Global Water Partnership
December 2012

COP 18 at Doha – It’s Now About Adaptation

GWP Executive Secretary Dr Ania Grobicki gives statement at COP18One thing became clear at the Doha climate negotiations. As governments struggle to reach any agreement on climate mitigation, the urgency and importance of agreement on adaptation is now coming to the fore.

Water Agenda Consultations in Costa Rica

Water Agenda Consultation in Costa RicaCosta Rica has made significant progress in the past decade in expanding access to water supply and sanitation, but the sector still faces challenges in low sanitation connections, poor service quality, and low cost recovery. GWP Costa Rica is organizing workshops as part of a consultation process to be carried out from November 2012 through January 2013 for the elaboration of the Water Agenda 2013-2030.

Transboundary Water Management in Baltics

Baltic SeaGWP Lithuania and GWP Poland took part in a consortium led by the Stockholm International Water Institute to support sustainable water resources management of international rivers shared by countries in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea. 
The goal of the project "Building a framework for collective action in the management of the transboundary waters in Kaliningrad, Russia, Lithuania and Poland (Baltic Sea region)" is to increase investments in sound management of transboundary rivers and to promote green growth.

GWP at UNECE Meeting on Transboundary Waters

UNECE meeting in Rome Nov 2012More than 50 countries and numerous international organizations, including a GWP delegation, met at the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes in Rome, Italy, on 28-30 November 2012.
As a key event in the Water Convention’s development, it aimed to adopt a new programme of work for 2013-2015 to which GWP contributed at the meeting in Geneva in July 2012.

IWRM improves the Yellow River

Yellow RiverMore than 100 participants from over 40 organizations participated in a workshop on implementing an integrated approach to managing the Yellow River in Zhengzhou on 6 November 2012. The Yellow River is the second-longest river in China after the Yangtze and the sixth-longest in the world at an estimated length of 5,464 kilometres. Water from the river serves 140 million people and irrigates 74,000 km² (48,572 mi²) of land. It often runs dry before it reaches the sea due to increased agricultural irrigation. 

Transboundary IWRM in Drin Basin

Drin River BasinThe Drin River Basin covers Albania, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo (UN administered) and Montenegro. The Drin River is the connecting body of this water system, linking the lakes, wetlands, rivers and other aquatic habitats into a single ecosystem of major importance. A work programme for the project “Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Extended Drin River Basin”, in which GWP Mediterranean participates, was adopted in November.

Gender Awareness in Bangladesh

Gender meetingGender equity and women’s empowerment in water resources management is one of the cornerstones of the Dublin-Rio principles on which the GWP network is founded, and is accepted as one of the essential pillars to poverty eradication and sustainable development. To look at these issues, 63 participants attended a workshop on “Gender Awareness & Networking on Integrated Water Resources Management at Basin Level” on 28 November 2012.
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Gender was in focus when a GWP delegation participated in the “International Conference on Fresh Water Governance for Sustainable Development” in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on 5-7 November 2012. Read reports from the event.

Climate Change and Food Security in India

IndiaMore than 55% of India’s population is practicing agriculture in climate sensitive areas; 53% of the area suffers from serious degradation; 30 million hectares of land experience haphazard grazing and the fall in per capita availability of water is 70 percentage points.
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New Thinking in Water Management

Sri Lanka waterfall by Anuradha RatnaweeraTo stimulate new thinking to improve Sri Lanka’s natural resources management, the first Young Water Professionals Symposium for the country was organized by GWP Sri Lanka in association with IWMI and Unilever on 22-23 November in Colombo with the participation of the Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardene and Prof Mohan Munasinghe, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2007 (IPCC), and over 150 participants.

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WACDEP North Africa Launch

GWP Mediterranean launches the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) for Northern Africa on 20 December 2012 in Tunis, Tunisia.

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Meet Our Partners

GWP is a network of more than 2,700 institutional Partners. Read an interview with Prof. M S Rathore, Director of the Centre for Environment and Development Study.

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£9m to GWP from UK
GWP will receive £9 million from the UK´s Department for International Development, through to 2015. The UK’s Water Security Programme was announced at the climate change negotiations in Doha at COP 18. Read more.


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GWP in the News


15-17 Jan 2013, International Water Summit, Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
27-31 Jan 2013, Second Arab Water Week 2013, Amman, Jordan
16-20 March, 2013 Transboundary water management across borders and interfaces: present and future challenges, Aveiro, Portugal
18-22 March 2013, Practical Lysimeter and Sap Flow Workshop Munich/Freising 2013, Freising, Germany
8-12 April, 2013, India Water Week, New Delhi, India
24-26 April 2013, IWA 3rd International Conferences on Water Economics, Statistics, and Finance, Marbella, Spain
24-27 April 2013, CB-WR-MED Conference/ 2nd AOP’Tunisia Conference, Tunis, Tunisia

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Proceedings from regional GWP workshop “Integrated drought management programme in Central and Eastern Europe”, 5-6 Oct 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia
Watch video about sand mining in Sri Lanka
The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy (ICLEI Capacity Center)
Investing in Water Infrastructure: Capital, Operations and Maintenance (Water Partnership Program)
Water security: from abstract concept to meaningful metrics, (ODI)
La Pandura - A Community Development Effort (Honduras)
The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue (UNU-INWEH, 2012)


Post-2015 Agenda - Thematic Consultation on Water
2013 Call for Abstracts and Event Proposals to World Water Week 2013, deadline 7 January 2013
ADB issues call for abstracts for Asia Water Week 2013, Manila, Philippines, 13-15 March 2013

Call for Abstracts 5th Delft Symposium on  Water Sector Capacity Development

Water in the News

Better water management needed to avoid crisis (The Jakarta Post)

Africa Needs More Integrated Approach To Urban Water Management: World Bank (Bernama, Malaysian National News Agency)
Global water governance trends show move away from private ownership (The Guardian)
African Cities Can Become More Sustainable by Managing Water Better – World (Vibe Ghana)

When a Green Revolution Runs Out of Water - (The New York Times)

Investment in water supply will guarantee sustainability – Research (Ghana Business News)

For the food and drink industry water security is no small beer (The Guardian)
How will climate change impact on fresh water security? (Climate Economics Blog)
Tajikistan: UN review finds that access to clean water among most pressing ... (UN News Centre)

Will China run out of water by 2030? (China Daily)

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A global treaty on rivers Key to true water security | Energy Bulletin (Energy Bulletin)



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