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Water's Role In Coordination And Coherence Of Climate Action

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands

A new background paper produced for the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) describes “climate-resilient water management " as "the common ground and a unifying agenda for water and climate change adaptation”.

Water experts from international institutions, academia, and NGOs produced Adaptation’s Thirst: Accelerating The Convergence Of Water And Climate Action which offers guidance to answer the question: what can the water community do to help advance targets for climate change adaptation, and what can the climate community do to help advance targets for water resilience?


Marrakesh Partnership Sets Climate Action Pathway For Water

BONN, Germany

The Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action has released its Climate Action Pathways through 2050, including a Pathway for Water, that set a “baseline” of actions and accomplishments through 2019 and sets new milestones through 2050.


Nile Basin Initiative HydroMet System Will Improve Water Resources Planning In Member States


Member States of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) will share reliable data for better monitoring of the Nile’s water resources under the $5.5 Million USD Nile Basin Regional HydroMet System to inform national planning and evidence-based decision making. The project will be implemented in Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. NBI membership consists of these nine nations plus Egypt.


"Water Tower" Loss Will Affect Almost Two Billion People

LONDON, United Kingdom

Almost 2 billion people could be negatively affected by the decline of natural “water towers” (glaciers and snow that store water in winter and release it gradually in warmer seasons) due to rising temperatures, according to a new report. Asian river basis face the greatest demands but there is increasing vulnerability in Europe and North America.


Water Should Be A Mainstream Issue In Climate Negotiations


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has announced a new collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and other partners with a view to creating a desirable climate-resilient future.

"Water Resilience Frontiers: Pathways for Transformational Climate Resilient Water Security" seeks to address a lack of coherence in global negotiations on climate change, national development planning and water management.


Low Mekong Levels Raise Toxic Algae Risk


The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has suggested that receent change in colour of the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos with serious consequences, and called for more data sharing with the China-backed Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism.


Climate Bonds Initiative Urged To Scrap Hydro Certification Scheme


As world leaders, industry groups, and campaigners converge on Madrid for the climate change COP, the proponents of hydropower are out in full force, keen to profit from and perpetuate the myth of hydropower’s climate benefits. Today, 276 civil society organizations from 77 countries around the world launched a statement calling upon CBI to “abandon its misguided attempt to greenwash hydropower.”


Angola Drought Affects 2.3 Million People


Aid workers in Angola are appealing for help in the country’s south, where they say climate change is causing a crisis for up to 2.3 million people. Paolo Balladelli of the United Nations said that’s how many people were affected at the height of this year’s drought.


Worst South Sudan Flooding In Human Memory


In South Sudan, massive flooding has affected nearly a million people, leaving many stranded in their villages and cut off from essential health services. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) logistics coordinator Kim Phillips describes the situation on the ground in the northeast of the country.


KfW Finances Morocco WASH Projects


Morocco’s National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and German Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) signed financing agreements to the tune of ‎€55.5 million on Thursday, December 5, in Rabat. The agreements cover several projects related to drinking water supply and sanitation.


Global Climate Risk Index: Impacts On Water Resources

BONN, Germany

Environmental organisation Germanwatch released its 15th annual Global Climate Risk Index report 4 December, analysing impacts of weather-related events (storms, floods, heatwaves etc.) and associated socio-economic data. Its aim is to contextualise ongoing climate policy debates, with an important focus on international climate negotiations, by examining real-world impacts over the last year and the prior 20 year period.


Matching Satellite and Public Data To Assess Water Quality

FORT COLLINS CO, United States

New research from Colorado State University (CSU) in the United States has matched large public datasets of water quality observations with satellite imagery to enable more efficient, cost-effective measurement of water quality.


Provisional EU Agreement On Quality Of Treated Water For Agricultural Use


The European Parliament and Council announced a provisional agreement December 3 to harmonize minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewater in agricultural irrigation.


Further Confirmation Of Climate Change Causing Conflict In Africa


The degradation of livelihoods, droughts and floods, among other consequences of climate change, are factors that exacerbate conflicts in Africa, according to several experts. The degradation of natural resources, due to extreme weather conditions, is also a factor that contributes to the spread of terrorism.


aquaNOW Audience -- The Future Of Water Stewardship

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom

OOSKAnews produced the second panel discussion in this year’s series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 November at The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. and the topic this time was "The Future Of Water Stewardship”.



Water Diplomacy Talks -- Governance Of Atmospheric Water

Washington DC, United States

During the thousands of years that humans have utilised freshwater in surface water bodies and groundwater aquifers, laws and customary practices have developed for its utilization and protection.

Renee Martin-Nagle examines governance of our planet’s atmospheric water.


Invest In Nature Based Solutions And Harness Collective Action For Water Security

Arlington, United States

Nature-based solutions for water security (Nbs-WS) can help protect freshwater resources and safeguard nature’s integrity. They can make a significant contribution to reversing the rapid decline in freshwater biodiversity in Europe, adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts, according to a new report from The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

These solutions are increasingly seen as cost-efficient strategies that need to be mainstreamed in water resource management strategies.

Download “Investing in Nature for European Water Security”


Water Diplomacy Talks -- "Water and Violence: Attacks on Water Infrastructure"


Jayantika Kutty and Niranjana Menon, research analysts with international think-tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) speak with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio conversation.

This newscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of SFG’s ninth "Blue Peace Bulletin", "Water and Violence: Attacks on Water Infrastructure", authored by Kutty and Menon, which can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

The trend of using water during armed conflicts has been around since centuries. Right from the conquests of Julius Caesar to the battles of World War II and more recently the attacks perpetrated by terror organizations and militia, water has played an important role, sometimes inadvertently and at others intentionally. Seven trends highlight the manner in which water has been used either as a target (ie destruction of water resources) or a weapon (ie usage of water to cause some form of damage to the enemy) during armed conflicts: Diversion; Flooding; Strategic attacks on water infrastructure; Incidental attacks and collateral damage; Attacks by Cross Border Terror/Militia Groups on Water; Role of International Coalitions; Impact of Civil Wars. Each of these patterns/trends is further examined herein to illustrate the kinds of attacks carried out on or against water.

Syria Conflict: Efforts To Alleviate Water Crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) are concerned about a possible humanitarian crisis in northern Syria arising from a lack of access to clean drinking water.

An attack by Turkey on Northern Syria in October followed United States’ troops withdrawal from the region which effectively opened the door for Turkey’s offensive.


Climate Change Uncertainty Means Water Uncertainty


A new guidance and planning document for integrating water into climate responses. “Watering the NDCs” offers guiding principles and recommendations for national climate planners and decision-makers to help ensure they meet their goals set out in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement.



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