Water experts exchange experiences to face the challenges of climate change
Given the circumstances and challenges under we have to live at the beginning of a new decade the work of specialized scientists becomes more critical and important than ever Understanding their work helps us to better comprehend our own reality
Continuation of UNESCO Water Science activities through e-learning, open science and distance learning
UNESCOs Division of Water Sciences webinar on Transformation of UNESCO activities through elearning open science and distance learning on 14 May 2020 discussed these means of knowledge dissemination for water security in times of COVID19 The discussion served as a foundation for the ongoing development of a strategic position paper within UNESCOs Sector for Natural Sciences on elearning open science and distance learning Thirtynine participants 26 men and 12 women one guest of unknown gender attended and contributed to the event including representatives from the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme IHP UNESCO Category 2 Centres National Committees professional organizations as well as academics scientists young hydrologists and UNESCO staff from Field offices and Headquarters In opening remarks Mr Anil Mishra Programme Specialist Division of Water Sciences UNESCO highlighted the key objectives of the meeting He emphasised the need to learn from experiences and innovations in three key areas developing in an increasingly virtual environment How to support scientific research in Member States How to foster open science including access to scientific data research and educational resources Moreover how can the societal interface of science be maintained and promoted while physical borders are closed In his keynote address Mr Wouter Buytaert Imperial College London United Kingdom gave examples of how COVID19 has affected the entire realm of science and education and created both opportunities and challenges therein He cited an accelerated increase in online educational content and learning opportunities and increased availability of resources to create new content and tools giving innovative examples of virtual field trips citizen science and the Water Information Network System WINS platform developed by IHP He also underlined the overall challenges in leveraging this momentum to create longterm change that supports sustainable development Presenters shared tools websites associations and platforms to facilitate online learning and access to scientific and educational resources including for early career scientists and to engage in data collection and standardization remotely Presentations also considered the needs of educators or content generators and disseminators and discussed how to better understand user needs and how to ensure that content is delivered in an accessible and engaging manner Discussions also centred around how students or content consumer access online materials and considered examples of helpful tools and resources to access training and educational materials and networking opportunities The meeting discussed challenges to online learning and open data sharing Limited internet access was highlighted as a major concern which could undermine efforts to implement distance learning and open science Other issues raised in the discussion included the need to adapt pedagogy and didactics to the online classroom and to establish sufficient resources to create online content Mr Youssef FilaliMeknassi Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the IHP concluded the meeting reiterating the importance of open science in minimizing the discrepancies between countries and societies Participating institutions UNESCO Field Offices UNESCO Cairo Office UNESCO Jakarta Office UNESCO Montevideo Office UNESCO Nairobi Office UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa UNESCO ROSA UNESCO Category 2 Centres IHE Delft Institute for Water Education The Netherlands International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management ICIWaRM US International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management ICHARM Japan International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change ICWRGC Germany Regional Centre for Water Harvesting RCWH Sudan Regional Water Center for Arid and SemiArid Zones in Latin America and the Caribbean CAZALAC Chile Partners AUDANEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence SANWATCE Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc CUAHSI Future Earth Government of Flanders Indian Institute of Science International Association of Hydrological Sciences IAHS Imperial College London Joint Research Centre of the European Commission UK Centre for Ecology Hydrology UKCEH University of Southampton Vrije Universiteit Brussels Water Research Center Khartoum University
Act Now! A youth climate champion’s bold demand for climate action
Young and enthusiastic Eirini Stogioudi a foresterenvironmentalist from Greece was one of the young speakers at the Asterousia Hybrid University 2020 coorganised by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and MIOECSDE She was also a previous attendee at the 2019 summer university programme Eirini represented her country as the Greek UNESCO MAB Youth Delegate at the first ever UN Youth Climate Action Summit in 2019
Climate Emergency: How Can Art Transform This Challenge?
Art Partner one of the most important creative agencies in the world announces together with UNESCOs Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean the launch of the youth art contest CreateCOP26 within the framework of the UN summit which aims to raise awareness and inspire the climate debate