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27 Dec 2019 - 07:10 - AMMAN - Local Press Report
Two areas farmed by Israelis for more than 50 years have recently been returned to neighbouring Jordan.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:12 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The government is bracing for salt water intrusion into four major rivers, including the Chao Phraya, as low fresh water levels may have affected tap water production.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:15 - ISTANBUL - Local Press Report
Turkey has weathered the consequences of global warming in recent years. As ecological patterns change seasonal temperatures, precipitation has gradually decreased.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:06 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
Water downstream of a Rio Tinto mine in southern Madagascar contains high concentrations of uranium and lead, potentially endangering local residents who depend on a nearby lake and river for drink
27 Dec 2019 - 07:09 - Brussels - Local Press Report
The European Commission announced today an additional €8 million for the vulnerable people in Ukraine affected by the ongoing conflict in the east of the country.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:12 - MONTREAL - Local Press Report
While our environment might not transform in one conspicuous event, combined small changes will add up over time, and tip over into the aforementioned catastrophe.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:14 - JALALABAD - Local Press Report
Few other foreign nationals have perhaps received as much love and admiration from the Afghans as Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese doctor who dedicated his life to improving healthcare, water availabilit
27 Dec 2019 - 07:15 - KABUL - Local Press Report
Afghanistan has many natural resources, especially in terms of water and mines, but they haven't been tapped effectively so far.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:07 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
Mexican Secretary of Environment Victor Toledo promised to transform the Sonora River Valley from the site of a disaster into a region of hope.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:10 - ADDIS ABABA - Local Press Report
The Government of Ethiopia has set an ambitious target to provide full water, sanitation and electricity access to all the citizens by the year 2025, government official said.
19 Dec 2019 - 12:22 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Staff - Water Diplomat
A Pakistan government delegation visiting Washington DC this month was expected to demand establishment of a court of arbitration to address concerns over India’s two hydroelectric power projects – Kishanganga and Ratle, under terms of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty between Pakistan and India.
The group, headed by Pakistan’s Indus Water Commissioner Syed Mehr Ali Shah left for the United States 15 December, and was expected to stay for five days of meetings, particularly with the World Bank (WB) which acts as Arbitrator to the Treaty.
19 Dec 2019 - 11:04 - Edinburgh, Scotland - OOSKAnews Info
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19 Dec 2019 - 11:46 - CAIRO, Egypt - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Senior representatives of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are set to meet again in Washington DC in January over outstanding issues related to the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said last week that conflict is not the answer to the differences Egypt has with Ethiopia over the controversial project and that amicable agreement should be sought by all parties.
19 Dec 2019 - 10:36 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Charles Iceland, Director of Global and National Water Initiatives, World Resources Institute (WRI) speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) “Water Diplomacy Talks” video interview. (LINK)
Iceland explains a newly launched learning tool which claims to predict, with 86 percent accuracy, the risk of violent conflicts up to 12 months ahead of time. Initial findings from the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership’s Global Early Warning Tool predict risk of conflict in the next 12 months in many parts of the world, notably in Iraq, Iran and Mali. The tool uses machine learning coupled with environmental, meteorological, social and economic data to forecast exactly where organized violence is likely to occur, and aims to enable global development, diplomacy, disaster response and defence experts – together with country governments and local stakeholders – to intervene and help defuse conflicts before blood is shed. The tool, including a map-based interface, predicts the risk of conflict across Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia (and soon globally) by analysing patterns between violent conflict and more than 80 environmental, economic and social variables going back 20 years, and then compares those patterns to current conditions to pinpoint potential hotspots. The tool has highly granular spatial resolution – at the sub-provincial or district/county level.
The Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership is a collaboration between the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a consortium of six partners: IHE Delft (lead partner), World Resources Institute (WRI), Deltares, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Wetlands International and International Alert.
In a post on the World Resources Institute Iceland says: “As the world’s population moves closer to 10 billion people, we are seeing more severe water and food crises, social unrest and conflict. Water is often an overlooked root cause of conflict and destabilizing migration. The Water, Peace and Security Global Early Warning Tool and other components of the WPS approach are designed to help water-insecure countries map and understand the challenges, mobilize resources, build capacity and take action. With the power to predict conflicts triggered in part by water risks 12 months in advance, and with a high degree of geospatial resolution and certainty, we hope this is a game-changer in helping prevent such conflicts in the first place...Water is certainly not the only driver of conflict, but it is an important – and often overlooked – one. A quarter of the world's population lives in extremely water stressed areas.
"While action on water issues can serve as a means of building peace, water risks like drought, scarcity, pollution and floods can also serve as threat multipliers that help trigger conflict or contribute to famine, loss of livelihoods or displacement. Previous early warning tools have only focused on vulnerabilities such as political, economic, social and demographic factors to predict conflict. The WPS Global Early Warning Tool is unique because it combines these factors with environmental variables linked to water – such as rainfall, water scarcity and crop failures – to understand the full picture".
Further information:19 Dec 2019 - 09:37 - GENEVA, Switzerand - Staff - Water Diplomat
Two years ago, the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace, launched its report “A Matter of Survival”, that included a set of recommendations aimed at strengthening the global framework to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, to facilitate the use of water as an important factor in peace building and to enhance the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making. Among those recommendations was the establishment of the Global Observatory for Water and Peace (GOWP), an inclusive network that improves the limited capacity of international actors to act collectively and effectively at the political and diplomatic levels to fill the critical gaps of the global water architecture in its ability to contribute to meeting the 2030 Agenda and “leaving no one behind”. GOWP is a global platform, based in Geneva, made up of a network of regional and local implementing partners of existing well established, credible and neutral institutions committed to the agenda of peace, using water as a vehicle to achieve it.
In this video interview, Natasha Carmi describes the role of GOWP; how it differs from other mechanisms for water co-operation; GOWP as a platform, a framework and a network; GOWP and “International Geneva” as a “safe space” for pre-negotiations of project development and implementation issues; how GOWP engages and partners with with existing regional entities and partnerships; next steps and benchmarks for the Observatory.18 Dec 2019 - 08:20 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Water firms in England and Wales have been told to cut bills for the average household by £50 - or 12 per cent - over the next five years by the regulator Ofwat.18 Dec 2019 - 07:55 - STOCKHOLM - Local Press Report
Despite its shortcomings, COP25 turned out to be an important breakthrough for water on the climate agenda.18 Dec 2019 - 07:56 - MADRID - Local Press Report
Almost half of Spain's groundwater reserves are polluted, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition.18 Dec 2019 - 07:54 - TEL AVIV - Local Press Report
Seeking to fight the surging water crisis, the Israeli government has approved the construction of another desalination plant, this time in the Western Galilee.17 Dec 2019 - 11:19 - BRASILIA, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An “expert panel” appointed by mine operator Vale SA has released a report on the January 2019 Brumadinho mining dam disaster assessing that the dam beach, which killed about 300 was caused, at least in part, by excess water levels.
The report confirms that there was no seismic activity or warning that the dam was unstable nor were there any explosions in the area at the time the dam burst.