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  • 19 Dec 2014- 10:35 by OOSKAnews Correspondent KISUMU, Kenya The government of Kenya’s Kisumu County has issued $39 million USD in funding for the second phase of a major water restoration project. Kisumu residents have been grappling with water shortages since the early 1990s. The worst hit areas
  • 17 Dec 2014- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand International rights group Human Rights Watch this week called on the government of Thailand to clean up Klity Creek, in the western part of the country. The water body is contaminated with lead, poisoning the water supply of some 400
  • 17 Dec 2014- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BERLIN, Germany German companies are interested in building desalination plants in Crimea despite European economic sanctions, Andrey Zverev, the trade representative of the Russian embassy in Berlin, said earlier this week. “I can tell you that we have
  • 11 Dec 2014- 10:27 by OOSKAnews Correspondent DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania The Tanzanian government is drawing up new measures to protect the country's water sources and catchment areas from human activity. The measures, which will be implemented by local authorities, include evicting people who
  • 10 Dec 2014- 11:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LIMA, Peru The planet is “moving towards the tipping point,” at which damage due to climate change will be irreversible, according to  Sam Kutesa, president of the 69th UN General Assembly. Kutesa was addressing reporters in Lima earlier this week,
  • 7 Dec 2014- 11:29 by OOSKAnews Correspondent EDINBURGH, Scotland, United Kingdom The XVth World Water Congress of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will meet in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 25-29, 2015. OOSKAnews caught up with Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law at Texas A&M
  • 5 Dec 2014- 10:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States Protecting the planet is one of six “essential elements” that should guide development of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said this week. “We have an urgent duty to address
  • 5 Dec 2014- 10:15 by Local Press Report MANILA SciDev.Net A campaign that seeks to eliminate the practice of open defecation is producing positive results for poor communities in the Philippines, especially for women and children. The Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) project of the World Bank and the
  • 5 Dec 2014- 10:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MEXICO CITY, Mexico Mexico's Supreme Court has for the first time awarded an “amparo” injunction based on the human right to water. An amparo is a remedy for the protection of constitutional rights. In this case, members of the court unanimously
  • 4 Dec 2014- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya River basin organizations from around the world pledged to share knowledge and experience on managing shared water resources in order to prevent conflicts over water during the first International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations,
  • 26 Nov 2014- 10:46 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LILONGWE, Malawi Perth-based miner Paladin Energy has come under fire from Malawian civil society organizations and traditional and religious leaders following its decision to discharge water from the tailings dam at its Kayelekera Uranium Mine into the
  • 26 Nov 2014- 10:46 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LA PAZ, Bolivia Some 30 municipalities across the central Bolivian departments of Oruro, Santa Cruz and La Paz have declared drought emergencies, according to the Andean nation’s Civil Defense Ministry. According to Deputy Minister Óscar Cabrera, 16 of
  • 25 Nov 2014- 10:14 by Local Press Report DUSHANBE Tajikistan is following a regional trend by drafting legislation that may sharply restrict the activities of foreign-funded non-governmental organizations. Activists say the bill threatens to hinder the operations of hundreds of
  • 25 Nov 2014- 10:22 by OOSKAnews Correspondent ASUNCION, Paraguay The Paraguayan government is investing $500 million USD in water and sanitation projects in the country’s Alto Parana region, as part of a $1 billion USD national water plan. The funds will be used to build water and sewerage systems,
  • 24 Nov 2014- 10:34 by Local Press Report NAYPYIDAW The Nation Villagers in Myanmar will this week submit a petition to Thailand's human rights commission, seeking protection. Meanwhile, the rebel group threatened to stop the project. The Hatgyi Dam is located about 47 kilometres from the Thai