Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Research Symposium Feedback

Well for many of you who were unable to attend the first annual IWRM research symposium, I must say that you missed out quite a bit.

As previously mentioned the symposium presented information under topics such as hydrology, meteorology, water and the environment, water quality, heath, water supply and water and governance. Thus, there was a wide scope of information ranging from topics such as rainwater harvesting, water quality in the Ortoire River, marine pollution, ambient water quality, water quality guidelines, water scarcity, water poverty index, to disaster preparedness, land use planning, freshwater quality and rainfall variability.

I must say I am very proud of my colleagues who presented, and I am looking forward to receiving the relevant documents to catalogue and to house them in the library.

The symposium was the perfect place to network and meet other persons in the field of water resources management, as well as, a means for knowledge sharing. One of the topics presented in the morning session on Thursday, was drought management, which highlighted the probability of drought in our country, as well as, means through which it can be effectively managed. Thus, I hope you all can see the importance of  my previous post on drought management in Australia from the World Meteorological Organization and why we should all be sourcing reliable information on the topic.

I was also very pleased to get some documents from the Global Water Partnership Carribbean (GWP-C). I will update you on these as soon as they are catalogued and added to the libraries collection in a later post. For persons interested in sourcing information on the IWRM  research symposium such as the book of abstracts, the agenda, the Adopt a River booklet, as well as, the National Integrated Water Resources Management policy (2005), available both in digital and print, by the Water Resources Management Unit of the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment, you can either send me an email or pass by my desk.

IWRM Research Symposium July 15-16 2015 - Book of Abstracts
IWRM Research Symposium July 15-16 2015 – Book of Abstracts

Books for fun…and stress relief…

I recently read an article by the Associated Press about colouring books for adults, in order to help them relieve stress. Not only is this new trend popular, with competitions as a result of it, but it also seems to be an effective means of relieving stress.

To read up on the original article you can click on the link below:

Trendy but calm: Adult coloring books selling like crazy

However, I’m not writing this post to advocate the recent trend but to point out that even reading regular novels can also be an effective means of relieving stress. Yet, for many persons this task may be arguably a difficult one in terms of our busy schedules, managing the kids and having a full-time job. As an avid reader and someone who has a full plate, I often try to read as much as possible and I find it so rewarding. (Even if it takes me over a month to read one book). So I am challenging you all, especially if you haven’t read for a while, take some time to read a book  and see how you feel afterwards. Come on, I dare you! 🙂

Below I have provided a list of recent books read by some members staff (including one of our interns) for fun and which may also serve as a brain cooler during our hectic work schedules and projects.

  1.  Of  Age and Innocence (1958) – George Lamming
Of Age and Innocence - George Lamming
Of Age and Innocence – George Lamming

George Lamming is a west Indian writer, born in Barbados, who is very diverse in his professional pursuits which included a teacher in Trinidad, a radio host, an editor, essayist, not to mention, an award-winning writer. One of his earlier novels is In the Castle of My Skin (1953).

In my opinion, Of Age and Innocence is the perfect novel to read at present (seeing that we are about to hold our own government elections in September), since it centres around elections in the fictional island of San Cristobal. This novel highlights race and ethnicity in colonial and post-colonial societies, as well as, the linkages between diverse groups and people as a whole. This novel is deep, thought-provoking and captivating.

To read more about George Lamming you can click on the link below:

An afternoon with George Lamming

2. Warm Bodies (2011) – Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies - Issac Marion
Warm Bodies – Issac Marion

Isaac Marion, a native from Seattle, began writing in high school. He self-published three novels before his breakthrough with Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies tells the romantic tale between R, the liveliest zombie you will ever meet, and Julie, the girlfriend of one of his victims. Not only is this novel humorous, it is also very moving and deep, (not to mention scary at times ), since it looks at humanity in a way that most of us may not have ever thought about. For sure it’s a certified page-turner and you wouldn’t want to put it down until the last page.

3. The Pilgrimage (1987) – Paulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian author, is the writer of the well-known novel, The Alchemist (1988), which sold 35 million copies and is the most translated book in the world by a living author.

Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendary road of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho’s literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning. (Harper Collins, 2015).

