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News, Publications & Announcements - Water Resources

December 2008
Irrigation key for Africa’s food security – Diouf
Urges Global “Early Reaction Fund” for countries in crisis

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November 2008
Scoping agriculture-wetland interactions Towards a sustainable multiple-response strategy
FAO Water report #33

Enhancing sustainable agriculture-wetland interactions to maintain wetland ecosystems and foster their multiple services as food provision, water regulation and biodiversity, is an inherently complex and challenging task. Increasing demands for food and fuel, as well as rising food prices, continue to drive the agricultural intensification and transformation of wetland ecosystems – frequently at the loss of biodiversity and other ecosystem services. This new FAO Water Report provides a framework and assessment (based on 90 cases) of how socio-economic and political drivers and pressures continue to shape this agricultural intensification and lead to transformations of the state of the wetland ecosystem and the services it has to offer. The report argues that sustainable agriculture-wetland interactions require multi-response strategies that are targeted at: diversifying agricultural services and livelihoods; exploitation of multiple (rather than single) ecosystem services, and; policy, management and technical measures. How the presented framework can aid the formulation of such sustainable multi-response strategies is illustrated by its detailed application in five diverse cases.

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October 2008
International Watercourses/River Basins including Law, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Simulation Training Exercises
Teacher's Manual

Creating a comfortable environment for the study of international water law and conflict resolution in which participants can explore their behaviours is critical. This new FAO Water Teachers Manual features exercises and activities that can help make this possible; the manual addresses issue like trust, encourages learning and improves performance and interaction between group members. The initiative which led to the development of these training materials grew out of discussions with the Development Law Service, Legal Office, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the occasion of the Program for the Regional Workshop on International Water Law and Negotiation Skills for Sharing Transboundary Resources in Bujumbura, Burundi in the Spring of 2006.

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September 2008
Aquastat Water Resource Analysis
Interactive maps

This new interface enables you to make easy and quick comparisons of population and water indicators via Aquastat animated maps. AQUASTAT is FAO's global information system on water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Division. It collects, analyses and disseminates data and information by country and by region. Its aim is to provide users interested in global, regional and national analyses with comprehensive information related to water resources and agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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September 2008
FAO project: Rehabilitating irrigation in Afghanistan

The Rehabilitating irrigation in Afghanistan project rehabilitates hundreds of irrigation canals from small to large categories throughout the country. This results in the supply of water to vast tracts of land, thereby recovering prior water losses and resulting in a direct impact on improved/increased crops, which promotes peoples livelihood while simultaneously minimising water users’ disputes on water allocations and distribution. Due to the long conflict, Afghanistan has not produced hydro-meteorological records since 1978. As a result, the project is currently installing hundreds of hydrological stations countrywide to ensure proper planning for water resources management and infrastructure development. The capacity building of hundreds of national staff has also contributed to the promotion of their technical knowledge. Many locals are now gradually assuming their responsibilities. A photo gallery documenting the Afghanistan project is also available.

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