Global Conference “G-WADI more than a decade enhancing water and sustainable development for arid regions”

After a decade of actions, the G-WADI global network held a commemorative Conference to highlight its 10 years’ achievements and  focused on preparing the new goals and agenda for the coming years. The theme of the Conference was: “G-WADI: More than a decade enhancing water and sustainable development for arid regions”. The Global Conference was held in the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing, October 25-27, 2016. The lecture materials and photos can be downloaded via the following linkages:

Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, Presentation of the G-WADI strategy position paper

Dr Abdou Ali, Agrhymet, G-WADI Sub-Saharan African Secretariat

Dr Gabriel Mancilla, CAZALAC, G-WADI LAC Secretariat

Dr Nikola Zlatanovic, Institute for the Development of Water Resources, G-WADI Southern European Secretariat

Dr Xiaoduo Pan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, G-WADI Asian Secretariat

Prof Abdin Salih, University of Khartoum, Sudan, Outcomes of the G-WADI Advisory Committee Meeting 17-18 February 2016 in Khartoum

Prof Shakeel Ahmed, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, India, Contribution of advanced geophysics in ascertaining groundwater sustainability in semiarid crystalline rock aquifers in India

Dr Koen Verbist, UNESCO-IHP (TBC)

Prof Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California, Irvine, USA

Prof Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Prof Cheikh Becaye Gaye, Department of Hydrology, University of Dakar, Senegal

Ms Pauline Mufeti, Namibia Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Namibia

Dr Yi Zheng, Peking University & South University of Science and Technology of China

Dr Mohammad-Hossein Jafari, Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority, Iran

Dr Gil Mahe, FRIEND, HSM, France

Dr Ali Chavosian, IDI, RCUWM, Iran

Prof Filomeno A. Marchena, Advisor Sustainable Water Technology and Innovation WEB Aruba NV, Aruba

Dr Anthony Kiem, from the University of Newcastle, Australia, Supplementing the instrumental record with palaeoclimate data, climate model data and satellite data to improve understanding and management of drought in Australasia

Prof Liu Cheng, ISI, IRTCES, China

Ms Daniela Benedicto van Dalen, IGRAC, The Netherlands

Prof Qingyun Duan, Beijing Normal University

Prof Dawen Yang, Tsinghua University

Prof Qinhuo Liu, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS

Prof Li Jia, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS

Prof Toshio Koike, ICHARM, Japan

Prof Xin Li, CAREERI, CAS, China

Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, UK

Dr Juan Carlos Centeno Alvarez, National Water Commision of Mexico

Dr Shakeel Ahmed, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, India, SDG for Water is achievable with scientific inputs and decision making byfarmers with Agri-change

Dr Yi Zheng, Peking University & South University of Science andTechnology of China

Dr Lars Ribbe, Institute for Technology and Resources Management (ITT), IntegratedLand and Water Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Germany. Water security and climate extremes – bringing big data into action


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Mike Edmunds Passed away – One of the founding Father of the G-WADI programme

Professor-Mike-EdmundsDear colleagues
I am very sad to inform you that Prof. Mike Edmunds Passed away yesterday. Mike was a true friend of UNESCO IHP for many years and one of the founding fathers of the G-WADI programme.
He attended and provided leadership to one of the recent G-WADI meeting in Serbia in December. His role was instrumental to establish G-WADI regional networks in Asia, Africa, LAC, Arab region and recently in Europe. More recently with Will Logan he was contributing to update Isotope tracers in G-WADI site.
Will miss Mike as a scientists a friend and true believer of IHP programme.

Best regards,

In Memoriam: Professor W. Mike Edmunds


Download the World Water Development Report 2015, Water for a Sustainable World

The WWDR 2015 demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. Taking account of economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability, the report’s forward-looking narrative describes how major challenges and change factors in the modern world will affect – and can be affected by – water resources, services and related benefits. The report provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend‐related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy‐makers, and further actions that can be taken by stakeholders and the international community.

Links from the UNESCO site:

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Concept Note: 6th Asian G-WADI and 1st IDI Expert Group Meeting

6th Asian G-WADI and 1st IDI Expert Group Meeting

Groundwater Management in Arid and Semi-Arid regions of Asia: with a view to the groundwater situation in Iran

13 – 16 June 2015, Tehran, Iran

Groundwater is a reliable resource for drinking and production both in terms of quantity and quality. Many Asian countries depend on groundwater for sustenance and their economic activities depend highly on this resource. Problems such as decreasing water tables, reduced well yields, land subsidence, and salinity intrusion that have emerged from overexploitation of groundwater are hindering development and introducing socioeconomic losses.Appropriate policy measures are urgently required to cope with the emerging problems and to manage groundwater in a sustainable manner while taking full benefit of it for the development of Asia.

In this connection, the experience of arid and semi-arid countries dealing with water scarcity and drought related challenges will be shared among the Asian G-WADI countries, and particularly with Iran, through the Asian G-WADI5 Network Meeting. The ultimate goal of this meeting is to improve the national policies for groundwater management in the region as well as Iran towards water security for the growing population in present and future. The other expected outcomes include:

  1. Sharing national/regional experiences in groundwater management and finding solutions for sustainable groundwater harvest/extraction;
  2. Risk reduction in finding appropriate solutions for the challenge of water scarcity in arid and semi-arid countries, particularly Iran; leading to reduced monetary losses and social impacts;
  3. Providing information on current UNESCO-IHP programmes in relation to groundwater management and water management in arid zones (G-WADI);
  4. Networking among the groundwater institutions and specialists with regional water policy making authorities;
  5. Developing activities within the framework of the IHP VIII (2014-2021) ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’

The principal target participants of the workshop are senior decision makers at the Ministry of Water of the regional countries and the I.R of Iran. In consultation with the G-WADI secretariat, IGRAC and UNESCO Offices in the Asia-Pacific region (Almaty, Bangkok, Beijing, Indonesia and Jakarta), speakers will be identified to share experience of other countries as well as UNESCO projects on sustainable groundwater management.

For more details, please refer to the attached concept note.

Concept Note- regional G-WADI meeting on groundwater- 2 March (pdf, ~465KB)

2015 Call for Application-CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme For PhD Candidates

According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world, including 60 from developed countries, will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.

This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars that are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue PhD degree studies at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.

Under the terms of the CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). TWAS will select 80 awardees from developing countries to support their international travel, while CAS will support the other 120 including 60 from developed countries. Any awardee on site in China, the host country, at the time of application will NOT be eligible for any travel reimbursement. Visa fee will also be covered (once only per student/scholar).

Thanks to generous contribution of CAS, fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (to cover accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000 from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all PhD candidates after admission. All awardees will also be provided tuition and admission fee waivers.

For complete information, please read the attached files.

Asian G-WADI members, if you or your students are interested in such fellowship, feel free to contact Dr. Xiaoduo Pan and Prof Xin Li at CAREERI/CAS. We are happy to assist you in this application.

Deadline: Mar 31, 2015