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25 Aug 2020 - 03:18 - Hyderabad, India - Local Press Report
A meeting of India's Apex Council to resolve the water sharing issues on Krishna and Godavari rivers between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh that was to be held on August 25, has been postponed. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has issued an order to this effect.
25 Aug 2020 - 02:50 - Washington DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Experts in climate change and nature-based solutions (NBS) are calling for wetlands to play a much larger role in countries’ climate mitigation efforts going forward. The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and Wetlands International suggest in a new report that now is the most important time to properly value wetlands for their carbon storage potential, as countries are in the midst of revising and updating their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement on climate change
"Locking Carbon in Wetlands: Enhancing Climate Action by Including Wetlands in NDCs", produced with support from German Development Agency GIZ, is written for policymakers and national climate planners to provide the scientific rationale behind the integral role of wetlands — and especially peatlands — within the global carbon cycle.
25 Aug 2020 - 00:10 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
The head of the Environment Agency (EA) of England and Wales has expressed support for post-Brexit domestic amendments that would relax the EU’s water framework directive (WFD) that protects water quality of rivers.
25 Aug 2020 - 00:26 - CHONGQING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new surge in heavy rain and upstream flooding on the Yangtze River has caused many riverside businesses to shut down, whle shipments along the river were halted on 18 August, affecting deliveries to manufactureers.
24 Aug 2020 - 23:49 - Santiago, Chile - Staff - Water Diplomat
A strongly worded statement from the UN has requested the Chilean government to “clarify” its choice to place economic development ahead of human rights, identifying controversial agriculture and energy projects at the heart of its rebuke of the country.
24 Aug 2020 - 23:42 - Bangkok, Thailand - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Prime Minister of China has said that his country is willing to share more Mekong River water data with fellow members of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) organisation which consists of China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
"China is willing to offer more assistance within its capacity to other Lancang-Mekong countries for better utilizing water resources," Prime Minister Li Keqiang said in a 24 August video conference with leadership from the other organization members, Chinese state media reported.
The Mekong, which is Southeast Asia's longest river and acts as a lifeline to 60 million people, has been hit by record drought in two consecutive years.
The government of Thailand has urged the China-backed LMC, which is viewed by many as a mechanism to advance Chinese interests in the Mekong region, to work with the longer-established Mekong River Commission (MRC), which is more associated with US geopolitical positioning, when developing any information-sharing platform.
24 Aug 2020 - 22:51 - Stockholm, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest columns written by participants in different parts of the international water community.In this article, Dr. Fred Boltz discusses the resilience of our cities and the vital role of water in the context of the COVID-19 shock, and looks forward to a 27 August World Water Week at Home (#WWWeek) session “Urban Water Resilience Under COVID-19: What happens next"?Boltz heads Resolute Development Solutions, a consulting firm specialized in the design and execution of conservation and sustainable development programs. His current projects focus on water, climate change and the resilience of human systems. He has over 30 years of sustainable development experience, including 9 years in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He formerly served as a Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he led the environment program. He earlier served in Conservation International’s leadership team as head of conservation strategy and practice.24 Aug 2020 - 11:19 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Within 18 months, 19 desalination plants worth a total of LE11 billion and whose total daily production is 550,000 cubic meters will be inaugurated.24 Aug 2020 - 11:17 - SHANGHAI - Local Press Report
Hundreds of people in eastern China have been infected with bacteria which can cause dysentery after drinking contaminated water, state media said Monday, prompting the closure of a local water plant.24 Aug 2020 - 11:18 - BAKU - Local Press Report
Water shortages in Azerbaijan, which have vexed the country for years, have recently become exacerbated, forcing the government to promise action.24 Aug 2020 - 06:18 - LANSING MI, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The State of Michigan in the United States will pay $600 Million USD in compensation to families in Flint whose health has been impaired by lead-contaminated drinking water.
Announcing the payment on 20 August, State Governor Gretchen Whitmer said "What happened in Flint should have never happened, and financial compensation with this settlement is just one of the many ways we can continue to show our support for the city of Flint and its families".24 Aug 2020 - 05:36 - TIRANA, Albania - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new green development project in the river basin of the Vjosa in Albania will aim to deliver effective and improved management of the basin’s natural resources.
Support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) will focus on sustainable farming techniques: sustainable land use, increasing soil fertility, combating pollution and general degradation. FAO will assist farmers and community institutions to better cope with the impact of climate change on agriculture in the region.24 Aug 2020 - 05:49 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water professionals who are interested in offering assistance to disaster relief efforts can now register with a "Crisis Response Register", created in thte aftermath of the 4 August Beirut port explosion.24 Aug 2020 - 05:32 - BANGKOK, Thailand - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Thailand’s Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has announced plans to develop a 240-kilometre canal from Chai Nat province to the Gulf of Thailand. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and is estimated to be complete in 10 years.
The $3.2 Billion USD project will divert floodwaters from the central highlands directly into the Gulf of Thailand and is one of nine such water management infrastructure projects that are under consideration. The entire programme was developed in response to the epic floods of 2011 when over 800 people died and millions were displaced.20 Aug 2020 - 10:06 - BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Water-borne disease outbreaks have acclerated in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, with 1800 cases and 13 deaths reported by health authorities, as supply of running water halted in the city this week.20 Aug 2020 - 08:20 - MANILA, Philippines - Staff - Water Diplomat
The heads of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have met to discuss areas of potential collaboration and share expertise and knowledge.20 Aug 2020 - 08:30 - EDINBURGH - Local Press Report
When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, Republicans didn’t know their leader was indirectly responsible for leaving an elderly woman without a water supply.20 Aug 2020 - 08:34 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
A new innovation developed by scientists in Australia could be the most promising one yet, with researchers using metal-organic framework compounds (or MOFs) together with sunlight to purify water in just half an hour, using a process that's more efficient than existing techniques.20 Aug 2020 - 08:36 - PARIS - Local Press Report
Low water levels on the Meuse could further restrict Sunday’s production at EDF Chooz nuclear power plant in northern France.20 Aug 2020 - 08:27 - LISBON - Local Press Report
The quality of Portugal’s water is under threat, and it’s not just due to long periods of drought. It has to do with unsustainable farming practices. In other words, monocultures.