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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.

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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


Call for participation to MAIRS 2014 Open Conference

Dear colleagues,

We welcome you to present your research in the session R2-02: “Integrated study on ecohydrological processes in inland river basins”, co-chaired by Prof. Sorooshian, Prof. Dawen Yang, and Prof. Xin Li, at the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) Open Science Conference – Future Earth in Asia, April 7-10, 2014 in Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China. The web page for this conference is The conference has limited funding for young scientists from developing countries outside China. Young scientists are encouraged to submit abstracts. The detail infomation about the funding for young scientists and application form please visit the following website:

Please also see the attachments for details.

With best wishes!
Asian G-WADI secretariat
Jan 28, 2014