According to a new benchmarking study undertaken by CERES, UBS and Bloomberg, the majority of leading companies working in key water-intensive industries and sectors (particularly mining and beverage) are weakly managed and poor at reporting on water-risks and performance. This is of particular concern for areas under water-stress. The study also analyses the extent of stakeholder engagement facilitated by the companies and their engagement in local watershed management. For more information and to download the report, visit: http://www.ceres.org/Page.aspx?pid=1200
- Africa: Mega-Dams Economically Unviable - Oxford Report March 11, 2014[AlertNet]Most large-scale dam projects do more economic harm than good due to poor or dishonest planning - and their skyrocketing costs could play a role in crippling the fragile economies of some developing countries, a study by Oxford University's Saïd Business School charges.
- Liberia: Monrovia Smells March 11, 2014[New Dawn]What has become a bad face for Liberia to the outside world is sourly turning the country into "Hold your noise and pass" as in every corner of Monrovia, especially Gurley Street that has adopted the name "pupu camp."
- Gambia: Sanitation and Hygiene - Fundamental Elements of Livelihood March 11, 2014[Daily Observer]As the popular saying goes a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, for sanitation and hygiene play a rudimentary role in the development of any community. In this edition of Environment, we want to bring to your attention the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to humans.
- Liberia: "Pupu" Water Makes Parts of Monrovia Stink March 10, 2014[Inquirer]The feces water known in Liberia as "pupu water" has made parts of Monrovia unbearably polluted from the pungent odor encountered, especially at the corner of Mechlin and Broad Streets as well as Gurley and Benson Streets.
- Egypt: PM, Giza Governor Launch Initiative to Sort Household Waste March 10, 2014[Egypt Online]Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, Minister of Environmental Affairs Laila Eskandar and Giza Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman will Saturday launch an initiative to sort household waste from home.
- Gambia: Rural Development Assistant Holds Training On Water Management March 10, 2014[The Point]The Chief Executive Officer of Rural Development Association (RDA) has underscored the importance his association attaches to community empowerment in capacity development of Water and Garden Committee.
- Uganda: NWSC Reassures On Water Shortage March 10, 2014[Observer]National Water and Sewerage Corporation has assured residents in the south of Greater Kampala that their water woes are about to end.
- Eritrea: Health Station in Halib-Mentel Rendering Commendable Service March 10, 2014[Shabait]Elaber'ed -The inhabitants of Halib-Mentel and Endirba Administrative areas in Elabered sub-zone have expressed satisfaction with the services the health station there is rendering. They further indicated that it has made positive impact as regards promoting community wellbeing, especially control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- Zimbabwe: Rainwater Harvesting Cheaper Option March 10, 2014[The Herald]As the effects of climate change worsen, more and more people in Africa have seen an increase in the scarcity of water, severely affecting sanitation and health, reducing crop production and threatening food security. The one degree Celsius average global temperature rise in the last 100 years has increased evaporation in dams, rivers, streams an […]
- Nigeria: Confab - It's a Distraction, Waste of Resources - Tinubu March 10, 2014[Vanguard]Lagos -Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, weekend, criticised the convocation of a National Dialogue by President Jonathan saying it is a distraction and mere waste of time and resources.
