Submitted by maria on Mon,09/11/2017

Written by Maria C Lindelien, IUCN's Global Water Programme

Embarking on the final quarter of 2017 (yes already!), World Water Week gave participants some sneak previews into the topics that will be headlining the water agenda in 2018.

In the event titled ‘Join us on the road to Brasilia,’ convened by the 8th World Water Forum Secretariat and the World Water Council (WWC), attendees were provided with information on the 8th World Water Forum which will take place in Brasilia, in March 2018. The overlaying topic for the eighth edition of this Forum will be ‘Sharing Water’.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Tue,08/29/2017

Blog written by Christine Omuombo and Washington Ochola

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research recently hosted to a 3-day capacity development workshop for the WISE-UP project. It was conducted by ACCESS and helped shed light on trade-offs in water infrastructure development and decision alternatives in the White Volta basin.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Fri,07/07/2017

Under the WISE-UP to climate project that looks at the water infrastructure investment portfolios, the African Collaborative Center for Earth System Sciences (ACCESS), gathered stakeholders from the national, regional and local levels to undertake an exploratory scenario development process for the Tana River basin. ACCESS organized and executed this workshop as both a capacity building and technical implementation event culmination from previous stakeholder engagement and tool development activities under various WISE-UP work packages. The workshop aimed to develop skills and competencies among participants in the design and use of basin scenarios by stakeholders to inform decision-making and planning for alternative future water infrastructure options under a changing climate.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Thu,06/15/2017

“Connecting people with nature,” the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, is more complicated than it sounds, especially in the management of water – nature’s lifeblood.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Fri,03/31/2017

By Daniel Shemie, Timm Kroeger and Claudio Klemz, The Nature Conservancy

Balneário Camboriú is both a famous Brazilian beach destination and a water supply management puzzle. The population of the city is just 170,000 year-round but swells to over 800,000 during the summer high season. Like many water utilities facing growing demand and an uncertain climate, the local water company, EMASA, must invest carefully to secure water for its fluctuating customer base.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Tue,02/14/2017

Blog by Laetitia Pettinotti, Researcher at BC3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change.

Last September the WISE-UP team set out to the dry Northern region of Ghana, destination: the communities of Arigu, Bisigu, and Pwalugu which line the White Volta River. It was my second trip there, after a first scoping and data collection mission for the project back in May 2015. My role as a BC3 research economist was to collect qualitative and quantitative data on the benefits local communities derive from the surrounding nature, also referred to as ‘ecosystem services’.Read more

Submitted by James Dalton on Tue,01/17/2017

First posted on 17 January 2017: Interview with James Dalton and Peter Newborne

Water stewardship is gaining attention. Is it working? What is best practice? Dalton & Newborne on their new report

-Private sector engagement on water management is now common; not clear as yet what good stewardship looks like
-The 'DNA' of business practice needs to change as water concerns are not cascading into business operations
-Objectives between stewardship stakeholders will always be different but need to be accepted so to be successfulRead more

Submitted by guest blogger on Fri,01/13/2017

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy

The journey of our water from source to tap is long, and not one we think much about. For most of us, our water starts high in the mountains, hundreds of miles away. From there, water flows across natural and working lands until a portion is channeled to water pipes that move water to our faucets, to farms and to various types of businesses. Most often we think of those pipes as being our main water infrastructure, but upstream lands play a key role in capturing, storing and moving our water. By conserving these lands, we can better protect our water and generate additional benefits for people and nature.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Mon,11/14/2016

Building water infrastructure such as dams contributes to economic development, food, and energy security depending on their objective. In developing countries it is often seen as the most cost effective way to increase electricity production and irrigated agriculture. However, reaching these national objectives can often come at a cost to nature and local livelihoods which depend on healthy ecosystems. Modified river flows change the timing, quantity and quality of water flowing downstream. Yet, these constantly changing river flows are essential for livelihoods dependent on flood recession farming, floodplain cattle grazing, and fish production. Read more

Submitted by James Dalton on Mon,10/24/2016

Originally published in Global Water Forum, Monday 3 October 2016. To maximise downstream water quantity, you remove vegetation – all of it, including the trees. To counter rising carbon dioxide levels, you plant trees – lots of them. How should we do both?Read more