19 Jun 2024

Watering the Clean Energy Transition:

On the 3rd of June, during the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2024 , the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) hosted an event on ‘watering the clean energy transition...

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International Water Law and Transboundary Water Cooperation

22 May 2024

Zimbabwe on the road to acceding to global water conventions

Zimbabwe shares a total of five river basins with her riparian neighbours, namely the Buzi, Limpopo, Pungwe, Save and Zambezi Rivers and one international lake, i.e. Kariba dam. To...

31 May 2024

Benin to ratify treaty for joint management of the Mono River Basin

The government of Benin has announced its intention to ratify the treaty for the joint management of the Mono River bssin shared by Togo and Benin. The Mono River rises north east ...

6 Jun 2024

The 10th World Water Forum's (Bali) Ministerial Declaration: An Analysis

The 10th World Water Forum was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 20 to 24 May 2024, in the presence of some 20,000 participants[1] from 160 countries, 107 international organizations, ...

27 May 2024

Dutch emergency team assists with Kazakhstan floods

After two weeks of heavy flooding which took place at the beginning of April this year, Kazakhstan requested assistance from the Dutch government. The Dutch Disaster Risk Reduction...

30 May 2024

Dumping of Sewage continues in UK in spite of commitments

The situation in the United Kingdom regarding the dumping of untreated sewage into the environment – first reported by The Water Diplomat in November 2022 - is not improving. Contr...

24 May 2024

South Caucasus Woman in Water Diplomacy Network

In 2017, the Women in Water Diplomacy Network was launched to improve gender equality in high-level decision-making in transboundary basins and regions, focusing the initiative on ...

22 Apr 2024

Albania to pilot UNECE’s scorecard for equitable access to water and sanitation

Albania has commenced a comprehensive assessment of access to water and sanitation in the country in order to generate a baseline measure of equitable access to these services. At ...

24 Apr 2024

Mexico running behind on scheduled water deliveries to U.S. amid severe drought

Currently, in the fourth year of a five year cycle of water deliveries, Mexico has only delivered 30% of the water that it shares with the United States in terms of a treaty from 1...

Water in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence

4 Jun 2024

Launch of Global Alliance to Spare Water from Armed Conflict

In his 2023 annual report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres notes that during the year in review, «Conflict ... […] .. trigger...

28 May 2024

Water point in Mauritania refugee camp

According to a UNICEF flash update published in mid-May, there are currently some 180,000 refugees present in the Hodh Ech Chargui region of eastern Mauritania, and this number is ...

2 May 2024

Research report provides interim overview of effects of war on water and health in Gaza

On the 24th of April, the Geneva Water Hub published a report on the effects of war induced damage to water and sewage services on public health in Gaza since the 7th of October 20...

3 May 2024

Conflicts emerge over water permits and water footprint of avocado production in Mexico

During the week of the 15th of April, small scale farmers and activists from Villa Madero in Michoacan, Mexico started dismantling illegal irrigation equipment and breaching water ...

3 May 2024

International Humanitarian Conference for Sudan and its neighbours in Paris

One year after the commencement of the conflict in Sudan, France, Germany and the European Union organised an international humanitarian conference for Sudan and neighbouring count...

29 Mar 2024

Resurgence of Violence in Eastern DRC increases risk of epidemics in the Kivus

A resurgence of violence on the border between North and South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to a large new wave of internally displaced people arriving in Goma ...

25 Mar 2024

2024 World Water Development Report dedicated to Water for Prosperity and Peace

The 2024 World Water Development Report Water for Prosperity and Peace was launched on the 22nd of March - World Water Day - explores water’s capacity to unite people and serve as ...

Knowledge Based, Data-Driven Decision Making

16 May 2024

Lessons in future river basin management from the last three decades:

In an article published in the journal Water International, practitioners from the International Network of Basin Organisations and the International Office for Water have reviewed...

6 Jun 2024

Non Sewered Sanitation

A new paper published in May in the journal Nature by EAWAG scientist Dr Linda Strande unpacks a promising area of research into non-sewered sanitation, underlining the urgent need...

30 May 2024

Towards a ‘gold standard’ for sewer safety and climate resilience:

At the World Water Summit 2024 in London, held from the 15th to the 17th of April, a round table discussion was held on the topic of the “gold standard for sewer safety”. This topi...

