Global Water Partnership
March 2013

Responding to Drought

Bruce Stewart Director WMO Climate and  Water Dept with GWP Executive Secretary Dr Ania Grobicki at the IDMP launchThe World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Water Partnership (GWP) launched a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) on March 13, 2013, to improve monitoring and prevention of one of the world’s greatest natural hazards.
The programme was launched at the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, where decision-makers and scientists from around the world discussed national drought policies to replace the current piecemeal, reactive approach.

GWP at the UN Session on Water and Disasters

Floods in Thailand"Water is life. But water is also a threat to life." GWP participated at the Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, organised by UNSGAB at the UN Headquarters in New York on 6 March 2013. 

Read GWP Executive Secretary’s statement and more.

High-Level Support for Water Management Investments in Nigeria

Water supply in NigeriaAround 100 participants, representing 50 different organizations around Nigeria, attended the General Assembly of Partners of GWP Nigeria held on 14 February 2013. The General Assembly was opened by the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe, also co-Chair of AMCOW for West Africa, who urged GWP Nigeria to strengthen and expand their activities towards achieving adequate management of water resource in the country.

New Climate Information Resource for Caribbean

Floods in the CaribbeanThe Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) is a new initiative setting out to create tools that will enable access to climate change information which are specifically applicable to the Caribbean region. To support the development of the Project, key regional stakeholders including GWP Caribbean, gave input at a Regional Stakeholder Consultation workshop on 6-7 February, 2013 in Jamaica. 

Urban Water Management in El Salvador

Workshop in El SalvadorIntegrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) is an important issue for Central America because of the growing population in the cities and the effects of climate change on urban water resources. To contribute to the regional capacity in IUWM, GWP Central America organized a regional workshop on this topic, in November 2012. The participants included representatives from municipalities, water and sanitation agencies, and universities.

Ensuring Water is Key to Post-2015 Agenda

Ruth BeukmanGWP Southern Africa has participated in national and international dialogues focusing on water in the post 2015 development agenda. The dialogues form part of the UN national dialogue  process which will feed into the development of the UN post 2015 Sustainable Development Goal(s).
Read more.

Promoting Transboundary Cooperation in Southern Africa 

Desert landscapeSharing sub-regional experiences on water cooperation and learning about designing and conducting negotiations on transboundary water-related issues were the topics of a SADC/ UNESCO workshop to “Promote Cooperation and Conflict Prevention in Transboundary Water Resources” on 25-27 February, 2013 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Evaluating IWRM in Southern Africa

BridgeThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat is implementing the SADC Regional Strategic Action Plan on IWRM – III (SADC RSAP III) which is designed to provide a programmatic approach to facilitate the implementation of the Protocol on Shared Watercourses through the application of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). GWP Southern Africa is an implementing partner for SADC providing programmatic support to the implementation of the RSAP III and is providing support to increasing engagement of stakeholders within the Phase III of the Transboundary Water Resources Management Programme.
Read more.

Building Climate Resilience in the Bangladesh Delta

BangladeshClimate change in Bangladesh is critical and according to National Geographic, Bangladesh ranks first as the most vulnerable nation to the impacts of climate change in the coming decades. Bangladesh’s low-lying coastal regions are vulnerable to sea level rise and increased occurrence of intense, extreme weather conditions such as the cyclones. In addition, yields from rain fed agriculture could be reduced to 50% by 2020. And for a country with increasing population and hunger, this will have a devastating effect on food security.

Water Use Efficiency in India

Water supplyA National Round Table conference on Water Use Efficiency was organized by IELO at New Delhi on 27th February, 2013. The National Round Table mainly focused on “Model National Framework on Water Use Efficiency” for the National Bureau with regard to industry, commercial, domestic urban sectors.

Upgrading Flood Information in Pakistan

Swat_Valley_Bridge_ruined_by_flood_waterIn 2010, the devastating floods in Pakistan directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure. GWP Pakistan is now collaborating with UNESCO to launch a project in cooperation with the Government of Japan that aims to upgrade the flood forecasting and early warning systems of Pakistan, and to conduct risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River. 

2013 IRF European Riverprize

RiverThe International River Foundation has recently formed a partnership to deliver a European Riverprize in 2013, the first of its kind. The prize will celebrate successful approaches that have overcome the challenges of river restoration, ecosystem health, water quality and climate change within the social and political context of the European continent. GWP is a cooperating Partner of the Riverprize.

Read more.

UN Year of Water Cooperation 2013

2013logoA worldwide celebration on water cooperation, aiming at raising awareness to increase cooperation on water issues and at highlighting the challenges facing water resources management in light of the increasing demand for access to water.
GWP Video: Water Cooperation for a Water Secure World
22 March 2013 is World Water Day, read about GWP activities.

More events and Resources on water cooperation.

Meet Our Partners

GWP is a network of more than 2,700 institutional Partners. Read an interview with Milkana Mochurova, PhD, at the Economic Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Trinidad WI, Trinidad and Tobago Agribusiness Association (TTABA).

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19–21 March 2013, Benchmark meeting on groundwater governance marks road to World Water Day and UN International Year of Water Cooperation, The Hague (NL)
22 March 2013 is World Water Day, International Year of Water Cooperation
8-12 April, 2013, India Water Week, New Delhi, India
9-12 April 2013, UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, Bonn, Germany
24-26 April 2013, IWA 3rd International Conferences on Water Economics, Statistics, and Finance, Marbella, Spain
24-27 April 2013, CB-WR-MED Conference/ 2nd AOP’Tunisia Conference, Tunis, Tunisia
1-3 May 2013, Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System, Bonn, Germany
19-20 May 2013, 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, Bangkok, Thailand
20 May-7 June 2013, Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - A, 2013, Stockholm, Sweden
27 May-1 June 2013, 21st Century Watershed Technology Conference , Bari, Italy
29-31 May 2013, 5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development, Delft, The Netherlands
10-14 June 2013, Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners Short Course , Norwich, UK

More events


UNESCO-IHE Open Course Ware platform (International postgraduate water education facility based in Delft, the Netherlands)
Release of the Beta AWS Standard: the world’s first International Water Stewardship Standard, by the Alliance for Water Stewardship
The Brazilian Water Resources Management Policy: Fifteen Years of Success and Challenges
New web page by the Environmental Law Research Center of Yerevan State University, Faculty of Law information on environmental law developments in Armenia and to some extent on international environmental law.
International Watercourses Law in the Nile River Basin Three States at a Crossroads (Earthscan/Routledge)


Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners Short Course 10th – 14th June 2013, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Water in the News

Cooperation key to drought prevention, UN officials stress at high-level meeting (UN News Centre)
UN officials spotlight need for prevention systems to deal with water-related disasters (UN News Centre)

Cooperation in Essential to Solve Water Crisis (South-South News)

Mapping the future: Climate change, water scarcity may lead to food insecurity, says expert (The Express Tribune)

Peace brings new pressures on water in northern Sri Lanka (AlertNet)
B350bn megaproject sadly under-studied (Bangkok Post)
TN seeks Rs 11,420 crore for delta (The New Indian Express)
IWMI Makes Case for “Non-Integrated” Water Resources Management (Ooska News)
Climate change and flood risk in European cities (EEA)
AfDB Cites African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector in CIF Global 2012 Annual Report (AfDB)
Why water sector misses target (Malaya Business News)
Egypt: WB Grants Egypt $6.7 Million to Enhance Water Resources Management (
Tetra Tech awarded $24M for East Africa water resource management program (WaterWorld)
Bringing the true value of water into business decision-making (The Guardian)
Water management important in face of climate change (Farmers Guardian)



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