News: Water & Oceans
Water & Oceans - Tue Aug 27 2002
A Fact Sheet on Water Sector Privatization
Up until the 1990s, water and sewerage services in most countries were a state/ public responsibility. It was only in the 1990s that multi national led water privatization increased along with infrastructure privatization in general in the developing world. (Doc version)
Water & Oceans - Fri Aug 09 2002
Second Draft of "World Water Actions" report
By taking an inventory of the thousands of worldwide actions which affect the way water is managed, the report aims to raise awareness of solutions that are available to improve water resources management and anticipate emerging priorities which will serve as guidelines for future efforts.
Water & Oceans - Wed Jun 26 2002
Internal World Bank Report Reveals Major Problems with Uganda Dam
The planned Bujagali Dam in Uganda violates five key World Bank policies. This is the conclusion of a confidential new report by the Inspection Panel, the World Bank's investigative body. The Panel report suggests a series of corrective measures to rectify the project's problems. International Rivers Network calls for these measures to be carried out before more funding for the project is approved by the Bank's Executive Board.
Water & Oceans /Natural Resources - Tue Jun 18 2002
No Water? Drink Coke!
On 22 April, 2002, more than 2,000 irate protestors, consisting mostly of indigenous people and dalits (oppressed castes), gathered at the gates of the Hindustan Coca Cola factory in Plachimada, Palghat district, Kerala. Residents from the villages surrounding Coke's greenfield soft-drink bottling factory here say that Coke's indiscriminate mining of groundwater has dried up many wells, and contaminated the remainder.
Water & Oceans - Tue May 21 2002
New Delhi is fast becoming a fly-over city. Wherever you look, there is either a fly-over or the dust, cement, and grime that go with the making of one. Shift the scenario somewhat and New Delhi is also a city of water shortages. The Capital’s water crisis has reached such alarming proportions that the government has already made rainwater harvesting mandatory for all new buildings in the city.
Water & Oceans /Energy - Tue May 14 2002
World Bank Management Manipulated Data on Uganda Dam
In early June, the World Bank is expected to vote on a political risk guarantee for the Bujagali dam in Uganda. The Bank approved a package of loans and guarantees for the dam in December 2001, but this has proved insufficient to secure support from other funders. Analysis of internal documents by International Rivers Network shows that World Bank management manipulated data to gain Board approval for the project, which is sponsored by US-based AES Corporation.
Water & Oceans /Natural Resources - Thu May 09 2002
Dealing with Drought: Find more water or need less
When water becomes scarce, farmers have two options: find new sources of irrigation water or find ways of minimizing irrigation demand. In both the Turkey and Sri Lanka cases, farmers pursued a dual strategy.
Social Development /Water & Oceans - Wed Apr 10 2002
Water, light, and land for all!
Between March 21st - 23rd, men and women representing 98 organizations and communities from 21 countries met faced with the general preoccupation caused by the plans for the construction of dams with different ends in different regions. This is the Declaration from the Mesoamerican Forum for Life.
Water & Oceans - Fri Mar 01 2002
Zoom on Lake Titicaca basin
The world's highest navigable Lake, situated 3,856 meters above sea level on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is the first WWAP (World Water Assessment Programme) pilot case study in Latin America. This large transboundary basin (56.000 km2) is subject to both floods and droughts, and suffers from serious environmental degradation. Thousands of subsistence farmers eke out a living in its icy waters, growing potatoes in the rocky land at its edge or herding llama and alpaca.
Water & Oceans - Fri Mar 01 2002
Water policy and practice
During World Water Congress held in Berlin, October 15-19, 2001 the IWA organized a joint forum with the GWP and the WSSCC on policy and practice in Central and Eastern Europe. Although the discussions focused on the CEE region, the conclusions are relevant to other parts of the world.