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  • The sparsely populated Sakhalin Island, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Russia’s far-eastern region, is under serious threat of critical water shortages by the middle of this century.
  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Water Partnership (GWP) teamed up this week to launch an Integrated Drought Management Program that will focus on monitoring and preventing this growing global concern.
  • A new joint study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) warns that over 75 percent of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have a serious lack of water security, with many facing an imminent crisis unless steps are taken urgently to improve water resource management.
  • The Malawi government this week expressed concern over the fact that a Tanzanian national is serving as executive secretary of the mediation team working on the border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania.
  • If the hydropower projects planned within the Mekong River basin are completed, they will accumulate as much as 16 percent of the river’s water volume, or 475 billion cubic meters a year, according to Dr. Chu Thai Hoanh of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
  • Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
  • 8 Feb 2013- 08:48 by Local Press Report new yorK UNICEF UNICEF welcomed core contributions from Member States at the annual pledging event held on the third day of the first regular session of the Executive Board. Some $38 million USD was pledged during the event at United Nations Headquarters.
  • The World Bank has approved an $87 million USD grant package to help Mozambique develop a climate change-resilient economy and improve nutrition interventions for over a million people.
  • During the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting last week in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other participants challenged Laos’ efforts to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam, the first of a planned 11 dams along the Lower Mekong River.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.
  • Water and energy shortages “paralyzed” Chile’s mining industry in the second half of 2012, but mining companies expect solutions to these issues to take shape in the new year.

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