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79 -    27.09.2005


“… In September 2005 the world’s governments will gather again at the United Nations to review developments since they signed the Millennium Declaration—and to chart a course for the decade to 2015. There is little cause for celebration. Some important human development advances have been registered since the Millennium Declaration was signed. Poverty has fallen and social indicators have improved. The MDGs have provided a focal point for international concern, putting development and the fight against poverty on the international agenda in a way that seemed unimaginable a decade ago … Yet as governments prepare for the 2005 UN summit, the overall report card on progress makes for depressing reading. Most countries are off track for most of the MDGs. Human development is faltering in some key areas, and already deep inequalities are widening. Various diplomatic formulations and polite terminology can be found to describe the divergence between progress on human development and the ambition set out in the Millennium Declaration. None of them should be allowed to obscure a simple truth: the promise to the world’s poor is being broken …”


UNDP - Human Development Report 2005



Gipfeltreffen der Vereinten Nationen

14. - 16. September 2005 in New York

EU zieht positive Bilanz ... Die Debatten konzentrierten sich im Wesentlichen auf die Millenniums-Entwicklungsziele, auf Frieden, Sicherheit und Menschenrechte sowie auf die Reform der Vereinten Nationen ... Die Europäische Union zeigte sich im Großen und Ganzen mit dem Ergebnis des Gipfels zufrieden, obgleich die Abschlusserklärung ihre Erwartungen nicht völlig erfüllt hat ...

2005 World Summit’s web site:


2005 WORLD SUMMIT OUTCOME (Final document 15 September 2005)


Report of the Secretary-General:

In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all



I. Introduction: a historic opportunity in 2005

II. Freedom from want

III. Freedom from fear

IV. Freedom to live in dignity

V. Strengthening the United Nations



Virtueller Wasserhandel

– Facetten eines umstrittenen Konzepts

06.09.2005  Workshop im Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

... in der Fachwelt äußerst kontrovers diskutiert ... politisch und wirtschaftlich sinnvoll? ... ökologisch und sozial verträglich? ... Beiträge zu diesem Fachgespräch unter:


Beschreibung des DIE Forschungs- und Beratungsvorhaben:

Virtueller Wasserhandel – ein realistisches Konzept für Entwicklungsländer?




6th Open Meeting:

Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community

9-13 October 2005, Bonn, Germany


Abstracts and Information:

u.a. zu:

- Local Strategies for Adapting Water Resources Management in Semi Arid Environments

- Under Global Change

- Transboundary Water Governance: Lessons learned in Southern Africa

- The Role of the Human Dimension in the Global Water System Project

- Human Dimension in Water Management – Experiences from European Research

- Land use changes and Social systems – Linkages to Water use and resource management

Water Management

- Institutional coordination among stakeholders for environmental risk management in large river basins



4th International Water History Association Conference:

Water and Civilization

1-4 December 2005, Paris, France

International Water History Association (IWHA) … will address various topics related to water and history … to help advance the theoretical and methodological quality of water history as a research field and to thereby increasing the understanding of the role of water in history and development … topics … control of water, water and religion, water and climate, water and conflict, water and health, river basins …

… specifically, the panels and presentations will dovetail with the long-term IWHA/UNESCO project to publish a seven-volume series on ‘Water and Civilization’ ...



3rd World of Difference Award

Application Deadline 30 January 2006

… was established in 2004 as a means of rewarding the leading proponents of the practical application of science and engineering for environmental improvement … focuses on innovative design in water and wastewater projects ...







Delhi-Dhaka water treaty by November

September 27, 2005 An agreement between India and Bangladesh by the middle of November will allow installation of minor lift irrigation schemes and drinking water supply projects on the rivers Feni and Muhuri, augmenting water supply in Tripura … 36th meeting of the Indo-Bangladesh joint river commission … India had expressed readiness to review the water sharing arrangement made in the 1996 Ganga water treaty and agreed to increase advance flood forecast notices for the Brahmaputra …


Water conservancy seminars to improve media's awareness

26/09/05   The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has hosted three seminars on water conservancy for Chinese journalists to improve media's awareness of water resources. The seminars, held in three major Chinese cities respectively earlier this month, were attended by about 100 journalist from the country's leading media organizations … China will probably face the challenge of severe water shortage in the coming years due to water pollution and increasing demand for water from agricultural and industrial sectors … Among the issues discussed at the seminars were comprehensive water resources management, water pollution, water-related infrastructure projects, water supply and public sanitation. The seminars were part of the water awareness project launched by the ADB in the past two and a half years across Asia…


