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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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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.

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Materials for global G-WADI and 5th Asian G-WADI meeting, Sep. 20, 2013

The 5th Asian G-WADI meeting as well as a global G-WADI meeting was held in the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing, September 20, 2013.  Total 31 participants include representative members from 9 Asian members (China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam) and Oman as well as representatives of UNESCO Offices (Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran/Paris/Santiago), and Prof. Abdin Salih and Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian.

Some presentations available for public can be find below.

1 G-WADI a decade – Remarks and way forward G-WADI Network from Prof. Abdin Salih (Abdin-The International Workshop on Remote Sensing and Ecohydrology in Arid Regions)

2 Sub-Saharan African G-WADI, prof. Cheikh B. Gaye (GWADISSA -Beijing1)

3 Asian G-WADI activities, Prof. Zhuotong Nan (5th asian gwadi)

4 Managing water resources in arid and semi-arid regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Koen Verbist (MWAR-LAC_GWADI)

5 Consensual precipitation and discharge seasonal forecasts in West-Africa, Dr. Abdou ALI (AGRHYMET_GWADI_Beijing)

6 Hard rock aquifers in semi-arid region of Krishna Basin, India, Prof. S. Ahmed (EHP_ASIANGWADI)

7 Integrated water resources management in critical arid basin of Iran, Ms. S. Hoda Rahmati (Rahmati-Jafari-GWADI-final)

8 Introduction to Data Center for Cold and Arid Region Sciences, prof. Zhuotong Nan (intro to westdc)

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Global G-WADI and 5th Asian G-WADI Meeting – Statement

Representatives of the Global/Asian/African/Arab and Latin American G-WADI Regional Secretariat and Asian G-WADI members countries from 9 Asian members (China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam) and Oman as well as representatives of UNESCO Offices (Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran/Paris/Santiago), and Prof. Abdin Salih and Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian, Members of the Global Advisory Group of G-WADI, met in Beijing, China on 20th September 2013.

Resulting from an intensive and interactive process, the participants:

  1. Extended special thanks and appreciation to our host “CAREERI”, Prof Xin Li, Prof. Zhuotong Nan and their team, Institute of Atmospheric Physics Team and UNESCO Offices in Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran, for the opportunity provided to attend and benefit from the International workshop on remote sensing and eco-hydrology in arid regions and Dr William Logan, Deputy Director, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), “under the auspices of UNESCO”, for supporting the Global G-WADI meeting along with this workshop;
  2. Underlined the urgent need for UNESCO Offices in the regions of Africa, Arab, Asia, Latin America and respective G-WADI secretariats wherever they exist, to draw-up mechanisms for effective coordination as per the attached Terms of Reference; the experience of the Asian case could be shared with other regional members for their reference;
  3. Emphasized an urgent need for an improved communication between and amongst the member states, Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI secretariat, UNESCO field offices and requested establishing a communication mechanism that is efficient, frequent and dynamic. This may include an e-newsletter, and an e-discussion group.
  4. Declared their firm intention to work together to enhance the visibility and outreach of the Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI networks—the existing web site of Global and Asian G-WADI could be served as model to other members—and also invite other members to use available web page facilities to contribute national/regional news and reports;
  5. Emphasized developing joint research initiatives in areas identified as common concerns for members of Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI;
  6. Committed themselves as members of the Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI to convince their governments and policy makers to prioritize water resources of the arid and semi-arid regions of their countries/region. This may include contacting their planners and policy makers to secure funding from governments and other bilateral funding sources for pilot basins and other activities and providing successes in this direction to the respective G-WADI secretariats and UNESCO;
  7. Called upon UNESCO Headquarters to allocate sufficient seed resources, and  to assist all  regional G-WADI Networks to generate additional resources for their activities;
  8. Requested UNESCO Regional/Cluster Offices in Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin America to assist their respective G-WADI network to prepare in coordination with the G-WADI secretariat a plan of action on funding mechanism;
  9. Expressed its commitment to contribute to implementation of IHP VIII activities in coordination with IHP networks and regional settings, in consideration of the priority areas under the IHP VIII (2014-2021) “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges” and particularly theme III, Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality and other related themes.
  10. Welcomed the interest expressed by the Belgrade, Serbia-based Category 2 Center for “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change”, under the auspices of UNESCO, to join the G-WADI programme and, with the help of Programme Secretariat, will work to formulate its roles and responsibilities as a networking organization in Southeast Europe between now and  the next meeting;
  11. Appreciated the efforts of Asian G-WADI in jointly publishing a special issue for G-WADI in International Journal of Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions with research outputs from all regional networks;
  12. Requested CAREERI, Chinese Academy of Sciences to continue supporting the Asian G-WADI Secretariat for another three years and appreciate the desire of Iran and India to host Secretariat next term. The new management setup will be Coordinator of Asian G-WADI group from CAREERI and four Co-coordinator each one from Almaty, Beijing, New Delhi, and Tehran Cluster Countries. From UNESCO side coordinated by Mr Jayakumar with the support from Officers from Almaty, Beijing, New Delhi and Tehran UNESCO Cluster Offices.
  13. Welcomed two new member countries from Asia such as Thailand and Vietnam to be part of Asian G-WADI group now officially Asian G-WADI represented by 13 Countries (Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam) in addition requested UNESCO New Delhi to coordinate with IHP Nepal to become member for Asian G-WADI.

Beijing, P.R. China

20 September 2013


Report on UNESCO Joint Training Course: Geospatial Methods, Technologies, and Applications in Monitoring Land Cover, Land Use, Fire and Water in semi-arid regions Central Asia

Held on September 19-21, 2009

National Center of Space Research and Technologies, National Space Agency, Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN

In conclusion, the training workshop was a success.  The workshop brought together well-known experts in various fields, including geospatial technologies and resource applications, which are critical in addressing sustainable resources assessment and management in arid and semi-arid regions like Central Asia.  Participants expressed their appreciation and acknowledged that the training was very useful and they are planning to use the knowledge learned when they return to their countries.

At the same time, the trainers felt very happy that their research and methods can be used to address some practical issues. The interaction among the participants and trainers also promoted for some future collaboration possibilities.


Dr. Tatiana Loboda, University of Maryland

Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Pontus Oloofsson, Boston University

Dr. Xin Li, Chinese Academy of Science in Lanzhou

Dr. Gensuo Jia, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Phil Heilman, Southwest Watershed Research Center of USDA-ARS

Prof.  Jiaguo Qi,  Michigan State University and NASA LCLUC’s MAIRS Project Scientist


Dr. Jiaguo Qi, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Dr. Ailikun, Director, MAIRS’s Internationa Project Office, Institute of Atmospheric Physics



Total participants of the workshop: ~60

UNESCO_Training_Report (complete version, PDF)