4. Styxx (A Dark Hunter Series Novel) – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Styxx – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon , a #1 New York Times bestselling author,  who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger, as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. When not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too. Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. (Amazon, 2015)

This novel delves into the realms of fantasy and follows the centuries-long adventures of the immortal warriors of Atlantis. According to Publisher’s Weekly “Sherrilyn Kenyon [is] the reigning queen of the…paranormal scene.” This novel is book number seventeen (17) in the Dark-Hunter Series. So if you enjoy adventure, romance and a bit of paranormal/fantasy maybe you can do some research and start to read. However, if you are not into reading a book with abuse, torture etc., then this book may be a bit too much.

Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015

Our print copy of the Water Policy journal (Volume 17 Number 3 2015), the official journal of the World Water Council has been received.

Staff now have access to analyses, reviews, case studies and debates on policy aspects of water resources, in order to build capacity for integrated water management, which depends on dialogue between relevant stakeholders.

This issue provides information on topics such as water reclamation, water environment and economy, water resources, pollution, spatial analysis, water supply, water quality, water recovery, cost recovery, human resources, sanitation, water resources and water needs.

Also included in this issue is a book review on “Federal Rivers – Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems” by Dustin Garrick et al.

Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015
Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015

5Cs Wins Energy Globe Award for Renewable Energy and Potable Water Project in Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) received the 2015 Energy Globe Award for its renewable energy and potable water work in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Energy Globe, an internationally recognized trademark for sustainability, is one of the most important environmental prizes today with 177 participating countries. The award, which is made from a cross-section of over 1, 500 entries annually, is given in recognition of outstanding performance in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource conservation.

The CCCCC won the 2015 Energy Globe National Award for the project “Special Programme for Adaptation to Climate Change”. The project was executed on the island of Bequia in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and focuses on the production and provision of clean drinking water for more than 1,000 people. This is being done through the acquisition and installation of a reverse osmosis desalination plant. The project is deemed highly sustainable as the water input is…

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Understanding Mathematical and Statistical Techniques in Hydrology: An Examples-based Approach by Harvey Rodda, Max Little

I don’t know about you but I know that many times I have picked up a hydrology textbook to be flooded with a series of equations.  “Understanding Mathematical and Statistical Techniques in Hydrology” (September, 2015), provides full and detailed expositions of such equations and mathematical concepts, commonly used in hydrology. In this text, essential mathematics is explained with the help of real-world hydrological examples.

For more information on this text, including author information related texts and the table of contents, you can click on the link below:

Understanding Mathematical and Statistical Techniques in Hydrology: An Examples-based Approach

Understanding Mathematical and Statistical Techniques in Hydrology - An example based approach - Wiley
Understanding Mathematical and Statistical Techniques in Hydrology – An examples-based approach (2015) – Wiley

GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering by Barnali Dixon, Venkatesh Uddameri

The textbook “GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource and Science Engineering” (2015) provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of geographic information systems, as well as, demonstrates how GIS and mathematical models can be integrated to develop spatial decision support systems to support water resources planning, management and engineering.

GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering - Wiley
GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering (2015) – Wiley

This document provides information on topics such as water resources engineering, GIS, geocomputation, spatial datasets, hydrologic systems, data models, remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), data quality,  analysis and watershed delineation, watershed budgets, water resources modeling etc.

Persons wishing to find more details on this text, including table of contents, author information and related texts, can click on the link below:

GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering

The Case for Extended Hydrologic Prediction Services for Improved Water Resource Management

Case studies are key sources of information since they allow us to highlight possible trends and possible solutions to problems within water resources management. For instance, our country has been experiencing longer dry seasons and dry rainy seasons, which impact negatively on the urban water supply.

According to the ODPM,  a drought is defined as ” an extended period of time, usually months or years, during which levels of precipitation experienced in a particular region are significantly below the climatic norm.” (2013)

In the past Trinidad and Tobago has also experienced a severe form of this naturally occurring phenomenon, for example “in the last three months of 2009 extending into the first quarter of 2010.” (ODPM, 2013)

Though our situation may not be regarded as severe presently, in certain parts of Australia, they have been experiencing prolonged periods of drought and a general variability in hydrologic conditions which have impacted on the management of their water resources.

To read more about this case study  and their solutions as provided in WMO Bulletin Volume 64 Issue 1, 2015 please click on the link below:

The Case for Extended Hydrologic Prediction Services for Improved Water Resource Management.