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$37.3 Million USD For Humanitarian Aid In African Great Lakes Region

BRUSSELS, Belgium

The European Commission has announced an additional $38 Million USD in humanitarian relief for the Great Lakes region of Africa. The aid is earmarked for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and for continued support to Burundian refugees in the region.

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Palestine Village Water Supply Cut Off By Israel Army

Gaza CITY

The Israeli occupation army this morning cut off the water supply to the Palestinian village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley. Local official Derar Sawafta said that Israeli soldiers stormed the village and sealed up water holes that feed the local residents of the village with water, without stating the reason for such action.

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"Concrete Action" Required On Climate Change - Peace Nexus: UNDP

New York, United States

Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary General & Director, UNDP Crisis Bureau, spoke this week of the need for addressing climate-related security risks through concrete action at an event in advance of September's UN Climate Action Summit.

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Amazonia Fires: Water Impacts

Edinburgh, Scotland

Jordi Surkin, Conservation Director of WWF Bolivia, is in conversation with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio interview.

The conversation was recorded at the start of September 2019 as the full extent and impact of devastating fires in the climate-crucial Amazon Basin had become clear, and reached the front pages of mainstream media around the world as a contentious issue at the G7 Summit.

Those fires continue to rage, devastating ecosystems vital to natural freshwater systems. Opprobrium for the global tragedy has been aimed at the government of Brazil’s climate change skeptic President Jair Bolsonaro, whose administration has relaxed environmental enforcement standards, resulting in widespread arson by agriculturalists.

What are the environmental impacts, climate impacts and water impacts?

Surkin joined WWF over six years ago. He is conservation director for WWF Bolivia but he has had regional, Amazon wide and international roles in the network. Through these roles he has worked on freshwater, climate change adaptation, forest based economic opportunities, private sector engagement, species, forest friendly roads, hydropower and others. He has worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International (CI), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), international cooperation agencies such as the European Union (EU), the UK Department for foreign development (DFID) and Denmark's Department for International Development (DANIDA) as well as indigenous organizations. His passion for the environment developed as a result of spending his childhood working for his family in the Pyrenees Mountains in Catalonia, Spain.
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"World Risk Report 2019, Focus: Water Supply"

BERLIN, Germany

2019's "World Risk Report" identifies water shortages as posing a growing risk to global stability. Securing access to clean water and protection against flooding and tsunamis is critical to safeguarding society against the effects of climate change, according to the Report published this week by the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the University of Bochum, Germany.

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Number Of People Displaced By Climate Disasters Rises Dramatically

GENEVA

According to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which compiles data on diaspora from governments, the United Nations, and media reports, a record number of disasters displaced people from their homes and communities in the first half of 2019.

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aquaNOW Audience: "The Philosophy of a Hydro-Nation"

ABERDEEN, Scotland

Scotland’s James Hutton Institute hosted the first of a new series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 September, at the Institute’s spectacular Craigiebuckler campus home of world-leading environmental research.

The video of the aquaNOW Audience CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

An eclectic international and Scottish panel discussed opportunities offered by the recent announcement that Glasgow, Scotland, will co-host the 2020 UN Climate Change conference (COP 26, the Scottish COP?); the role of nation states in addressing global water, and water-related challenges; the "value of water"; ways to engage popular and political discourse around water resources management beyond the "water industry".

The theme of the 11 September event was “The Philosophy of a Hydro Nation”.

aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions, filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership. Scotland's Hydro Nation vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.
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Water Diplomacy Talks -- "The Geneva List of Principles On The Protection Of Water Infrastructure"

GENEVA, Switzerland

Mara Tignino of Geneva Water Hub speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) “Water Diplomacy Talks” video interview. The subject is the "Geneva List" of legal principles on protection of water infrastructure.

Tignino, Reader at the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva and Lead Legal Specialist of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub, describes the background and rationale for the "Geneva List", the first reference document to systematize the main rules applicable to the protection of water infrastructure during armed conflicts, specifically in the conduct of hostilities, as well as in pre-conflict and post-conflict situations, setting forth good practices.
 
Tignino has been Visiting Professor at Renmin University of China, the University of Barcelona, the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) and the Catholic University of Lille. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. Tignino acts as an expert and legal adviser for States and international organisations. In 2017, she was awarded with the prize "Women Peacebuilders for Water" from the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Interest Group of “International Business and Human Rights” of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is co-chair of the Interest Group on Water of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association
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GCA Recommends Action Areas For Water Resources Adaptation

WASHINGTON DC, United States

The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) has published a report calling on governments and businesses to take action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions based on new research findings. The report explains that climate adaptation can deliver a “triple dividend” by avoiding future losses, generating positive economic gains through innovation, and delivering additional social and environmental benefits.

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Dumping Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Pacific May Be "Only Option": Minister

TOKYO, Japan

Yoshiaki Harada, Japan’s environment minister, commenting on Tokyo Electric Power's (TEPCO) lack of storage capacity for contaminated Fukushima water, has said "The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it". In a 10 September 10 news briefing, Harada said "The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion." He did not reveal how much of the stored water would be released.

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Drought And Conflict Displacements Affect Quarter Of A Million In Somalia

OSLO, Norway

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that a combination of drought, conflict and general insecurity in 2019 has forced almost 250,000 people into migrating from their homes in Somalia. The Council further warns that the numbers will increase if humanitarian assistance remains under-funded.

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Maude Barlow Calls For "Blue Communities" To Battle Water Privatization

OTTAWA ON

In her new book "Whose Water Is It, Anyway?" rights activist Maude Barlow writes not just about the hazards of water privatization but about proactive efforts that communities are taking to protect water resources, including the Blue Communities Project, which started in Canada in 2009 and has spread to cities, universities, unions and faith-based organizations around the world.

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Is It Really OK For Immigrants To Drink Toilet Water?

WASHINGTON DC

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) drew widespread ire on Wednesday after he tweeted a video of himself drinking from a fountain attached to a toilet in a bid to show conditions inside migrant detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border aren’t that bad.

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Kenya: Controversial Evictions As Country Seeks To Save "Water Tower"

NAIROBI

Thousands of people are being removed from Kenya’s largest forest, a senior official said on Thursday, in a controversial move aimed at saving the country’s most important “water tower”, which has been decimated by decades of corruption.

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Climate Shocks, Conflict and Economic Instability Cause Food Insecurity In East Africa

NAIROBI

An estimated 27 million people – or 24% of the total food insecure people in the world– lived in seven of the eight countries in the IGAD region, according to a new report released by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Food Security Information Network (FSIN).

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EU Agri Sector Must Adapt, Improve Climate Change Resilience

BRUSSELS, Belgium

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has projected that crop and livestock production will decrease and may even have to be abandoned in parts of Europe’s southern and Mediterranean regions due to increased negative impacts of climate change, including extreme events like droughts, heatwaves and floods.

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Rains Partially Relieve Syrian Farmers; Hostilities Remain

ROME, Italy

Favorable rains in Syria’s agricultural areas, coupled with improved overall security, have reportedly boosted harvests compared to last year, but higher food prices are putting more strain on many Syrians.

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