The name “water diet” suggests that you should consume as much water as possible. But the opposite is true. This term is used to make people aware of the most essential problem regarding wasting water: “eating (virtual) water”.
Researchers in Kenya are testing a new device that transmits data on handpumps in areas with scarce water supply. They hope that the use of technology will contribute to institutional reforms.
Paola Rattu's insight:
This application of mobile technology for improving water governance shows that the use of new information technologies can lead to effective results only if it is supported by actions in the field, and if necessary by reforms.
This new open source technological devices have the potential to help the states taking deeper roots into their territories even beyond water governance.
BRUSSELS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The European Union will double its aid for Palestinian development and the Palestinian Authority to 200 million euros in 2012, the EU executive said on Friday.
The development aid will be focused on water, sanitation and support for refugees. A further 100 million euros aid credits unspent last year will be also spent in 2012, the European Commission said in a statement.
Tens of thousands of people have been affected by flooding in parts of central, eastern and southern Chad following heavy rains in August. Thousands of hectares of crops and hundreds of houses have also been destroyed.
«There are 2.6 billion people in the world who have no access to a decent toilet. An interdisciplinary team of Swiss aquatic researchers and designers from Austria won with their invention as part of the 'Re-invent the Toilet' competition, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation a special recognition award. The new toilet model will provide a sanitary solution that ensures human dignity and hygiene, while also being environment-friendly and economically feasible. All for less than five Cents per day and person.»
Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing fighting in Sudan are struggling to find enough water to drink and cook with, leading to the deaths of an unknown number from dehydration and diarrhea, aid officials said Monday.
More than 35,000 people have fled Sudan’s Blue Nile State for South Sudan over the past month.
The food crisis in west and central Africa is affecting 18 million people across an area as wide as the US. Poor rainfall and rising food prices are to blame. This happened before when I was very young, and people still talk about those times today. I never expected it to happen again in the 21st century. But it has, and the communities I visited with Oxfam, in Mauritania and northern Senegal, and others throughout the Sahel are living on the brink....
This report reviews the potential of mobile phones to improve governance in the development sector – a field termed “mobile phone for development” or M4D – with a special emphasis on the water, sanitation, and hygiene or WASH sector.
In particular, it focuses on “information interventions”: mobile phone usage for real-time, broad-based data collection and dissemination among and by multiple agents of change. Such information interventions are used not only to resolve immediate, short-term issues, but to facilitate the flow of information necessary for long term planning, monitoring, policy-making, and governance.
The report reviews the aspects of mobile phone solution design that impact the effectiveness of an information intervention.
The objective of the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services.
With the government's increasing emphasis on controlling the environmental impact of industrialization, China's 12th Five-Year Plan is focusing to the daunting task of managing China's water consumption and treatment of waste water.
China’s water issues are particularly acute. The country’s water supply is smaller than that of the U.S., yet it must meet the needs of a population nearly five times as large. Industrialization has taken its toll on this already limited resource. Industrial and biological pollution has contaminated almost 90 percent of the underground water in Chinese cities. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one out of four (300 million) Chinese do not have daily access to clean water, and that one out of two (700 million) are forced to consume water below WHO standards.
Secondo l'Unesco la nuova risorsa di acqua potrebbe migliorare la vita di tutta la regione se non dell'intera nazione. La Radar Technologies International, "Le falde contengono una riserva minima di 250 miliardi di metri cubi di liquido".
Environmental law expert Jorge E. Viñuales was recently invited to speak at TEDx Zurich, an independently organised event of the TED talks series, where innovative thinkers promote "ideas worth spreading" and stimulate dialogue.
At the event, Professor Viñuales proposed to create a small transactional tax on bottled water, which would go toward protecting natural infrastructures that maintain the water cycle, supporting water infrastructure projects in developing countries and steering research on water-related technology, including efficiency, decontamination and the use of iced-freshwater.
Paris: India's low-cost sanitation NGO Sulabh Sauchalaya is all set to go global by expanding its footprint in 50 developing countries to push the implementation of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), its founder says.
Addressing European leaders and business tycoons at the LH (La Harve) Forum, Indian low-cost toilet innovator Bindeshwar Pathak appealed to the business community Friday night to focus on the sanitation sector to help achieve its MDG as early as possible.
Differences in financial and operational capacities among governments: These are — quite unsurprisingly — the two major factors why progress on meeting water and sanitation-related development goals across sub-Saharan Africa is largely uneven.
This is according to a new African Development Bank report that compares and analyzes the performance of sub-Saharan African countries in the water and sanitation sector. The bank also compares how effectively countries used development aid they got for this sector, which received less than 0.1 percent of total aid disbursed to the region between 1995 and 2008.
Visitors to Bali, the Gambia and Goa use 16 times as much water as local residents. Such disproportionate use of fresh water by tourists in developing world destinations is causing local conflict, exacerbating poverty and helping to spread disease, says NGO Tourism Concern in a new report...
ZINDER, Niger — Wars keep children out of school. So does sickness. But in Niger, a sun-baked land where drought occurs with alarming frequency, a major impediment to education is thirst and the long trek required to quench it.
In the next twenty years, global demand for fresh water will vastly outstrip reliable supply in many parts of the world.
This sobering message emerges from the first U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment of Global Water Security. The document predicts that by 2030 humanity's "annual global water requirements" will exceed "current sustainable water supplies" by forty percent...
The undernutrition of babies, infants and children is horrible and a disgraceful blot on our human record. It is not just the immediate suffering, anguish and death. It is also the lasting impact: when growth is stunted at age 2 the damage is largely irreversible....
Faecally-related infections (FRIs) are much more than the diarrhoeas and EE....
Today is World Water Day! While there are many, many organizations working on water-related issues all around the world, there’s one I want to highlight: Water for People. We know that you can’t resolve issues in your own community or another one with quick fix solutions; as social changemakers and nonprofits, we look for the sustainable opportunities for shifting systems for a better outcome and a better world. That’s why I love that Water for People is focused on sustainably improving conditions and access to clean water for all the communities they touch. How? Through data, of course!
India’s households have, overall, become more comfortable in the past 10 years, but hundreds of millions of people still lack basics like electricity, toilets and a convenient water source, according the Housing Census that was released Tuesday by Home Secretary R. K. Singh. The survey looks about 330 million households in India.
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