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3 Nov 2018 - 08:48 - GLASGOW - Local Press Report
Construction of Europe’s first ‘smart canal’, which will use the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal and modern technology to mitigate flood risk as well as enable regeneration, is underway in Gla
3 Nov 2018 - 08:48 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
The Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project bought a hyacinth harvester at Sh80 million to clear the weed from the lake in 2015.
3 Nov 2018 - 08:48 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Greenland and China look poised to be doing more business in the future following the revelations that the two parties are looking to gain a foothold in one another’s’ respective markets.
3 Nov 2018 - 08:48 - KINGSTON - Local Press Report
Plans are in the pipeline of the National Water Commission (NWC) to significantly expand its water transmission systems by utilising larger and more reliable sources such as the Rio Bueno in Trelaw
3 Nov 2018 - 08:48 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
China’s research institutions have launched a research project in Beijing, which will mainly focus on the impact of climate change on water, as well as biodiversity in the Pan-Third Pole and adapti
3 Nov 2018 - 08:48 - PANAMA CITY - Local Press Report
The migration phenomenon in Central America has become more acute and several authorities in the region have pointed to climate change as a cause that aggravates the poverty of thousands of people
3 Nov 2018 - 07:27 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Malaysia Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya's office has confirmed that the issue of the 1962 Malaysia-Singapore water treaty is on the agenda for a private meeting between Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to be held on November 12 during the 33rd Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore.
3 Nov 2018 - 07:19 - ROME, Italy - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) and the New Development Bank (NDB), formerly known as the BRICS Bank, have announced a new joint effort to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A formal agreement, which special focus on safeguarding water and soil resources is expected to be finalized soon.
1 Nov 2018 - 14:45 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Andre Fourie is Global Director, Water Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), the world's largest brewer. He leads the company’s work on water stewardship such as investing in watershed protection in high-stress areas. ABI’s portfolio comprises over 500 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, and numerous multi-country brands.
In this audio conversation with David Duncan, OOSKAnews, Fourie describes the corporate, shareholder value case for responsible water use in the beverage sector and the challenges of responsible water stewardship in disparate geographies.
Fourie also comments on two new global water security partnerships which ABI, with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and WWF announced ahead of October’s WWF-Financial Times Water Summit in London which aim to “accelerate water security in some of the most high-risk watersheds globally”.
The first phase of the TNC global partnership is to focus on Latin America with development of four new Water Funds in Colombia, El Salvador, Argentina and Mexico. Initiatives aim to unite public, private and civil society stakeholders around the common goal of contributing to water security through nature-based solutions and sustainable watershed management. In addition to improved water security, benefits for communities will include improved agriculture, job creation and climate resilience.
Andrea Erickson, Global Managing Director of Water at TNC said, “The scale of the challenges we face and the speed at which they are growing require innovation and evolution in our alliances. This partnership with AB InBev builds on our shared vision of a water secure future: where people, commerce and nature all have reliable, equitable access to clean water. We hope it will inspire other companies to incorporate nature-based solutions into their water stewardship endeavors.”
ABI’s partnership with WWF in Bolivia and a number of African countries including South Africa and Zambia builds on previous collaborations that involved water risk assessments and the development of influential reports, for example highlighting the value of water to the economy. Together, WWF and ABI are to develop blended finance approaches to encourage private sector investment at the scale required to improve water access and quality, enhance the health of river basins, and ensure the needs of local communities are met. For example, in the Kafue Flats wetlands in Zambia, the partnership will deliver financing projects to address the current pressures on the landscape.1 Nov 2018 - 13:56 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) held its third annual Global Water Stewardship Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland this week, reporting growth in uptake of its Water Stewardshi1 Nov 2018 - 12:54 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
On the first anniversary of publication of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace Report “A Matter of Survival”, OOSKAnews caught up with François Munger, Director of the Geneva Water Hub, which acts as Secretariat to the Panel.
In this audio conversation with David Duncan of OOSKAnews, Munger describes the founding ideas behind creation of the Geneva Water Hub of which he was principal developer; the need to link water with peace; global challenges contributing to rising tensions and risk of conflicts regarding water; Geneva Water Hub’s contribution to the Global High Level for Water and Peace; how the Global Panel Report “A Matter of Survival” contributes to global thinking about water, peace and security linkages, and next steps for the Geneva Water Hub.
The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace was launched in 2015 with the task of developing a set of proposals aimed at strengthening the global framework to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, and facilitating the use of water as an important factor of building peace and enhancing the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making.
The 15 countries who co-convened the Panel are Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland with the Geneva Water Hub acting as Secretariat. The Panel was tasked with focusing on four main themes: Identify legal, economic, financial and institutional mechanisms to incentivize multi-sectoral and transboundary water cooperation; Examine how to cope with and prevent water-related conflicts, namely transboundary and inter-sectoral — possibly exploring potential mechanisms to promote hydro-diplomacy; Promote effective implementation of the global water conventions; Promote best practices in water cooperation.1 Nov 2018 - 09:47 - ZURICH - Local Press Report
Lonza said on November 1 it has struck a deal to sell its water care business to U.S. investment company Platinum Equity for $630 million USD.1 Nov 2018 - 09:47 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
With Day of the Dead, a long weekend, and an impending massive water cut from November 1, millions of residents in Mexico City are in for a wild week. But not to fear.1 Nov 2018 - 09:47 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been widely used for high-performance fire-fighting and in the manufacture of durable goods for their chemical inertness, non-stick properties and fi1 Nov 2018 - 09:47 - AURANGABAD - Local Press Report
The residents of Talwada village in Vaijapur tehsil, about 65 km from here, have been guarding a prized commodity for the past few days – water. Every night, men and women stand around an elevated1 Nov 2018 - 09:47 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
The Governator is heading to Cape Town in 2019 — and fans can thank the drought.1 Nov 2018 - 09:47 - ISTANBUL - Local Press Report
A $270 Million USD dam built to provide water to Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul, cannot be filled four years after construction started due to cracks that mean it does not hold water.30 Oct 2018 - 12:54 - GAZA CITY - Local Press Report
In recent months Dr Abu Samia has seen sharp rises in gastroenteritis, kidney disease, paediatric cancer, marasmus - a disease of severe malnutrition appearing in infants – and "blue baby syndrome"30 Oct 2018 - 12:54 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
Thousands of Central American migrants trudging through Mexico towards the US have regularly been described as either fleeing gang violence or extreme poverty.30 Oct 2018 - 12:54 - DAKAR - Local Press Report
The Senegalese Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation has decided to award water management in urban and peri-urban areas to the French group, Suez.