Communicating international development research (id21): Water

Natural Resource Highlights” are published annually by id21, which is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK). It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

id21 publishes these highlights on agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water. On the website http://www.id21.org/nr you will find the full range of over 2000 research highlights.

I read the 2006 issues on all the above fields of interest and found very interesting contributions:

WATER

1. The value of rainfed agriculture in a world short of water.
2. Efficient water use tackles food insecurity.
3. Managing groundwater for dry season irrigation.
4. Water access in Ethiopia: can conflict be avoided?
5. Women and water in Sierra Leone.
6. Community priorities for water rights.

A number of useful websites are mentioned. These offer new possibilities for collecting information:

Business Partners for Development (BDP) Water and Sanitation Cluster: http://www.bpd-waterandsanitation.org
Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental management: http://www.ciwem.org.uk
Global Water Partnership: http://www.gwpforum.org
International Water Association: http://www.iwahq.org.uk
Water Aid: http://www.wateraid.org.uk
Water and Sanitation Programme: http://www.wsp.org
Water – World Resources Institute: http://www.wri.org/water
WCA infoNET: http://www.wca-infonet.org
World Health Organization works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health
World Water Council: http://www.worldwatercouncil.org

id21 Natural Resources Highlights are intended for people with limited internet access, and are free of charge. Those who would like to subscribe send their contact details to the following address, telling id21 which topics they would like to receive: agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water:

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK)
Tel. +44 (0) 1273 678787
Fax +44 (0) 1273 877335
email: id21@ids.ac.uk

Let me strongly recommend this to all my friends of the developing countries, but also to all those interested in sustainable development. It’s almost a MUST!

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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