80 - 16.10.2005
Fünfte Werkstattgespräche über Wasser:
Globale und nationale Wasserpolitik in Transformations- und Entwicklungsländern
DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FÜR ENTWICKLUNGSPOLITIK (DIE)
26. - 27. Oktober 2005 in Bonn
... Interessen und Strategien von internationalen Akteuren, nationalen Regierungen und Verwaltungen und von gesellschaftlichen Gruppen, die im Wassersektor aktiv sind, werden auf den Prüfstand gestellt ...
16.November 2005 beim IWW in Mülheim an der Ruhr
on Water and Land Management for Sustainable Irrigated Agriculture
4 - 8 April, 2006 in Adana-TURKEY
… some topics … irrigation efficiency … water management … water scarcity and water harvesting … virtual water and food security …
China, Nigeria sign water supply project agreement
2005-10-15 … The project "is aimed at providing clean drinkable water to ordinary Nigerians living in out-of-the-way areas" … both China and Nigeria would cooperate closely to implement the project smoothly so as to enable the project to benefit Nigerian people as early as possible …
Getting water wise
October 14, 2005 The Third World War, I have heard it said, will be fought over water. It seems difficult to believe that at a time when the Americans are experiencing unprecedented price hikes and fuel shortages it will be water and not oil that will make us fight each other … Besides, the manner in which the World Bank has turned its attention to India’s water crisis makes me even surer that there is certainly a killing, of one sort or another, to be made in this field … has exhorted the Indian Government to introduce a water entitlement policy for individuals and communities that will allocate them water rights in the same manner as they enjoy land rights … Paying for what we use is all very well but in a country where the grid of poverty begins with a government clerk or a police constable, itself the summum bonum of social arrival for the great majority of this country, how does one distinguish privileged users from the masses?
GUINEA: Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink
13 Oct 2005 It's the rainy season in Guinea, one of West Africa's wettest countries, but the taps in many of its towns have run dry. Guinea is nicknamed West Africa's "water tower" because it contains the headwaters of a number of the region's major rivers, including the Senegal and the Niger. In parts of the country's interior, average annual rainfall is close to four metres. And yet, breakdowns at the national water company's treatment centres have left major towns in the interior like Kindia and Labe with little or no running water for weeks ...
Drinking water shortage solved for 60 mln rural population
2005-10-13 About 60 million people in China's vast rural areas had been helped out of the drinking water shortage from 2000 to 2004, thanks to the more than 800,000 newly-built water supply projects, said Zhai Haohui, vice ministry of Water Resources … Speaking at the 2005 national farmland and water conservancy construction conference, Zhai said China invested 20 billion yuan (2.5 billion US dollars) during the past five years in drinking water facilities building … said till the end of 2004 the drinking water supply difficulties in rural areas were basically solved …
10oct05 … Following the Brisbane City Council's shift to Level 2 water restrictions last week, few traders are likely to absorb a heavier blow than those merchants who sell and service irrigation systems. Sprinklers or other irrigation devices are banned under the scheme and only hand watering is allowed a few days per week. The owner of one Brisbane irrigation company – and an active member of the the Irrigation Association of Australia – said he had already laid off workers and lost two franchisees. He said it's part of an exodus out of the industry which started a few months ago and is now gathering pace. This entrepreneur, who requested anonymity, predicted at least 10 per cent of the estimated 3000 people employed in irrigation-related work in southeast Queensland will be without a job within the month. He worries about the broader implications for the state economy. Horticulturists, irrigators, landscapers and nurseries shed as many as 50,000 jobs and stripped up to $500 million out of the New South Wales economy after similar water restrictions were imposed last year … And he is bitter at what he considers the local and state government mismanagement of the crisis …
October 10, 2005 The World Bank’s report on India’s water economy is not the first treatise to caution the country about its turbulent water future. Several global as well as domestic organisations have studied the issue and warned that the water crisis will become insurmountable if remedial action is delayed any longer. The problem is not confined to the limited availability of water, and extends to its indiscriminate use and the rapid deterioration in its quality. The World Bank report rightly warns that if the apathy towards this problem continues, the country will be left with neither the water required by people and for economic growth, nor enough cash to maintain and build new water-harnessing infrastructure …
- Oct 09, 2005 Increase water supply: World Bank
- October 08, 2005 Up investment to reach safe drinking water target
- October 05, 2005 Huge World Bank aid for water projects
… announced its decision to step up by five times, its lending for water projects to four billion dollars in the next four years. "The World Bank will increase water lendings to India from 200 million dollars a year to about one billion dollar a year for the next four years," World Bank's Senior Water Advisor for the South Asia John Briscoe said here releasing a draft on 'India'a Water Economy: Bracing for a Turbulent Future' ... Regarding the ambitious plan to inter-link major rivers in the country, Briscoe said "South Africa has done it, Western part of USA has done it, why can't India …
