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Together, we are turning the tide on plastic

TogetherNine months ago, the UN declared a ‘war on plastic pollution’ and launched its CleanSeas campaign. Already we have made great progress:

Over 30 governments have joined the campaign with ambitious action plans, including key countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Kenya.

Over 1 million people signed the Avaaz petition calling on governments to act and more than 10,000 citizens pledged to reduce their plastic footprint.

The CleanSeas campaign is the most ambitious effort ever deployed by the United Nations to tackle marine pollution. Successfully launched in February 2017, it has since mobilized governments, individuals and the private sector, gathering unprecedented support and featuring prominently in the international agenda.

Worker dies cleaning sewer pipeline at Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks

A man died while cleaning a sewer pipeline at Sassoon Docks in Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) on Tuesday. He was one of three workers who were in the process of cleaning the sewer pipeline when gas filled the chamber they were in. They all became unconscious and were rushed to St George Hospital. Sadly only two of them regained consciousness.

According to the Indian Express, locals have alleged that the death was due to negligence on the part of the contractor during the cleaning project. The publication quotes one, Krishna Pavle, a Shiv Sena coordinator who runs a fishing business at Sassoon Docks, as saying:

“An art festival has been planned at the Docks next month, and since foreigners are expected, they are cleaning the area. However, no safety equipment like masks, gloves or coats were provided to the workers. While crores of rupees are sanctioned by the government for MbPT development, it is not being used to provide well-equipped machinery.” The accident is being investigated by the authorities.

Sri Lanka issues RfP for desalination PPP at Hambantota

Sri Lanka is stepping up its desalination capacity with RfP for a publicprivate partnership projectSri Lanka is stepping up its desalination capacity with RfP for a public-private partnership projectSri Lanka Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade has issued a request for proposals (RfP) on a seawater desalination plant at Hambantota, in its Southern Province.

The project is envisaged as a public-private partnership (PPP) contract with Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment (BOI), which operates under the authority of the ministry.

The RfP calls for initial bids for investment, construction, and maintenance and operations over 50 years, of a 20,000 m3/d seawater reverse osmosis plant, conveyance system, and associated works.

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Egypt steps up desalination plant building programme

The new plants announced by major general Kamel al-Wazir, head of EAAF, comprise three 150,000 m3/d capacity facilities in Al Alamain, Al-Jamila, and East Port Said, involving “large French and German companies”. Al-Wazir also re-confirmed delivery of a 164,000 m3/d plant in northwest Gulf of Suez, in Ain Sokhna, which is expected to complete in 2018. Further, governor of Matruh, Alaa Abu Zeid, approved plans for a new seawater desalination facility in Najila. The project is for an initial 5,000 m3/d, with the potential to double capacity, and has a budget of EGP 150 million ($8.3 million). Additionally, a pipeline of 6.5 kilometres to convey desalinated water to the region’s main drinking water network will be built at a cost of EGP 14 million.


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Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference

Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya’s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum organized by the Ministry of Health at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday the 20th June. They have been isolated in a city hospital, but health officials say the number of people infected may rise. It is unclear how they caught the disease, which has led to five deaths in the past month. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera. Most of those infected will have no or mild symptoms but, in severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated. In Yemen, a large cholera outbreak is fast approaching 300,000 cases, according to UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien. He described it as a “man-made catastrophe” caused by both sides of the country’s ongoing civil war.


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Malawi: Integrated Approach Increased Funding for Water in Malawi

malawi photoGWP has provided longterm backing to the adoption of an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to water  management in Malawi. This support included the development and implementation of a national IWRM and Water Efficiency (WE) plan to guide Malawi to wards increased water security. Validated in 2008, the process contributed to Malawi’s commitment to IWRM within its national planning and investment frameworks, most notably the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and the National Water Development Programme II (NWDP II). As a result, political will and awareness were mobilised among key actors, including the Office of the President, Cabinet Office, and the Ministry of Economic Planning resulting in a 64 percent budget increase to th e water sector in 2005/06. Background With one of the lowest per capita water availability in Africa, Malawi faces a continuous threat of water scarcity. 




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene December 2018 Vol.13 No.6