68 - 06.04.2005
"State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security"
Herausforderungen für die deutsche Politik
27. April 2005
im Auswärtigen Amt, Berlin
Evangelische Akademie Loccum
Internationales Young Leaders Forum in der Evangelischen Akademie Loccum
29. April - 1. Mai 2005
Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium 8. - 10. April 2005
in Zusammenarbeit mit dem WBGU
CONGRATULATIONS - HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH!
.. CSE has been awarded the prestigious 2005 Stockholm Water Prize for its work in promoting a new paradigm of water management, based on community-led rainwater harvesting ...
March 25, 2005: Ms Sunita Narain, Editor of the science and environment fortnightly, “Down To Earth', is the recipient of the Media Foundation’s 2004 Chameli Devi Award for an Outstanding Woman Mediaperson ...
- Down To Earth Magazine,
In deep water - A national programme on restoring waterbodies is mired in flaws
In the 2004 budget, tabled last July, finance minister P Chidambaram had announced with fanfare the Rs 100 crore National Programme for Renovation, Restoration and Repair of Waterbodies linked to Agriculture. But not much has happened since ...
Auszeichnung für Projekt „Friedenssicherung und Nachhaltigkeit“ - Wehrbereichskommando II arbeitet mit der UNESCO
03.03.2005- Auf Europas bedeutendster Bildungsmesse "didacta" in Stuttgart ist gestern das Kooperationsprojekt "Friedenssicherung und Nachhaltigkeit" ausgezeichnet worden. Damit zählt die im Herbst vergangenen Jahres zwischen dem Ministerium für Umwelt und Forsten Rheinland-Pfalz und dem Wehrbereichskommando II geschlossene Vereinbarung zu den ersten offiziellen deutschen Beiträgen zur UN-Dekade "Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung" ...
400,000 to relocate for water project
2005-04-06 --- Up to 400,000 people are facing relocattion to make way for a project diverting water from the Yangtze River to China's parched north, it was revealed yesterday ... "The South-North water diversion project will involve over 100 counties in seven provinces and municipalities with 300,000 to 400,000 locals to be relocated," ... by 2050, the system will be capable of transferring 44.8 billion cubic metres of water annually, equivalent to "a second Yellow River" ...
Senate proposes water policy shift, fees for consumers
April 4, 2005— The state would dedicate water resources to protect critical bays and estuaries, and Texans could face millions in new fees on water consumption under a Senate bill introduced today to guide the state's future water use ...
Family event teaches water preservation
April 3 2005 About 2,200 people came to Tree Tops Park on a recent Saturday to learn about the importance of water for people, animals and plants. Water Matters Day 2005 featured educational exhibits and workshops that taught homeowners the role they play in water management and showed children how to conserve water, protect the environment and be responsible when purchasing pets or encountering animals in the wild ...
Environmental journalists give priority to water safety
2005-03-31-- Water safety will be the priorityfor this year's "Chinese Environmental Century Tour," which is conducted annually by a group of environmental journalists from top news media in the country, announced the organization committee of the "Chinese Environmental Century Tour" …
States vital to get water plan up
March 30, 2005 - Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has said he is confident Tasmania and Western Australia would get behind the federal government's national water plan to ensure it was up and running by 2014. The $2 billion National Water Initiative includes the establishment of a National Water Commission that would then oversee the creation of a national water market ...
Overcoming the Water Problem
March 25, 2005 -- ... The water problem has of late become of great concern not only to Ethiopia but also to many African countries. At a recent conference attended by 1000 delegates in Addis Ababa, water experts said that Africa was facing a water crisis affecting 300 million people. A recent WHO/UNICEF report reveals that more than 2.6 billion people in the world do not have basic sanitation and more than one billion people still use unsafe drinking water … Water originates outside the borders of many countries - for instance, the Nile, which is the world's longest river and in principle the base on which the Egyptian civilization is founded is becoming a source of serious disageement between countries situated along the river or its tributaries. A treaty in 1929 between Egypt and the then colonial power Britain made sure no other countries along the river were allowed to use the water for irrigation or power generation. But the treaty is being increasingly contested. A German organization, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, said recently that the treaty must be regarded as obsolete and only post-colonial agreements can be considered valid ...
Reflections On the World Water Day: Respect the Environment
March 24, 2005 -- Water is life, we must treat it with care … Experts have warned that if pragmatic measures are not taken to effectively conserve and manage water resources, two-thirds of the world's people are likely to be living in areas of acute water crisis by 2025 ... One of the targets of the Millennium Developing Goals is directly linked to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and specifically calls to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation. The UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, as contained in his opening statement for the decade echoed this aim. "We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world, until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic healthcare" …
Free water for all in Africa?
24 March, 2005 -- This week's World Water Day marked the start of the United Nations' international decade of action dubbed "Water for Life" … Competition for water is also a potential source of conflict in Africa - with rising tension between Egypt and other countries along the Nile about the use of the river's waters ... Will Africa meet the 2015 target? Is privatisation of water services the best solution? Are you prepared to pay for access to clean water? And are you worried that Africa might go to war over water? …
Strategies for Water Conversation, Water Management
March 23, 2005 Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica … said water was a vulnerable and precious resource, especially in the context of South Africa's semi-arid climate and that the country's mean annual rainfall was below the world's average ... was addressing delegates attending the launch of the National Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Strategies in Johannesburg today. This is part of National Water Week. She said the strategies launched today, were fundamental in promoting efficient water use. "They are consistent with the National Water Act of 1998, particularly in line with the National Water Resource Strategy that was launched in September 2004 and the Water Services Act which emphasises the effective management and efficient use of our water recourses and water services provision" …
22 March - World Day for Water 2005: Water for Life
UNESCO - WATER: IT'S ATTITUDE THAT COUNTS
Statement from the World Water Assessment Programme on the occasion of World Water Day, 22 March 2005 …
Success for UNESCO Water Portal on World Water Day
The UNESCO Water Portal recorded on all time high level of traffic on World Water Day (675,829 hits on 22 March alone). That day, the number of visitors represented 4000% the number of visitors of a regular day and 70% of UNESCO’s overall internet traffic was directed to water issues. The largest number of visitors came from France, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, China, Finland, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and India but we received visits from all around the world ...
