water infrastructure security Articles

  • Strategic security measures for water infrastructure

    As the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks is fast approaching, the United States (U.S.) has no definite information of terror threat.  According to the systematic approaches of risk assessment and concise intelligence analysis presented in the book entitled, "Risk Assessment for Water Infrastructure Safety and Security" (hereafter, the "RAWISS book"), the terrorists ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water infrastructure security against the current terror threat in the United States

    On May 2, 2011, the United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. forces killed Osama Bin Laden, the world's most dangerous terrorist leader that killed approximately 3000 Americans on September 11, 2011 (9/11) terror attacks.  Currently, the U.S. intelligence is in possession of valuable materials of Al Qaeda operations (Thomas, 2011).  Terrorist attack plots ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A critical moment to harness green infrastructure—not concrete—to secure clean water

    Natural ecosystems provide essential services for our communities. Forests and wetlands, for example, filter the water we drink, protect neighborhoods from floods and droughts, and shade aquatic habitat for fish populations. While ...

  • Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions: Building Partnerships for Innovation in Water, Energy and Food Security

    Water, energy and food security rely on water infrastructure. Recognition of the closely bound interaction between water, energy and food production and use - the nexus - has led to new demands for water infrastructure and technology solutions. The vision is coordinated planning, development, optimization and operation of portfolios of water infrastructure for multiple goals and benefits across ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water infrastructure security against Al Qaeda`s revenge for the death of Bin Laden

    On May 2, 2011, the United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. forces killed Osama Bin Laden, the world's most dangerous terrorist leader that killed approximately 3000 Americans on September 11, 2011 (9/11) terror attacks. Currently, the U.S. intelligence is in possession of valuable materials of Al Qaeda operations (Thomas, 2011). Terrorist attack plots include water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mali infrastructure : a continental perspective

    In recent years Mali's economy has grown steadily at a rate of more than 5 percent per year, driven by developments in gold mining, cereal harvests, and telecommunications. Mali's landlocked condition, together with its very uneven distribution of both population and economic activities between the arid north and the much richer south, challenge the country's ability to sustain this pace of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Investing in Water Infrastructure: Capital, Operations and Maintenance

    This paper outlines the major challenges related to financing the gap in global water infrastructure, including those systems that provide urban and rural water supply, and sanitation and irrigation services. The paper synthesizes the extensive body of literature on this subject, providing some examples of historical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How can we ensure water security for all?

    Wetlands International will be speaking about this issue at the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The Clinton Global Initiative was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton to convene global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. This year’s Annual Meeting will take place on 26-29 September in New ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Water, energy and food security in the urban context

    Awareness of the complex relationship between water, energy and food security has grown in recent years. Water is needed for almost all forms of energy production; energy is needed to transport and treat water; and producing food requires both energy and water. These are just a few of the linkages in the so-called energy-water-food nexus. In the coming decades, population growth and social and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Scaling-up investments in natural infrastructure

    Wetlands occur wherever water meets land. These deltas, marshes, rivers, lakes and watersheds are the water systems that link the natural world and human societies, and make it possible to clean, store and provide water to grow food and run businesses. As we prepare to participate in ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Rethinking Big Water - Is It Time For A New Approach To Municipal Water Infrastructure?

    Las Vegas has long served as a stereotype of human excess: gambling, drinking, sex, all-you-can-eat buffets. But the latest chapter is playing out away from the Strip, in the part of the valley where two decades of booming development have swelled the population to 2 million residents who rely on a dwindling water supply. Ninety percent of the southwestern U.S. city’s drinking water comes ...


    By Ceres

  • Environment as infrastructure: Resilience to climate change impacts on water through investments in nature

    Impacts of climate change, in combination with other drivers of global change, are compromising our ability to address global economic, security and social priorities. As floods, drought and other impacts of climate change on water become more frequent or intense, economies and livelihood security ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Critical infrastructures: the need for international risk governance

    Infrastructures (e.g., electric power system, transportation system, information and communication systems) were not designed as integrated systems, as they are operating today. Some infrastructures, e.g., energy, water supply and telecommunications, are so vital and ubiquitous that their incapacity or destruction would affect security and the social welfare of any nation and cascade across ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The periurban water security problem: a case study of Hyderabad in Southern India

    The 2011 Census of India produced some interesting facts about the process of urbanisation in India. For the first time since Independence, the absolute increase in population is more in urban than in rural areas. The increase in urban areas has put pressure on the basic infrastructure, including access to water for both urban and periurban locations. Most Indian cities have formal water supply ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • House of commons committee on transport, infrastructure and communities

    The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association represents the interests of municipal water and wastewater services in respect to federal or national legislation, policies and programs. More than 24 million Canadians receive drinking water from municipal services and discharge wastewater to those services. The services are provided on a notfor-profit, public service basis. Revenues derived from ...

  • Global food security is a moral imperative

    We must work to overcome hunger not only for economic and political reasons, but also because it is the right thing to do. It is peculiar to live in a world where hunger is an endemic problem for half the planet while diet books are best sellers in the other half. This point is often lost in the broader bundle of jargon that now defines the conversation on food security in the ...


    By Ensia

  • Damming the Mekong tributaries: water security and the MRC 1995 Agreement

    Water security is a key governance challenge especially in relation to transboundary rivers. While the literature elaborates on the water security concept, there is very little on how to operationalize it in the transboundary context. Hence, this paper addresses the question: How can the governance of transboundary rivers be operationalized to deal with national water security concerns? It ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How climate change impacts America’s energy infrastructure

    As we’ve seen recently with Hurricane Sandy, epic drought, and wildfires, climate change visibly impacts lives and livelihoods throughout ...

  • Using scenarios to improve understanding of environment and security issues

    The need to address environment and security For many people, the term 'national security' suggests images of military and police efforts to preserve peace and stability. Environmental issues are seldom seen to play a major role in security but in fact the issues are inextricably linked. Resource overexploitation and changes in climate affect quality of life, potentially ...

  • Climate change adaptation in rural India: A green infrastructure approach

    Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity, focusing on technical and social interventions to ...

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