April

Political cooperation across borders protects water resources in Drin Basin

Shared among Albania, Greece, Kosovo*, Montenegro and North Macedonia (the five ‘Riparians’), the Drin River Basin provides water resources for drinking, energy, fishing and agriculture, biodiversity, tourism and industry. 

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Transboundary Cooperation To Protect Drin River Basin Water Resources

Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Greece and Northern Macedonia have approved a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for sustainable management of the shared Drin River Basin, an important source for fishing, electricity, agriculture, tourism and drinking water in the countries. The project sets out more than 100 agreed actions to enable sustainable water management in the basin, benefiting 1.6 million inhabitants.

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Acuíferos sustentables: conceptos, mitos y percepciones

La sustentabilidad hídrica de las cuencas y acuíferos depende en gran medida de aspectos cuantitativos (ej. disminución de caudales mínimos y abatimiento de niveles piezométricos) y cualitativos (presencia de contaminantes, pérdida continua de nutrientes), entre otros. A nivel global, un número importante de acuíferos han registrado una caída en su disponibilidad hídrica, evidenciada a través de mediciones in situ (1) u observaciones mediante percepción remota (2).

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The fate of Tonle Sap Lake is decided upriver

As the Tonle Sap floodplain empties into the Mekong this spring, the Cambodians who rely on these waters face bleak prospects, with fish catches reportedly 10 to 20% of previous years. Blame for the precipitous decline in the ecology has been put on the many hydropower projects upstream.

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Brazil Mulls Dam Flush to Protect Ally’s $20 Billion Exports

Argentina is asking neighbor Brazil to release water from the giant Itaipu Dam into the Parana River, where low levels are stymieing a $20 billion-a-year crop export busines

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Un grupo de científicos hará un seguimiento del coronavirus en las aguas residuales de EE.UU.

Investigadores del Centro de Tecnología Sostenible en materia de Agua y Energía (WEST) de la Universidad de Arizona están analizando las aguas residuales para conocer la prevalencia del coronavirus en poblaciones de todo Estados Unidos.

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Chile drought causing water shortage amidst virus crisis

With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Women and Jobs in Water

On a busy street corner in Nairobi, Kenya, Abuya uses water to prepare and cook the food she sells to passersby. At the market in Hyderabad, India, Dimah splashes water on her fruit and vegetables to keep them fresh. In the make-shift hair-cutting salon in her basement in Medellin, Colombia, Isabela uses water to wash her customer’s hair.

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Center for Transboundary Water Management

The Center for Transboundary Water Management, directed by Dr. Clive Lipchin, provides a platform for regional water professionals and policy makers to cooperate in water conservation, desalination, wastewater treatment and education. The Center facilitates direct communication among regional water professionals in the three lower riparian states of the Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin (Israel, Palestine and Jordan). The open dialogue that is made possible by the center enables the flow of data and, most importantly, establishes long-lasting relationships built on trust and integrity between those who are responsible for the sustainable management of the region’s fragile water resources.

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Toward a New Regional Approach to Water Security and Governance in the Horn of Africa

As the global climate changes, climate-related security risks are making existing political, social, and economic challenges even more complicated. The 230 million people who live in the Horn of Africa are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts and floods. Political fragility and transnational complexities make water governance a matter of regional high-level politics as well as geopolitical tensions. In short, sustainable water governance is critical for achieving resilient peace.

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