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2 May 2020 - 11:44 - KHOBAR - Local Press Report
The Saudi publicly-owned company Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded ACCIONA and its partner RTCC a US $500m contract for the construction of the Al Khobar 2 desalination plant at Khobar, on the east coast of Saudi Arabia around 400km from Riyadh.
2 May 2020 - 11:45 - HOUSTON TX - Local Press Report
Using Houston as a model, researchers at Rice's Brown School of Engineering have developed a plan that could reduce the need for surface water (from rivers, reservoirs or wells) by 28% by recycling
2 May 2020 - 11:47 - RICHMOND VA - Local Press Report
The US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled on Wednesday that a lawsuit can proceed challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to update national standards to control water pollution from slaughterhouses.
2 May 2020 - 11:49 - CHENNAI - Local Press Report
A new study highlighting the impact of China’s dams on the Mekong river has raised fresh questions on whether dams being built on other rivers that originate in China, such as the Brahmaputra, may similarly impact countries downstream.
2 May 2020 - 11:43 - ZHANGJIAJIE - Local Press Report
A recent drone video has been able to capture some "out of this world" footage of a peculiarly shaped sinkhole located somewhere in China.
2 May 2020 - 11:07 - PRAGUE, Czech Republic - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Environment Minister of the Czech Republic, has called the combination of almost no snowfall and a warm winter, which has caused a 500-year drought, “catastrophic” for the country.
In a 29 April televised briefing to journalists, Jiri Brabec said "Currently, 80 percent of underground wells are in a state of mild to extreme drought, mainly due to the accumulation of the deficit in the last 6 years and extremely little snow in the past winter".
2 May 2020 - 11:20 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new poll conducted on behalf of the Value of Water Campaign shows that voters in the United States value water and want elected officials to prioritise investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. In principle, more than four in five US voters support increasing federal investment in water infrastructure, supporting an increase in federal investment in rebuilding water infrastructure ‐ including pipes, pumps, reservoirs, treatment plants, and other facilities ‐ “to ensure safe, reliable water service for all communities”.
2 May 2020 - 11:35 - BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Citizens of Naryn in the cetral region of the Kyrgyz Republic will enjoy improved wastewater services thanks to a joint $7 Million USD investment by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Government of Switzerland and the European Union (EU) in the municipal water service infrastructure at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of high standards of hygiene and sanitation.
2 May 2020 - 10:25 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This OOSKAnewscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of an SFG "Blue Peace Bulletin" titled "Alternative Dispute Resolution". (THE FULL APRIL 2019 BULLETIN CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE).Riparian countries cooperating on water management are bound to face new issues that could potentially lead to conflict. It is therefore important to have built in mechanisms in their water sharing agreements that could lead to a peaceful resolution of issues as and when they arise. River Basin Oraganisations around the world have found a different, but effective way of dealing with resolution of disputes between them. This issue of the Blue Peace Bulletin examines some of them. Kutty is part of the research team behind Blue Peace Bulletins, monthly publications which highlight issues related to water and violence in different geographic regions.Jayantika holds an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. SFG is a Mumbai, India-based international think-tank engaged in crafting new policy concepts that enable decision makers to prepare for a future in uncertain times. Measuring cooperation between riparian countries and the efficacy of such cooperation can serve to better inform and advance regional peace and stability. In the audio conversation, Jayantika Kutty describes the "Water Cooperation Quotient" (WCQ) developed by SFG, which uses a framework of different parameters to measure the level of cooperation between riparian countries such as agreement, exchange of data, water infrastructure, and political commitment. One of the WCQ parameters stipulates for "Alternative Dispute Resolution" (ADR), defining this as “The riparian countries have a well-defined mechanism for resolving disputes, which could be either through a River Basin Organisation, to which they belong, or through reference to a specific third party.
The Blue Peace Bulletin offers a number of examples of Alternative Dispute Resolution; in the audio conversation, Kutty makes specific mention of:
- The 1978 "Convention Relating to the Status of River Gambia", signed by Gambia, Senegal, Guinea and Guinea Bissau, which provided for the creation of ‘The Organization for the Development of the Gambia River’ (OMVG), an RBO to manage three trans-boundary rivers namely, Gambia, Corubal and Geba.
