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INBO/RIOB - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:58
International Conference on Source Water protection ROBVQ Project

The 4th International Forum on Integrated Water Management is looking for speakers. The event, wich is scheduled to be held in Quebec City from November 1st to 3rd, 2016, will address the source water protection issue.

The conference aims to share ideas, knowledge, tools and innovative practices regarding the protection of drinking water sources. Targeted topics are: diagnosis and monitoring of water sources; risk management an emergency measures; plans, strategies and source protection measures; regulatory and economic instruments; governance and land use planning. Professionals, researchers and students are invited to submit a proposal for oral presentation, workshop or poster in relation with the previous topics before May 31st 2016.

Call for abstracts Professionals, researchers and students are invited to submit a proposal conference, workshop or poster. Topics
  • The state of water sources: diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring
  • Risk management and emergency measures
  • Plans, strategies and source protection measures
  • Regulatory and economics instruments
  • Governance and land use planning
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19th International River Symposium - Great Rivers of the World: Management for Shared Benefits

INBO/RIOB - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 09:38

The 19th International Riversymposium will address some of the world's most pressing river basin management challenges. How can we best balance economic development with environmental and livelihood values in our own unique parts of the world ? The Greater Himalaya is one of the world's most populous regions, where climate change poses an additional risk to water security and river health. Ten major rivers drain the Greater Himalaya, providing water, food, energy and environmental services to around 1.5 billion people across central, south, southeast and east Asia ; supporting over one fifth of the global population on less than 2 percent of the global land mass. This special part of the planet will play host to the 19th International Riversymposium in New Delhi, India. Hot topics will be addressed throughout the program incorporating perspectives from different sectors and parts of the world, with a specific sub-theme and post-conference tours dedicated to exploring the unique challenges of the Himalayas. TOPICS:
  • Food-water-energy nexus in the Himalayan basins - balancing benefits
  • Understanding and adapting to a changing climate
  • Protecting and restoring river ecosystems in an IRBM framework
  • Building community resilience - linking local action to basin planning
  • Approaches to cooperative management in transboundary basins
  • Source of the Ganges - Gangotri glacier
  • Hydropower development in Nepal or Bhutan
  • The Sundarbans of West Bengal and Bangladesh
  • Mt Kailash landscape of the Tibetan Plateau
  • Flood control and sediment management on the Yellow River
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EU helps Egypt develop its water sector through technical assistance project

EMWIS - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 02:00

The EU-funded Technical Assistance Project to the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) held its annual conference yesterday in Cairo. The event aimed at updating different stakeholders on the project's progress and key milestones.

 The EU has allocated EUR 2.4 million grant for this project. Ambassador James Moran, Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt said “the EU has a steadfast commitment to work with Egypt in this vital area”. He added: “water is a key to sustainable development… Egypt faces major challenges: to name but one, over 40 million have no access to sanitation. Best practice and the application of new technology are essential for a better planning for the future and I am confident these talks will make a major contribution to that”. The 24-months project is implemented by a consortium of European and Egyptian consulting firms and provides technical assistance to HCWW and 23 Affiliate Companies (AC)s through: · Providing HCWW with a strategy and a master plan for Technical Losses reduction.· Improving the management of Reverse Osmosis plants brine disposal through capacity building.· Updating the Rural Sanitation Strategy and providing HCWW with a diagnosis of the current situation and strategy implementation on pre-selected pilot clusters.· Assisting HCWW in organising Public Awareness activities.

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Italy launches online environmental Knowledge Platform

EMWIS - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 02:00

12 August 2016 The Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (Directorate for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs) has produced a Knowledge Platform, which serves as a valuable online resource for sharing best environmental practices and climate-related techniques and approaches.

The European Commission has funded or co-funded many significant projects through a range of programmes, including LIFE, and these have demonstrated a wide variety of innovative environmental methodologies. They have moreover contributed to the knowledge base for implementing EU legislation as well as informing policy-making.

The Knowledge Platform was set up to provide opportunities for those who have developed good practices, and thus added to this knowledge base, to network with potential replicators. The platform is aimed at all public and private entities that plan to invest in the environment, using replicable methods, techniques and models that have already been tested at the local level.