Left seeks PM's help to stop Delhi water supply privatisation

September 25, 2005 The Left parties have sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the proposed move to privatise water supply in the capital under "pressures from World Bank" saying it will result in hike in tariffs. In a letter to Singh, they said "the experience of implementing such World Bank dictated privatisation of water supply around the world has seen huge increases in tariffs and deprivation of water for the poorer sections" … The Delhi Jal Board is undertaking a 'Delhi Water Supply Sewarage project' partly funded by the World Bank which will lead to 21 zones of the Jal Board being handed over to various private companies …,000600010001.htm


Mexico, Spain sign cooperation agreement on water resources

2005-09-24 Mexico and Spain signed a cooperation agreement … on the use of water resources and the control of water pollution in their semiarid areas and the control of water pollution ...Spain will provide Mexico with technologies in water conservancy and irrigation projects, purification of sea water and treatment of waste water, she said. As a member of the European Union (EU), Spain will promote cooperation between the EU and Mexico in the exploitation of water resources …


OSCE Office promotes environmental education in Armenia

23 September 2005 - A new range of publications dedicated to environmental problems was launched … with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO), 'Khazer'. The publications, entitled 'We and Our Planet', form a set consisting of 14 brochures with 11 posters, and are part of a project implemented by the NGO, supported also by Armenia's Aarhus Centre. "Environmental education is one of the priorities of the OSCE - it is a commitment which all participating states made in the Helsinki Final Act," said Ambassador Vladimir Pryakhin, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan …


SAINT PETERSBURG - opening ceremony of the South-West wastewwater treatment plant

September 22   2005 ... GOVERNOR OF ST PETERSBURG VALENTINA MATVIYENKO: … Today is a very important day in the history of St Petersburg. We are inaugurating the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant and this is a truly significant event not just in the life of our city but for the entire Baltic Sea region. This international project has created an important precedent in that, for the first time in St Petersburg, different states, European financial institutions and 856 private companies have all united their efforts to build this environmental facility of such significance for us all – a facility that is the biggest of its kind in recent years and the best in Europe. It is also significant that this project was implemented through the effective financial mechanism of public-private partnership, that it was built with investment from the Nordic countries and the European financial institutions and that the most advanced technology and equipment were used in its construction. St Petersburg takes an active part in the Northern Dimension programme’s international environmental partnership and the completion of the wastewater treatment plant was made possible by the support of our close neighbours, Finland and Sweden, and by the entire European community … The Baltic Sea is our common home and we all want it to be clean. What is important is that this new treatment facility not only enables us to resolve environmental problems but also acts as a boost for the city’s development, opening up possibilities for building new residential districts and improving the social climate in general … PRESIDENT OF FINLAND TARJA HALONEN: … The Baltic Sea has always more connected than divided the people living on its shores. It is natural that also our concern for the Baltic is common. The coastal states have cooperated for decades in order to improve the condition of the Baltic, and great advances have been made. One of the most important of these is the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Petersburg ... The Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant is the first project that has been completed with assistance from the Support Fund of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership … PRIME MINISTER OF SWEDEN GORAN PERSSON: … Over these last decades we have witnessed rapid growth of trade and investment between our countries and contacts between our peoples. The Baltic Sea has once again become the natural bridge between us that it should be … We know now that the environmental damage done to the Baltic Sea is far greater than we thought. This has serious consequences for the entire region … I also noted that preparations are underway for similar projects in Kaliningrad. Improving wastewater treatment in Kaliningrad will also help improve the environmental situation in the Baltic Sea region and the Swedish government is ready to support such projects … PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: … specialists know that the water exchange cycle between the Baltic Sea and the world ocean takes from 25 to 40 years, while pollution is rising at a constantly increasing rate. Everyone living in the Baltic Sea region feels the effects of this pollution. The Finnish and Swedish taxpayers, therefore, and indeed, all the countries of Europe, for the European Union also made its contribution to this project, should know that their money has been spent in the best way possible here in St Petersburg. The second reason to be happy over today’s event is that it is an outstanding example of cooperation in the north of Europe … There is yet another reason for us to feel optimism today: the results of our work show that we can resolve common problems very effectively together. Russia realises its responsibility for maintaining the ecological balance and improving the region’s environment …


Deaths from bad water prompt emergency in Karachi

20 September 2005 - Water supplies contaminated with sewage and toxic waste have killed at least eight people and led to around 3,500 more being treated in hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi … poor residents had set up illegal water connections with substandard plastic lines, which allowed sewage and toxic waste from an industrial zone to seep in …


