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Tunisia: Climate Change Threatens Food Security

EMWIS - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 01:00

Climate change threatens food security in Tunisia, reads a study on "Climate Change in Tunisia, Realities and Adaptation Options for the Public Services Sector," published by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).  According to climate projections mentioned in this study, a 50% reduction in the area of tree crops is expected by the end of the century and of 30% for irrigated grain crops by 2030. The serious reduction in water quantities made available to farmers represents a threat to the good management of crops and "the stable supply of fruit and vegetable markets," the same source said. The study sheds light on the policy of economic openness and growth adopted in the country since independence days and its "significant environmental and climatic costs (soil degradation and impoverishment, lowering of water tables, chemical pollution by pesticides and fertilisers). It also criticises the water policy of Tunisia "which continues to encourage investments in all sectors with very little vigilance regarding their environmental impacts and their water needs"

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Cairo Water Week: Challenges and opportunities

EMWIS - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 01:00

The fourth edition of the Cairo Water Week (CWW) was held in the capital of egypt from 24 to 28 October, with the participation of ministers, official delegations, senior officials in the water sector, scientists, international organisations, and leading financial institutions, as well as civil society organisations and NGOs.The participants discussed policies appropriate to water-scarce countries for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), advances in water management, governance, and strategic planning. Wastewater reuse and water recycling for agriculture in Egypt as well as various means of financing water projects were also highlighted at the event.In opening the week, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi stressed that this year’s CWW, entitled “Water, Population, and Global Changes: Challenges and Opportunities”, comes at a time when the world is witnessing rapid changes affecting water resources, making them one of the most pressing international challenges.

“This affects the ability of countries to meet the water needs of their people, which turns the management of water resources into a challenge that affects the security and safety of all countries,” Al-Sisi said, adding that Egypt has drawn up a strategic plan for managing its water resources until 2037 at an estimated cost of $50 billion. This figure could be doubled, the president said.

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Land. Water. Sources

INBO/RIOB - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 16:58
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 - 08:38

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

INBO/RIOB - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:56
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 - 14:30
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 - 11:38

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 - 08:58

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 - 12:49

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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