The Call-for-Abstracts is now open for the Water Security and Climate Change Conference 2017!

We are pleased to announce that abstracts are now being solicited for the WSCC 2017; organized by the Centers for Natural Resources and Development – CNRD (TH Köln), the International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries – SWINDON (TU Braunschweig) in cooperation with Food Security Center – FSC.

Achieving water security is one of the major challenges faced by society on both a global and local level today. Building bridges between disciplines, sectors and different groups of stakeholders, the conference will serve as a platform for discussions towards water secure societies.  WSCC 2017 provides a stimulating environment with the intention to yield innovative ideas and grounds for implementation.

WSCC 2017 follows the successful conference WSCC 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok which united over 150 experts.

Further information regarding abstract submission instructions and evaluation criteria can be downloaded here and are available under www.cnrd.info/wscc2017

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Upcoming Water Security and Climate Change Conference 2017

We are pleased to announce that the renowned society of water experts will come together once more for the second international Water Security and Climate Change conference. Academics and practitioners from various sectors are set to discuss the diverse facets of water security in dynamic environments and its relation to climate variability and change.

Achieving water security is one of the major challenges faced by society on both a global and local level today. Building bridges between disciplines, sectors and different groups of stakeholders, the conference will serve as a platform for discussions towards water secure societies by providing a stimulating environment with the intention to yield innovative ideas and grounds for implementation.

WSCC 2017 follows the successful conference WSCC 2016  at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok which united over 150 experts. It is convened by CNRD  (TH Köln) , SWINDON  (TU Braunschweig) and other partners of the Exceed network under the umbrella of the Academic Year 2017, which focuses on Water as declared by the Cologne Science Forum .

Please mark these dates in your calendar. Information about the registration process will be placed online soon under www.cnrd.info/wscc2017

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Vision or Reality – Benefit Sharing in the Eastern Nile Basin

 
Vision or Reality – Benefit Sharing in the Eastern Nile Basin is an educational film produced by the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD). Following two previous case study films (Agricultural Challenges in the Ethiopian Highlands and Gezira Irrigation Scheme: A Struggle for Revival), this film zooms out to a basin perspective and captures the complex issue of transboundary cooperation and a critical moment of development for the entire basin.
 
The Eastern Nile River Basin is one of the most well-known transboundary water basin in the world and of utmost importance for its riparian countries Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. It is presently at a turning point as the balance of political power is changing and increasing demands create an urgent need for sharing agreements and cooperation. This film sheds light on the basin characteristics, history and resource use profiles of the countries, but also focuses on tangible examples of transboundary cooperation in the field of trade of resources, financial and technical cooperation and important approaches for benefit sharing.
 

Water balance and accounting for the Eastern Nile using advanced methodologies

From the 14th to 16th of November 2016, a workshop on “Water balance and accounting for the Eastern Nile using advanced methodologies” was hosted by the Water Research Center (WRC), University of Khartoum. This workshop was sponsored by the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) at the ITT, Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

The workshop gathered participants from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, who come from academia and governmental bodies. In the three day workshop, intensive sessions of presentations and discussion were conducted. The main theme was investigating the potentiality of using advanced methodologies, products and tools in water balance and accounting for the Eastern Nile region.

The sessions included presentations covering a wide spectrum of data, methods and tools which could be useful in developing accurate water balance and water accounting for this area. Among others, sessions included cases on using remote sensing to estimate actual evapotranspiration and rainfall and evaluating hydrological models. Several participants showed applications of using remote sensing to manage surface water and groundwater, and many applications on identifying potential water harvesting sites.   

Many participants contributed to the theme by showing case studies of real applications of products, methods and tools. For instance, using remote sensing data to advance multi-criteria drought index, and using satellite-based actual evapotranspiration to analyze the efficiency of water use in agricultural schemes. Moreover, validation of open-source precipitation data on river basin level and using these data for water accounting in the Nile basin region were presented and discussed extensively.

Results of the fruitful discussions during this workshop emphasized the importance of advanced approaches in water resources management generally, and specifically in estimating water balance and conducting water accounts. One of the major outcomes of this workshop was developing a research concept using these advanced approaches for water accounting to ensure food security in the region. This research concept has potential to act as a collaborative effort, where researchers, governmental bodies and other stakeholders could work jointly in using these advanced data and tools and following these up-to-date methods. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop useful products needed by end users to ensure water and food security in this area.

CNRD partner universities join forces at the annual network meeting at Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Da Nang

Group Photo CNRD Annual Network Meeting participants

From October 31 – November 04, 2016, 36 representatives from 20 CNRD partner universities as well as members of the CNRD Advisory Board came together at this year’s network meeting, hosted by Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR) in Da Nang, Vietnam. Particularly gratifying at this year’s meeting was the participation of four new partners of the network. This shows, on one hand, the high relevance of CNRD and its topics in this world. On the other hand, the network expansion is also a confirmation of the efforts made so far and the work done in recent years. The fact that all new partners have been integrated directly into the planning of the activities for 2017 is a positive signal for the future and represents a further milestone in the consolidation of a sustainable network, which has declared its goal to continue even after the end of the funding period in 2019. Following this logic, the meeting focused on strengthening sustainable collaboration structures among the partners, defining future activities and developing an outlook for the following years. The network meeting started with warm welcome notes from the hosting university CNRD partner Prof. Tung Phong Nguyen and the Director General of VAWR Prof. Nguyen Vu Viet.

The first day of the network meeting was conducted in form of a symposium. CNRD had the opportunity to present its activities and achievements of the last years to the public and regional stakeholders from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the World Bank (WB), representatives from CNRD’s donor the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) – just to name a few. In various roundtable discussions, potentials for cooperation within the scope of research and education were elaborated and identified. A basis for future cooperation was created.

In the short time of the meeting, it was possible to successfully define the planning for 2017. Through intensive cooperation of the participants, numerous activities were prepared and a concrete schedule was made. Noteworthy and appreciated by all participants was the exploration of common interests and the interdisciplinary approach of the CNRD. Particularly pleasing is the fact that different (new) working groups were formed here and that these common interests have been transferred directly into joint workshops and other activities.

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