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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International credit ratings agency Fitch has warned that water scarcity is the greatest emerging risk in the mining and metals sector. A new report, issued 8 July, identifies that localised water shortages and competition for water resources are likely to increase in coming decades and this constraint will increase the challenges related to production of battery and low-carbon technologies that rely on exotic metals.
New World Bank funding totalling $157 Million USD will be directed to the Malawi Watershed Services Improvement Project (MWASIP) that will restore degraded land and forest cover in order to improve availability and quality of water resources.
OOSKAnews' David Duncan talked to the co-authors of a new report that describes options available to decision-makers, and seeks to clarify possible confusion.
Right tool for the right job: Tools & Approaches for Companies and Investors to Assess Water Risks & Shared Water Challenges compares the three leading corporate water tools – WBCSD’s India Water Tool, WWF’s Water Risk Filter, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct – and offers guidance on the approaches companies and investors should adopt to assess water risks and shared water challenges.
Degradation of oil facilities in conflict-torn northeast Syria has led to spillage of tens-of-thousands of barrels of oil into canals and creeks, contributing to persistent and extensive contamination of water and groundwater resources. A new report from Netherlands-based NGO PAX for Peace, A River of Death, released 1 July, examines pollution from a large oil storage facility that collected all the crude oil coming from the Suwaydiyah (also known as the Jazeera or Rmeilan) oil field.
At least 162 people died 2 July after heavy rains caused a landslide at a jade mine in Kachin state, Myanmar, close to the Chinese border. About 30 meters of waste soil collapsed into a lake of mine wastewater, creating a large wave which hit those working at the perimeter of the lake.
A new partnership between the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and The Resilience Shift aims to boost global efforts to accelerate a shift to more resilient infrastructure. The alliance will build on the partners’ respective desires to develop mechanisms to advance resilience implementation and the level of understanding around water and resilience more broadly.
Ongoing shelling in eastern Ukraine continues to disrupt vital water supplies and access to food and basic services, a 25 June assessment from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reports. Meantime movement restrictions due to COVID-19 have particularly affected thousands of already vulnerable and elderly populations.
The United Nations’ Cross-border Cooperation for Sustainable Pease and Development programme is yielding successful results in modernising water management along the Isfara River running between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
An additional $43 Million USD additional World Bank funding will be applied to The Gambia’s Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project to include the water sector in the programme’s mandate, to strengthen the National Water and Electricity Company’s (NAWEC) transmission and distribution network, and to provide support to transform NAWEC into a credit-worthy utility.
China's Ministry of Water Resources upgraded its emergency response for flood control from Level Four to Level Three on 4 July, as incessant rains continue across the country. Level One is the highest level of response.
The government of Bhutan has firmly denied media reports that it had deliberately blocked the supply of water along an irrigation canal into the northen province of Assam, India, amid suggestions that the reports were an attempt by vested interests to spread misinformation and misunderstanding.
Ghana has confirmed accession to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), becoming the third African country and 44th Party to join the Convention, managed by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Ghana also has become a Party to the Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (Watercourses Convention).
The World Bank has announced additional funding for India’s Namami Gange program that is designed to rejuvenate the Ganga River. The $400 Million USD financing will finance the construction of expanded water networks and treatment facilities in order to stem pollution and strengthen river basin management.
A senior Indian government official has told media that forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deployed water as a weapon during recent fatal clashes witht Indian troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan region on 15 and 16 June.
The European Commission has confirmed that the European Union’s strong water legislation, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), will not be changed.
The landmark confirmation for Europe’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands marks a success for the #ProtectWater Campaign that was launched in 2018 by WWF and European partners who, together, form lobgying group Living Rivers Europe.
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An open letter, signed by thirty international agencies and charitable organisations, pleads for fulfilment of commitments for aid to Yemen.
The 15 June letter "rom "The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) actors in Yemen" identifies that COVID-19 is spreading throughout Yemen, one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The group identifies that over five years of conflict have damaged water systems, leaving the health sector on the brink of collapse and have contributed to outbreaks of disease, including cholera. The group estimates that over 70 percent of the population lack access to soap for handwashing and personal hygiene and basic water supplies required to cope with COVID-19.
“Communications, Advocacy & Policy Opportunities and Outreach for Poop” (known as the CAPOOP Alliance) has launched a new platform for for knowledge share in the sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector across Africa.
The platform, announced 15 June, accesses knowledge and expertise across Africa and is intended to provide tailor-made, user-friendly tools and resources directed to assist experts and professionals working on key sanitation issues, particularly fecal sludge management and non-sewered sanitation in Africa.
The indigenous Wayuu communities of Colombia have launched an urgent appeal for the UN Human Rights Council to intervene in an alleged human rights crisis caused by operations of the Cerrejon coal mine which is backed by Australian mining giant BHP.
The mine reportedly uses 24 million litres of water per day, and operations have contaminated the Rancheria River which is the main source of drinking water in the region. In addition, a planned mine expansion also includes diversion of the nearby Bruno stream, an alternative source of drinking water.
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