Archive for June, 2018

Laos Stirs Controversy With Plan For Fourth Mekong Dam

Via The Asia Times, a report that Vientiane has submitted notice about a hydropower project at Pak Lay in western Xayaburi province, upsetting villagers on both sides: The government of Laos has proposed that yet another dam should be built on the Mekong River’s midstream. Vientiane submitted an official notice to the Mekong River Commission with […]

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Importance Of Water In Central Asia’s Development

Via The Times of Central Asia, a report on the importance of water for development in Central Asia: Mitigating the increases in floods, droughts, melting glaciers and other climate change-related effects requires coordinated action at the national, regional, and global levels, said Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, during his […]

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Peer To Peer Water Diplomacy: A Solution to the Iranian Water Crisis?

Via Future Directions International, some commentary on an interesting – yet potentially controversial – effort by Israel to help Iran mitigate its water crisis: Background In a previous Strategic Analysis Paper, this author described how the blame for Iran’s water crisis rests with the Islamic theocracy in Tehran. The reformation or removal of the regime itself is easier […]

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Thirsty Days Ahead: Pakistan’s Looming Water Crisis

Via The Diplomat, a report on Pakistan’s water crisis: Pakistan is currently facing an acute water shortage that is likely to wreck havoc in the country in the coming years. Recently, the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) highlighted a grave water shortagein the Indus Basin irrigation system (IBIS), the world’s largest contiguous irrigation system, for the summer […]

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The Parched Tiger: Deadly Tensions Rise As India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low

Courtesy of New York Times, a report on rising water tension in India: The people of Shimla haven’t agreed on much lately. A drought in the Himalayan resort has had residents blaming farmers, the tourism industry and one another for depleting the strained water supplies. And everyone’s been angry at the key men. Shimla’s decrepit […]

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Global Cities Facing Water Risks

Via IWA’s The Source, an interesting look at some of the water challenges facing several of the world’s most at-risk cities: Water visions precede action. Yet it’s easy to offer “building blocks” to plan “sustainable urban water systems” that inform and govern “resilient and liveable cities.” What’s hard is showing how and where to implement […]

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