November

Do you know about the importance of environmental flows? don't miss this paper that discusses the collaborative development of the California Environmental Flows Framework

For decades, river scientists have been working to understand the quantity, quality, and timing of flows needed to sustain healthy river ecosystems. This work has resulted in the development of approaches for defining environmental flows that recognize the importance of natural flow variability and ecosystem functions (Poff et al., 2010; Richter et al., 2012; Horne et al., 2017).

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Don't miss the TxMAP project, a new way to map with conservation data for organizations, legislative staff, city planners, natural resource professionals, and private landowners.

When we collect data, we’re gifted a multidimensional story, and it’s up to the scientist in each of us to navigate the information one hypothesis at a time until we find relationships that solve complex natural resource issues. Like a trusty map from the glovebox with a pocket compass folded in the crease, the data reveals the best routes and the dead ends to avoid, but ultimately asks us to fuel our discoveries with creative inquisition.

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Supporting transboundary water cooperation: Learning from water-stressed basins in West Africa

Effective and collaborative management of water resources across borders can enable peace, food security and resilience. As water scarcity and water stress are growing worldwide, most river basin organisations seem to acknowledge the need for transboundary water cooperation. Yet the agreements reached therein suffer from persistent under-implementation.

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"Don't miss this case study of that presents a comprehensive overview of the Hueco Bolson aquifer modeling history and makes a case for future modeling and binational engagement efforts."

The Hueco Bolson aquifer is a binational aquifer shared by the United States of America (USA) and Mexico that is strongly interconnected with the transboundary river, Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. Limited recharge, increasing urbanization, and intensified agriculture have resulted in the over-drafting of groundwater resources and stressed the aquifer, threatening its sustainability if mitigation actions are not taken soon.

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Interested in hydro-diplomacy? Don't miss this podcast entitled "EU’s hydro-diplomacy in a water-stressed world"

Stimson Center’s Farwa Aamer sits down with Ambassador Tanja Miskova and Ms. Alina Belskaia to discuss how the KAS-Stimson pre-conference study highlights water security challenges in the Himalayan region, the Middle East & North Africa, and Central Asia. The guests will also assess how the EU is working to advance sustainable development and expand diplomatic initiatives on transboundary water governance.

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For the first time, scientists have mapped aquifers that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border!

Last year, amid widespread drought, a violent protest over water erupted in Chihuahua, Mexico, a state in the northwestern part of the country. Local farmers armed themselves with sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails and took over the Boquilla Dam, which was holding the water they desperately needed to irrigate their crops. Two people died in confrontations with Mexican soldiers. 

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International Hydro-diplomacy: Building and Strengthening Regional Institutions for Water Conflict Prevention

Water, a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce, is critical in sustaining human life. The last century has witnessed a multifold increase in global water demand despite its waning availability. The rapidly growing urban populations coupled with increasing impacts of climate change have further exacerbated this challenge: more than two-thirds of the global population live with water-scarce conditions at least one month of the year.

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"Climate change is water change—and it is bringing with it the threat of famine, insecurity, and conflict, warns"

World leaders go into the COP26 climate talks with the most explicit warning to date from scientists that global temperatures will increase by at least 1.5C.
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