August

Reducing deforestation means getting serious about environmental crime

The Amazon Basin is approaching a dangerous tipping point. Within a few years the world’s largest tropical forest could experience a 'die-back' that would not just affect South American countries, but deal a fatal blow to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It is no secret who is to blame. The principal culprits are the constellation of industries and individuals responsible for illegal deforestation...

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Groundwater sustainability agencies

For local agencies, SGMA requires local groundwater pumpers to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (or GSAs) and to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans to manage their groundwater basins.  In order to effectively implement those plans, SGMA provides new tools and authorities including requiring registration of groundwater wells, measuring and limiting groundwater extractions, imposing fees for groundwater management, and enforcing the terms of a groundwater sustainability Groundwater sustainability plan.

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The Groundwater Visibility Initiative

Groundwater visibility: it's an idea whose time has come. And it will be celebrated in 2022 when it will be honored by the UN on 22 March 2022 - World Water Day

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Shortages and transboundary water conflicts

The planet is heating up fast. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East and Africa where the impacts on water security and food security can exacerbate the conflict dynamics already extant in both regions.

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Water is the New Gold: An Emerging Source of Global Conflicts

Water is the New Gold: An Emerging Source of Global Conflicts. To cap it all, realizing the gravity of situation, we being responsible inhabitants of this planet should give up our clinical attitude towards this most grave issue and devise an effective strategy to cope with this emerging source of global conflict for we could live without oil (black gold) but without blue gold (water), we are doomed to extinction.

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Why the Nile Constitutes a New Kind of Water Dispute – and Why That’s Dangerous

See how the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute offers an alarming insight into just how dangerous future transboundary water disputes may become in absence of agreements between water users, particularly in the context of a changing climate

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Benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Transboundary water cooperation can generate accelerated economic growth, improves human well-being, enhanced environmental sustainability, and increased political stability. Read about more benefits in this blog

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Transboundary Bulletin

Last month’s media reports in India suggesting non-cooperation of Bhutan and Nepal to maintain critical water infrastructures in the shared transboundary river systems were found not to be true. It was clear Bhutan didn’t stop water and Nepal didn’t prohibit Indian engineers to carry out regular flood embankment repair and maintenance work in the Gandak dam in Nepal. Such distorted facts and misinformation on transboundary water issues could stifle and stall long-standing cooperation mechanisms. There is an urgent need to tackle such information disorder to bolster transboundary water cooperation in South Asia, says Jyotiraj Patra, project manager of Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) at Oxfam.

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From emergency response to resilient recovery: How we are helping the water sector in MENA cope with COVID-19

In early July, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region passed a grim milestone, recording more than one million cases of COVID-19.

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How the Grand Renaissance Dam Might Spark Basin-Wide Water Cooperation

Ethiopia’s on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a ‘water war’.

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