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15 Nov 2016 - 07:57 - SEVASTOPOL, Crimea - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Officials in Ukraine have dismissed reports that Russian security forces have thwarted a plot by Ukrainian saboteurs in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol.
15 Nov 2016 - 07:57 - MARRAKESH, Morocco - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new report by CDP, "Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action", launched 15th November at COP22 in Marrakesh, reveals that drought, flooding and increased water stress fueled by clim
15 Nov 2016 - 07:57 - PANAMA CITY, Panama - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Panama’s Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (IDAAN) has been unable to resume production at the Parita water treatment plant in Herrera province due to sedimentation.
14 Nov 2016 - 12:33 - MARRAKESH, Morocco - OOSKAnews CorrespondentA series of six audio-interview podcasts are being conducted around the current UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco. The purpose is to inform and educate listeners about challenges facing global water resources. The conversations focus, in particular, on efforts by the world’s water communities to strengthen the position of water within the climate negotiations and the UNFCCC processes. Stay tuned for release dates.14 Nov 2016 - 12:33 - LUHANSK, Ukraine - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) has signed an agreement with the Ukrainian government for moderate water supply, according to LPR Emergency Ministry head Sergey Ivanushkin.14 Nov 2016 - 12:33 - BRASILIA, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A Brazilian court has ordered miners BHP Billiton and Vale SA to pay $350 million USD for initial work to clean up environmental damage from the tailings dam burst at the Samarco iron ore mine in Minas Gerais province a year ago.14 Nov 2016 - 12:33 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $391 million USD to finance the Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Program, which aims to improve water access, quality, availability and sustainability in 19 towns.14 Nov 2016 - 12:33 - HANOI, Vietnam - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Wastewater discharges from the Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company now meet environmental standards, the Vietnamese environment ministry said last week.11 Nov 2016 - 08:15 - NEW YORK, NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UN agencies including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) this week launched a cholera vaccination campaign in areas of Haiti hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last month.11 Nov 2016 - 08:15 - ABUJA, Nigeria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) have renewed ties to facilitate greater cooperation and collaboration in the effort to sustainably manage West Africa's abundant water resources.11 Nov 2016 - 08:15 - MANILA, Philippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Three years after Typhoon Haiyan -- the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines’ recorded history -- the Philippine Red Cross and partners reported progress in supporting thousands of households in affected provinces.10 Nov 2016 - 13:14 - MARRAKESH, Morocco - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews is launching a series of freely-available Podcasts to inform and educate listeners about challenges facing global water resources. An initial series of six audio-interview podcasts are being conducted around the current UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco. These focus, in particular, on efforts by the world’s water communities to strengthen the position of water within the climate negotiations and the UNFCCC processes. Stay tuned for release dates.
Below is an initial preview-sample from this week's interview-for-podcast with Dogan Altinbilek, Vice-Presdent of the World Water Council (WWC). Althinbilek speaks about efforts on behalf of water at COP22.
“There are a large number of champion organizations from all sections of water—UN agencies, NGOs, some water ministries it’s very good all these people are working for the same targets---to put water as a solid agenda item in the climate discussions”.
“And of course as World Water Council we also thrilled as we have been working with this very closely. ..we had an inside track in the COP21 in Paris and we did some good background work there. WWC past-President Loic Fauchon is head of Eaux de Marseilles, which is strong in North Africa…and we reached the Minister of Water in Morocco. We have very good relations with the ministry anyway because the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council jointly present the Great World Water Prize in the memory of His Majesty the former King Hassan II, current King Mohammed’s late father, and his strategic vision for water resources”.
“…so we were able to help organize a meeting in Rabat in July and because of the interest in Africa there were some 20 African ministers in Rabat and a report was subsequently launched this week. The Water Action Day for Water was instituted and we have been able to push water further into the climate agenda, so we are very happy”.10 Nov 2016 - 13:14 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews CorrespondentAs part of a series of articles, OOSKAnews talked with Ed Pinero about the recent Global Water Stewardship Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, convened by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). [FREE ARTICLE}
The AWS Standard is a globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context.
Ed Pinero has a strong background in standards development, and 35 years experience in water and sustainability issues, including a period as Senior VP, Sustainability, North America, for Veolia. He is President and Founder of The Pinero Group.10 Nov 2016 - 13:14 - BANGKOK, Thailand - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The economic dependency of the Greater Mekong region on the Mekong River is explored in a report launched today at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy.10 Nov 2016 - 13:14 - ABUJA, Nigeria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Nigerian government this week launched the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) as part of its strategy to increase rural water supply and improve sanitation nationwide.10 Nov 2016 - 13:14 - SIMFEROPOL, Crimea - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Water levels in Crimea’s reservoirs are continuing to fall, putting future water supply on the peninsula at risk.9 Nov 2016 - 12:28 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Laos has submitted a new request to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) secretariat to construct a dam on the Mekong, the MRC said in a statement this week.9 Nov 2016 - 12:28 - Marrakesh, MOROCCO - OOSKAnews Correspondent
9th November’s Global Climate Action Day for Water at COP22 continued with a series of strategic “Dialogue” exchanges between Parties and non Parties to COP22. There were four sequential topics of discussion: “Water and Sustainable Development”; “Water and Socio-economic Development”; “Financing Mechanism to Increase Ambitions Related to Adaptation and Mitigation of (the) Water Field“, and “Improving Knowledge, Cooperation and Capacity Building”, moderated by John Matthews (AGWA) and Aziza Akhmouch (OECD).9 Nov 2016 - 08:06 - MARRAKESH, Morocco - OOSKAnews Correspondent
9th November’s Global Climate Action Day for Water at COP22 follows a “water half-day” at COP21 in Paris lst year, designed to elevate the profile of water in the global climate discourse. The 2015 session was integrated within the Resilience Day of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda. The creation of an official Water Action Day at CoP22 is a historic achievement that the organizers hope to renew in future COPs.
The opening “showcase” session this morning featured Abdeladim Lhafi, Morocco’s Comissioner of COP22; Roberto Ramirez de Laparra, President of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO); Flavia Schlegel, Deputy Director-General of Natural Sciences, UNESCO; Hakima El Haite (pictured), Morocco’s High Level Champion for the climate, and Dogan Altinbilek, Vice-President of the World Water Council (WWC).8 Nov 2016 - 11:43 - MARRAKESH, Morocco - OOSKAnews Correspondent