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  • Drought, a 'forgotten disaster' in Asia-Pacific

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) has warned that achieving sustainable development in the region will be difficult unless countries there take steps to address disaster-related risks.

  • India, China to push global bottled water market growth

    Water seems to be the new favourite bottled drink. Even as global consumption of carbonated drinks slows down, the pace of growth for bottled water worldwide is picking up, driven largely by the emerging countries.

  • India's 'water man' wins 2015 Stockholm Water Prize

    Magsaysay-award winner Rajendra Singh, often called the water man of India, has won the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize.

  • Mars once had more water than Arctic sea

    A recent study by NASA scientists indicates that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean. The scientists used ground-based observatories and measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

  • Dirty water, poor sanitation kill a woman every 40 seconds

    Diseases caused by lack of access to clean drinking water and lack of safe toilets take a woman’s life every 40 seconds, a global NGO has said, attributing more deaths among women to dirty water and poor sanitation than diabetes, HIV/AIDS or breast cancer.

  • Agri-insecticides threaten global surface water

    Water bodies in 40 per cent of global land surface area, particularly in Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, USA and Central America are at risk of pollution from insecticides used in agriculture, according to a new global map.

  • India's water sector needs comprehensive reforms: Experts

    Experts have underlined the need for carrying out comprehensive reforms in the water sector, calling for putting in place water policies, institutional and legal frameworks to improve the stewardship of the resource base and service delivery for end users.

  • Multipurpose dam projects need of the hour in India

    Against a backdrop of India's declining per capita availability of water, the need for optimal utilization of the scarce resource has assumed special importance. The role of multipurpose dam projects has also gained prominence in recent years.

  • Framework needed to deal with South Asia's water risks

    Union Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti has stressed on a wider consultative process among SAARC countries that would pave the way for evolving a regional framework for action to deal with impact of climate change on South Asia's water resources.

  • Bridge research-application gap to tackle India’s water issues

    There is a need to bridge the gap between research and application, revisit educational curriculum pertaining to water management and strengthen training and capacity building programmes, experts have said.

Why forests should take centre stage during the water decade

Only a tiny fraction of national biodiversity plans consider the impact of forests on water supply, and only a fraction of national water plans place ecosystems at their centre.