• Training workshop on Satellite precipitation estimation and applications held for scientists and government officials in Central Asia

    Saturday, October 16, 2021
    A training workshop on “Satellite precipitation estimation and applications for scientists and government officials in Central Asia” was held on 27-30 Sep 2021. Water professionals from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan were trained in the use of real-time (e.g., for floods & droughts, water supply...) & historical (e.g., for climate change adaptation) satellite-based precipitation products to foster regional water security. The products included iRain, RainSphere, and the Data Portal from which the underlying datasets for these and other products can be... Read More
  • UNESCO G-WADI Co-Convenes World Water Week Session on Bottom-Up Water Management Approaches

    Friday, August 27, 2021
    Ninety-eight water professionals participated in the virtual session of the World Water Week, on Tuesday, 24 August, titled Certain Uncertainty: Next Generation Water Planning for Deep Uncertainty. The session was convened by G-WADI, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), Deltares and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM). Climate change is accelerating even as countries devise strategies to mitigate its impacts and adapt to the “new normal.” Its effects are felt most acutely through impacts on the water cycle and water-related extreme events. T... Read More
  • Participatory Workshop held for new Namibia Flood and Drought Monitoring and Early Warning System

    Namibia Flood and Drought Monitor
    Monday, July 19, 2021
    A participatory workshop was held on 13 July 2021 to introduce and discuss the new Namibia flood and drought monitoring and early warning system. There were about 60 participants. The virtual event was hosted by the UNESCO Windhoek (Namibia) Office, and Mr. Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum, Head of Office, opened the meeting. Ms. Maria Amakali, Acting Deputy Executive Director for the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, and Mr. Simon Dirkse, on behalf of Mr. Franz Uirab, also provided opening remarks. Ms. Pauline Mufeti, Deputy Director of Namibia Hydrological S... Read More
  • UNESCO and CAZALAC hold Course on Characterization, Monitoring and Nature of Droughts

    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    In recent decades, the effects and intensity of droughts appear to have increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, with multiple social, economic and environmental impacts. The problems imposed by droughts are the subject of urgent palliative actions by the respective governments. These actions, however, may be unsuccessful if management is not accompanied or programmed by relevant information regarding drought processes. Thus, it is important that both water professionals and decision-makers in the countries of the region have a detailed knowledge of these phenomena, so that they can make... Read More
  • English Version of Midsummer Drought Atlas for Central America and the Caribbean Released

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021
    The Midsummer Drought (“La Canícula”) is a recurring event that affects Central America and parts of the Caribbean, reducing rainfall in the middle of the rainy season and threatening vulnerable local communities. Climate change is projected to further intensify the damaging impacts of drought in the region, affecting the availability of water needed for irrigation, human consumption and ecosystems. Published in Spanish in 2018, UNESCO and its member states in the region developed a midsummer drought atlas for Central America and the Caribbean by integrating several regional methodologies into... Read More