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

26 Jun 2024

Zimbabwe holds historic national workshop for the accession to UN water conventions

Anational workshop for the accession to global water conventions was held on the 17th and 18th of June 2024 at Rainbow Towers Conference Centre in Zimbabwe as the country inches cl...

1 Jul 2024

Progress in Cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin

Progress is currently underway to ensure an appropriate legal and institutional format for the joint management of the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB), a crucial transboun...

5 Jul 2024

Up Close and Personal:

A publication in the journal Water International has highlighted the importance of face to face interactions in obtaining consensus among a diverse group of water users in a transb...

5 Jul 2024

Amid severe drought, tensions rise between the U.S. and Mexico over the waters of the Rio Grande

The southern United States and large parts of Mexico have been experiencing a severe drought for several months, leading to tensions between the countries over the delayed release ...

5 Jul 2024

Waters rising in the Northern Aral Sea

In January 2024, Kazakhstan took over the 3-year presidency of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), a sea considered lost until a few years ago. As is the case...

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 ...

Water in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence

28 Jun 2024

Norwegian Refugee Council lists displacements in Burkina Faso as world’s most neglected crisis

On the 3rd of June, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) published its annual report of the world’s most neglected displacement crises. In the wake of a conflict that has been ragin...

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...

Knowledge Based, Data-Driven Decision Making

28 Jun 2024

GloWAL Network

The first coordination meeting of the Global Water Analysis Laboratory Network (GloWAL) took place in Vienna between the 18th and 20th of June 2024. This network was launched in Ma...

3 Jul 2024

WMO’s 2024 Hydromet Gap Report Highlights Early Warning Needs for Less Developed Countries and Small Island States

On the 18th of June, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) released its Hydromet Gap Report 2024, highlighting some of the key hydrological knowledge needs of 20 least-develo...

26 Jun 2024

At a time when two billion people globally are experiencing varying degrees of water stress as a result of climate change, but also of the increasing anthropogenic pressures on wat...

26 Jun 2024

Groundwater quality assessment guidelines published

On Monday June 3, 2024, Friends of Groundwater, a group working within the World Water Quality Alliance announced the publication of new guidelines for groundwater water quality as...

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...

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Finance for water cooperation

5 Jul 2024

Interview with Bapon Fakhruddin, Water and Climate Leader, Green Climate Fund

Interview with Bapon Fakhruddin, Green Climate Fund Tobias Schmitz: The Water Resilience for Economic Resilience Initiative argues that in these times of climate change, water ...

27 Jun 2024

Tanzania invests heavily in water infrastructure to meet 2030 targets

In February 2021, the Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP) was adopted at the 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addi...

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...

National and Local News

1 Jul 2024

Murray-Darling Basin Authority responds to Stakeholder Consultations

Australia is among the countries in the world that is most affected by climate change, and this has a powerful effect on water resources availability and variability. The Murray-Da...

3 Jul 2024

Pesticide Action Network study highlights widespread PFAS pollution of waterways in Europe

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), otherwise referred to as ‘forever chemicals’ are currently present in all European waterways. These are the findings of study ...

13 Jun 2024

Wildfire season in Pantanal wetland on track for record ecosystem damage

By the 9th of June, the number of fires burning in the Pantanal wetland are almost an order of magnitude larger (935% higher) than for the same period last year. Between the 1st of...

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...