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25 Jun 2020 - 06:29 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
Russia has finished clearing fuel from the surface of a river hit by a massive diesel spill in the Arctic region, but the full clean-up could take years, officials said Wednesday.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:31 - CHUNCHEON - Local Press Report
President Moon Jae-in clarified the concept of the Korean New Deal by comparing it to the original New Deal from the United States.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:15 - DAKAR, Senegal - Staff - Water Diplomat
“Communications, Advocacy & Policy Opportunities and Outreach for Poop” (known as the CAPOOP Alliance) has launched a new platform for for knowledge share in the sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector across Africa.
The platform, announced 15 June, accesses knowledge and expertise across Africa and is intended to provide tailor-made, user-friendly tools and resources directed to assist experts and professionals working on key sanitation issues, particularly fecal sludge management and non-sewered sanitation in Africa.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:24 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
An open letter, signed by thirty international agencies and charitable organisations, pleads for fulfilment of commitments for aid to Yemen.
The 15 June letter "rom "The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) actors in Yemen" identifies that COVID-19 is spreading throughout Yemen, one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The group identifies that over five years of conflict have damaged water systems, leaving the health sector on the brink of collapse and have contributed to outbreaks of disease, including cholera. The group estimates that over 70 percent of the population lack access to soap for handwashing and personal hygiene and basic water supplies required to cope with COVID-19.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:10 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In an unusual moment of bipartisan unity, the United States Senate has approved a new conservation and public lands bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, which fully and permanently supports a conservation program known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund with mandatory funding of $900 Million USD annually.
The legislation, approved 16 June, also dedicates funding for maintenance projects on federal lands run by the National Park Service and other agencies.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:04 - LA GUIJIRA, Colombia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The indigenous Wayuu communities of Colombia have launched an urgent appeal for the UN Human Rights Council to intervene in an alleged human rights crisis caused by operations of the Cerrejon coal mine which is backed by Australian mining giant BHP.
The mine reportedly uses 24 million litres of water per day, and operations have contaminated the Rancheria River which is the main source of drinking water in the region. In addition, a planned mine expansion also includes diversion of the nearby Bruno stream, an alternative source of drinking water.
25 Jun 2020 - 05:58 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Parliament this month approved new legislation that establishes clear “green” criteria for investors is critical to raising public and private funding so that the European Union can become carbon neutral by 2050 as set out in the European Green Deal.
18 Jun 2020 - 10:58 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Professor Bob Ferrier, Director of the Hydro Nation International Centre (HNIC) at The James Hutton Institute (JHI), Scotland, is in conversation with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews – VIDEO LINK
Ferrier describes the rationale of the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Programme; the work of the globally renowned JHI; and the Hydro Nation International Centre.
As one of the largest interdisciplinary centres of its kind, the Centre contributes to Scotland’s continued efforts to become the world’s first Hydro Nation – one that manages its water environment to the best advantage and uses its expertise at home and internationally.HNIC provides a translational hub for the water community-of-practice around the world. By helping commissioners and stakeholders/users of research to access the correct expertise and talent it supports innovation and impact, to the benefit of all, linking industry, policy, research, and agencies to support economic development and good stewardship of water resources and to share best practices around the world. HNIC operates as a virtual centre to coordinate and amplify the impact of a range of waters-related initiatives and groupings. It is nominally based at the James Hutton Institute’s site in Aberdeen, Scotland but has an international focus, links and spheres of activity that will extend the benefits from these groups and initiatives. It brings together a critical mass of the Scottish water research community to focus on developing talent, promoting innovation, supporting expertise and maximising outcomes that can be applied in any global context.
Professor Ferrier has over 30 years’ experience in water resources management, with a particular focus on developing a holistic approach to achieving sustainable solutions to resource management. He has worked globally on issues such as acid rain, diffuse pollution, contaminants, catchment to coast interactions, driven by climate change, land use, and human influences.
The Scottish government's Hydro Nation initiative collaborates in the aquaNOW Audiences panel show series, produced by OOSKAnews.
