Submitted by maria on Tue,10/10/2017

Blog by: Martin Calisto IUCN South America Office and Maria C Lindelien Global Water Programme

The Catamayo-Chira basin straddles the Ecuadorian and Peruvian border in the south of Ecuador. It is one of the 275 transboundary basins in the world. With a population of approximately 280.000 on the Ecuadorian side and 580.000 on the Peruvian side, the basin is of huge importance to the region. The Catamayo-Chira is one of 14 basins in which the IUCN BRIDGE initiative is active. It was the location of a recent BRIDGE meeting field trip as it functions as a good example of the work that BRIDGE does fostering hydrodiplomacy and integrated water resource management across continents.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Tue,09/26/2017

Blog by: Matthew McCartney (IWMI), James Dalton (IUCN) and Eric Odada (University of Nairobi)

Large dams contribute significantly to economic growth, food security and national development. They can also help societies cope with climate change by storing water, protecting people and assets from floods, and generating cleaner electricity. Yet, large dams are controversial because of the adverse social and environmental impacts associated with them historically. Among dam proponents, the debate centers on how best to overcome these impacts and how much project financing to set aside for this purpose. Anti-dam campaigners, meanwhile, represent nature as a hapless victim of the tyranny of large infrastructure projects.

Convinced that neither point of view is satisfactory, we propose a more constructive way of thinking. One which acknowledges the dual role that nature plays, contributing to the success of large dams, on the one hand, while helping people adapt to their impacts, on the other.Read more

Submitted by maria on Mon,09/11/2017

Blog 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 chinawaterrisk.org 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

Highlights
-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