UNESCO-E-Cards: 2005-2015: International Decade for Action « Water for Life »
Development: EU Urged to Stop Water Privatisation
March 21, 2005 -- Civil society groups are calling for a change of course in the European Union's approach to water and sanitation in developing countries. A consortium of civil society groups, led by the Dutch campaign groups Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Both ENDS, and the Belgian non-governmental organisation (NGO) 11.11.11, says the European Union (EU) must end its preoccupation with private sector expansion and instead support "workable public water delivery options" … the group of NGOs says the "water privatisation wave" during the last decade has "proven a failed experiment." "Concrete experiences in developing countries have shown that multinational water corporations are ill-equipped to deliver clean and affordable water to the poor. Private sector investment has not brought the expected financing for water and sanitation for the poor" …
Kein Blut für Wasser
21. März 2005 --Eine Milliarde Menschen weltweit hat keinen Zugang zu Trinkwasser. Ein Grund für Kriege? UN und US-Wissenschaftler geben Entwarnung. Werden Kriege künftig nicht mehr um Öl, sondern ums Wasser geführt? Experten der Vereinten Nationen und der USA halten die Schreckensvision für wenig wahrscheinlich. Zum einen, weil es nach ihrer Analyse in nur einem Krieg der vergangenen 5000 Jahren ausschließlich um Wasser ging. Zum anderen, weil "die Erde genügend Wasser bietet, um die Grundbedürfnisse aller ihrer Bewohner zu erfüllen", wie der Präsident des unabhängigen Pacific Institute im kalifornischen Oakland, Peter Gleick ...
Wer Wasser hat, hat Macht
20.03.2005 -- Das Lebenselixier Wasser ist auch ein politisches Instrument - und der Streit darum ist oft erbarmungslos. Das treibt manche zu einer Horrorvision: Wird demnächst nicht mehr für Öl Krieg geführt, sondern für Wasser? ... Die schwindenden Süßwasser-Vorräte "müssen nicht unbedingt ein Grund für Spannungen sein", meint auch UN-Generalsekretär Kofi Annan, der sauberes Wasser als Teil der Menschenwürde bezeichnet hat. Die Wasserknappheit könnte sogar einer Zusammenarbeit den Weg bereiten. Internationale Abkommen, die Nutzungsrechte der Staaten detailliert festlegen, haben nach Ansicht von Beobachtern schon so manche Eskalation verhindert ...
Water Shortages Are Potential Threat to China's Growth, Stability
18 March 2005 China has the world's fourth largest fresh water reserves, but rapid economic expansion is straining those supplies, with more than 400 cities facing severe shortages. China's unquenchable thirst may threaten growth and stability in the most populous nation on Earth ... American environmentalist Lester Brown, author of the book, "Who Will Feed China?," says China's rapid industrialization is endangering its ability to feed itself. "In a country where the goal is economic growth and job creation, you do not use scarce water to produce grain," he explained. "You use it to expand industrial output, and that's exactly what's happening in Northern China now. Indeed, in the high river basin, it's quite possible that, by 2010, there'll be very little irrigated agriculture left at all" … Water loss is also threatening industrial production. China is building more hydroelectric dams to meet soaring energy needs, but these depend on seasonal water flow. In one case last year, falling levels on the Yellow River forced the Huangheyuan hydropower station in Qinghai to suspend operations only three years after going into service. China's government is making highly publicized and expensive efforts to ease the water problem ... Time is running out for Beijing, with some analysts predicting the city may be forced to begin water rationing by the time the 2008 Olympics come around.
Federal Grant Program Encourages Efforts to Protect Nation's Water Bodies
03/09/2005 -- New York State Department of Environmenttal Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today called for nominations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Targeted Watersheds Grant Program. The program encourages protection and restoration of water bodies in the United States through the use of watershed approaches ...
u NEUE DOKUMENTE / VERÖFFENTLICHUNGEN
UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH
Integriertes Management von Wasserressourcen in Flussgebieten
Herwig Unnerstall: Verursachergerechte Kostendeckung für Wasserdienstleistungen - Die Anforderungen des Art. 9 WRRL und ihre Umsetzung
Nora Schiessler, Andreas Renner, Arved Lüth, im Auftrag des UFZ: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen partizipativer Verfahren zur Überwindung asymmetrischer Wasserkonflikte
Susanne Neubert / Lena Horlemann (2005):
DIE Discussion Paper No. 4/2005
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn
u Links mit aktuellem Bezug
UNDP - Mainstreaming Gender in Water Management.
… The Gender and Water Resource Guide has been developed to assist practitioners in mainstreaming gender within the context of integrated water resources management (IWRM). The mainstreaming of gender is critical to reach the Millennium Development Goals as well as the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation ...
Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
Women for Water, Water for Women (WfWfW)
Herzliche Grüße von der Elbe