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Africa, Asia, Latin America face health risk from water pollution

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Water pollution has risen across three continents, placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned last week. The worrying rise in the pollution of surface waters in Asia, Africa and Latin America also threatens to damage vital sources of food and harm the continents’ economies, ...

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Water central in actualising 2030 SDG Agenda, water week concludes, closes

Karin Lexen

World Water Week closed on Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, with participants concluding that water must be recognised as the enabler of successful implementation of the entire 2030 Agenda as well as the Paris Climate Agreement. “Water – the lifeline of our planet – will be needed to achieve nearly every Sustainable Development Goal, and to face the challenges that climate ...

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World Bank, IWA partner to reduce water losses

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The World Bank and the International Water Association (IWA) on Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden at World Water Week declared their intentions to establish a global partnership to help countries, especially the poorest, improve water management. The agreement essentially focuses on water that is pumped but then lost or unaccounted for, called non-revenue water (NRW). In developing countries, roughly 45 million ...

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Water ministers launch monitoring system portal

Gerson Lwenge

Global attention at the ongoing World Water Week in Stockholm shifted to Africa on Wednesday as the continent launched its trail-blazing web-based monitoring and reporting framework on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Touted as one of the most ambitious attempts at tracking progress on the attainment of the SDGs as they relate to the water and sanitation sector as well ...

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Thai students win 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize with water retention device

2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Three students from Thailand – Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla – received the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on Monday for their innovative water retention device that mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm. As the three received the ...

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20,000 beneficiaries eye Guinness, WaterAid’s Bauchi water scheme

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Alcoholic beverage maker, Guinness Nigeria Plc, is partnering with international charity organisation, WaterAid Nigeria, to construct two solar-powered water facilities at Gwam in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State. The venture aims at improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the community. The Guinness Nigeria/WaterAid Gwam water facility, which was recently unveiled at a colourful ceremony, is ...

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Experts clamour Green Water Initiative in Africa

Torgny-Holmgren

Water and climate experts on Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden called for a Green Water Initiative, as part of a Water Revolution in Africa, that would alleviate hunger on the continent and help to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the onset of the 2016 World Water Week (WWW) holding in the Swedish capital city, a group of world-renowned hydro-climate experts ...

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Succour for drillers as Africa Groundwater Atlas emerges

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Drilling for water is a fraught business in Africa – like being a pirate without a treasure map. In many areas, the rock is old – some of the oldest on our planet. This cracked, shattered stone that is blasted by desert heat or soaked in tropical rains with often only a thin covering of rust-stained soil, can hold substantial ...

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Climate change impacting water security, says World Bank

World bank

A new World Bank reports finds that water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could hinder economic growth, spur migration, and spark conflict. The report adds however that most countries can neutralise the adverse impacts of water scarcity by taking action to allocate and use water resources more efficiently. According to the report, climate change influenced-water scarcity could cost some regions ...

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WaterAid launches 15-year Nigeria programme strategy

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WaterAid Nigeria has launched its 2016-2021 country programme strategy, thereby laying the foundation for the 15-year path to achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene for Nigerians by 2030. Over the next five years, the organisation will focus on increasing citizens’ access to quality, equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services built on a strong sector and engaged ...

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