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PROPERTY & ENVIRONMENT: Water Experts, Environmentalists Canvass Creation of Water Resources Commission

December 7, 2004   Water experts, environmentalists and journalists who, last week in Lagos, brain-stormed on water management issues in the country, have called for the creation of a water resources commission in Nigeria and the adoption of the globally accepted Integrated Water Resources Management process. The one-day dialogue was organized by Country Water Partnership Nigeria, the Nigerian partner of Global Water Partnership (GWP), an international non-governmental organization on water … noted that oil prospecting companies are degrading the Niger Delta environment and getting away with it due to the non-availability of a Water Resources Commission … "Until we have the right institutions doing the right things, we may never be able to get there" … "Water scarcity and deteriorating water quality will soon become critical factors limiting national economic development, expansion of food production and provision of basic health and hygiene services to the population. The recognition for the need to redress these weaknesses in their water governance structures has convinced many countries that a water management framework is needed" … defined Integrated Water Resources Management as a "process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital eco-systems" ... lamented that whereas smaller countries in the continent such as Ghana, Burkina-Faso and Senegal has good water policies that meet the Integrated Water Resources Management goals, Nigeria is still paying lip-service to issues of water.



China geht das Wasser aus

5.12.2004  Durch Dürren, Urbanisierung, Verschwendung und Verschmutzung geht China das Wasser aus. Mit Megaprojekten versucht die Regierung gegenzusteuern ...



Pakistan seeks World Bank help to solve water dispute with India

2004-11-27   Pakistan has sought the World Bank's help in resolving differences over India's construction of a barrage over the Jhelum River, which starts in Indian-controlled territory and feeds into Pakistan … Islamabad objects to the construction of the 330-megawatt hydro-electric Bagliar dam project, which started in 1985, and India refused any international inspection of the dam project ... “ If bilateral track is failed, then we will seek a neutral expert through the World Bank" …



First phase of water diversion project's eastern route to operate in 2007

2004-11-26  The first phase of the eastern route of China's gigantic South-to-North Water Diversion Project is scheduled to be completed in 2007, starting to divert water from the Yangtze River to east China's Jiangsu and Shandong provinces … The massive project, which began construction in December 2002,will divert water from the Yangtze, China's longest river, to the country's drought-affected north via eastern, central and western routes ...



Ghana to benefit from EU water initiative

2004 Nov. 26 - Ghana has been selected as one of eight African countries to benefit from the first phase of the implementation of a one billion-Euro Africa, European Union Water Initiative (A-EUWI). The first phase of the project, which is aimed at bringing 77 African-Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to the same level of progress in the water and sanitation related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is worth 500 million Euros out of which 250 million Euros has been released …



Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management opens

2004 Nov. 23 - Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, Minister for Works and Housing … advised local institutions helping to address some of the multi-faceted challenges confronting the Water Sector to establish the necessary linkages that would check the duplication of efforts. In a speech read for him at a day's workshop on: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Accra, Alhaji Idris said: "More importantly, in our common desire to finding solutions to the challenges, you must establish the knowledge base and proper dissemination of results." …. The Ghana Water Partnership, (CWP-Ghana) a local nongovernmental organisation (NGO) organised the workshop under the theme: "Water Management - The Cornerstone of the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy" with financial support from The Royal Danish Embassy, Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and Water Resources Commission ...



24-11-2004   PRESS RELEASE - Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Meets with Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program

On November 24, in Reykjavik, in the course of the Arctic Council 4th Ministerial Meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov met with the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer. In the course of the conversation issues related to development of cooperation between Russia and UNEP in the field of environmental protection … and the launching of a project for accounting of climate change in the management of the water resources of the Lena and other Siberian rivers were discussed. The sides agreed to continue and build up their active cooperation in this area ...






Children's Water Education Council

The goals of this organization are to foster decision makers, initiate the process of behavioural change and to empower children to initiate change within their homes, schools and communities. The concept is to encourage children to become catalysts for change by taking information and a newfound respect back to their own environment ...



SAHRA Water News Watch






UNESCO and World Water Council launch water cooperation facility

24-11-2004    An international mediating mechanism to help resolve problems over shared water resources will be launched by UNESCO, and the World Water Council (WWC), during a meeting at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, on November 25 and 26. Known as the Water Cooperation Facility (WCF), this new body will include representatives from international organizations, national governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations active in water conflict management. It will advise conflicting parties on ways to reconcile their differences before resorting to expensive and often unproductive approaches such as litigation or continued struggle. The WCF will act only upon request of the parties involved in each situation. The need for such a body arises from the growing demand and competition for the planet’s limited freshwater resources, and the diverging interests of water users ...



UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education



International Hydrological Programme (IHP) - 16th SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL, 24 September 2004






The Forum Barcelona 2004 - Water for life and security






Economic and environmental security - Protecting the quality of water in the OSCE area



Speakers` corner: Water protection and management






Inheriting the World: The Atlas of Children’s Health and the Environment






International Conference on Integrated Assessment of Water Resources and Global Change: A North-South Analysis

Bonn, Germany - 23-25. February 2005



Tagung: Grundwasser - Lebensraum, Ressource, Schutzgut

in Landau / Pfalz - 14./15. April 2005



World Water Week in Stockholm 2005

21 – 27 August 2005





Herzliche Grüße von der Elbe

Jörg Barandat




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