News Selection – Water Scarcity
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Water Scarcity.
5 ways to fix South Asia’s Water Crisis
17/7/2018: Vanita Suneja of WaterAid reports on what is being done to prevent South Asia running out of underground water, with particular emphasis on groundwater governance, a critical factor responsible for making food sufficiency possible. Source: From Poverty to Power
Tread Softly Comment: The five "challenges" are not particularly new but this is a textbook example of articulating a complex social and environmental issue in a relatively short article, blending killer facts and political realities with creative ideas (publish expiry dates for aquifers). Relevant Briefing: Causes of Water Scarcity
Every drop matters in India
28/6/2018: As the Indian monsoon season breaks with a vengeance, alarm over recent drought conditions should not be allowed to fade. If water efficiency is the agenda for agriculture, then water recycling has to be the agenda for cities and industries.
How global warming and land-use change threaten water security worldwide
16/5/2018: The world’s water supply has been severely altered by global warming and changes to land use – such as agriculture and damming – new satellite data shows.
Cambodia's biggest dam threatens Mekong river
16/5/2018: A report commissioned by the government in Phnom Penh, but not yet published, warns that a Chinese-backed plan to build the Sambor Hydropower Dam would have a devastating impact on fisheries.
Mekong River Commission reaches out to China
5/4/2018: An interview with the head of the Mekong River Commission addresses the apparent contradiction that China is not a full member of the Commission despite the alarming impact of its plans for dam construction on downstream countries.
Legal rights for rivers: More power, less protection?
23/4/2018: A number of courts and legislatures have recently conferred legal personality on specific rivers, including the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in India. What are the merits and implications of such recognition?
Water Stress Threatens Global Thermal Power Capacity
11/4/2018: Research shows that nearly half of the world's thermal power plant capacity - mostly coal, natural gas and nuclear - is located in highly water-stressed areas. These energy sources are highly dependent on water.
Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq at risk as reservoirs shrink
11/4/2018: The World Resources Institute and its partners are building a water and security early warning satellite system that aims to anticipate social instability, economic damage and cross-border migration arising from low levels of dams.
Mekong River Commission promises action based on science
6/4/2018: Leaders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand jointly agreed to consider scientific findings in their future decision-making. A detailed study predicts dire consequences of planned development on the Mekong River basin.
Launch of the Water, Peace and Security Initiative
22/3/2018: A new international organisation will offer expert guidance on the link between water and security, identifying high risk areas that might become the next water-driven security crisis.