Freshwater

InterAction Council, UNU-INWEH Launch Report on Global Water Crisis [viewed]

11 September 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and InterAction Council (IAC), along with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, have published a report calling for the UN Security Council to take stronger action on water issues. “The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue” presents the outcomes of a May 2011 meeting of IAC, and outlines steps in the Québec Declaration on the World Water Crisis, which resulted from that meeting.

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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UNEP, GEF Guidebook Outlines Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation in Building Sector [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published a guidebook on mitigation technologies and practices in the building sector, with examples of the use of solar energy, energy efficient building materials, and urban planning for storm water management. 

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World Bank Approves Loan for Greening Himachal Pradesh's Development Policy [viewed]

World Bank6 September 2012: The World Bank approved a US$100 million loan to support India's Himachal Pradesh (HP) State in moving towards a green growth path, through the protection of watersheds in the mountainous region and the development of sustainable hydropower. A second development policy loan is expected to follow, with funding from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF).

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UNECE Watercourses Convention Celebrates 20th Anniversary [viewed]

UNECE4 September 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Watercourses Convention), signed in 1992 in Helsinki, returned to that city to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A two-day meeting was held to reflect on the accomplishments of the Convention and contemplate its future as it is readied to allow accession to the Convention by UN members outside the UNECE.

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CIF, AfDB Funding to Bolster Niger Water Sector [viewed]

3 September 2012: Niger has been awarded US$22 million in financing from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), in addition to financial and technical resources from the African Development Bank (AfDB), to support the Niger Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project, as well as provide assistance to scale-up best practices within a number of other water resource management projects in Niger.

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Booklet Highlights UNDP Community Water Initiative [viewed]

UNDP30 August 2012: A booklet issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on the Community Water Initiative (CWI) discusses: CWI approaches; results and impacts; replication, upscaling and sustainability; the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) – effective delivery mechanism; partnerships; and beyond 2012.

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World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar [viewed]

World Bank28 August 2012: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, Conservation International and the Malagasy Ministry of Environment and Forestry have launched a project designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar. The CAZ is a biodiversity hotspot.

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Guest Article #83: Climate Change and Wetlands: Implications for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands [viewed]

Following intensive deliberations in Bucharest, Romania, in July 2012, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands adopted Resolution XI.14 on Climate Change and Wetlands, acknowledging the significance of climate change for the ecosystem services that wetlands can deliver to human societies. This is the third Ramsar Resolution that affirms the potential implications of climate change for the conservation and wise use of wetlands, and it reiterates the commitment of Contracting Parties to addressing all issues affecting the maintenance and wise use of the values that wetlands provide to people.

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Tunisia to Establish National DRR Platform [viewed]

31 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Government of Tunisia has committed to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), bringing the total number of national platforms worldwide to 82.

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