October 9, 2005 Water rights in Colorado often were a matter of survival long before a reservoir was built here to tame the erratic flow of the Pine River and the Pine River Irrigation District was established to help ranchers, farmers and others share a scarce commodity … In the eastern United States where water is bountiful, riparian law prevails, meaning that anyone who needs water takes it. But in Colorado and the rest of the West where water is scarce, "prior appropriation" is the guiding doctrine. "Prior appropriation means 'first in time, first in right,'" Pierce said. "Water courts award allocations on a first come, first-served basis - but only for the amount that can be put to beneficial use" …
October 9, 2005 - The Mozambican government`s Water Supply Investment and Assets Fund (FIPAG) … signed contracts with two Chinese companies to expand water supply in the southern cities of Xai-Xai, Chokwe, Inhambane and Maxixe. China Geo Engineering won the tender for the work … launched in December 2004. The government awarded the contract for Inhambane and Maxixe system to China Henan International, while a Zimbabwe company, Lamont, won the contract for inspecting the work in all four cities …
09-10-2005 The Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation/Jordan Valley Authority signed … a bilateral cooperation agreement with the French Government as part of their efforts to improve irrigation in the Jordan Valley ... The agreement is a two-year extension-for the seventh and eighth years- of a joint project between the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) and the French Regional Mission for Water and Agriculture (MERA) …
2005-10-08 The water level in Hongjiannao, the country's largest natural fresh water lake in a desert, is continuing to decline, leading experts to worry that the lake could eventually disappear … Experts believe there are three reasons behind the decline of the lake's water level … Dry weather is the first cause … "The second cause of the lake's water reduction is the excessive extraction of ground water for farmland irrigation and for drinking water. Even worse is the destruction of the ground water system by industrial development" ... Moreover, the Yingpan River, which provides more than 40 per cent of the total water supplied to the lake, stopped in 2004 in the upper reaches of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region because of water shortages …
07 Oct 2005 - Despite a normal wet season over the summer months, Pakistan faces a possible 17 percent water shortage during the upcoming cropping season from October to March next year … Pakistan's agricultural sector, which accounts for 93 percent of all water usage in the country, is under severe pressure due to natural water shortages, high population growth and inappropriate management of available water … At present, Pakistan is classed as a "water-stressed" nation … the country must do what is necessary to avoid reaching a 'water-deficient' status.
October 5, 2005 VICTORIA'S rivers will be guaranteed a certain water level to keep them healthy under a bill to be introduced in State Parliament ... The bill will give the environment a legal right to water and implements most of the Government's white paper recommendations on water released last year … The bill establishes a framework for the interstate trade of water and the "unbundling" of water rights. But the framework will not be implemented until agreement is reached with other states on issues such as the value of water …
13-29 September 2005 172nd session of the Executive Board of UNESCO
… has recommended to the General Conference at its 33rd session (3-21 October 2005) that it approve the establishment of three new water-related category II centers under the auspices of UNESCO: the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom; the European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology in Lodz, Poland; the Regional Water Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAZALAC) in La Serena, Chile; … shall also consider the establishment of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) in Tsukuba, Japan http://www.unesco.pwri.go.jp …
AQUASTAT - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
… global information system of water and agriculture, developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO … to provide users with comprehensive information on the state of agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition …
World Bank: Water Supply and Sanitation
… activities in water and sanitation include financial services; advice to governments and cities on sector policies and programmes …
European Commission: Water policy in the European Union
… provide further information on the different pieces of water legislation (and related policies) in the European Community which contribute to a major part that clean water in sufficient quantity becomes a reality all over Europe.
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Waltina Scheumann / Susanne Neubert: Empfehlungen zur strategischen Orientierung der EZ im grenzüberschreitenden Gewässermanagement in Afrika
Discussion Paper Nr. 10/2005
Grossmann: Kooperation an Afrikas
Die Bedeutung des Informationsaustauschs
Discussion Paper Nr. 9/2005
Erich Mostert: How Can International Donors Promote Transboundary Water Management?
Discussion Paper Nr. 8/2005
Lars / Volker Böge: Afrikas internationale Flüsse und Seen.
Stand und Erfahrungen im grenzüberschreitenden Wassermangement in Afrika an ausgewählten Beispielen
Discussion Paper Nr. 7/2005
Axel Klaphake: Kooperation an internationalen Flüssen aus ökonomischer Perspektive: Das Konzept des Benefit Sharing
Discussion Paper Nr. 6/2005,
Jungnickel, Rolf / Georg Koopmann: Strengthening the Development Impact of UNCTAD's Investment Policy Reviews
Discussion Paper Nr. 5/2005
Ashoff, Guido: Der entwicklungspolitische Kohärenzanspruch: Begründung, Anerkennung und Wege zu seiner Umsetzung
Herzliche Grüße von der Elbe