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Useful web links

A looming crisis
World Water Development Report (WWDR–3)
www.unesco.org/water/wwap/wwdr/wwdr3/

Rising demand and dwindling per capita resources
The concept of ‘peak water’ is engagingly presented by Meena Palaniappan in her address to the American Planning Association, available at the website of the Pacific Institute: Palaniappan, M. 2008. ‘Peak Water’. Pacific Institute, 11pp
www.pacinst.org

Pollution and water-related disease
The World Health Organization’s Guidelines and related publications are continually updated sources of information, and downloadable from the WHO website. Espec ially:
WHO 2008. Guidelines for drinking-water quality. 3rd edn, WHO, Geneva. Available at
www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/gdwq3rev/en/

Water, land and wildlife
The website of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) gives regular updates on habitat losses at www.iucn.org

Progress on soil erosion and sediment movement can be found on the websites of
The World Association for Sediment and Erosion Research
www.waser.cn

The IGBP-PAGES-LUCIFS project, which takes an historical view
www.pages-igbp.org

Unesco International Sediment Initiative
www.irtces.org/isi

And the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering which includes the work of the International Coordinating Committee on Reservoir Sedimentation (ICCORES)
www.iahr.net

Dams and diversions
General coverage of the pros and cons of dams can be found in:

Brink, E., McLain, S. and Rothert, S., 2004: Beyond Dams – options and alternatives. Report by American Rivers and International Rivers Network
www.internationalrivers.org/...

International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), 1999: Benefits and concerns about dams
www.icold-cigb.org/PDF/BandC.PDF

Trading water – real and virtual
The concept of virtual water and its consequences for national security are available in numerous publications from UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands. It is easy to sign up to the free newsletter at
www.waterfootprint.org

Water, war and terrorism
The Unesco/Green Cross International PC-CP programme can be followed at
www.unesco.org/water/wwap/unescopress_12_12.shtml  

Frijters, I.D. and Leentvaar, J. 2003. ‘Rhine case study.’ UNESCO-IHP, PCCP Series Publication, 33pp
www.unesco.org/water/wwap/pccp/pubs/case_studies.shtml

The threat of global warming
The UK Met Office online offers regular climate change updates and background at
www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-change

Shrinking freshwater stores
Two particularly good sources of information on glaciers are:

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) website provides data free of charge online, including a meta-data file browser facility in Google Earth
www.geo.unizh.ch/wgms/

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), 1999 updated 2009. World glacier inventory. World Glacier Monitoring Service and National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology, Boulder, Colorado
www.nsidc.org.

Cutting demand
The ebook Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems offers interesting details of recycling, especially in:
Vigneswaran, S. and Sundaravadivel, M. 2004. ‘Recycle and reuse of domestic wastewater.’ In: Saravanamuthu, V. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, EOLSS Publishers, Oxford, UK, under auspices of Unesco, ebooks at
www.eolss.net/ebooks/

Increasing supplies
Useful insights into new developments can be found by signing up to the European Water Partnership’s Water News. This is a free weekly service available at
www.ewp.eu
and
www.european-waternews.com

Using seawater
It is difficult to recommend a text as desalination is a profitable industry and information is often treated as commercially valuable. It is hardly covered in most standard water resources texts. Direct use of saltwater is even more sparsely covered. However, the following publication from the Pacific Institute is worthwhile:
Cooley, H., Gleick, P.H. and Wolff, G. 2006. ‘A Report of the Desalination: with a grain of salt. A California perspective.’ Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, Oakland, California. Available from
www.pacinst.org

Improved monitoring and data management
Up-to-date news on new satellites can be found on the websites of the space agencies
www.nasa.gov
www.esa.int
www.jaxa.jp
www.cnsa.gov.cn
www.isro.org
www.federalspace.ru

More information on the GRDC’s global river discharge network can be found online
http://grdc.bafg.de/?8168

For more information on the major organizations, visit their websites
www.wwap.org
www.gemswater.org
www.igrac.net
www.bgr.bund.de
www.grdc.bafg.de

Improving prediction and risk management
Read the full policy brief developed by UN-Water’s Interagency Task Force on Gender and Water (GWTF) and other publications
www.unwater.org/TFgender.html

Aid for the developing world
The UN and charity websites detail the latest humanitarian campaigns and projects
www.unwater.org/