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1 Oct 2020 - 09:24 - THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Staff - Water Diplomat
The latest in a series of guest columns written for OOSKAnews and The Water Diplomat by participants in different parts of the international water community.
In this article, Tobias Schmitz discusses human rights, water security and climate change in advance of a 13 October UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility high-level webinar on the subject. Tobias is senior advisor on water resources and monitoring at the Global Institute for Water Environment and Health in Geneva. His work focuses on progress monitoring in the water sector related to different state commitments such as the targets and indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation and the human rights to water, sanitation and a healthy environment. He is currently a member of the SDG 6 core group of the Netherlands, providing support to the government of Kenya on SDG 6 monitoring, working with UN Habitat to support the transition to the country-led phase of SDG 6, and working with the Geneva Water Hub for the next development phase of monthly news publication "The Water Diplomat". He worked as an alternate on the Asian Water Council to develop the water and ecosystems component of the first Asian International Water Week. Previously Tobias was Director of Operations at Waterlex International Secretariat, working to support the implementation of the human right to water. He holds a PhD in Integrated Water Resources Management from Radboud University in the Netherlands with a focus on institutional responses to water scarcity in South Africa. He hails from Lesotho, Southern Africa.30 Sep 2020 - 07:48 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
How Do We Value Our Water? Not Enough!
Water is an essential contributor to human health; food security; environment and ecosystems; interaction with our planetary system; peace. It is also plays a central role in our economies from agriculture to energy production, through manufacturing to tourism.
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aquaNOW Audiences, produced by OOSKAnews, are supported by Scotland, the Hydro Nation.29 Sep 2020 - 08:07 - Accra, Ghana - Staff - Water Diplomat
New funding of $125 Million USD has been approved by the World Bank for improved water supply and sanitation services (WASH) in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana.
The financing will provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to schools and healthcare facilities in both municipalities. In addition, management of environmental sanitation services will be addressed. Households benefiting from water connections will receive further assistance from improved handwashing facilities and relevant handwashing training.29 Sep 2020 - 08:13 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Commission has awarded the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) $1.16 Million USD for implementing a reliable and inexpensive solution to providing water to refugee camps in Uganda.29 Sep 2020 - 08:20 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Political leaders from 64 countries have publicly declared their commitment to reversing biodiversity loss.
The leaders warn in their pledge that we are in a state of planetary emergency and that “the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and climate change” are ones that “require urgent and immediate global action”.
They cite the need to “end traditional silo thinking” and to address the challenges “in an integrated and coherent way”. The pledge outlines the urgent need for global action, especially given the economic and health impacts of COVID-19 and includes a commitment to action on water issues.29 Sep 2020 - 07:41 - PASADENA CA, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) will combine efforts to explore arid environments to discover and monitor underground sources of freshwater.
Using radar technology similar to that deployed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the project will examine the earth’s driest ecosystems, whether in the hot stretches of sand (a desert) or the cold expanses of ice as evidenced at either pole.29 Sep 2020 - 07:45 - NEW HAVEN CT, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Sludge results, if analysed and reported on the same day as sampling, can provide substantial advance notice of COVID-19 infection dynamics in communities where test reporting is delayed, says the results of a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.29 Sep 2020 - 07:05 - HALIFAX - Local Press Report
Sunday proved to be a tense day in St. Mary's Bay in Saulnierville, N.S., and saw commercial fishermen remove hundreds of lobster traps set by Indigenous fishermen from the water.29 Sep 2020 - 07:07 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
Water resources are deemed essential for agricultural, industrial, and urban development, especially in developing countries, and water scarcity can put severe pressure on the economy, society, and culture.29 Sep 2020 - 07:08 - SYDNEY - Local Press Report
Irrigators in the northern Murray-Darling Basin will face tighter regulation over water they capture during floods after the upper house blocked the Berejiklian government's controversial floodplain harvesting exemption.29 Sep 2020 - 07:03 - GENEVA - Local Press Report
Calling Water essential to human rights, India has said that it is committed to ensuring access to it for its citizens at the United Nations Human Rights Council or UN HRC.29 Sep 2020 - 07:04 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A federal judge on Friday ordered acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley to step aside, blocking him from exercising any more authority after finding that he has served unlawfully for more than 400 days.29 Sep 2020 - 07:05 - HOUSTON TX - Local Press Report
Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe.29 Sep 2020 - 07:33 - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Staff - Water Diplomat
Dynamic groundwater storage provides opportunities to increase agricultural production during the dry season and enhance resilience to droughts, says a report by the International Management Water Institute (IMWI).
"Underground Transfer of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI): Exploring the Potential at the Global Scale", found that co-managing floods and droughts at the river basin scale could provide more reliable water supplies, particularly in areas of water scarcity.29 Sep 2020 - 07:36 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has announced the launch of data observatories to collect and disseminate crucial, timely information that will advance the development of infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).29 Sep 2020 - 07:49 - PARIS, France - Staff - Water Diplomat
Current environment crises such as wild forest fires in California and the Brazilian Pantanal, drought in the lower Mekong River, and floods in Senegal are all examples of disasters that are warnings about the dramatic consequences of climate change.25 Sep 2020 - 13:02 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
The Federal Government on Tuesday puts up a strong defence in favour of National Water Resources Bill 2020 as it emphasized that the proposed law is in best interests of Nigerians.25 Sep 2020 - 13:00 - COPENHAGEN - Local Press Report
Achieving a cleaner Mediterranean Sea requires better implementation of policies and enhanced environmental data and information, according to a joint report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), noting that accumulative effects of waste and marine litter, and wastewater and industrial emissions remain key challenges for the region.25 Sep 2020 - 13:03 - FORT LAUDERDALE FL - Local Press Report
The combination of excess water in some regions and drought in other regions that usually experience precipitation increases the attractiveness of transporting massive volumes of water by sea.25 Sep 2020 - 12:59 - LUDHIANA - Local Press Report
World Food Prize Laureate Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Wednesday hailed the Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR) as the solution to Punjab’s water crisis and said the technology can bring about a revolution.