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30 Jul 2019 - 10:36 - CAIRO, Egypt - Staff - Water Diplomat
Ethiopia Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has expressed his country’s enthusiasm to strengthen bilateral relations with Egypt and a commitment to resume negotiations on the contentious, and massive, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the River Nile.
At a Cairo meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last week, Gedu delivered a message from Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed communicating Ethiopia’s resolve to resume tripartite talks on GERD – which are expected to focus on implementation of the declaration of principles regarding water fills and operation of the dam.
Al-Sisi on this part reportedly returned greetings to Abiy Ahmed and expressed “hope for promoting various aspects of bilateral partnership between both sides”. Egypt has historically been particularly critical of the dam’s construction, arguing that it will reduce its legitimate share of River Nile water access, and thus threaten its water security.
The exchange of goodwill comes soon after, and perhaps in spite of, reports in Arab and Israeli media that Israeli firms, in May this year, installed an advanced “Spyder-MR” air defense system for GERD on behalf of Ethiopia, in the face of objections from the highest levels of Egypt’s government. There has been no official comment on these reports from the governments involved.
30 Jul 2019 - 08:08 - PANAMA CITY, Panama - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new collaboration between UN Environment (UNEP) and the Panama Canal Authority will develop programmes and research, human resource training and knowledge sharing in order to advance efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change.
30 Jul 2019 - 07:57 - JAKARTA, Indonesia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Indonesia President Joko Widodo has put his weight behind plans to build a giant $42 Billion USD sea wall to protect the nation's capital Jakarta from sinking even further into the sea.
Facing predictions that Jakarta (population 10 million) could be at least one-third submerged by 2050, Widodo has given a strong indication of his support for the wall project ahead of other proposed solutions.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:51 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt’s annual share of the Nile water decreased by 5 billion cubic meters in 2019, and a state of emergency was announced nationwide, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation stated on Saturday.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:54 - DELHI - Local Press Report
Delhi’s pilot project to recharge and store flood water in the Yamuna floodplains is set for a launch, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government having received necessary approvals from the Centre
30 Jul 2019 - 06:49 - LAHORE - Local Press Report
A video clip of a Pakistani news reporter standing in neck-deep water while reporting on floods in the country’s Punjab province has gone viral on social media.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:49 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
Austria has made €100 million of investments for implementation of drip irrigation besides water and wastewater projects in Iran.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:50 - BRASILIA - Local Press Report
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has lent his personal support to an upcoming scheme for solar to power a mass-scale redistribution of water.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:51 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
Though dam operator CK Power PCL has strongly denied it is storing water in Laos' Xayaburi Dam’s reservoir and causing an extraordinary reduction of water levels downstream, hydrological informatio
28 Jul 2019 - 09:01 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The day after having been sworn in, new US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced the establishment of a task force to address drinking water contaminated by toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) at military facilities and in nearby communities.
On June 24, Esper pledged to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way", a plan welcomed by environmental activists. The purpose is to “address all the key areas” of the military’s response to the presence of harmful chemicals used in firefighting foam.
28 Jul 2019 - 09:20 - MUMBAI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
Since the advent of human conflict, various forms of conflict resolution methods have been created in different countries, from traditional means of resolving disputes through the assistance of village elders and local leaders, to more formal means such as signing of water-sharing agreements. It is imperative to analyze the positive impact of traditional conflict resolutions mechanisms in order to understand the manner in which similar local solutions can be adopted to prevent or curb other localized disputes.The latest Blue Peace Bulletin describes instances where people have had faith in traditional means of conflict resolution over water related disputes as compared to established international practices, outlining circumstances where traditional means of conflict resolution may be favored. Bulletin author Niranjana Menon is a Research Analyst with the Strategic Foresight Group (SFG). She works on water diplomacy in the Middle East region. Prior to joining SFG, Niranjana worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), wherein she undertook research and analyses on Indian legislation and relevant regulations on agriculture, environment, forestry, water and natural resources and prepared research papers on contract farming in India and labor laws in the forestry sector. She holds an LLM in “International Trade Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution” from the ILO affiliated International Training Centre (University of Turin) and an LLB from Government Law College (University of Mumbai) and has interned with the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). While at UNIDROIT, Menon published a paper on “Insolvency of Intermediaries in Cross-Border Holding Systems” with the Oxford University Press.28 Jul 2019 - 08:13 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
The identification and location of groundwater‐dependent ecosystems are the first move in protecting and managing them.28 Jul 2019 - 08:13 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
The European Investment Bank has vowed to end its multibillion euro financing for fossil fuel projects by the end of next year in order to align its strategy with climate targets.28 Jul 2019 - 07:18 - DODOMA, Tanzania - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Tanzania President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone for the Rufiji Hydropower Project (RHPP) at Stiegler’s Gorge July 26, reigniting protests by nature conservationists. RHPP is in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1982, the country’s largest wildlife area and home to significant populations of elephants and black rhinocerous, as well as cheetahs and giraffes.28 Jul 2019 - 06:07 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Describing the linkage between water challenges and climate change, a new UN Water Policy Brief calls for increased investment in improved hydrological data, institutions and governance, education and capacity development, risk assessment and knowledge sharing.28 Jul 2019 - 06:02 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Horn of Africa is once again in a drought that appears to be a new norm in the region, with more than 15 million people in need of urgent assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The region, which hasn’t fully recovered from a drought in 2017, is once again facing a humanitarian crisis.28 Jul 2019 - 06:19 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Commission has warned Germany that it has failed to meet a European Court of Justice ruling to protect its waters against nitrate pollution. The country could now potentially face financial fines that could be levied either as a $950,000 USD daily payment or a lump sum.28 Jul 2019 - 06:33 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UAE utility Utico announced plans July 25 to list shares on the Singapore stock exchange. The hopeful “white knight” rescuer of debt-ridden environmental services company Hyflux Ltd is aiming to secure between $220 Million USD and $365 Million USD. Funds would be used to invest in water, renewable energy and high-tech projects in Singapore. Speculatively, the funds could also be used to defray the corporate cash outflow related to the potential investment in Hyflux.28 Jul 2019 - 06:39 - TOKYO, Japan - Staff - Water Diplomat
Research studies of river hydrology and hydrodynamics can now be enhanced by new hydrography data developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo and released earlier this month.28 Jul 2019 - 05:55 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
More than 25 million people in South Asia have been affectedby recent torrrential monsoon rains, with at least 500,000 displaced and at least 600 reported dead in monsoon-related incidents across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Myanmar.