UNU-INWEH’s new book puts Wetlands at the center of Nature-based Solutions
The new book Multi-functional Wetlands; Pollution Abatement and Other Ecological Services from Natural and Constructed Wetlands describes how natural or constructed wetlands can be used to reduce pollution of freshwater and coastal ecosystems, while still preserving their biodiversity and ecological functions. Through a series of case histories described in 10 chapters in the monograph, the readers will gain an understanding of the opportunities, as well as the challenges associated with reducing point and non-point source pollution using natural, restored or constructed wetlands.
The United Nations World Water Development Report, Nature-based Solutions for Water, launched 19 March 2018 during the 8th World Water Forum, and in conjunction to the World Water Day, demonstrates how nature‐based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means of moving beyond business‐as‐usual to address many of the world’s water challenges while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development.
UNU-INWEH led Chapter 4, NBS For Managing Water-Related Risks, Variability and Change.
The new Water Action Decade (2018-2028) was launched on 22 March at UN HQ in New York. The launch event in the General Assembly included the UN Secretary General presenting the finalised Decade Action Plan that was developed by the UN-Water Task Force on Water Decade composed of UNESCO, UN-Habitat, CBD Secretariat, FAO, UN ESCWA, UN Environment, IFAD, IAHS, Women for Water, WWF, Water.org, and GWP and coordinated jointly by UNU-INWEH and UNDESA.
With more than 880,000 Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, the crisis is far from over. Hundreds of thousands of these refugees are still in need of water and sanitation support, and the approaching monsoon season will exacerbate water-related health problems. While there has been rapid progress to prepare for this challenge, more must be done to ensure a safe, disease-free environment for all.
“The Quest for Water” focuses on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water for all. The articles explore important issues such as ecosystems in the global water cycle, the threat that climate change poses to water availability, and the role of gender and social inclusion in achieving the water-related goals and targets. This issue of the digital magazine of the UN system “buoys” the launch of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028.
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Time to Resolve a Cursed Old Water Problem
“You cannot manage what you do not measure” is a long-familiar saying to many, nowhere more so than in professional water circles at almost every level.
Just as you cannot manage your bank account without knowing how much money you have, it is all but impossible to make informed water management decisions without reliable, sufficient, and freely available water data. Obtaining such data, however (or accessing data from other nations — some of which see security risks in sharing), has always proven difficult.
Water Future and UNU Support Capacity Development for Water Security
The UN University (UNU) and Water Future, a part of the Future Earth research initiative, launched a capacity development programme to promote water security. The programme, known as ‘2030WaterSecurity,’ facilitates implementation of the water-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2017 Annual Report is now available online featuring UNU-INWEH experts, projects, and publications.
FloodNet-UNU-INWEH Joint Workshop
FloodNet and UNU-INWEH held a workshop entitled: “Bridging Flood Science in Canada with Policy and Practice”, hosted by McMaster Health Forum. The 2.5-day workshop welcomed researchers, students, and partners to learn about how best to communicate research results in a way that is of use to policy makers. A team of 20 participants worked through the knowledge transition process to develop a research summary and provide a brief presentation to policy makers
Webinar: The need for innovative financial solutions for sustainable wastewater management
This webinar will explore the topic of innovative financing for sustainable wastewater management from different perspectives. The speakers will elaborate on the costs of ignoring investments in wastewater treatment, technology readiness and the need for assessment in innovative financing, and how innovative financing for sustainable wastewater management can help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) meet the needs of the poor. The webinar will also highlight best practices and case studies related to the innovative financing of wastewater treatment.
UNU-INWEH provides interns a chance to work in an international environment and experience first-hand the operations of the United Nations. In this volunteer programme, interns interact with staff members and contribute towards UN water research and training projects conducted in developing countries. Below are the available vacancies:
UNU-INWEH and partners have developed the SDG policy support system (SDG PSS) to allow governments to measure and report on the progress of six policy critical components for SDG 6. The aim is to enable governments to accelerate SDG success by supporting cross-sector, evidence-based policy and planning; and to accelerate progress towards water-related Sustainable Development Goals.
Updated in March 2018 for English, French and Spanish PSS versions
Sustainable Development Explorer, a campaign highlighting UNU’s work to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNU’s work is uniquely comprehensive, spanning the full breadth of the SDGs. Some 400 UNU researchers worldwide are engaged in more than 180 research projects, generating knowledge to develop realistic solutions to achieve the SDGs. Available in English and in Japanese, the SD Explorer currently features 51 projects, 34 experts, 34 publications, and 50 expert articles, organised by SDG. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore the “who” and “what” of UNU’s work, engage directly with UNU’s experts, and learn about how their ideas are generating knowledge to develop solutions to achieve the SDGs.