Happy World Water Day
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
The Water Network
2015 Annual Report: Moving Towards Implementation
In 2015, the 2030 WRG continued to work with water-stressed countries, at their invitation, to coordinate a response to the immense challenge of water security.
We help the public sector work with the private sector and civil society to find solutions to the water crisis and responsibly manage this precious resource for the future.
Read the Annual Report to find out key highlights of our work in ten country engagements. Learn about our work in Karnataka with the government and private sector to invest in irrigation solutions, or find out more about prioritizing water projects in Peru and incentivizing improved water usage in South Africa. Read more about our new country engagements and plans to expand to other countries.
For those members who are involved in water issues, this newsletter may be of interest.
|Dear Pamela J.,||25 February 2016|
2016 seems to be the year that major water organizations and initiatives are focusing on collaborative implementation. It is encouraging to see impact studies emerging, as reported in the 2030 Water Resources Annual Report for 2015.
The Water Network is no exception. Our main impact focus in 2016 is to support existing project teams to make them up to 60% more efficient by providing them a digital workspace.
The broader benefit to all of us is to share learnings from each and to provide broader access to expertise when needed from the over 135,000 water professionals in our network.
COO, The Water Network
Protest meet for Mapithel Dam stop & urgent water release at Riha 16 July 15
Source: The Sangai Express, 17 July 2015
The meeting was attended by villagers of Ramrei, Riha and Thoyee where MDAVO secretary Dominic Kashung, COHR chairperson Phulindro Konsam, Jiten Yumnam of CRA and social worker Wonmi Mungrei were also present.
He accused the State Government of not giving any prior information about possible flooding in the upstream of the dam because of holding back river water. He decried the silence of MLA Victor Keishing when Chief Minister O Ibobi stated on the floor of the House recently that compensation for 95 per cent of Chadong villagers had been paid. He said that a written complaint would be lodged with the National Green Tribunal on Mapithel Dam.
The State Government using its machinery went ahead with Mapithel Dam construction without carrying out the mandatory assessment, Dominic alleged. Wonmi demanded that Victor Keishing should come up with a clarification regarding loss of paddy fields in Riha village and surrounding areas.
Because of holding back river water by the dam, a number of grazing fields have also been flooded, said Jiten while condemning the Government”s apathy towards the affected people. The way Mapithel Dam was constructed challenged many international laws as well as the Indian Constitution.
He demanded immediate release of water held up by the dam. One villager said that 90 per cent of the paddy fields of Ramrei and 30 per cent of the paddy fields belonging to Riha villagers have been already inundated.
And now more and more areas are being flooded. He also demanded immediate opening of the dam”s gates.
Monsoon brings more hardships to Mapithel Dam affected villages
UN-Water Reports on Stakeholder Dialogue on Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Post-2015 Agenda.
October 2014: UN-Water released a summary report from its fifth annual UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue, which convened under the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Nexus and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
‘ The report describes the dialogue’s sessions on UN-Water activities on water and energy, the water, energy and food nexus and the post-2015 agenda, and a high-level panel discussion on the integration of the water, energy and food security nexus in the post-2015 agenda.
The session on UN-Water’s activities recognized UN-Water’s focus on the water-energy nexus, with particular attention to inequalities related to access to water, sanitation and food and energy services, according to the report. The report also highlights UN-Water’s attention to water and energy in a number of its 2014 activities, including the International Zaragoza Conference, the 2014 World Water Day and the 2014 World Water Development Report.
Participants highlighted challenges related to monitoring water targets and indicators, ways to reach water, energy and food security goals and the role of sharing country experiences within regions during the discussion on the water, energy and food security nexus on the post-2015 development agenda. Joakim Harlin, Coordinator of the UN-Water Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Working Group, described technical advice provided by UN-Water on proposed water targets and UN-Water’s future work on the post-2015 agenda, including work on indicators and data collection. Nina Weitz, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), recommended addressing overlaps among targets.
High-level panel participants highlighted links between the water and energy sectors, trade-offs and synergies between the sectors, financing and implementation. On financing, speakers recognized the importance of official development assistance (ODA) as well as domestic resource mobilization and private sector financing, and recommended appropriate pricing of water and energy services.
The dialogue also identified examples of how to implement the nexus, such as through public-private partnerships, interdisciplinary platforms, efficient technology and shifts to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns.
The report further discusses UN-Water’s contribution to a seminar on ‘World Water Day 2014: Water and Sustainable Development’ and the UN-Water booth and UN-Water Pavilion at World Water Week, which took place on 31 August-5 September 2014.
The dialogue took place at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 September 2014. [UN-Water Press Release]
[Publication: UNW-DPC Summary Report]