Chile is now relying on hydropower to support its amazing economic growth. It is a country without oil, gas or coal reserves of its own. Liquified natural gas (LNG) and coal imports are being increased, and there is some talk of expanding non-conventional renewable resources, but hydro represents at least 35% of the current energy [...]Continue Reading →
Scott Moore is a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University, an RCN Partner; and he is also a doctoral candidate at Oxford University. Mr. Moore’s current research focuses on hydropolitics in China.
A few days ago, his work was featured in the International Herald Tribune. His op-ed, Continue Reading →
“Hitherto the long range forecaster has been denied a seat in the banquet hall of science; …the general scientist has denounced him; the professional weather man has treated him with supercilious scorn” (Richards 1911). This statement was made over 100 years ago – long before the development of computers and numerical forecast models – when weather forecasters were limited to reading maps.
Fast forward to now: the age of supercomputers, smart phones and social media. Despite significant advances in our understanding of the atmospheric dynamics, hydrologic processes, and the ability to solve complex equations and communicate with millions of people at lightning fast speed, the same debate rages within the scientific and practicing community as water professionals attempt to push the frontiers of early warning systems for water related hazards.
We continue to experience an ever-increasing number of natural hazards that become disasters. For example…Continue Reading →
Professor Asit K. Biswas is Founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and Distinguished visiting professor of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. The Third World Centre is a Water Diplomacy RCN Partner.
In January, Dr. Biswas was the subject of an interview in the The European (article link, archived pdf @ TWC), published an Op. Ed. Can the world’s water crisis be solved? with Julian Kirchherr in Business Times (Singapore) (archived pdf @ TWC) and was featured as a guest author at the Nestlé Water Challenge Blog…Continue Reading →
Future uncertainty about how we will meet water needs throughout the globe has lead to concern in the public and private sector over water resource security and strategic planning for meeting water resource need. Multiple lines of research have estimated that by 2030, the gap between water supply and water demand will exceed 40% globally, with areas that have even higher water deficits. Any solution to this impending cliff requires two things: reducing water consumption, and finding ways to creatively and flexibly produce more value out of the water we have through.
Here, we examine a report that attempt to provide strategy and guidance for meeting these water challenges by identifying potential pathways to close the water demand supply-gap for 2030.Continue Reading →
Flood risk management seeks to prevent and mitigate disastrous outcomes from flood events through built infrastructure, management of control devices, land-use planning, flood prediction and emergency management planning. Researchers from NCAR and the University of Colorado interviewed decision makers at multiple levels and scientists who study flood risks and prediction to better understand how flood risk research questions are studied and how actual risk management decisions are made to better inform the researchers who seek to provide the information that will improve flood risk management decision making. However, while scientists often assume that more specific scientific information that reduces uncertainty about flood timing or magnitude will lead to better flood prediction and flood management policies, the diverse group of practitioners involved in the policy and management decision process may need different information that better addresses the realities of their decision making environment.Continue Reading →
International donors promote the widespread adoption of various policy trends and are able to influence policy with developing countries through funding schemes. The perceptions of international donors and dominant policy narratives may not align with the development conditions at the local or national levels, which can lead to ineffective development funding and perpetuate a cycle of ineffective policy and programs. Dr. Diana Suhardiman of the International Water Management Institute and Dr. Peter Mollinga of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, examined the international donors and dominant policy narratives over the past five decades in Indonesian irrigation policy and used this detailed case study to illustrate that when national policies are strongly shaped by international trends, there is a potential that assumptions about causal mechanisms or organizational motivations may lead to financial and institutional arrangements that cannot produce the desired outcome and may perpetuate or exacerbate a negative result.Continue Reading →