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Egypt Insists on GERD Timeframes After Tripartite Meeting Postponed

CAIRO

Egypt understands the reasons for Ethiopia requesting a postponement of the trilateral ministerial meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) scheduled for late February, but hopes there will be compliance with agreed timeframes for resolving technical issues, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.

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Red Sea "White Spot" May Indicate Pollution by Major Hotels

JEDDAH

Social media have shared images of a white spot in the Red Sea at the Corniche, initiating a discussion on pollution and the fear of underwater destruction of life, Al-Madina reported. Several people described the spot as a serious "sea pollution" that calls for the intervention of the competent authorities, saying that many major hotels are dumping sewage water into the sea.

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ADB Funds Balochistan Irrigation Projects

ISLAMABAD

An Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project comprising six schemes is being launched in Balochistan to help bring hundreds of acres of land under irrigation in Karkh valley that will not only increase command area but also ensure sustained water supply.

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Acciona to Supply Renewable Energy to Chile's Aguas Chanar

SANTIAGO

Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA said today it has signed an agreement to supply renewable power to the main facilities in Chile of local water and wastewater company Aguas Chanar. Through Acciona Energia, the company will deliver enough power to cover more than 70% of Aguas Chanar’s needs in the Atacama region.

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EIB to Fund $86 Million USD Sewage Sewage System in Rwanda

KIGALI

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is expected to announce a loan worth $85.7 million (Rwf73b) to the government of Rwanda, towards supporting construction of the country’s first public sewage system. This will be the bank’s first public sector investment in Rwanda.

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Minnesota's $5 Billion USD Case Against 3M Chemicals Heads to Trial

MINNEAPOLIS MN

Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in Minneapolis.

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UK Enviro Agency Report: "Far Too Many Serious Pollution Incidents"

LONDON

UK Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard Boyd has called on water companies and farmers to cut the amount of pollution incidents harming England’s waters and for penalties to be made tougher, as the EA publishes The State of the Environment: Water Quality report today.

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"Water Banks" to Alleviate Flooding in Bangkok

BANGKOK

City Hall is speeding up its ambitious plans to prevent chronic flooding by building underground “water banks” and water retention areas. The construction of five water banks, with the capacity to hold up to 27,030 cubic metres of water, will be finished this year, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang promised Monday. 
 

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Malta Announces $123 Million USD Water Infrastructure Investment Program

GOZO

The Water Services Corporation will be investing €100 million on a number of water infrastructure projects, which include a ‘state of the art’ reverse osmosis in Gozo. The projects were announced by Energy and Water Management Minister Joe Mizzi and PS for EU Funds Aaron Farrugia.

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UNFAO Distributes 50 Drip Irrigation Systems to Small Farms in Ukraine

KYIV

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) distributed 50 drip irrigation kits to small farmers in conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions on February 16. 2018.

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Water is "The Connector" in the Climate Change Challenge

EDINBURGH, Scotland

OOSKAnews invites readers to watch this video interview which we conducted recently with Dr John Matthews, Co-Founder and Secretariat Co-ordinator of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).

Dr Matthews' conversation with David Duncan, OOSKAnews' Publisher was recorded as a follow-up to an "OOSKAnews Voices" Column authored by Matthews and published last month in which he relected in particular on the 23rd session of the conference of parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The full article, headlined "Too Much Too Quickly, UNFCCC, COP23 and the Sharpening Mind" can be read HERE. The follow-up video interview explores these matters further, with focus on the past and future roadmaps for increasing recognition of the importance of adaptation in global climate considerations, and the place of water as a "connector" across climate change discourse. <--break->

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New Dam Plans Will Provide Water to Thirsty Durban

DURBAN

Mkomazi River water could be channelled through a 32km tunnel by 2025 to help quench the thirst in the eThekwini Municipality. The building of the Smithfield Dam will require the expropriation of 1,487 hectares. It will be constructed, owned and financed by the Department of Water and Sanitation, according to Umgeni Water spokesperson, Shami Harichunder.

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Rains Avert Iraq Water Crisis … but for How Long?

BAGHDAD

A deluge of rain storms have reduced the risk of a drought in Iraq this summer but done little to allay concerns over the long term supply of water to the country. Iraq warned in October that it was heading toward a major shortage due to the lack of water being released into the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from countries upstream.

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Murray-Darling Basin Authority Accused of Cover-up

ADELAIDE SA

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority omitted evidence from a report on satellite monitoring technology that apparently showed water bought by taxpayers for environment purposes was being sucked up by a downstream irrigator, a former senior staffer said.

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Record Dam Releases Rejuvenate China's Longest Inland River

URUMQI

Nearly 2.5 billion cubic meters of water was discharged to the basin of the Tarim River, China's longest inland river, last year to supply its lower reaches that dried up decades ago. It was the largest amount of water since the measure began to be taken in 2000, according to the river's administration.

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Manila Agency Wants More Quezon Dam Project Bids

MANILA

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is open to more proposals on implementing the Kanan Dam project in Quezon province that can challenge the one submitted by Rep. Danilo Suarez and his partners, which the agency is now reviewing.

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Romania Environment Agency Applies $10.5 Million USD in Fines in 2017

BUCHAREST

Romania’s National Environmental Guard, the expert authority verifying compliance with environmental laws and regulations, applied nearly 2,000 fines last year, worth a total of over RON 39 million (some EUR 8.5 million), according to its annual activity report.

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Iraq Delegation to Visit Turkey Over Water Dispute

BAGHDAD

An Iraqi government delegation will visit Turkey to discuss the country’s water share amid environmental concerns over Turkey’s Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. Last December, Iraqi Water Resources Minister Hassan al-Janabi warned that farmers in swathes of southern Iraq had too little water to plant and that some areas may face drinking water shortage in the summer.

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Linkage Between Migration and Water Security Should Concern Trump

WASHINGTON DC

In his State of the Union address, the President once again called for stronger responses to global security crises and significant new investments in security along our southern border. And yet, one of the drivers behind both of these issues – namely, water security – has received little attention to date.

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