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22 May 2019 - 05:20 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
Four coastal counties have signed Sh10.7 billion agreements that seek to improve water supply and sanitation in the region.
22 May 2019 - 05:21 - Sydney - Local Press Report
A private company is eyeing up to $1 billion in annual revenue from a proposal to convert wastewater from Dampier Salt’s operation near Karratha into a high-value chemical product.
20 May 2019 - 08:23 - KHARGONE - Local Press Report
BJP's manifesto has promised the setting up of a unified Ministry of Water to end the water woes of the country.
20 May 2019 - 08:21 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In two separate funding transactions May 16 and 17, the World Bank underscored commitment to its investors to support global sustainability projects.
20 May 2019 - 08:08 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This OOSKAnewscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of SFG’s fifth "Blue Peace Bulletin", “Water and Violence: Somalia” (THE FULL MAY 2019 BULLETIN CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE).Philip is a lawyer who works as Senior Research Manager for SFG, heading initiatives on public international law, hydro-diplomacy, conflict, terrorism and global foresight issues. She has an LL.M from Harvard Law School with a concentration in Human Rights. SFG is an international think-tank engaged in crafting new policy concepts that enable decision makers to prepare for a future in uncertain times. SFG's body of work encompasses over 50 countries, across four continents. SFG pioneered the “Blue Peace” concept to use water as a tool to promote peace and security in the world. In the drought and conflict-stricken country of Somalia, water is often indiscriminately targeted or used as a weapon of war primarily by Al-Shabaab. Destruction of water infrastructure, blocking of access to rivers and other water sources, poisoning of wells of both civilians and peacekeepers are among tactics deployed by the terror group. “Water and Conflict: Somalia” argues for a holistic and coordinated response by the Somalian government, key countries such as Ethiopia, regional actors like the African Union and the AMISOM peacekeeping forces could go a long way in helping the nation grapple with their water woes and protecting their dwindling resources.20 May 2019 - 07:21 - CAIRO, Egypt - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A newly-formed joint venture of Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors has been awarded a $739 Million USD contract to build the Bahr Albaqar wastewater treatment plant in north-west Egypt. Upon completion, it will be the largest in Egypt, and among the largest in the world, with capacity to treat up to 5,000,000 m3 of water daily. The facility is part of the Bahr Albaqar drainage project and the processed water will be used in regional irrigation.20 May 2019 - 06:34 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Movement of the embankment of iron ore giant Vale SA’s decommissioned Gongo Soco mine pit near the city of Barão de Cocais has been detected by radar, the company has reported. It is predicted that, if the movement continues, the embankment could weaken and cause the tailings dam to burst sometime between 19 and 25 May.20 May 2019 - 06:51 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Singapore’s national water utility PUB assumed ownership, May 18, of the Tuaspring desalination plant from financially troubled environmental services company Hyflux Ltd in accordance with PUB’s 30-day notice issued in April.20 May 2019 - 06:41 - COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have constructed a deep underground shaft to provide safe water to Rohingya refugees in Camp 12 at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where about one million displaced persons are located.20 May 2019 - 05:23 - ROME, Italy - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Sophisticated analyses of rainfall, temperatures, water availability and vegetation health point to the worse drought in years in Somalia. An estimated 2.2 million people or 18 percent of the population is facing sever hunger from July through September following poor harvests.
A special alert released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) May 15 indicates that current estimates of the food shortage is now expected to be 40 percent higher than estimates at the beginning of the year. This is due to late on-set and insufficient spring rains. It is also expected that the crops will not recover before the beginning of the dry season.20 May 2019 - 05:35 - MOGADISHU, Somalia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
National and international humanitarian aid agencies have called for immediate and robust response to the growing crisis in Somalia. “The number of people facing acute food shortages is increasing,20 May 2019 - 05:17 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
One of the key recommendations of the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace ("A Matter of Survival", published 2017) is to introduce the Blue Peace framework into the functioning of international financial markets.
A new report “Blue Peace in International Finance” connects various dots and brings together many different facets of the potential for blue innovation in international finance. It highlights new trends such as the consideration of the role of peace as well as inter-faith understanding in developing new approaches to international finance. It also explains the role of multilateral development banks, green bonds and other emerging instruments. The paper, prepared by think tank "Strategic Foresight Group" is a product of international consultations indifferent parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and Europe.19 May 2019 - 12:36 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
With water storage in dams dropping to a "critical" level, the Centre has issued a "drought advisory" to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, asking them to us19 May 2019 - 12:36 - LUSAKA - Local Press Report
Government and the European Investment Bank have signed a water and sanitation agreement worth 5 million euros for the Zambia Water and Sanitation Project.19 May 2019 - 12:35 - VALLETTA - Local Press Report
Farmers with fields in the south of the island have complained about a sudden reduction in water for irrigation, which they say is the result of concurrent work on two reservoirs.19 May 2019 - 12:36 - GENEVA - Local Press Report
UN Member States today called for increased investments in ecosystem-based solutions for disaster prevention.19 May 2019 - 11:00 - BERLIN, Germany - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An intensive two-year period of interdisciplinary research across Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria has resulted in a comprehensive report, released on May 13, that examines the conflicts in the Lake Chad region and how climate change has created even more fragility in the region. The project was commissioned by the Group of Seven (G7) nations, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.18 May 2019 - 11:06 - BELEM, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A federal court in Brazil has lifted a production embargo on Norsk Hydro aluminum production activities at the Alunorte facility. Operations have been curtailed since May 2018 following an environmental event the previous February that contaminated the local Barcarena municipality's waters with bauxite residues. A tailings pond had overflowed from a deposit basin after heavy rainfall. As recently as October 2018, Norsk Hydro was considering shutting the facility down permanently, as reported in OOSKAnews.18 May 2019 - 09:22 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Big industries throughout Europe are lobbying for significant and devastating changes to the EU water law, the Water Framework Directive (WFD), according to a coalition of environmental organizations. Living Rivers Europe, five environmental and angling organisations, has sent a letter to the Environment Ministers of EU Member States ahead of meetings on May 20 and 21 of the EU Member States to discuss water related issues.18 May 2019 - 07:35 - PARIS, France - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new guide will help the hydropower industry to assess resilience to extreme weather events. The International Hydropower Association (IHA) guide is designed to inform all hydropower projects regardless of scale and geography, both greenfield and “upgrade” projects, addressing climate risk screening, data analysis, climate stress testing, climate risk management, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting.