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78 -    07.09.2005



"CSE's own work and belief has been based on the imperative of change. It is also based on the arrogance that we can bring about change because we are working our democracy."

Sunita Narain

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)



2005  World Water Week

with the 15th Stockholm Water Symposium


¨ World Water Week Daily … daily newsletter for the World Water Week … about the seminars and events, day by day …

¨ Indian NGO - Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) - and its Dynamic Leader - Ms. Sunita Narain - Presented Top World Water Prize in Stockholm Ceremony

¨ South African Students Win Stockholm Junior Water Prize



Ms. Sunita Narain, Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) received the Stockholm Water Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden …




Sunita Narain gets Stockholm water award

August 26, 2005  Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), headed by Sunita Narain, was honoured with the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize ….Narain said, "I accept the award on behalf of thousands of water engineers and water managers all over the world, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. These people are discounted in the formal knowledge system of the world" …"CSE's own work and belief has been based on the imperative of change," … "Water is not about water," she said… "it's about building people's institutions and power to take control over decisions" ….,00040003.htm



Weiterbildungsstudium "Wasser und Umwelt"

02.09.2005 ... Fernstudiengang zum Master of Science ... "Wasser und Umwelt" an der Universität Hannover ... in Kooperation mit der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar bietet die niedersächsische Hochschule zum Wintersemester 2005/2006 zahlreiche, interdisziplinär ausgerichtete Kurse an ...





2006 Stockholm Water Prize

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Application Deadline 30 September 2005


The King Hassan II Great World Water Prize

Government of Morocco; World Water Council (WWC)

Application Deadline 30 September 2005







No water, no growth

September 07, 2005  From December 2003, soon after water restrictions were introduced in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, and July this year, 161 green businesses - 43 nursery suppliers, 57 wholesale nurseries and 61 retail nurseries - shut down across the country. The total value of the nursery and garden sector fell from $5.7 billion in 2003, to $5.5billion last year. About 10,000 to 12,000 jobs have been lost in the irrigation and turf industries in NSW alone since water restrictions came in. Jolyon Burnett, Irrigation Association of Australia chief executive, estimates that during the same period hundreds of businesses have closed and turnover has dropped by about $500 million as playing fields have shut down and public and private gardens have turned brown … Associated industries are also feeling the pain. Brodee Myers-Cooke, editor of Gardening Australia …  says although magazine circulation inched up last year, the four garden magazines have suffered a 20per cent drop in circulation since June 2002 ... There is, however, some hope for the depressed green sector on what is a dry horizon … where water restrictions were introduced in September 2001, two years before the eastern cities, is that gardeners and businesses can adapt to a reduced water regime ...,5744,16516228%5E28737,00.html


Water conservation could add 20 MGD to Delhi supply: Shiela Dikshit

September 7 2005    Water-starved Delhi could add 20 MGD (million gallons per day) of water to its existing supply if all the wastage and distribution losses can be stopped …The Delhi government will start awareness campaigns in schools about water conservation …


OSCE Centre helps Kazakhstan prepare for ratification of pollution control protocol

6 Sept. 2005 …"We believe that the introduction of pollutant registers will help Kazakhstan ensure effective control and reduction of pollution. The registers will also exert public pressure on industries to take preventive measures" ... The Kyiv Protocol is one of the legally binding instruments of the Aarhus Convention, technically known as the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters …

OSCE Centre in Almaty – Environment


Saving water is like having money in the bank

06 September 2005    Conserving water now is like having money in the bank in times of need," said an official from Rand Water this week … explained that if all three dams were full, there would be enough water for about six years. But … consumers should always be aware that the situation was sensitive and could change very quickly, making it important to conserve water and to pay for services …


City water monopoly end in the pipeline

September 6, 2005  Sydney Water's grip on the city's water pipes and sewers may be weakened after a call from the state's pricing tribunal to let the private sector compete against it. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal said last week that companies should be allowed to develop new water supplies and to bid for the construction of water infrastructure. The tribunal's draft report on competition in the sector is the second attack on Sydney Water's century-old monopoly ...