Tata Projects to introduce cheap technologies for drinking water

September 19, 2005  The Andhra Pradesh government has enlisted the support of Tata Projects Limited to introduce cheap technologies to provide safe and pure drinking water to people living in flouride-affected areas across thousands of villages in the state …Reddy said that the water purification machines could be operated by the women-led self help groups (SHG) on loan or subsidy basis in fluoride-affected villages. He said that the SHGs could sell purified water at Re 1 per 20 litre pack, which in turn would also provide sustainable income to them in the villages …


Wasser-Futures gegen die Dürre in Australien

15. September 2005    In Australien können sich Landwirte und ihre Geschäftspartner künftig gegen Verluste aufgrund einer Wasserknappheit absichern. Die Regierung des australischen Bundesstaats New South Wales und die Sydney Futures Exchange entwickeln erstmals Derivate, die sich an einem Index der Wassermenge in Stauseen orientieren. Die Farmer können sich gegen Verluste absichern, indem sie Kontrakte verkaufen und diese dann zu einem niedrigeren Preis zurückkaufen, wenn der Index fällt ...




China gräbt Westsibirien das Wasser ab

14/09/05 ... Katastrophale Folgen können gleich einige Regionen Sibiriens erwarten, wenn China den umfassenden Bau eines Wasserkanals an Irtysch-Ursprüngen abschließen wird. Im Falle der unkontrollierten Wasserentnahme wird die Industrie Westsibiriens stillgelegt, und Großstädte Russlands und Kasachstans werden an Trinkwasser Mangel haben ... Das Unternehmen „Eurasische Wasserpartnerschaft“, das seit dem vorigen Jahr den Omsker Wasserkanal für 25 Jahre in Verwaltung übernahm, erklärte: „Wenn China den Abfluss von Tschjorny Irtysch zusätzlich regulieren wird, so wird das Flussbett auf unserem Abschnitt einsinken… das kann so weit gehen, dass Ozeanwasser oder Wasser aus umliegenden Sümpfen einfließt“ ... „Das ist ein internationales Problem. Aber China weigert sich, einen Dialog in die Wege zu leiten“, sagte der Gouverneur des Gebiets Omsk, Leonid Poleschajew. „Irtysch ist ein grenzüberschreitender Fluss. Seine Länge beträgt 4500 Kilometer, und von seiner Vollwertigkeit hängt die Stabilität in dieser riesigen Region ab.“


WB report on water resources spells out long-term strategic vision

9/14/2005 A World Bank (WB) strategy paper has outlined a long-term strategic vision highlighting the enormity and complexity of investments and system reforms needed for developing water management in the country. The report titled 'Water Resources Assistance Strategy' (WRAS) for Bangladesh drawing on an extensive consultation process with the government, the experts and the civil society, has recently been prepared by the WB and is being discussed with the government … The report stressed the need for coordination and partnerships between the government, the WB and other donors to more effectively manage Bangladesh's scarce water resources …


China: Wenn des Wasser knapp wird - Großmesse im Juni 2006 in Shanghai soll Abhilfe schaffen

13.09.2005 - Die Wasserwirtschaft Chinas steht vor grooßen Herausforderungen, um eine Versorgung der gesamten Bevölkerung zu sichern. Die Ressourcenverteilung im Reich der Mitte ist nämlich keineswegs gleich, sondern höchst unterschiedlich. In den nördlichen Landesteilen stehen fast 47 Mio. Menschen weniger als zehn bis 15 Liter Trinkwasser täglich zur Verfügung. Die wirtschaftlichen Chancen der Wasserversorgung und Abwasserbehandlung sind Thema der Messe IFAT-China ...  [27. - 30.06.06, Shanghai] ... auf mehr als 100 der insgesamt 660 Städte eine extreme Wasserknappheit zukommen wird. In den Städten steigt nämlich der Wasserverbrauch rapide an: Im Vergleich verbraucht ein chinesischer Landbewohner 89 Liter Wasser pro Tag, während ein Städter auf 227 Liter kommt. In industriellen Ballungszentren beträgt der Pro-Kopf-Verbrauch bis zu 600 Liter im Tag ...


Strong government support vital to success of water companies: analysts

13 September 2005   Government support will be key to the success of local water companies in becoming strong international players … the global water sector is extremely competitive and poses financial risks to local companies. Singapore aims to capture 3% to 5% of the global water treatment market in 10 years time. This means the water sector will have to grow about 20 times from its present size to achieve that goal … strong government support was one key reason why Hyflux was able to launch its first desalination plant in Singapore …


