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Countries must deliver roadmap for a water secure world

Closing ceremony

• Implementation Roadmap developed to guide work of next three years
• Sustainable Development Goals in September mark next milestone
• Major political agreements made at the 7th World Water Forum

The 7th World Water Forum entitled ‘Water for our Future’ drew to a close today, and was heralded by participants as the most politically impactful ever.

The 7th World Water Forum brought together over 30,000 visitors from 168 countries which comprised 9 heads of State, 80 government ministers and 100 offi cial national governments delegations.

Over a third of UK imports come from water risk countries

Experts are urging businesses to secure their future byaddressing the mounting global water crisis affecting themand their suppliers in a new report.

The report compiled by the UK arm of the World WildlifeFund titled ‘From Risk to Resilience: Does your businessknow its water risk?’ encourages businesses to assess supply chains both within the UK and internationally to discoverwhere they might be at risk of water scarcity, poor waterquality or reputational damage associated with their use ofwater.

It also identifi es the top ten water risk ‘hot spots’ in theworld. The most signifi cant countries for the UK (in termsof import value) are China, the USA and Spain.

ISS astronaut echoes the fi ndings of the 2015 World Water Development Report from outer space

ISS astronaut“On Earth, like on ISS, water is limited: let’s use it wisely. We’re all crew of spaceship Earth,” cautioned Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, tweeting from the International Space Station. Her tweet echoed the messages of the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, which was being launched at the same time (20 March) in New Delhi to mark World Water Day celebrations.

GIZ’s work on energy and climate protection

Technical capacity building on small hydropower
GIZs work on energyThe East African Community (EAC) with support from RECP will carry out an advanced scoping exercise to identify key interventions to enhance the region’s technical capacity on operations and maintenance for small hydropower.

The East African region is endowed with a substantial small hydropower potential which should have resulted in a large and rapidly growing small hydro industry. However, until recently, the small hydro industry in the region was characterized by sporadic small and isolated pilot projects that were not able to scale up and over time broke down or worked below rated capacities due to lack of maintenance, repair and/or rehabilitation

World Water Development Report 2015, Water for a Sustainable World

The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), titled Water for a Sustainable World, demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability.

‘Water is at the core of sustainable development’. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water has been shown to contribute to improvements in social well being, affecting the livelihoods of billions. Progress towards the achievement of most sustainable development goals requires signifi cant improvement of water management across the globe.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2