Saudi water and power sector needs $200b in 20 yrs

3 September 2005 JEDDAH — Investment needs in Saudi Arabia's water and power sector are estimated to be in the region of $200 billion over the next 20 years … ''This is a critical infrastructure sector, and needs huge investments …” to brief the media on the Jeddah Water and Power Forum 2005 to be held from November 12 to 14, 2005 ... the conference was an appropriate venue for people to conduct their businesses, create joint ventures, facilitate the growth in this sector as such and to meet the ever-increasing demand for water …


Protecting water from effluents

9/4/2005 BANGLADESH is going through random unplanned urbanisation and industrialisation. This has cast a negative impact on the quality of water. The pollution from industrial and urban effluents in some water bodies and rivers has reached alarming levels. The long-term effects of this contamination by organic and inorganic substances -- many of them toxic -- are severe …


Up go the water bills to combat dam crisis

September 3, 2005   Sydney   Water bills will rise by at least 9per cent in a State Government bid to ration the city's dwindling supply of fresh water and to cover some of the costs for a proposed desalination plant. The price rises, to come into effect on October 1, will not end there. The Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, yesterday conceded the increases - which will see most residents paying an extra 20 cents a kilolitre - could go higher to cover the full cost of building the plant. "Desalination provides a source of water that is independent of drought and rainfall and we want to make sure no unnecessary obstacles are there in the procurement of a desalination plant" …


Water crisis looms as Himalayan glaciers melt

03 September 2005 NEW DELHI: Imagine a world without drinking water. It's a scary thought, but scientists say the 40 per cent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source. The glaciers supply 8.6 million cubic metres every year to Asian rivers, including the Yangtze and Yellow rivers in China, the Ganga in India, the Indus in Pakistan, the Brahmaputra in Bangladesh and Burma's Irrawaddy. But as global warming increases, the glaciers have been rapidly retreating, with average temperatures in the Himalayas up 1degC since the 1970s …About 67 per cent of the nearly 34,000sq km of Himalayan glaciers are receding and in the long run as the ice diminishes, glacial runoffs in summer and river flows will also go down, leading to severe water shortages in the region ...,2106,3398087a12,00.html


OSCE Office presents publication on environmental legislation in Armenia

31 August 2005 - The OSCE Office in Yerevan and the NGO Environmental Public Advocacy Centre (EPAC) yesterday presented a publication on the existing Armenian environmental legislation ...

OSCE Office in Yerevan - Environmental activities


Experts say tensions over water will not lead to war

30.08.05   Regional tensions over water resources will multiply as the world becomes a drier place, but fears of water wars have faded as countries adopt a cooperative approach rather than violence, experts gathered at a Stockholm water symposium said … "When 60 percent of the world population suffers from water shortages, it is easy to imagine the potential for conflict," Patricia Wouters, director of the International Water Law Research Institute at Dundee University, Scotland, said at the World Water Week, which ended at the weekend … Moral considerations aside, states have realized that it is costly and unnecessary to go to war over water ... The UN has attempted to pass a legal framework for water dispute resolution, but a 1997 convention calling for peaceful cooperation between states sharing water resources has still not been ratified … But even without legally binding rules, international organizations have begun to get involved in water conflict resolution, using their expertise and their money …


Neue Mittel zum Wasser sparen in Australien

29.08.2005 Beim Duschen in den Dürreregionen im Südosten Australiens könnte es künftig eng werden: Um Wasser zu sparen, sollen sich Paare nach einem Vorschlag des Ministerpräsidenten des Bundesstaates Queensland gemeinsam unter die Brause stellen. Zugleich riet Peter Beattie, beim Duschen ein möglichst kurzes Lied zu singen, nach dessen Ende das Wasser abgedreht wird. Er selbst bevorzuge den Beatles-Song "Let It Be", für den er höchstens zwischen zwei bis drei Minuten brauche, sagte Beattie am Montag vor Journalisten ...


Treibgut aus Hamburgs Unterwelt im Sielmuseum

29.08.2005   Straps ohne Gummi, Gebiss ohne Zähne, Puppe ohne Kopf - alle wurden sie in Hamburg durch die Toilette gespült oder in einen Gully geworfen. Nach langer Reise durch die braune Brühe in der Unterwelt der Hansestadt landeten sie mit weiteren rund 500 skurrilen Ausstellungsstücken im Sielmuseum an den St. Pauli- Landungsbrücken. «Kaum zu glauben, was unsere Männer alles finden», sagt Norbert Wierecky von der Hamburger Stadtentwässerung (HSE)....,8_regid,15_arid,535677.html