- Africa: Mega-Dams Economically Unviable - Oxford Report March 11, 2014
- Climate Change Triggers Disease Risk in Tanzania February 18, 2014Residents in low-lying areas in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, are potentially at risk of contracting waterborne diseases as heavy rains, which started last week, continue to pound the city. Early this month, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) announced that Dar es Salaam was among the areas in northern and southern Tanzania that would […]The […]Kizito Makoye
- Plugging South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Leaks February 12, 2014The South African government’s earnest rush to provide water to millions of people post-apartheid may have jeopardised its attempts to provide services to the country in the long run. South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, yet it is one of the fastest-growing water consumers. According to the National Treasury’s 2012 Budget […]The post Pluggin […]Melany Bendix
- DRC Mega-Dam to Be Funded by Private Sector, Groups Charge February 11, 2014Watchdog groups here are warning that a deal has been struck that would see Chinese investors fund a massive, contentious dam on the Congo River, the first phase of a project that could eventually be the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Discussions around the Inga III dam proposal, in the Democratic Republic of Congo […]The post DRC Mega-Dam to Be […]Carey L. Biron
- The Limpopo River basin; Many rivers but not enough water January 27, 2014There are many rivers in the Limpopo basin which is shared by Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa but some of the communities within it are dealing with serious water scarcity. The post The Limpopo River basin; Many rivers but not enough water appeared first on Inter Press Service.Ish Mafundikwa
- Limpopo River basin irrigation water under-utilized in Zimbabwe January 5, 2014Ish Mafundikwa reports that only a fraction of the water available for irrigation in the Limpopo River basin in Zimbabwe is being used.The post Limpopo River basin irrigation water under-utilized in Zimbabwe appeared first on Inter Press Service.Ish Mafundikwa
- For Better or For Worse – Fracking in the Rustic Karoo November 25, 2013To the casual passer-by, Petrus Kabaliso and his wife Cynthia present a disarmingly rustic sight, seated as they are under the shade of a date palm at a truck stop in the scorching Karoo desert, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, a battered umbrella held jauntily over their heads. “We find it very hard to […]The post For Better or For Worse – Fracking […]Gavin du Venage
- Different Water Fortunes for Batswana in Limpopo Basin November 5, 2013Botswana is a very dry country but there are places where there is enough water for irrigation. There are also places in the Limpopo basin where even water to drink is difficult to get.The post Different Water Fortunes for Batswana in Limpopo Basin appeared first on Inter Press Service.Ish Mafundikwa
- Climate Change Triggers Disease Risk in Tanzania February 18, 2014
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- Zastron residents march for water March 7, 2014Bloemfontein – Residents of Matlakeng in Zastron, Free State, marched to the Mohokare municipality’s offices on Wednesday to demand water, the Democratic Alliance said. “The… municipality was supposed to ensure that this right was upheld, but this was not the case here,” DA Free State leader Patricia Kopane said. Kopane handed over a memorandum to […] […]
- SA one step closer to fracking March 7, 2014Cape Town – The South African government has suggested they will be going ahead with fracking and for the short term they will delay implementing a carbon tax. According to IOL implementing fracking without a carbon tax implies that government is determined to retain any revenue at the expense of the environment, water safety and […]
- R45bn pegged for water, sewage upgrade March 7, 2014Cape Town – Water affairs is set to focus its main effort over the next three years on providing bulk infrastructure for water and sewage, according to the budget tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. The 2014 Estimates of National Expenditure pegs total department spending at R12.5bn next year, R16.1bn in 2015/16, and […]
- Central African Republic: Drinking Water Restored to Over 183,000 People Ahead of the Rainy Season March 6, 2014Bangui — Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR). “Access to safe drinking water remains out of reach to many people […]
- South Africa: SA to Observe Water Week March 6, 2014South Africa will observe National Water Week from 17 – 23 March, with a theme that celebrates the country’s achievements over the last two decades of democracy. Celebrations for the week will be held under the banner, ‘Water is Life – 20 Years of Water Delivery for Social and Economic Development’ and a number of […]
- Liberia: Soniwein Drainage Turns to Dumpsite March 6, 2014Monrovia — Residents of Lynch Street in Monrovia woke up one morning to witness the cleaning of the clogged drainage known as the Soniwein drainage. Men dressed in black rain boots, gloves and gauges over their nose, were down in the drainage using shovels to remove the dirt. The Soniwein drainage that runs from Clay […]
- Rwanda: Mobile Technology Improves Water Access March 6, 2014A smartphone-sized device is being used to monitor water pumps across Rwanda, making it easier to locate broken pumps and quicker to fix them. Developed by Portland State University in the United States, one battery-powered device is installed on each pump. Its SIM card sends information on water flow and the general state of the […]
- Kenya: Magarini Kids Leave School Over Water March 6, 2014ABOUT 50 percent of children in Magarini subcounty have dropped out of school due to water shortage. District Education Officer Stephen Abere said most residents are facing water shortages and this has forced many children to give the search for water priority. “People here walk for miles in search of water. At the moment many […]
- Uganda: Living Water International Helps Thousands to Access Clean Water February 27, 2014Taremwa Charlotte February 19th 2014 Living Water International, Uganda a faith-based non-profit organization that helps communities in developing countries to acquire safe drinking water has constructed up to 263 boreholes in North Eastern Region Uganda. The move has helped thousands of households in the region to access safe water. About a quarter of Ugand […]
- Journalists Gather In Cotonou to Place Spotlight on African Commitments to Water and Sanitation February 27, 2014WaterSan Perspective and WSSCC – Water Supply & Sanitation, Collaborative Council February 19, 1014 Less than a year from the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), journalists in Africa are casting a critical eye on the progress in water, sanitation and hygiene improvements being achieved by African governments, and the on-going challenge […]
- Zastron residents march for water March 7, 2014
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