The online resource is linked to the portal of the Italian Ministry of Environment, which contains the technical detail of these good practices and their impact. Information is divided into a range of subject areas: waste; nature; biodiversity; water; urban environment; climate; energy; and soil and efficient use of resources. The website features a section on national and EU environmental legislation, and one on funding programmes that provide grants for environmental and climate-related actions. The platform will also allow visitors to stay informed about the latest environmental technologies in key areas.

The main focus, however, is the transfer of good practices, promoting proven solutions that can be easily implemented by local and regional authorities and research institutes. The goal is to ensure that investments have the maximum environmental impact and that initiatives are well coordinated. The platform also aims to encourage private-public partnerships and raise awareness of key issues across all sections of society. 

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Mr Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, elected new INBO World President

EMWIS - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 02:00

Mr Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Managing Director of CONAGUA - Mexico was elected new INBO World President at the 10th General Assembly International INBO 1-4 June 2016, Merida (Mexico)

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22e Conférence des parties à la convention-cadre des Nations-Unies sur les changements climatiques

INBO/RIOB - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 15:56
Après la COP 21 à Paris, les grands de ce monde se trouveront donc à Marrakech en Novembre 2016. Cette future Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Climat ( COP ) aura pour thèmes l' atténuation aux effets du changement climatique et l'innovation en matière d'adaptation. La COP 22 aura aussi pour mission de « développer des outils opérationnels dans le cadre du plan Paris-Lima puis Paris-Marrakech ». La COP 22 va se dérouler sur un terrain de 25 hectares situé à Bab-Ighli à Marrakech ( le long des remparts de la Médina ) . Les participants seront répartis en 4 zones . •zone bleue directement géré par le Secrétariat Général de la CCNUCC •zone société civile •zone innovations •zone de rencontres et de travail
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3ème Gala Misez EAU !

INBO/RIOB - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 15:30
À propos du Gala Misez EAU !

Le Gala Misez EAU! vise à offrir une reconnaissance aux entreprises, aux organismes communautaires, aux municipalités et aux communautés autochtones qui se sont illustrés par leur réalisation particulière dans la gestion et la gouvernance de l'eau par bassin versant au Québec, ainsi qu'aux individus s'étant démarqués par leur implication exceptionnelle dans la cause. Il est présenté dans le cadre du Rendez-vous international sur la gestion intégrée de l'eau.

Des prix dans 5 catégories !
  • Secteur communautaire (associations de lacs et de rivières, établissements d'enseignement...)
  • Secteur économique (milieu forestier, industriel et agricole)
  • Municipalités et communautés autochtones
  • Organismes de bassins versants (OBV)
  • Prix reconnaissance ROBVQ pour l'implication exceptionnelle d'un individu
La remise des prix

La remise des prix se fera à l'occasion d'un souper qui aura lieu à l'Aquarium de Québec le 2 novembre 2016.
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Air pollution from agriculture: EU exceeds international limit in 2014

European Environment Agency - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:38

Ammonia emissions in Europe have fallen since 1990, but by not as much as emissions of other air pollutants tracked under an internationally agreed United Nations convention. According to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), ammonia emissions increased in 2014, meaning several EU Member States as well as the EU now exceed their respective ammonia emission limits under the convention.

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Building resilient cities key to tackling effects of climate change

European Environment Agency - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 09:58

Cities across Europe must step up their adaptation efforts if they are to handle the increasingly complex challenges caused by climate change such as more extreme flooding or prolonged heatwaves. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today stresses the benefits of investing in long-term preventive measures that cities should take to improve their resilience.

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Towards clean and smart mobility

European Environment Agency - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:49

Transport plays a critical role in the way we live. Our food, clothes and household waste all need to be transported, contributing to our economy and quality of life. But the increasing use of planes, cars and other fossil-fuel dependent modes of transport is causing more pollution, putting at risk our environment and health. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) Signals 2016 explores how Europe’s carbon-dependent transport sector can be turned into a clean and smart mobility system.

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