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  • Fracking fuels conflict over water resources

    The vast quantities of water needed to release oil and gas by fracturing rock formations are not available in large areas with the richest deposits – posing major challenges to the future viability of fracking. According to a report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), 38% of the areas ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Conflict warning over nile

    Four East African states have signed an agreement to seek more water from the River Nile, a move strongly opposed by Egypt and Sudan. These two countries get 90% of the river"s water under colonial-era regulations; upstream countries wish to rectify this balance. Upstream countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia say it is unfair and want a new deal but nothing has been agreed in ...


  • UN-European Union project to help reduce conflict over natural resources

    UNEP research shows that 40 percent of the world's internal conflicts are linked to the exploitation of natural resources. Furthermore, conflicts involving natural resources have been found to be twice as likely to relapse. Now a new training programme from the UN and the European Union (EU) will aim to support war-torn and vulnerable countries to prevent conflict and build peace through improved ...

  • Invest In Water to Prevent Conflict: New Report

    A new UN report warns that without large new water-related investments many societies worldwide will soon confront rising desperation and conflicts over life’s most essential resource. Presenting their report at UN Headquarters, New York, officials of UN University and the UN Office for Sustainable Development said unmet water goals threaten many world regions and form a barrier to key ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Climate change not linked to violent conflict

    It has long been held that climate related shortages of water, arable land and food supply could precipitate violent conflict and political destabilization. However, there appears to be no consensus about whether climate change leads to violent conflict according to Swiss researchers based on an extensive literature review cited in an ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Agricultural water resource management

    The Government’s Big Society programme aims to take power away from politicians, central government and government agencies and transfer it to community level. For water allocation and abstraction management, this will be in the context of increasing demand and decreasing summer resources due to population growth and climate change. At Water & Environment 2011: CIWEM’s Annual ...


  • OMB and CEQ Memorandum on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on September 7, 2012, issued a joint memorandum calling for department and agency commitment to the goals identified in the Memorandum on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution, and the goals identified in related policy guidance. ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Share tech or risk water conflict, warns UN think-tank

    Countries must share technological solutions to manage freshwater resources together, says a UN University report. Although 200 water treaties have been signed in the past 50 years, water remains a significant source of potential conflict in places without adequate cooperation, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Conflict and migration worsening food security in the Near East

    The worsening of the food security situation in the Near East is not only caused by the structural constraints the region faces in producing enough food and an increasing dependence on food imports but by conflict, the flow of refugees and migration, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. Opening the two-day ministerial segment of FAO’s Regional Conference for the ...

  • National Water Week and World Water Day: will the next big conflicts in Africa be on water usage?

    “The next big conflicts in Africa will be on water usage” was the chilling prediction made earlier this year by the recently departed Dr Lawrence Musaba of the Southern African Power Pool and last year’s recipient of the African Utility Week Lifetime Achievement Award. “The food-energy-water nexus is becoming a challenge for Africa”, Dr Musaba said, ...


    By Clarion Events Ltd

  • Water Management In Post Conflict Countries Critical To Peacebuilding And Economic Recovery New Study

    In times of war, water resources and infrastructure are often destroyed or become inaccessible to large segments of people living in conflict areas. Restoring these critical services can avert humanitarian crises and rebuild state authority, according to a new study launched today by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Tokyo, ...

  • INFORUM Presents, `Water: Innovating for the Essential Resource`

    INFORUM announced today that it will host a discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 7th on the global water crisis with Jake Norton, co-founder and lead climber of Challenge 21, Jon Rose, professional surfer and founder of Waves for Water, Evan Thomas, assistant professor and director of the SWEETLab and executive VP of Manna Energy Limited, and Peter Gleick, water expert, and co-founder and president of ...


  • U.S. Defense Secretary says nations must avoid conflict in Arctic

     The U.S. will assert its sovereignty in the Arctic, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Friday, even as Russia, China and other nations stake claims and expand their use of the icy waters for military exercises and transit. Speaking at a security forum, Hagel said energy exploration in the largely untapped Arctic region could heighten ...


    By Associated Press

  • Health, waste and environmental degradation after years of conflict in Liberia

    For years a toxic blue haze of burning waste greeted the city of Monrovia, Liberia, every morning. Garbage choked the dilapidated drainage system and clogged the sewage network, causing flooding during the rainy season and creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other disease carriers. The inhabitants of Monrovia survived by burning, burying and, indiscriminately, dumping their rubbish. Many ...


    By The World Bank

  • Natural resource management critical to peacebuilding

    Intrastate conflicts are likely to drag on and escalate without a greater focus on environment and natural resources in the peacebuilding process, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In addition, conflicts with a link to natural resources are twice as likely to relapse within the first five years, as shown by data collected by Uppsala ...

  • Increasing Aridity and Land-use Overlap Have Potential to Cause Social and Economic Conflict in Dryland Areas

    Climate change combined with overlapping high-intensity land uses are likely to create conditions detrimental to the recreation economy, wildlife habitat, water availability and other resources in hyper-arid landscapes, or drylands, in the future, according to a recent paper published in Ecosphere.  Drylands ...

  • Climate Change and Conflict - New Report Weighs the Risks and Pin Points Likely Hotspots

    Combating climate change will be a central peace policy of the 21st century. Unchecked it is likely to aggravate old and trigger new tensions in parts of the world that may spill over into violence, conflict and war a new report concludes. Areas at increased risk of insecurity include northern and southern Africa alongside countries in the Sahel region and the Mediterranean Other potential hot ...

  • Using resources more efficiently: Green Week 2011

    Rethinking the way we use and manage resources is the subject of this year's Green Week, the European Commission's annual conference on environmental policy from 24-27 May, 2011. Experts from the European Environment Agency (EEA) will be at Green Week in Brussels to take part in the debate on ...

  • WGF launches new publication series with its first report `Human rights-based approaches and managing water resources`

    Many governments as well as multilateral organisations are increasingly emphasising human rights-based approaches as critical to mainstream in countries’ development policies and donor strategies. Among many water professionals and decision- makers there is generally little understanding of human rights-based approaches (HRBA) and how to apply them. There have been ample debates and ...

  • UN Calls for Strengthened Efforts to Bring Natural Resource Management to Peacebuilding

    States, intergovernmental organizations and other partners need to step up efforts to better integrate natural resource management into post-conflict reintegration programmes, according to a new UN report. The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration - Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities, launched in New York today, stresses that natural resources - which, ...

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