30 Jul 2020 HANOI
In the framework of ASOSAI cooperation in the 2012-2013 period, an audit on water issues in the river basin was successfully carried out with the participation of five Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, with technical assistance from the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ)...
29 Jul 2020 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...
22 Jul 2020 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
This Article has been updated to reflect recent developmentsA 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...
30 Jun 2020 Niamey, Niger
The Niger Basin Water Resources Development and Sustainable Ecosystems Management Program (the Kandadji Program) in Niger has secured additional funding from the World Bank to support irrigation development, construct improved housing and provide drinking water and sanitation to resettled populations...
29 Jun 2020 BRUSSELS
The 2019-20 winter in Europe was the warmest on record, with little snow. The spring was also drier and warmer than normal, with a historic heat wave in the middle of May. The forecast for summer 2020 is not looking much better. For the third year in a row, Europe is facing potential water woes.
25 Jun 2020 BRUSSELS, Belgium
The European Parliament this month approved new legislation that establishes clear “green” criteria for investors is critical to raising public and private funding so that the European Union can become carbon neutral by 2050 as set out in the European Green Deal.The European Commission estimates that Europe requires approximately $290 Million USD per year in extra investment in order to achieve 2030 climate and energy targets...
2 Jun 2020 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
The government of Ethiopia has described preparations for land clearing behind the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) ahead of commencing filling its Blue Nile reservoir with water in July.Bashir Abdel Rahim, Director General of Ethiopia’s Job Creation Agency said 30 June that more than 2,000 workers will be deployed to remove trees, shrubs and stones from the land behind the dam, with a total of 1,000 hectares to be cleared within 45 days...
28 May 2020 GENEVA, Switzerand
A new report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) examines linkages between renewable energy and nature and food production and calls for integration of multi-sectoral priorities in the decision making process for renewable energy.Drawing on numerous research projects and experience, the assessment underscores how joint efforts by decision makers and private developers in different industries and across state lines can produce the highest benefits and maintain sustainability...
25 May 2020 Addis ABABA
Ethiopia’s Awash River Basin will be hotter, drier and more water stressed. This could have severe consequences on human and economic development… Water availability will continue to decrease progressively until at least the end of the century,” wrote researchers Meron Teferi Taye and Ellen Dyer for academic website The Conversation.
19 May 2020 REYKJAVIK
With the raising importance of lithium for the electric mobility and storage revolution, the geothermal industry is set to become a key player in the production of sustainable lithium made in Europe.
18 May 2020 RONDEBOSCH
Energy storage will be a key component in accelerating global efforts to meet the ambitious climate mitigation and sustainable development goals set under the Paris Agreement. Does energy storage in the form of pumped hydropower storage (PHS) have the potential to achieve this goal?
18 May 2020 TRIPOLI, Libya
Authorities of Libya’s Man-Made River Project (MMR) have announced the 15 May return of electricity supply to all of its wells and fields in the Hassouna System, and Sahil Al-Jafara, resulting in resumption of water supply to Tripoli and surrounding areas.Electricity supply has been re-established after a week-long stoppage caused by armed attacks described as the worst in several weeks of fighting in and around the city...