- 1960's Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan which has managed to survive wars and diplomatic clashes between the countries and has been able to fulfil certain water obligations with The World Bank acting as a mediator.
29 Apr 2020 - 12:32 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
By examining the carbon isotope composition of tree-rings, researchers from Swinburne and the University of California, Davis have compiled the first comprehensive global database for water-use eff
29 Apr 2020 - 12:27 - AVIEMORE - Local Press Report
The level at a loch that mysteriously lost millions of gallons of water a year ago has risen to one of its highest in years.
29 Apr 2020 - 12:28 - BULAWAYO - Local Press Report
The Bulawayo City Council has laid blame of the prevailing water crisis in the city on the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) accusing the parastatal of dragging its feet on some key water s
29 Apr 2020 - 12:29 - Kwekwe - Local Press Report
The Kwekwe City Council has partnered the Zimbabwe Republic Police on a city disinfection exercise against Covid-19.
29 Apr 2020 - 12:30 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
A leading water environment scientist has called for the establishment of an authority in charge of all water governance functions in the Yangtze River basin, saying it would have a "decisive" role
29 Apr 2020 - 12:26 - KARIYA CITY - Local Press Report
Luckily for citizens of Kariya City in Aichi prefecture in west-central Japan, water bills, at least, won’t cause any more stress.
29 Apr 2020 - 11:17 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
By 2030, up to 15 million people and $177 Billion USD in urban property will be affected by annual coastal flooding and an additional 132 million people and $535 Billion USD will be affected by riverine flooding, the World Resources Institute (WRI) reports (Aqueduct Floods Tool).Floods are more intense as a consequence of climate change, development in high-risk zones, and land subsidence from the overuse of groundwater. Using its “Aqueduct Floods” tool, World Resources Institute calculates that by 2050, the numbers are predicted to be “catastrophic”, with a total of 221 million people at risk, with cities bearing the cost of approximately $1.7 Trillion USD annually. Developed in 2014 with consortium of data partners, including Deltares, Amsterdam’s Institute for Environmental Studies, Utrecht University, and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the tool also suggests that investment in flood protection infrastructure returns significant benefit. For instance, every $1 invested in flood protection infrastructure in India results in $248 in avoided damages and a 50 percent decrease in future risk.
Charlie Iceland, Director of water initiatives at WRI, told OOSKAnews that “even relatively modest efforts to increase flood protection levels could yield very significant benefits. For example, if Tanzania were to increase its riverine flood protection levels to guard against a 1-in-10-year flood instead of a smaller 1-in-5-year flood (the amount of flood protection we estimate they currently have), this would result in avoided impacts on $79 billion worth of GDP between now and 2100, avoided impacts to 74 million people, and benefits of about $20 for every $1 spent".
29 Apr 2020 - 10:05 - Conakry, Guinea - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new report from research and advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) describes construction of the Republic of Guinea's Souapiti dam as breaching human rights requirements for displaced persons. The group examines the impact of the 450 megawatt dam on the villages and hamlets that are affected by the flooding of the reservoir and the lack of support provided by the government of Guinea president Alpha Conde.
The report is based on information from over 90 interviews with displaced residents and villages in the West African Republic on whose land people are resettled, as well as interviews with government leaders involved in the resettlement process, also offering recommendations on how resettlements can be improved going forward, and describing remedies needed for communities that have already been displaced.
28 Apr 2020 - 11:52 - TIRANA, Albania - Staff - Water Diplomat
Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Greece and Northern Macedonia have approved a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for sustainable management of the shared Drin River Basin, an important source for fishing, electricity, agriculture, tourism and drinking water in the countries. The project sets out more than 100 agreed actions to enable sustainable water management in the basin, benefiting 1.6 million inhabitants.
The SAP, approved in a “virtually signed” 24 April statement by Ministers and representatives, aims to address four particular cross-border issues among the Riparian nations - water pollution, biodiversity degradation and ecosystems, water flow and sediment disturbances.
28 Apr 2020 - 10:05 - GREENSBORO NC - Local Press Report
US demin brand Wrangler has saved more than 7 billion liters of water in the production of its denim products. The achievement is the equivalent to the daily drinking water needs of around 4 billion people.
28 Apr 2020 - 10:08 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Beijing saw visible progress in improving water quality in 2019, an official report showed Monday.