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8 Dec 2020 - 09:50 - GENEVA - Local Press Report
Global heating is compounding threats for people already living with conflict and insecurity, further driving displacement around the world.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:32 - PARIS - Local Press Report
The government of Chad is set to receive a total of over $70 Million USD grant for the rehabilitation and extension of the drinking water network in N’Djamena, the capital city of the Central African country.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:40 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
Mexico announced Monday new investment of $11.3 billion in infrastructure projects in cooperation with the private sector to help revive the pandemic-afflicted economy.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:35 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
Mexico's Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) said in a letter this month that about 99% of wells tested in the Rio Sonora valley contain concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals that exceed Mexico’s safety standards, and pose a serious health risk.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:37 - NUR-SULTAN - Local Press Report
Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev met with Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Alexander Kozlov in Moscow on 4 December. Among the documents adopted within the official meeting is the program of Russian-Kazakh cooperation for the conservation and restoration of the ecosystem of the Ural transboundary river basin for 2021-2024.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:42 - MANILA - Local Press Report
The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé are ranked as the world’s top plastic polluters for the 3rd consecutive year according to Break Free From Plastic‘s report “BRANDED Vol III: Demanding Corporate Accountability for Plastic Pollution”.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:59 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A new water resources bill has taken a big step closer to approval following a US House-Senate agreement on a compromise proposal. Under a bipartisan, bicameral deal, the legislation would authorize about $9.9 billion in federal funds for 46 Army Corps of Engineers flood control, environmental restoration, coastal protection and other projects.
8 Dec 2020 - 09:44 - GUWAHATI - Local Press Report
Assam’s Kaziranga National Park has found a way to solve the problem of water scarcity for its rhinos and other animals during winter: the World Heritage Site is developing wetlands and harvesting rainwater.
8 Dec 2020 - 08:15 - LANSING MI, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US District Judge Judith Levy will hear attorney arguments on a proposed settlement of the Flint, Michigan water contamination / health crisis lawsuits, indicating on 2 December that she anticipates a preliminary approval to be available by mid-January.
8 Dec 2020 - 07:06 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Leading impact investors and water experts have launched a new non-profit "Water Finance Exchange" (WFX) to address funding gaps in the water sector in the United States. The specific aim is to help meet the growing needs of small and mid-sized utilities across the US by supplementing public and private financing sources with philanthropic funds at the community level.
8 Dec 2020 - 07:59 - NEW DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
PowerChina has announced plans to construct up to 60 gigawatts (GW) of hydropower capacity on the Yarlung Tsangpo River (known in downstream India as the Brahmaputra River) in The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), prompting concern from downstream riparian countries.
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.