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3 Feb 2020 - 07:58 - SOFIA - Local Press Report
Bulgaria's Pernik municipality said it will sign four contracts for water network repairs worth 20.2 million levs ($11.4 million/10.3 million euro) combined with local companies Raicommerce Constru
3 Feb 2020 - 07:51 - NEOM - Local Press Report
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, plans to use solar energy to desalinate water in the planned $500 billion (Dh1.8 trillion) sustainable city of Neom.
3 Feb 2020 - 07:55 - EDINBURGH - Local Press Report
Scotland’s weather is famously fickle. Now more than ever it is impacting on our lives and communities, writes chief executive of Scottish Water, Douglas Millican.
3 Feb 2020 - 07:59 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
India will spend $50 billion to supply piped water to all households, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday.
3 Feb 2020 - 07:49 - TASHKENT - Local Press Report
Uzbekistan plans to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Kazakhstan on the joint management and use of rivers and other watercourses flowing through the territory of both countries.
3 Feb 2020 - 07:52 - TAVETA - Local Press Report
Controversy over water access rights in a farm linked to Deputy President William Ruto in Taveta Sub-county has escalated after a court authorised the disconnection of any illegal water points.Tave
3 Feb 2020 - 07:36 - INVERNESS, UK - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews hosted an "aquaNOW Audience" Thursday 30 January, in Inverness Scotland, to discuss challenges and solutions around pharmaceutical pollution of water resources.
"Green Meds for Blue Water" discussed in panel format the challenges of identifying pharma pollution and cleaning it up. aquaNOW Audiences engage international environmental experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions.
Background reading: Hospital In Scotland Is World's First To Achieve Alliance For Water Stewardship Certification
- Experts identify that the challenges of Pharma in water are likely to increase - what is driving the increase? What are the global trends?
- What are the specific pharmaceuticals and sources of Pharma that are causing most concern?
- How is the world reacting to the Pharma contamination threat? What policy instruments are being applied? What works, what doesn’t, what is the best way forward?
- Is there a role in education of end users? Are Pharma users (“patients”) aware of the threat of Pharma release into the environment?
aquaNOW Audiences are produced by OOSKAnews with support from the government of Scotland, the Hydro Nation
Scotland's Hydro Nation vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.
3 Feb 2020 - 07:57 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
As the Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok visits South Africa to discuss water management co-operation once again, only two out of nine of this country’s catchment management agencies are fully funct
29 Jan 2020 - 09:17 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Another two-day round of tripartite meetings between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) commenced in Washington, DC 28 January. Talks were supposed to be concluded mid this month but were deferred after failure to reach final consensus
Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Irrigation from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met 14 January in Washington to discuss continuing differences around timing and technical regulations regarding filling and operation of the $ 4 Billion USD Nile dam, hosted by United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and included World Bank President David Malpass.
29 Jan 2020 - 07:49 - DAVOS, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
For the tenth year in a row, water crises as defined by the World Economic Forum (WEF) rank among the top 10 global risks in terms of likelihood and impact, while for the first time in the survey’s 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental (and all of those relate directly or indirectly to water).
The Global Risks Report 2020 presents the major risks the world will be facing in the coming year. It stresses the need for a multistakeholder approach to addressing the world's greatest challenges, and was released ahead of the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters in January, where the focus was Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.
29 Jan 2020 - 07:13 - MOGADISHU, Somalia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nations and the government of Somalia have launched a new humanitarian response plan (HRP) to provide emergency services and support to over 3 million people.
The plan, announced 22 January, aims to deliver safe water to more than 1.2 million, provide food and non-food assistance to 2.1 million people, support access to education for more than 300,000 children, and provide health assistance to 2.5 million people. Funds will also be directed to address conflict-related protection concerns including the risk of gender-based violence.
29 Jan 2020 - 07:21 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
In a landmark decision, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) this month ruled that governments must consider the effects of climate change when assessing deportation of asylum seekers. Although decisions of the UN body are not legally binding, the ruling could present a precedent for asylum applications linked to climate change.
The case under consideration involved Ioane Teitiota, of Kiribati, who had sought asylum in New Zealand. He claimed that rising sea levels and other effects of climate change had made Kiribati uninhabitable due to the lack of fresh water and the increasing salinity of the soil. In addition, Kiribati is predicted to become uninhabitable in the next 10 to 15 years and Teitiota claimed his life, and that of his family, was endangered by staying there.
29 Jan 2020 - 06:33 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
New European Union (EU) funding will provide access to clean water and sanitation facilities, food aid, shelter, basic primary healthcare and education for children who have been caught up in the continuing hostilites in the north-east region that have affected millions of people.
29 Jan 2020 - 05:45 - BERLIN - Local Press Report
Elon Musk is trying to ease environmental concerns regarding Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin after local protests over its potential water usage.
29 Jan 2020 - 05:26 - EDINBURGH - Local Press Report
Edinburgh based water retailer, Business Stream, has been awarded the Scottish Government Public Sector Procurement Framework for Water and Waste Water Billing services.
29 Jan 2020 - 05:32 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Millions of dollars in funding for regional water projects are being withheld by the Commonwealth because the Berejiklian government has failed to complete basic Murray-Darling river management pla
29 Jan 2020 - 05:35 - SOFIA - Local Press Report
Bulgaria’s prosecutor’s office said on January 27 that it pressed charges of mismanagement against two officials in the ongoing investigation into the events that resulted in the ongoing water shor
29 Jan 2020 - 05:41 - BOSTON MA - Local Press Report
The world’s largest fast food companies have been urged to take faster and deeper action to manage and mitigate climate and water risks in their supply chains.
29 Jan 2020 - 05:42 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
A plan to divert water from the Chao Phraya River to drought-hit farmland and parched areas in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, is impractical, according to the Royal Irrigation Department (RID
29 Jan 2020 - 05:29 - AURANGABAD - Local Press Report
Widespread agitations will be held if the Uddhav Thackeray government tries to halt or slow down projects started by the earlier BJP-led dispensation to tackle drought in Maharashtra's Marathwada r