30 May 2024

Scenarios for the Deltas of Tomorrow:

On the 24th of April, Deltares, a water policy research institute based on the Netherlands,presented its latest study on possible scenarios for the water management and spatial pla...

21 May 2024

Overexploitation of groundwater causes widespread urban subsidence in China

There is a phenomenon that the Chinese government is facing which is now well known to researchers and which has been studied for several decades: the subsidence of their country's...

25 Apr 2024

World Fish migration foundation reports record numbers of dams removed from European Rivers

On the 15th of April a coalition of organisations operating under the name ‘Dam Removal Europe’ reported an all-time record in the removal of barriers from European rivers. In 2023...

18 Apr 2024

Global Study of PFAS concentrations in water show pervasiveness of contamination

A study published in Nature Geoscience on the 8th of April has combined data from around the world on the concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in surface an...

2 May 2024

Dakar Water Hub Keynote Address on Water Insecurity and Prosperity in West Africa

In the third week of April, Dr Boubacar Barry, scientific advisor to the Dakar Water Hub, presented a keynote address on water security as a constraint to - or enabler for – prospe...

2 Apr 2024

Water Flow Diagram of Santa Maria Bulacan, Philippines

In a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Water , a research team led by the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development at the Swiss Federal Institute o...

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Finance for water cooperation

17 May 2024

World Bank Publication

A new World Bank report released on the 6th of May presents a global overview of spending in the water sector, noting that there is a significant gap between spending needs and act...

6 Jun 2024

Improving agricultural water use efficiency to increase climate resilience in Jordan

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is supporting a project in Jordan aimed at increasing agricultural water use efficiency as a means to increase climate resilience in vulnerable regions...

3 May 2024

Green Climate Fund invests in increased resilience for rural communities in rural Ethiopia

The Green Climate Fund is currently entering the final phases of a project to increase the drought resilience of rural communities in Ethiopia who are facing risks in their water s...

3 May 2024

Water Resilience for Economic Resilience: Water as an Economic Connector

On the 8th of April, the Water Resilience for Economic Resilience Initiative, led by the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, released a report on managing water for economic resi...

19 Apr 2024

Standoff in investments and potential renationalization of Thames Water

In early April, Thames Water’s parent company Kemble sent a formal notice to shareholders to announce that it had defaulted on its debt payments on a € 468 million bond. Thames Wat...

10 Oct 2023

Urban Water Catalyst Initiative about to commence implementation

The Urban Water Catalyst Initiative (UWCI), an initiative announced at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York in March this year, is on the point of supporting its first utilitie...

5 Apr 2024

Investing in watersheds: A New African Water Fund in Sierra Leone

A new water fund in Sierra Leone is the latest addition to a series of African Water Funds which invest in the protection of water towers for long term water security of the contin...

National and Local News

6 Jun 2024

Water pump South Sudan

On the 3rd of June, The President of South Sudan, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, signed the country’s Heads of State Initiative Compact on Water and Sanitation to ensure universal acces...

20 May 2024

Historic floods in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul

The state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil experienced very challenging times in the early days of May 2024, subjected to rainfall of unprecedented duration and intensity. In the spa...

27 May 2024

Bangalore, India's high-tech capital, is experiencing serious water shortages

In the 20th Century, Bangalore was known as the "Garden City"» of India, or the city of 1000 lakes. The city had a long history of construction of artificial tanks for irrigation, ...

29 May 2024

Torrential rains cause damage and loss of life in East Africa, especially in Kenya

During this year’s long rainy season, which usually lasts from March to May, Kenya has been severely affected by torrential rains which took place during the month of April. Accord...

3 May 2024

Rehabilitating Beira: towards a more resilient coastal city

The coastal city of Beira in Mozambique – the country’s second largest city - is currently undergoing rehabilitation work to increase its resilience to the impact of cyclones which...

30 Apr 2024

Drought Malawi

A severe drought associated with El Niño is currently affecting Southern Africa, with extremely dry and warm conditions since October 2023, leading the governments of Zimbabwe, Zam...

2 May 2024

Bogota reservoir

The Colombian city of Bogota is currently facing critical water shortages, with the San Rafael reservoir that supplies 70% of the water of the city having dropped to 19% of its sup...