Special Edition – Global water news
15 Water research and news articles from around the world.
Water is vital for human well-being, economic development and a healthy environment. Each year water-related shocks such as floods and droughts have devastating impacts on people and economies worldwide. Ensuring access to an acceptable quantity and quality of water, and protection from water-related shocks is a defining challenge for society in the 21st century.
Oxford University Water Security Network
The University of Oxford’s Water Security Network responds to these challenges, building upon the University’s existing and emerging water research excellence.
Water Resources Group (WRG)
WRG is an innovative public-private platform for collaboration to mobilize stakeholders from the public and private sector, civil society, centers of academic expertise and financing institutions to engage in fact-based, analytical approaches and coalition building initiatives that help governments to catalyze sustainable water sector transformations in support of their economic growth plans. WRG engages with those governments who invite it to work on a comprehensive water sector reform strategy and then it provides a public-private approach to support them. WRG acts as an independent entity and offers no political, partisan or national nuance to its advice. Water Resources Group website
To support in-country activities, WRG has been developing an open source, global, public-private knowledge base of good practices on water transformation with the help of the Stockholm International Water Institute. In its final form, the catalogue will include for each lever of the cost curve international and local best-practice examples, concrete solutions and their providers (also commercial), expertise, advice, new ideas and innovations in water management across all key sectors and technologies. This knowledge base has been requested by governments and fits into the overall WRG value proposition of increasing the access of governments and businesses to local and international good practices. WRG’s Good Practices Catalogue.pdf
Third Word Centre for water management Mexico
Efficient water management requires new knowledge and implementable solutions, as well as synthesis of current experiences from different parts of the world. The primary objective of the Centre is generation of new knowledge, synthesis and application of existing knowledge, and dissemination of these information.
Publications available in English
- Can World’s Water Crisis be Solved? Combining good policies and management practices with right technologies could eradicate the global water shortages, By Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr. Op ed published in The Business Times, January 8, 2013.
- Quality: Most Pressing Water Problem, Asit K. Biswas, Water Challenge Blog, Nestl�, January 3, 2013.
- Editorial, By Cecilia Tortajada, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2013.
Summaries and analyses of major Conferences, Meetings, Dialogues, Symposias, and other events from different parts of the world, which the Centre sponsored or specially was invited to participate.
Tackling Water Infrastructure Challenges in Asia, Davos-style
Singapore, 1st July, 2012
This Planet Can Support Nine Billion People
Interview with The European, January 7, 2013 »
The Singapore Water Story: Sustainable Development in an Urban City State, Routledge, 2013
Routledge information of the book »
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The World Economic Forum
Water security (whether it be the challenge of too little water over long periods of time, or too much water all at once) is one of the most tangible and fastest-growing social, political and economic challenges faced today. It is also a fast-unfolding environmental crisis. In every sector, the demand for water is expected to increase and analysis suggests that the world will face a 40% global shortfall between forecast demand and available supply by 2030.This outlook bears potential for crisis and conflict since water lies at the heart of everything that is important for human life: food, sanitation, energy, production of goods, transport and the biosphere as such; water ensures not only mere survival of humans, but also social well-being and economic growth. In addition, water is a renewable yet not inexhaustible resource – it cannot withstand constant over-extraction and being depleted faster than being renewed. What is more, water cannot be substituted.