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  • Germany keen to help India in Ganga rejuvenation, water management

    India and Germany have decided to set up a working group on water management even as the European country has expressed its willingness to assist India in the Ganga rejuvenation and cleaning programme.

    The working group would focus on the restoration of water bodies, waste management and more efficient use of water resources. Germany also said it was willing to assist in Ganga Rejuvenation in view of its success in rejuvenation of Rhine and Denube rivers which involves multi-country and multi-State collaboration.

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  • Growing water crisis among top global risks for 2015: WEF

    Growing water crises rank along with international conflict as the top global risks for 2015, a new assessment by World Economic Forum (WEF) has said.

    In fact, water crises was ranked the first among top global risks in terms of impact by the Switzerland-based international economic institution, followed by rapid and massive spread of infectious diseases, weapons of mass destruction, interstate conflict with regional consequences and failure of climate-change adaptation as the other top four risks.

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  • People's participation needed to tackle water challenge: Uma Bharti

    Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti has called for expanding people's participation in managing India's water resources.

    Inaugurating the five-day India Water Week 2015 on January 13, Bharti said dissemination of data in public domain constitutes the most important aspect of the water resources management for people’s participation and information sharing to increase transparency and public awareness.

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  • Mega conservation initiative planned during India Water Week 2015

    The Union Government has made plans to launch a country-wide initiative to spread the message of water conservation and management. The proposed initiative, called 'Hamara Jal - Hamara Jeewan', will be rolled out in every district during India Water Week 2015.

    Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvention Uma Bharati said the initiative will engage scientists, engineers, water communities, PRIs, NGOs and other stakeholders to address the issues of water resource planning at the local level.

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  • Bombay HC asks BMC to draw up policy on water for illegal slums

    The Bombay High Court has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to come up with a policy to ensure that water is provided to people living in the city's slum areas, saying that the civic agency was duty-bound to supply water to illegal slums as people living there had a right to get water under the Constitution.

    The Court directed BMC to formulate a policy by the end of February 2015 to provide water supply in some form to all persons occupying illegal hutments, but said the supply should be to those hutments erected before January 1, 2000.

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Interviews

Cost-effective watershed conservation possible

Source watershed conservation activities can deliver real cost savings to Indian cities while helping make urban water supplies cleaner, says TNC senior scientist Robert McDonald.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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