From the IFPRI Blog, Ruth Meinzen-Dick explores the potential of experimental games to help communities better manage their jointly used resources, like groundwater for better irrigation practices. Written on the occasion of World Water Week in Stockholm.
In order to be able to effectively respond to severe drought, governments need almost real-time data on moisture levels and vegetation. IWMI, through WLE and CCAFS, is providing this information to governments in South Asia.
As local disaster management authorities rush to respond to ongoing, severe floods in Northeast India, researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are providing valuable support in the form of rapid-response maps, based on high-resolution satellite images.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners are conducting online consultations on how “water accounting” can be used to address water scarcity. WLE, IWMI and other partners helped develop the water accounting methodology known as WA+, based on global-scale datasets in the public domain.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) organized a side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to present its recently launched publication, titled ‘A Guide to SDG Interactions: From Science to Implementation.’ Claudia Ringler of WLE and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) contributed to the publication and was present at the event. The ICSU publication is based on the work of a consortium of scientific research organizations that applied a seven-point scale to quantify synergies and conflicts among the SDGs and their targets.
A new report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) underlines the vulnerability of agriculture to climate hazards in South Asia.
Sri Lanka faces another episode of flooding and landslides, as the southwest monsoons continue to trigger extreme weather in parts of the country. IWMI together with the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC-SL) have activated their disaster charter with Sentinel Asia as of May 26. IWMI, having been appointed project manager of the charter, has been providing satellite-based high-resolution maps of the affected regions to the DMC and military to assist with rescue missions and further assessments.
WISE-UP - 'Water Infrastructure Solutions from Ecosystem Services Underpinning Climate Resilient Policies and Programmes' - aims to demonstrate natural infrastructure as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development in the Volta and Tana Basins. The WISE-UP project is implemented by IUCN with partners IWMI, BC3, ODI, ACCESS in Kenya, University of Manchester, and CSIR in Ghana, with the support of the Volta Basin Authority. It is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
From the IFPRI blog: on World Water Day, Janna de la Paz and Ruth Meinzen-Dick explore the difficulties of equitably and sustainably managing freshwater resources for farming, and look explain how experimental games can help farmers understand and sustain groundwater resources.
Hydropower has enormous importance in the world of clean energy, accounting for more than 85% of global renewable electricity generation in 2015. However, this sector often competes with irrigation, which has similar global importance; irrigated agriculture produces 40% of our food. A new paper, based on a WLE project with IFPRI and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), looks at this competition.