RBINS is looking for new Directors

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) is currently going through a major restructuring with an organization based on four Directions replacing the current departments, sections and services. …  

17 Jan 2012 | News story
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The next frontier? River basin and water management using mobile technology.

Investigating mobile technology for water monitoring

Equitable allocation and efficient of water between different users requires that a variety of information on key environmental variables (such as flow rates, water levels, etc) are needed. This means that accurate and frequent monitoring is necessary, but is often lacking in many river basins. Traditional efforts on environmental data collection rely on the deployment of fixed, in-situ measuring devices, such as gauging stations where flow rates and water levels are measured, as well as meteorological, groundwater and rainfall monitoring sites. However, coverage is often inadequate at best and data most often missing, furthermore there are additional problems including lack of maintenance, difficulty in data recording and transmission that often relies on manual methods, insufficient energy, disrepair and vandalism. These types of limitations are experienced in the Pangani Basin in Tanzania. However, due to rapid advancements in low-cost mobile technology and crowd-sourcing approaches there are opportunities to collect water monitoring data with a cheaper, more efficient approach which also involves communities. …  

17 Jan 2012 | Article

Workshop on Integrated Catchment Planning Process

Promoting the catchment approach in Uganda

Across East Africa, including in Uganda, it is recognized that catchment based water resources planning, management, and development down to the local level is the key to enhanced water management. This approach is seen as essential for sustainable and integrated water resources management (IWRM) where an opportunity for involvement of all stakeholders, including non-state actors exists. …  

17 Jan 2012 | Article

A woman fishing at a fishing hole in Beung Kiat Ngong.

Women’s groups confirm the importance of biodiversity conservation in Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands, Champassak, Lao PDR

 Mekong Water Dialogue’s work in Champassak Province, Lao PDR includes a study on the women’s groups and their traditional use of natural resources. During a recent field survey in Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands, the MWD field officer, Mr. Vilavong met with local women and observed their daily work. The experience gave Mr. Vilavong a new appreciation for the importance of the aquatic plants and animals in the wetlands to local livelihoods. …  

17 Jan 2012 | Event
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Photo groupe Atelier transfrontalier Sourou

Les parlementaires Maliens et Burkinabé mobilisés pour le Sourou

« L’importance de la zone humide de la Vallée du Sourou au niveau environnementale et économique nécessite des outils législatifs harmonisés pour la gestion durable de ses ressources. » C’est la conviction affirmée par les délégations de parlementaires du Burkina Faso et du Mali, réunies avec les représentants des directions techniques, des collectivités locales et de la société civile de deux pays, lors de l’atelier transfrontalier sur la gestion intégrée des ressources naturelles de la Vallée du Sourou. …  

17 Jan 2012 | Article
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European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy

EPBRS Workshop on the IPBES work programme - Assessment Function

16 - 18 January 2012
Copenhagen, Denmark

During this workshop of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) scientists from social as well as political and natural sciences, policy makers, and government officials considered various subjects related to possible themes, methodologies and approaches for the proposed workprogramme of IPBES. …  

16 Jan 2012 | Event

Casa Mediterráneo

The future of Mediterranean tourism: environmental, social and economic variables

Foire internationale du tourisme (FITUR).
IFEMA, Madrid, Espagne. Salle N107 - Centro de Convenciones Norte
Jeudi - 19 janvier 2012 …   | English | Spanish

16 Jan 2012 | Event

Séance de travail communautaire au cours de la Campagne de communication sociale et environnementale

Les communautés du Tinkisso sensibilisées aux enjeux environnementaux

La campagne de communication sociale et environnementale conduite par l’équipe du projet REPASE « Restauration et paiement des services environnementaux dans le bassin de Tinkisso » en collaboration avec l’ONG Aide Rurale au Développement (ARD), s’est achevée avec l’organisation d’un atelier de clôture, le 14 décembre 2011 à Arfamoussaya dans la préfecture de Dabola en Guinée Conakry. …  

16 Jan 2012 | News story
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Iskan Khan

Livelihood security through integrated water resource management

Karezes are indigenous sub-surface water management structures and the only source of water for irrigation and human needs in the remote, mountainous drylands of Balochistan, Pakistan. The reduced influx of water due to clogged channels and conveyance losses was a huge factor in low productivity and food insecurity in Qila Iskan Khan village, forcing the villagers to migrate to other areas in search of livelihood. 

14 Jan 2012 | Article

Lago Titicaca, sistema TDPS, Bolivia.

Cuencas sin fronteras: manejo conjunto, visión única

La Gestión Integrada de Recursos Hídricos (GIRH) es el paradigma actual del manejo del agua. Implementarlo en las cuencas de un país constituye un reto; hacerlo en cuencas transfronterizas es un desafío aún mayor. …  

13 Jan 2012 | News story
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