More good pubs this week.
1) Water for Mega-Cities: Challenges and Solutions
AWRA and the Beijing Hydraulic Engineering Society are cosponsoring this meeting in Beijing, 16-18 September 2013. Here is the Call for Papers:
Take a look - hope to see you there!
2) Handbook for IWRM in Transboundary Basins
From the Introduction:
In 2008, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) developed a Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Basins. This document, released at the Fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul in March 2009 was a great success worldwide and continues its contribution. The present Handbook builds on that previous work and focuses on Integrated Water
Resources Management (IWRM) in the particular context of transboundary water resources, as an important and increasingly complex area that deserves more attention.
This Handbook collects examples of practice across the globe, organised by topic and theme in a work that summarises the key issues of transboundary water resources management. The work is the result of a contribution of many authors from different backgrounds and representing different approaches to the complex topic considered here. This diversity reflects the range of expertise required to tackle the many difficult challenges arising where the over-arching objective is the integrated management of shared waters that cross national sovereign borders.
Why is this an important issue? For those who manage transboundary waters and work in this field the justification for this work is clear: most of the world’s population and ecosystems depend upon water resources that cross national boundaries, making this a global issue. Emerging crises (financial, climate change, regional instability) affect water resources management and this situation is more complex within the context of internationally shared waters. Integrating water management across a range of political, social, economic, legal, environmental diversities requires considerable human, financial and temporal resources. It is a long-term exercise that changes over time and is resource intensive.
3) Transboundary Partnerships: Handbook and Theory
The email announcing this handbook says it is a
...free downloadable book on transboundary cooperative partnerships in e.g. water management, nature conservation and sustainable regional development.
Although our book has a scientific background, it is particularly written for practitioners! As mentioned already you can download it free of charge...
To download these, you will have to right-click on the 'download' icon. I have also posted them as PDFs if you have trouble.
Crossing Borders; Creating and Managing Cross-border Regional Alliances, by Jan Van der Molen & Hannah Ietswaart, 2012
Here is the theory book that set the stage for the aforementioned handbook:
The Crossing Borders Theory; A Framework for Creating and Managing Cross-border Regional Alliances, by Jan Van der Molen, 2011
Both are from the Crossing Borders Academy.