesirable trends
– Focal Area 3.3: Promoting tools for stakeholders involvement and awareness and conflict resolution
– Focal Area 4.2: System wide changes for integrated management approaches
– Focal Area 5.1: Hydrological dimension of a catchment: identification of potential threats and opportunities for a sustainable development
– Focal Area 6.1: Enhancing tertiary water education and professional capabilities in the water sector
– Focal Area 6.5: Education for transboundary water cooperation and governance.
9.1 List of publications released by the centre (there can be overlap with those listed in 2.3 above)
Brito, O.E., T.A.S. Brito and R.A. Meganck. 2014. Brazil’s Commitment to Train the Next Generation of Water Leaders: the Potential Role of UNESCO-Hidroex. Environment and Natural Resources Research 4(3): 1-11.
Browning-Aiken, A. and Chang, H. (eds). 2014. Science and Practice of integrated river basin management: Lessons from North and Central American UNESCO-HELP basins. U.S. National Committee for the International Hydrological Survey: Washington, DC. Available at http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/IHP/us_unesco_2010_help_workshop_monograph.pdf.
Edmunds, W.M., Ramasamy, J, Mishra, A, Salih, A, Sorooshian, S, Wheater. H.S. and Logan, W. 2013. G-WADI—The First Decade. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions 5:1-5.
Fekete, B.M. and E.Z. Stakhiv. 2013. Water Management Preparation Strategies for Adaptation to Changing Climate. PP. 413-427 in Climatic Change and Global Warming of Inland Waters: Impacts and Mitigation for Ecosystems and Societies.
Fekete, B.M. and E.Z. Stakhiv. 2013. Performance Indicators in the Water Resources Management Sector (abs). From Conference on Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System. Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May 2013, organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP).
Giovannettone, J., F. Paredes, R. Seiler and A. Ravelo. Submitted. Effectiveness of a new method (software) to evaluate the impacts of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on rainfall in Central and South America. (submitted to Aqua-LAC).
Hsu, K. 2013. Satellite Precipitation Data for Extreme Hydrologic Event Monitoring. American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting, abstract #H44A-06.
Mendoza, G., H. Cardwell and P. Guerrero. 2013. Integrated water resources management in Peru through shared vision planning. Pp. 136-139 in Free Flow: Reaching Water Security through Cooperation. UNESCO:Paris.
Meriño, M.; Serrat-Capdevila, A.; Valdes, J. B.; Durcik, M. 2013. Evaluation of the Performance of Satellite Precipitation Products over Africa. American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting, abstract #H43B-01.
Rusca, M. and S. Sieloff. 2013. Decentralization Assessment and Capacity Development Plan. Report for the Rwanda Integrated Water Security Program (RIWSP)”.
Serrat-Capdevila, A., J.B. Valdés, H.V. Gupta and G.S. Schneier-Madanes. 2014. Water Governance Tools: The Role of Science and Decision Support Systems in Participatory Management. Pp. 241-259 in Globalized Water. Springer: The Netherlands.
Serrat-Capdevila, A., J.B. Valdes and E. Z. Stakhiv. 2014. Water Management Applications for Satellite Precipitation Products: Synthesis and Recommendations. JAWRA 50(2): 509–525.
Serrat-Capdevila, A.; Valdes, J. B.; Valdes, R.; Demaria, E. M.; Durcik, M.; Maitaria, K.; Roy, T. 2013. A Multi-Model Real Time Forecasting Prototype System in the Mara Basin (Kenya/Tanzania) (abs.) American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013, abstract #H12A-05.
Serrat-Capdevila, A.; Valdes, J. B.; Ba, K. M.; Durcik, M.; Merino, M.; Demaria, E. M. 2013. Hydrologic simulations of three poorly gauged watersheds of the Senegal River using a lumped and a distributed model with different rainfall inputs (abs.) American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting 2013, abstract #H44A-02.
9.2 List of training courses conducted (there can be overlap with those listed in 2.1 above)
Bangkok, Thailand. Regional Strategic Shared Vision-Scenario Planning and Management Workshop for the Mekong River Commission. June 2012. The workshop supported a collaborative process to implement IWRM under a basin development strategy. The process assessed the effects of a range of population and climate scenarios and development alternatives on IWRM goals defined in the basin development strategy. More than fifty participants from the four Lower Mekong countries attended, representing National Mekong Committees, academia, other government agencies, and the MeRC secretariat.
Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. Conducted a sub-basin pilot workshop on Shared Vision-Scenario Planning and Management for the Nam Kam watershed. November 2012. The workshop was requested and co-sponsored by the Thai National Mekong Committee to support IWRM.
Hue, Vietnam. Shared Vision and Scenario Planning and Management Workshop for Decision Support. January 2014. In support of USAID’s Mekong-Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities (MBRACE) Program.
Udon Thani, Thailand. Shared Vision and Scenario Planning and Management Workshop for Decision Support. January 2014. In support of USAID’s Mekong-Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities (MBRACE) Program.
Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Advanced GIS and Shared Vision Planning Workshop. April-May 2013. Mongolia Ministry of Environment & Green Development.
Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Shared vision and scenario planning workshop. August 2013. Mongolia Ministry of Environment & Green Development.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Supported UNESCO’s December 2013 workshop on “Water Cooperation in the Nile Basin–from Concepts to Action.” Hal Cardwell presented on “Collaborative Modeling as a Tool to Implement Integrated Water Resources Management” and facilitated the working group that developed a road map for IWRM for the Nile. Aleix Serrat Capdevila presented on “Remote Sensing for Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation and facilitated the working group that developed a road map for Climate Change Adaptation for the Nile.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s hydrologic modeling software program, HEC-HMS, in June 2013. Twenty water professionals from the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidraulicos (the host institution of the Category 2 center CEHICA) and several other institutions attended.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s reservoir modeling software program, HEC-RESSIM, in April 2014 at the Category 2 center CEHICA in the Dominican Republic. About 30 people attended from the DR plus Santa Lucía, Bahamas, Trinidad y Tobago.
Guatemala City, Guatemala. Conducted a one-week training course and workshop on USACE’s hydraulic modeling software program, HEC-RAS, in April 2014. Hosted by the UNESCO Water Chair at the University of San Carlos, participants included 42 engineers, scientists, and academics from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.