Protecting the world’s freshwater resources requires diagnosing threats over a broad range of scales, from global to local. The study presents the first worldwide synthesis to jointly consider human and biodiversity perspectives on water security using a spatial framework that quantifies multiple stressors and accounts for downstream impacts.
From 22 September to 15 November 2010, the "Water, Climate and… Action!” short film contest is accepting entries on experiences and messages about climate change and its aspects on water and life.
Visit http://www.waterclimateaction.org for more information.
These pages contain environmental data (biodiversity, human settlements, vulnerability, land, etc) presented in map format.
The African Water Facility (AWF) has approved a €498,000 grant to the Water Resources Commission in Ghana.
The grant will finance a project which will introduce a market and end-user oriented planning approach that simultaneously closes the water and nutrient loops called “Design for Reuse” in order to effectively capture the economic value of wastewater and faecal sludge nutrients to help finance, operate and maintain treatment facilities.
This policy brief is addressed to practitioners and policy makers of water resources management and climate change, as well as sectoral decision makers. It aims to draw attention to the critical importance of better water resources management in adapting to climate change, and argues that it should be systematically integrated into national plans and international investment portfolios.
Rising energy prices, geopolitics and concerns over the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change are increasing the demand for biofuel production. At present biofuel production is estimated at 35 billion liters, accounting only for a small part (,2%) of the 1200 billion liters of annual gasoline consumption worldwide. But the contribution of biofuels to energy supply is expected to grow fast with beneficial impacts including reductions in greenhouse gasses, improved energy security and new income sources for farmers. However, biomass production for energy will also compete with food crops for scarce land and water resources, already a major constraint on agricultural production in many parts of the world.
Throughout the developing world, resource-poor farmers (about 1.4 billion people) located in risk-prone, marginal environments, remain untouched by modern agricultural technology. A new approach to natural resource management must be developed so that new management systems can be tailored and adapted in a site-specific way to highly variable and diverse farm conditions typical of resource-poor farmers. Agroecology provides the scientific basis to address the production by a biodiverse agroecosystem able to sponsor its own functioning. The latest advances in agroecological research are reviewed in order to better define elements of a research agenda in natural resource management that is compatible with the needs and aspirations of peasants.
Regional Workshop on Rural Poverty Alleviation and Rural Growth in Eastern and Southern Africa - Dar es Salaam, United RepublicPosted on: 7 June 2010 - 2:49pm
In light of the findings of the regional assessment, it is quite evident that there are some critical constraints which poor people of the region are encountering, such as insecure land ownership systems, limited access to irrigation water, lack of access to capital for productive activities and barriers to trade etc., for improving their livelihood systems. These limitations have been further acerbated due to the unavailability of appropriate technology and information and services to improve agricultural productivity.
This workshop provided the opportunity to further crystallise the thinking process and to get an agreement to commit the countries to translate the objectives and implement the strategies included in the RSP based on shared responsibility and mutual interest for poverty alleviation.