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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...

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...

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...

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...

3 Apr 2024

Legal status obtained for conservation of Croatia’s Mrežnica and Tounjčica Rivers

In early March, Croatia’s Karlovac County Assembly officially confirmed the protection of the Mrežnica and Tounjčica rivers and the establishment of two new protected areas. The tw...

Water in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence

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 ...

5 Apr 2024

Director of Danish Water Industries

This year’s theme for the World Water Day was been “Water for peace”. This is a powerful signal because it is time to include water when we think about security. Unequal access to ...

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...

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

Water Secure Future

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...

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

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, ...

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...