17 Jun 2020 - 09:22 - VIENTIANE, Laos - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) annual report, published 16 June, includes a noteworthy statement calling for increased transparency from China over upstream dam operations on the river. The Mekong is Southeast Asia's longest river and acts as a lifeline to 60 million people.
Downtream Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all suffered severe drought in 2019 as the river fell to record lows while upstream dams in China reportedly held "above-average natural flow”, withholding water and compounding the drought.
17 Jun 2020 - 07:47 - VEVEY, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bottled water giant Nestle has announced a new strategic direction for its water bottling business to focus on “functional” water (mineral, vitamin, etc) and high-end international brands (eg San Pellegrino and Perrier). The decision, announced 11 June, includes potential acquisitions to grow this category as well as dispositions, including a majority of its contentious North American waters business.
17 Jun 2020 - 06:34 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UNICEF has renewed its appeal for emergency funding to provide basic humanitarian aid for the people and children, in particular, of Yemen. At 12 June, the Fund's appeal for $479 Million USD had only been 38 percent supported, with critical gaps for emergency water, sanitation and hygiene operations, including for COVID-19 response. There are over 8 million people depending directly on the agency for WASH access. Nearly half are children, who are also highly vulnerable to the effects of conflict, internal displacement and cholera.
17 Jun 2020 - 06:52 - ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Staff - Water Diplomat
Multinational consumer goods company Unilever has announced creation of a new Climate & Nature Fund with a commitment to invest $1.1 Billion USD across all brands over the next ten years.
The new range of measures, announced 15 June, is described as being designed to improve health of the planet through decisive action to fight climate change, and protect and regenerate nature. Programmes will be directed at landscape restoration, reforestation, carbon sequestration, wildlife protection and water preservation. Unilever intends to work with stakeholders and governments and to improve access to water, especially in water-stressed areas.
17 Jun 2020 - 06:54 - Phnom Penh - Local Press Report
City planners are studying flood solutions for some areas of the capital that flood during heavy rains.
17 Jun 2020 - 06:56 - Medellin - Local Press Report
Through their Sustainable Urban Interventions Department (DIUS), EPM, Medellin's public utility, analyzed 144 water tanks "based on aspects like usable land, population density, the neighboring community's needs, geological restrictions, the expansion of the aqueduct, and the surrounding area."
17 Jun 2020 - 06:57 - BULAWAYO - Local Press Report
An outbreak of water borne diseases has struck Bulawayo's Luveve township leaving an unnamed number of people dead and others hospitalized.
17 Jun 2020 - 06:58 - LILONGWE - Local Press Report
Malawi High Commissioner for India, George Mkondiwa on Friday, June 12, signed a US$215.68 million Line of Credit (LoC) for drinking water supply projects in Blantyre and Southern Region Water Boards.
16 Jun 2020 - 14:13 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
New funding has been confirmed for operation support and maintenance of the North Gaza wastewater treatment plant. The World Bank announced new funding of $10 Million USD 10 June for four years, and is further supported with $3.7 Million USD from the Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund.
16 Jun 2020 - 14:06 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), which will be deployed on the Moon in late 2023 to prospect for water ice that could support future human missions, will be delivered by US space robotics technology Astrobotic Technology.
VIPER will investigate the moon for 100 days, roving over several miles and sampling various soil environments. In addition, the rover will take core samples of up to three feet.
16 Jun 2020 - 09:49 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
NGO European Water Association's (EWA) “Water Manifesto 2020” identifies current challenges for water management in Europe and presents corresponding sustainable solutions in four critical themes:
- Nature-based Solutions to Respond to Climate Change
- Financing Investment in Water Services
- Asset Management and Digitalisation of Water Infrastructure
- Boosting Water Demand Management
16 Jun 2020 - 09:36 - OTTAWA, Canada - Staff - Water Diplomat
The "Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Collaborative" has called on the Canadian government to implement a proposed $1.6 Billion USD Action Plan to address some of the greatest environmental challenges facing the region over the next ten years.