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8 Dec 2020 - 06:59 - OTTAWA, Canada - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Minister of Indigenous Services of the Government of Canada has announced $1.18 Billion USD in additional investments to accelerate work on lifting all long-term water advisories in First Nations communities.
The government acknowledged that consistent underfunding of water-related services and systems had affected the overall quality of life and had widened socio-economic gaps and reduced First Nations’ participation in the economy.
7 Dec 2020 - 12:44 - Paris, France - Staff - Water Diplomat
The annual Paris Peace Forum, meeting in November, included a panel presentation / “debate”, presenting cooperation initiatives around water contributing to peace and development, highlighting hydrodiplomacy with examples of solutions in transboundary basins, in preparation for the 9th World Water Forum.
“Blue Gold: Water and Cooperation for Peace and Development” convened with the theme that water crises generate political and social instability and threaten the security of populations.
These demonstrate that water management is a key factor in building resilient societies and economies. In a context of climate change defined by shortages, floods and droughts, the central question remains how to improve access to water for all as well as international cooperation around this strategic resource.
7 Dec 2020 - 09:26 - CAMBRIDGE MA, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
A growing interest in extractable moon resources could cause tension between countries because there aren’t enough to go around, a group of international scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics has found.
7 Dec 2020 - 09:31 - MEKELLE, Ethiopia - Staff - Water Diplomat
People have been forced to rely on untreated water to survive following damage and destruction of water infrastructure during conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according to the United Nations.
7 Dec 2020 - 09:16 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new tool from the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics (ONS) will enable countries around the world keep track of changes in surface water supply.
The tool uses processed imagery from the Global Surface Water Explorer dataset, developed by the United Nations, the European Commission Joint Research Centre and Google, transforming information into tables and maps, which can be used by governments to create clear measurements to show changes over time.
7 Dec 2020 - 09:25 - ROME, Italy - Staff - Water Diplomat
More than three billion people live in agricultural areas with high to very high levels of water shortages and scarcity, and almost half of them face severe constraints, says a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO).
Freshwater resources per person have declined by more than 20 Percent over the past two decades globally, data shows. Use of rainwater and freshwater in agriculture accounts for over 70% of global water withdrawals.
7 Dec 2020 - 08:52 - AMMAN, Jordan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a $315 Million USD framework agreement to support water sector investments.
The funds will finance construction, rehabilitation and improvement of various water supply projects throughout the country that are designed to improve resilience and adaptation to climate change. In addition, funds will be allocated to preparatory and feasibility studies that are sub-projects under the programme.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:28 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
A programme developed by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) for the Australian and New Zealand water industries will create opportunities for innovative, European technology companies.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:30 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
The Environment Committee today approved the deal on the drinking water directive and adopted a resolution demanding EU legislation on water be correctly implemented.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:31 - ANKARA - Local Press Report
It has yet to be explained just how Qatar, as a leading ‘water poor’ country of the world, will cooperate with Turkey in water management and what kind of contributions it can make to such a deal.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:32 - PETAH TIKVA - Local Press Report
Water-from-air startup Watergen said Sunday it has signed a strategic partnership with Emirati firm Al Dahra to export the Israeli solutions to the UAE and other regional countries.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:26 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
In Iran, where villages account for generating 20-23 percent of the value-added in the country, the development of rural areas has been always a top agenda of the governments’ activities.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:27 - LAGOS - Local Press Report
Support has not always been forthcoming, but fish farming activities at the Lagos State Government’s Ikorodu Fish Farm Estate received a major boost with the start of construction in August of a 1 kilometre drainage system to check the perennial flooding.
7 Dec 2020 - 07:29 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
With climate change and reduced water availability affecting major parts of India, an efficient irrigation system is essential for the success of the agriculture sector in India, Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhwat said on Tuesday at a session on ''Role of water and Agrochemicals in envisioning a globally competitive, modern, sustainable & inclusive Indian Agriculture Industry''.
4 Dec 2020 - 10:07 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new practical guide from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) illustrates steps businesses can take to help maintain profitability and social license to operate in a climate-insecure future. "Rising to Resilience: How Water Stewardship Can Help Business Build Climate Resilience", provides tools that can help businesses prepare for and respond to climate change’s effects on water resources—the primary medium through which climate change impacts are felt.
Alexis Morgan, global water stewardship lead at WWF and co-author of the guide, told OOSKAnews this week that it can help businesses ensure that investments of both time and resources are worthwhile in the long term.
4 Dec 2020 - 09:52 - DAKAR, Senegal - Staff - Water Diplomat
The second meeting of the Regional Working Group (RWG) for transboundary cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB) convening on 1 and 2 December, outlined the main operational axis for the implementation of the vision of the programme.In this region, transboundary cooperation is based on the integrated development of surface and groundwater resources using 50 years of experience in the cooperative management of the sub-region’s major rivers. Attendees were from Member States, the Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River (OMVG), and the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS). The RWG supports and advises the Member States (The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, and Senegal) and the local transboundary basin organisations in their collective efforts of transboundary cooperation for concerted sustainable management of the SMAB.4 Dec 2020 - 08:12 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
United States President-elect Joe Biden’s appointment of John Kerry as “climate czar” has been met with praise as Kerry is a leading architect of the Paris (2015) climate agreement. In addition, former Secretary of State Kerry is viewed to have the experience and stature to negotiate with other state leaders when the US rejoins the agreement in 2021.4 Dec 2020 - 07:53 - SYDNEY, Australia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The position earmarked for a permanent Australian Indigenous representative on The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s board remains vacant more than a year after it was announced.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Indigenous representatives in the Murray-Darling Basin, federal politicians and irrigators are all demanding the Australian Government deliver on its overdue promise of a First Nations representative to lead national water management.4 Dec 2020 - 07:56 - ABUJA, Nigeria - Staff - Water Diplomat
Inadequate access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services continues to plague Nigeria, contributing to a range of negative health, socioeconomic and environmental consequences, says a new report by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Water Resources and UNICEF.4 Dec 2020 - 07:32 - PORTLAND, OR United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The US States of Oregon, California, the Yurok Tribe and the Karuk Tribe have signed a historic agreement to move forward on the largest dam removal project in the US.
The agreement, if approved, would revive plans to remove four hydroelectric dams from the lower Klamath River.