The government of Vietnam declared a state of emergency last week in five Mekong Delta provinces in response to prolonged drought which has led to a build-up of salinity, threatening yields of rice and fruit in the region.
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A quarter of the world's population faces theats to quality and availability of drinking water because of climate change and urbanisation.
The President of Indonesia confirmed this week that the country’s new capital will be located on high ground in East Kalimantan Province, Borneo. The current coastal capital, Jakarta (pop. 30 million) is unsustainable due to increasing flood risks attributable to sea-level rise and over-exploitation of aquifers, exacerbated by highly-polluted river systems.
New analysis from NGO WaterAid reveals that only a very small proportion of climate finance (for both mitigaton and adaptation) reaches the most vulnerable countries or is spent addressing the most urgent issues putting billions of lives at risk of water-borne diseases due to lack of water service that is reliable and safe from contamination.
In “Short-changed on Climate Change: Money, Water and the People on the Frontline”, released 5 March, WaterAid draws on publicly available data on climate finance and examines the state of water access and climate vulnerability. The UK-based non-profit has called for a rapid ten-fold increase in funding to assist vulnerable countries to bolster water mitigation and adaption programs.
A new study covering 13 towns across four countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region shows that Himalayan towns are facing increased water insecurity as a consequence of inadequate urban planning coupled with rapidly changing climate.
A US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order to drain the Anderson Reservoir, which supplies Silicon Valley in California with drinking water, has met negative reaction with multiple agencies laying blame for delays, and local concern about water supplies, particularly in this year's summer months. The Anderson Dam is considered vulnerable to seismic activity.
The Ukraine Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Organisation and Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have released a set of infographics mapping the dynamics and trends of environmental change since the 2014 onset of armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
A new report from the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) of US Institute the Center for Climate and Security, warns of high-to-catastrophic security threats arising as a consequence of plausible climate change trajectories that have impact on water resources.
New research from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) released 27 February has examined the impact of water scarcity as a contributing factor to internal displacement in southern Iraq.The report is based on quantitative and qualitative data collected between June and July 2019 and explores the effect of the slow-onset of environmental change in the Basra, Missan, and Thi-Qar governorates.
The Ninth triennial World Water Forum will be held in Dakar, Senegal, in March 2021 with the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development”.
Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council. speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) video interview for “The Water Diplomat”.
- The particular significance of the first World Water Forum to be held in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Four particular priorities to be addressed by the gathering – security of water and sanitation; cooperation; rural development; tools and means for implementation; and his hopes for progress and advancement in these areas.
- The concept of “Water for Humanity; Water for Nature”, and the need for a new relationship between “urban” and rural” water considerations.
- Whether, and how, parliamentarians and local authorities are ready and suited to progress water governance.
- A new “Five Fingers Alliance” approach to the challenges of water access and sanitation – a “horizontal approach” to solving water challenges.
- In 2020, as we look forward to COP26, integration of “water thinking” and “climate-change thinking”; what progress remains to be made?
United States President Donald Trump’s long-awaited “Peace Plan” for the Middle East, revealed 28 January, has come under fire for disregarding the political and economic needs of occupied Palestine and lack of recognition or acknowledgement of one of the most contentious issues that abounds throughout the region: allocation of water resources.
The Public Works and Housing Ministry will complete construction on eight major water dams in 2020 as part of the National Strategic Program. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in a press release on Thursday Indonesia's water supply is more than adequate at 2.7 trillion cubic meters per year.
Participants at an international conference to celebrate the “Blue Peace Decade”, held in London, United Kingdom 17-18 February, reflected on the evolution of Blue Peace in the last decade, and brainstormed about possible paths ahead. Speakers discussed “Evolution of Blue Peace: Global and Regional Progress”; “Importance of Data Exchange and Innovative Finance”; “Role of Media in Blue Peace” and “Future Directions”.
The European Union has announced $55 Million USD in support for the Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Parties to the 1998 Bamako Convention has adopted a new set of decisions to strengthen the Convention at the third Conference of the Parties to the Covention (COP3). The original purposes of the Convention are:
- To prohibit the import of all hazardous and radioactive wastes into the African continent for any reason;
- To minimize and control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes within the African continent.
- To prohibit all ocean and inland water dumping or incineration of hazardous wastes.
- To ensure that disposal of wastes is conducted in an “environmentally sound manner".
- To promote cleaner production over the pursuit of a permissible emissions approach based on assimilative capacity assumptions
- To establish the precautionary principle.
NGO Amnesty International has called for a halt to the construction of the Polihali Dam in Lesotho, at least until local communities in the Mokhotlong district have been properly consulted and compensated.
China on Thursday said it was helping its downstream neighbors cope with a prolonged drought by releasing more water from its dams on the Mekong River, adding it would consider sharing information on hydrology to provide further assistance in the future.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for the Indus River waters shared by Pakistan and India to be used as a “tool for peace and not war".
To counteract a particular result of the increase in population and water demand, the United Nations Misssion in South Sudan is currently undertaking a quick impact project in four villages on the outskirts of Mundri. Water holes in Bangolo, Kediba and Mbara will be either rehabilitated or drilled.
A group of 23 former foreign ministers has warned that humanity’s ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species. In an 18 February statement released by members of the Aspen Ministers Forum, the ministers call for more attention to be focused on rapidly warming oceans given their importance in producing oxygen and food for the world’s population of over 7 billion people. In addition, the group urges world leaders who will convene in Rome, Italy, 24 February to back the draft United Nations agreement to protect about one-third of the world’s oceans and land.
A meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was planned to take place in Kunming, Yunnan province, China from 24-29 February, but has been relocated to Rome, Italy, on the same dates because of coronavirus concerns.
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