Klaus Töpfer nimmt Abschied vom UN-Umweltprogramm

12.09.2005 Der Deutsche Klaus Töpfer gibt den Chefsessel beim UN-Umweltprogramm (UNEP) zum Jahresende auf – obwohl Generalsekretär Annan ihm Verlängerung angeboten hat ... Als Umweltminister gab er der Politik der Union ein unverwechselbares Gesicht, sachkundig und streitbar. Auf dem Erdgipfel von Rio 1992, als vieles im globalen Umweltschutz möglich schien und das Wort Nachhaltigkeit berühmt wurde, war Töpfer einer der wichtigsten Repräsentanten. In seinen acht Jahren an der Spitze der UNEP schließlich - vom Frühjahr 1998 an - verwandelte er die zuvor als schlecht organisiert verrufene Behörde mit 800 Mitarbeitern in eine nicht zu überhörende Institution ...,1564,1705546,00.html


Contaminated Water Presents Bigger Crisis in the Gaza Strip

11 Sep 2005  A group of Israeli, Palestinian and French scientists have proposed a possible management solution to ameliorate the water quality crisis depriving residents of drinkable water in the Gaza Strip. The study is published in the September-October 2005 issue of the journal Ground Water. This special theme issue contains 14 papers on transboundary ground water. Israel and the Palestinian Authority share the Southern Mediterranean Coastal Aquifer. The long-term over-exploitation in the Gaza Strip has resulted in a declining water table, accompanied by the degradation of water quality. According to the researchers, the proposed management plan would provide a win-win situation for both Israelis and Palestinians, but requires cooperation between the two parties. The plan is a unique three phase effort among the researchers as a part of the European Union Fifth Framework Program. The first step involved investigating sources of salinity and contamination patterns in the area ...

Singapore hosts international forum on desalination technology

11 September 2005 … the first time the International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress is being held in Singapore in its 20-year history. More than 600 international experts and delegates from the water industry are at the six-day forum from September 11 to discuss about desalination and water reuse in Singapore … Saudi Arabia is one of the largest users of desalinated water in the world where 70 percent of its water supply is from desalination plants, making up 30 percent of the world's desalinated water production. Middle Eastern countries are now looking beyond desalination to increase water supply …

siehe auch:  13 September 2005  PM Lee opens Asia's largest water desalination plant in Tuas


Der neue Herr über das Wasser - Vize-Chef Jeremy Pelczer rückt an die Spitze von RWE Thames Water

09. September 2005 ... Der Essener Konzern lässt die Führung seines internationalen Wassergeschäfts in englischer Hand. Alexanders Nachfolger wird sein bisheriger Stellvertreter Jeremy Pelczer. Der Mann aus Yorkshire leitet derzeit die US-Tochter American Water, die in 27 Bundesstaaten der USA insgesamt 17 Millionen Menschen mit Trinkwasser beliefert. Wasser ist für RWE ein Wachstumsgeschäft. RWE Thames Water mit Sitz am Themseufer in Reading nahe London organisiert mit 17 000 Mitarbeitern die Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung für 70 Millionen Kunden, neben Großbritannien auch in Berlin sowie in Teilen des Ruhrgebiets und des Münsterlands ... Einen seiner ersten Kämpfe wird er vor der Haustür auszutragen haben. Thames Water will eine Entsalzungsanlage am Stadtrand bauen, um den stetig wachsenden Wasserverbrauch der Metropole zu decken, doch Londons Bürgermeister Ken Livingstone sperrt sich. Er will seine Londoner lieber zum Wassersparen bewegen ...!200014,200811,956892/index.html






UNDP 2005

The Sustainable Difference: Energy and Environment to Achieve the MDGs

… highlights the important role that energy and ecosystem services play in providing the poor with the means to improve their livelihoods, as well as protecting nature’s capacity to provide invaluable ecosystem services upon which economic growth depends ...


Wasser ist Zukunft - Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung im 21. Jahrhundert

Dokumentation der Konferenz vom 15./16. April 2005 im Deutschen Bundestag




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Water resources during armed conflicts


Good Water Neighbours

… regional project between Palestine, Jordan and Israel … sustainable management of water resources must include a region-wide perspective and consider all peoples and communities fairly ...



International Conference on Regional Cooperation on Transboundary River Basins   30 May – 1 June 2005 Dushanbe , Tajikistan



· Wasser + Energie:


United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP

Dams and Development Project

… provides information about the programme, publications, events and frequently asked questions about dams …


Energy Branch

environmental consequences of energy production and use … more informed energy choices that fully integrate environmental and social costs.


United Nations Development Programme, UNDP

Energy and Environment for Sustainable Development section

… information about the priorities areas of this UNDP section, country level initiatives, development policy and practice, environmental governance and publications...


International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA

Isotope Hydrology section

… assisting its Member States in hydrological data gathering and analysis, such as the origin, occurrence and replenishment of water resources, training and capacity building, information exchange, and technical cooperation.



Herzliche Grüße von der Elbe

Jörg Barandat


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