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G-WADI—the first decade
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Citation of this paper:W. Mike Edmunds,Ramasamy Jayakumar,Anil Mishra,Abdin Salih,Soroosh Sorooshian,Howard S. Wheater,William Logan,2013.G-WADI—the first decade.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0001~0005.
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W. Mike Edmunds Oxford Water, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK wme@btopenworld.com 
Ramasamy Jayakumar UNESCO Beijing Office, Waijiaogongyu 5-15-3 Jianguomenwai Compound, Beijing 100600, China  
Anil Mishra UNESCO IHP, 1, rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France  
Abdin Salih UNESCO IHP, 1, rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France  
Soroosh Sorooshian University of Khartoum, Gramma Avenue, Khartoum 11111, Sudan  
Howard S. Wheater Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, National Hydrology Research Centre, 11 Innovation Boulevard, Saskatoon SK S7N 3H5, Canada  
William Logan International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM-UNESCO), Institute for Water Resources (IWR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315-3868, USA  
 
Abstract:The G-WADI network by UNESCO promotes the global capacity for management of water resources in arid and semi-arid areas. The primary aim has been to build a comprehensive global network to promote regional and international cooperation so as to increase knowledge and improve management practices through the sharing of information. The G-WADI objectives and achievements of the past 10 years are reviewed. A number of key initiatives have been implemented—the formation of five regional networks, the creation of a central G-WADI web site, promotion of near-real-time rainfall distribution software enhanced by the inclusion of satellite based precipitation estimations, as well as workshop and web-based activities on chemical and isotopic tracers and on rain water harvesting. Two workshops on surface and on groundwater modeling, supported by publications have been held in India and China. The Asian G-WADI network remains very active, but activities in the other three regions are developing (Africa, Arab Region, Latin America and the Caribbean).
keywords:UNESCO  semi-arid regions  water resources  groundwater modeling  global networks  water harvesting
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