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Nine Youth Projects Awarded Funding For Community Water Initiatives

MONTREAL, Canada

The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and Solidarity Water Europe have announced the winners of the “Global Youth Take Action” campaign the organisations launched in May.

Among the submitted projects, nine projects were selected to receive financial and technical support.

The campaign was designed to identify, encourage, and support youth engagement in water management in the context of the current global COVID pandemic. More specifically, the call for proposals aimed to support initiatives on water and health, water and agriculture, water-related risks, and water sharing.

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Bangladesh To Seek Chinese Support For Teesta River Restoration Project

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Ministry of Water Resources is set to seek funding for an estimated $985 Million USD to implement a “Teesta River Comprehensive Management and Restoration Project”, possibly with support from China, as discussions with India over management of the river are perceived to have been unproductive.

Further OOSKAnews coverage of the Teesta River

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Governance Of Irrigation and Drainage To Mitigate Climate Change Impacts, Feed The Planet

WASHINGTON DC

A new World Bank paper released in the beginning of August examines the importance of governance in irrigation projects and identifies how proper governance can help mitigate the effects of climate change, address rural poverty and, ultimately, feed the planet.

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EIB Supports Future-proofing Netherlands Drinking Water Network

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced $176 Million USD in funding for Vitens, the Netherlands largest water utility, to be applied to a 2020-2024 investment programme to future-proof drinking water distribution networks.

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Pan-European Wastewater Testing To Detect Coronavirus

BRUSSELS, Belgium

The European Commission (EC) has announced creation of a pan-European Umbrella Study to examine RNA fragments of SARS-CoV2 in wastewater. The purpose of the study is to reliably monitor the presence of the virus without direct testing of individual persons.

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"Immense Consequences For People" Of Massive Decline In Migratory Fresh Fish Populations

GRONIGEN, The Netherlands

A new, first-of-its-kind comprehensive global report on the status of migratory freshwater fish reveals an alarming 76 percent drop in average populations between 1970 and 2016.

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ADB Will Invest Up To $40 Million USD To Upgrade Water, Sanitation in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced an investment of $20 Million USD in green bonds that will be issued by Georgia Global Utilities (GGU), earmarked for capital expenditure in GGU ’s water supply and sanitation business in Georgia.

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COVID Situation May Be "Concealing" Underlying Cholera Crisis In Yemen

Sana'a, Yemen

Thousands of people in war-torn Yemen could be dying from undetected cases of cholera because COVID-19 has overwhelmed the country’s health facilities and people are too frightened to seek treatment for fear of the virus, aid agency Oxfam has warned.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen is likely to peak in the coming weeks while the heaviest rains are expected in August which could deepen a hidden cholera crisis.

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How West Bank Annexation Will Endanger Palestinian Water, Energy, Food Security

Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank threatens to block possible cooperative regional approaches to solving water and energy issues while endangering the food security of Palestinians and halting cross-border environmental cooperation, a new report warns.

“Annexation, as proposed by the current Israeli government, is a unilateral act of land appropriation, which will annex Palestinian land but not people, further aggravating the power imbalance of the occupation and further endangering chances to reach a fair and just solution”, according to the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which is based in Israel.

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New Cambodia Megacity Threatens Wetlands, Livelihoods

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

More than a million people across Phnom Penh, Cambodia, face the risk of increased flooding according to a July 2020 human rights and social impact assessment of development of the 2,500 hectare satellite ING City to the capital’s South. Developers, with government support, are filling wetlands which store rain and wastewater with sand dredged from the Mekong and Bassac rivers to prepare for construction.

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The Climate Emergency As A Danger To Peace

New York, United States

“The climate emergency is a danger to peace”, Miroslav Jenca, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas told the Security Council 18 July, as he called on peace and security actors to play their role and help speed up implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

Jenca briefed the Council at the start of an open video-teleconference debate on climate and security, one of the key themes of this month’s German presidency of the body.

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Water Infrastructure "Threatened" In Armenia-Azerbaijan Border Dispute

BAKU, Azerbaijan

Tension continues at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border after two weeks of skirmishes and increasing threats to civilians and crucial infrastructure.

Armenia has claimed that things are “relatively calm” and that its forces were in control of the situation along the entire border. Azerbaijan claims that tensions boiled over after Armenia attempted an artillery attack on July 12. Both sides are reported to have incurred some military personnel losses.

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Further Cyber Attacks Reported On Israel Water Infrastructure

TEL AVIV, Israel

Two more cyber attacks against Israeli water infrastructure were reportedly attempted in mid-July; Israeli Water Authority have confirmed that no damage was inflicted.

“These were specific, small drainage installations in the agriculture sector that were immediately and independently repaired by the locals, causing no harm to serve or any real-world effects,” the Water Authority said in a statement.

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IOM Funding For COVID Containment Among IDPs In Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria

The United Nation’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has extended its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) operations in northeast Nigeria in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A new $6.22 Million USD project is directed at three areas in Borno State, the largest in the region, where an estimated 675,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in temporary shelters in overcrowded conditions, where physical distancing and frequent handwashing is difficult.

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Focus On Water Infrastructure Should Be Central To South Africa's COVID Recovery Strategy

PRETORIA, South Africa

Post-COVID recovery in South Africa should involve investment in water infrastructure at the core to creating jobs, according to a policy brief by research organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS).

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New Standoff IN GERD Talks; Sudan Boycotts

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

This Article has been updated to reflect recent developments

A scheduled resumption of tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) sponsored by the African Union (AU) has been postponed until 17 August upon the request of Sudan, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sudan’s new boycott of negotiations scheduled to resume 10 August is understood to be in protest at Ethiopia’s declining to commit to an agenda on the filling and operation of the contentious dam on the Blue Nile.

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More Protests by Mexican Farmers As US Demands Mexico Makes Up Rio Grande Water-sharing Deficit

MEXICO CITY, Mexico

This news article was updated 22 July

The head of the United States section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) issued a formal statement, 9 July, that Mexico is in violation of the 1944 Water Treaty between Mexico and the US, and requested immediate action to restore its obligations under the treaty.

Media sources have subsequenly reported that farmers again clashed with Mexican military forces in protest. Images posted on social media showed military police and National Guard trucks at the Las Virgines dam in in the northern border state of Chihuahua, and tear gas being fired over the heads of protesters.

Under the bilateral agreement Rio Grande water is allotted to the United States in cycles of five years, with the current cycle ending 24 October, 2020. Mexico is in deficit and must deliver to the United States an additional 432,360 acre-feet in the next three months.

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The Cruel Confluences Of Climate Change And Conflict

GENEVA, Switzerland

A new policy report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) explores how people deal with the combination of conflict and climate risks, and how they cope and adapt. The report suggests ways that the humanitarian sector can adjust and adapt to address these risks and makes an urgent call for strengthening climate action and finance in countries affected by conflict.

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UN Launches SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework

NEW YORK NY, United States

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined UN-Water Chair, Gilbert Huongbo 9 July in the launch of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) Global Acceleration Framework. SDG 6, one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, calls for clean water and sanitation for all people.

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Sustainable Water Use Audit For EU Agricultural Policy

BRUSSELS, Belgium

The European Union has announced launch of an audit of the impact of the EU agricultural policy on the sustainable use of water. A 7 July Preview cites that about 25 percent of all freshwater abstraction in the EU is used on farmland and, in some locations, as much as up to 40 percent. About 10 percent of all farmland is equipped for irrigation.

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