Sprudelnde Gewinne beim „Blauen Gold“

29. August 2005    Wasser ist ein knappes Gut, lediglich drei Prozent des Welt-Wassers entfallen auf wertvolles Süßwasser, wobei der Großteil davon in den Polarkappen gebunden ist ... ABN Amro bringt nun das "Wasser Open End“-Zertifikat an den Kapitalmarkt ... Die beiden bekanntesten Einzelwerte im Index sind die französische Suez und die spanische Aguas de Barcelona, die wir ebenfalls schon im ZertifikateJournal 15/2005 als typische „Wasser-Aktien“ nannten. Aus Europa ist zudem die französische Veolia Environment, die Schweizer Geberit und die beiden Briten Kelda Group und Severn Trend mit dabei. Hinzu kommen zwei hierzulande nur Experten bekannte Japaner, ein Brasilianer und zwei Amerikaner. Diese breite Mischung über alle Kontinente sorgt für eine ausreichende Abdeckung der verfügbaren Aktien mit einer engen Affinität zum „blauen Gold“. Die deutsche RWE schaffte den Sprung in die „Top Ten“ nicht, weil sie den größten Teil ihrer Erträge mit der Energieversorgung erzielt ...


Irrigators fined for stealing water

August 29, 2005  Australia    Twenty-three irrigators along the River Murray have been fined more than $500,000 for taking more water than they were allowed. The biggest individual fine was $193,000. State Environment Minister John Hill says the number of people fined this year is a dramatic drop compared to previous years. He says tougher penalties for irrigators stealing water have led to the reduction. "We substantially increased the penalties, made it clear that we saw the taking of water without permission as the equivalent of stealing and I think that message has got out there very well"...


Iraq sees water crisis fixed in four years - Minister says Iraqi people are determined to solve the problem

26.08.05 … Iraq's water supply, damaged by years of war and mismanagement, could return to an adequate level within three to four years, Iraq's Water Resources Minister Latif Rashid … "It is an absolute crime that with all our wealth Iraq still lacks clean water," he said … Most of Iraq's water system is 50 years old … 60 percent of drinkable water in Iraq is lost between treatment and delivery, mostly through hundreds of thousands of leaks in pipelines due to old age. Under former leader Saddam Hussein, the system was neglected as resources were diverted to the war effort and to fighting insurgencies. One legacy of that era, the draining of 20,000 square kilometers of marshland in southwestern Iraq, was being reversed … "It was a crime against nature and humanity" …






The sustainable difference: energy and environment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

UNDP - Report on Energy and Environment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals … providing the poor with the means to improve their livelihoods, and protecting nature’s capacity to provide services upon which economic growth depends …


Policies and Strategic Options for Water Management in the Islamic Countries Proceedings of the Symposium organized by the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, RCUWM-Tehran. 15-16 December 2003, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran UNESCO/IHP 2005 … a step forward towards founding principles of integrated water resources management in the Islamic countries, in compliance with the declaration of the Johannesburg Summit …


Fernsehdokumentation "Wasser unterm Hammer"

Dokumentarfilm über die Privatiserung der Wasserversorgung in Deutschland und England.




u  Links


UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI

…United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is in collaboration with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) launching a new programme – The UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (WGF) - to support developing countries to improve water governance ...


Internationales Konversionszentrum Bonn / Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

New infopage on Transboundary Waters and Crisis Prevention launched/ Neue Informationsseite zum Thema “Grenzübergreifende Gewässer und Krisenprävention




Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database

- Atlas of International Freshwater Agreements

- International Freshwater Treaties Database

- Transboundary Freshwater Spatial Database

- International water event database

- International River Basin Register


Earth Trends – The Environmental Information Portal

Water Resources and Freshwater Ecosystems


BBC – World Water Crisis


Watersheds of the World_CD

… provides maps of land cover, population density and biodiversity for 154 basins and sub-basins around the world ...




Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM-Tehran)

…is a regional scientific organisation on Urban Water Management, which takes into account the climatic and other specifications of the region. The potential impact of the centre is on international scientific and technical cooperation in the region ...


UNESCO Cairo Office: Hydrology Programme

… Arab world is facing one of the severest water scarcities in the globe where most of the Arab countries are suffering from water poverty. For example, out of the 22 Arab countries, 19 falls under the water poverty level. This means that water is a major constraint on social and economic development in these countries ...


Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD)

… working within the framework of the League of Arab States with the objective of unifying the Arab efforts which aim to develop the scientific agricultural research in the arid and semi-arid areas, help in the exchange of information and experiences and make use of the scientific progress and the modern agricultural techniques in order to increase the agricultural production ...


Arab Water Council – AWC (nur in arabisch)

… non-profit, regional organization dedicated to water issues in the Arab States ...


Regional Water Demand Initiative (WaDImena)

… five-year multi-donor funded programme (2004-2009) coordinated by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC - Canadian public corporation) and in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) … aims to facilitate the adoption and implementation of water demand management strategies and tools in the countries of the MENA region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and to translate awareness into action for tangible impacts …



Herzliche Grüße von der Elbe

Jörg Barandat


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