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Concern mounts in Marshall Islands as high tides swamp capital

Homes were damaged as high tides swamped the Marshall Islands on 9 OctoberHomes were damaged as high tides swamped the Marshall Islands on 9 OctoberMajuro counts cost of latest flooding as 30 ‘PacificWarriors’ set off for Australia in canoes to highlightconcerns

By Sophie Yeo

Marshall Islanders have spoken of their growing fears afterhigh tides have swamped some of the country’s majorislands, flooding the airport and damaging homes.

The tiny islands, which sit just two metres above sea level,are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.In March 2013, king tides caused the government to declarea state of emergency, as 940 people were evacuated fromtheir homes.

Ebola outbreak: Africa sets up $28.5m crisis fund

Ebola outbreakOf the West African countries hit by the 11-month outbreak, Liberia has seen the most deaths.

Top African business leaders have established an emergency fund to help countries hit by the Ebola outbreak. A pledging meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised $28.5m to deploy at least 1,000 health workers to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Farmers vs. Landowners in S.C. Water Rights Suit

By Sara Jerome

Farmers vs. LandownersLandowners and farmers in South Carolina are in court over a law regulating water rights and water siphoning. On one side are “industrial-scale farms that use billions of gallons of river water to irrigate crops,” The State reported.

The other side consists of “by riverside property owners.” The property owners want part of South Carolina’s water withdrawal law overturned, the report said.

Grants for water projects in Africa

African Water Facility The African Water Facility (AWF) awards grants of between €50,000 and €5,000,000 to water projects that need financial and technical help for implementation, or to meet the strict criteria expected by development partners and the global investment community.

The AWF’s strategic focus is in supporting Project Preparation, Water Governance and Water Knowledge projects designed to catalyze the development of the African water sector. Occasionally, the AWF also provides grants to fund the implementation of small-scale pilot projects.

Launch of Cap-Net Virtual Campus

campusAs part of its 2014-2017 strategy, Cap-Net explore the use of diverse forms of new media for capacity development. This includes the development of a virtual campus which will function as a cross-cutting facilitation platform for all Cap- Net´s activities, affiliated networks and partners. The virtual campus is being built on a state of the art web platform, using the latest tools and open source software, resulting in an user friendly system, applicable on all computers, and easy to be updated. The campus can be seen at




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