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  • India, China to be hardest hit by Asia’s $4 trillion water risk

    India, China and several other Asian countries face urgent water challenges and won’t have sufficient water to develop further while ensuring food and energy security, a recent report by Hong Kong-based think tank China Water Risk (CWR) has said.

    In fact, India and China, two of the worlds’ most populous countries, will be faced with no choice but to create a new development paradigm if they want a future with water.

  • NMCG approves Rs 1570 cr Ganga projects in UP, Bihar, West Bengal

    The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects worth Rs 1573 crore under the Namami Gange programme.

    In its recent meeting, NMCG's Executive Committee (EC) gave the go-ahead for the projects, which are largely sewerage schemes on Ganga's main stem and its tributaries located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Additionally, one sewerage scheme in Himachal Pradesh has also been approved.

  • Small water enterprises form alliance in India, seek policy reforms

    Several leading small water enterprises (SWEs) have joined hands with entrepreneurs, technology & service providers as well as funders and knowledge providers to launch the Small Water Enterprise Alliance in India, hoping to facilitate joint initiatives to establish industry standards, accelerate sector funding and advance regulatory reforms.

    The multi-sectoral collaboration, which was facilitated by leading SWE Safe Water Network, has asked for several policy changes and facilitations from the Union Government.

  • Centre issues notification for e-flow norms of Ganga

    The Centre has notified the minimum environmental flows for the Ganga that have to be maintained at various locations. The move is aimed at restoring and maintaining continuous flow of the Gangaand comes along with efforts to curb flow of untreated wastewater in the river.

    The notification will help ensure that the river has at least the minimum required environmental flow of water even after its flow gets diverted by projects and structures for purposes including irrigation, hydropower, domestic and industrial use.

  • Sewage infrastructure development along Ganga River remains slow

    Despite the urgency to clean and rejuvenate the Ganga River as per the 2019-20 deadline given by the Centre, the progress of sewage infrastructure development remains woefully tardy.

    Till August 2018, less than a fourth of the proposed sewage infrastructure projects have been completed under the Namami Gange Mission while no new sewage treatment capacity has been added at all in Bihar and Uttarakhand.

  • India urged to consider climate change too in hydropower planning

    Stating that generation of hydropower from top seven projects in India has suffered due to climate variability in the past six decades, a new research report has warned that future projected climate change may also hit reservoir operation for power generation from these projects.

    The government must consider changes occurring due to climate change while planning new hydropower projects, the study carried out by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar, has said.

  • South Asia river water flow seen increasing on global warming

    A wetter future awaits South Asia. A new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has indicated that the South Asia region will see a 20–30 per cent increase in mean annual runoff for the period 2046–2075 relative to the study baseline period of 1976–2005.

  • NGT asks Railways to seek CGWA NoC for groundwater extraction

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Railways to seek no objection certificates (NoC) from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) for extracting groundwater to clean station platforms and coaches even as the green tribunal is understood to have directed the Centre, state governments and their various agencies to submit a comprehensive plan for restoration of groundwater and check erosion of the water table on an urgent basis.

  • Climate change to depress living standards, erode GDP in India

    Over 800 million people, or half the population in South Asia could see their living standards worsen by 2050 due to climate change. India is expected to be one of the worst hit, a recently released study by the World Bank has warned.

    The study - South Asia’s Hotspots - focused on all six countries in South Asia and found that average temperatures in the region have increased in the last sixty years and will continue rising. Additionally, rainfall is becoming more erratic: some areas will experience more droughts, others more rain.

  • World is off the track on water and sanitation goal

    The world is not on track to reach United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water and sanitation, with billions of people across the globe still lacking safe water, sanitation & handwashing facilities.

    Also, water pollution seems to be worsening. While the water and sanitation sector lacks funding, governance structures in many countries are weak and fragmented, said a new report by UN-Water.

Why forests should take centre stage during the water decade

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