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  • FAO sees forests key for high quality water supply
    [released on: 22/03/2011]
    Better forest management is needed to maximize water-related benefits from forests which are key for high quality water supply, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world's population may experience water-stress conditions.
  • Mauritania, Kuwait, Jordan water said least secure
    [released on: 22/03/2011]
    22 Mar 2011 00:00 Source: reuters // Reuters * Middle East, North Africa have least secure water * Long-term risk of tensions, oil price rise - Maplecroft OSLO, March 22 (Reuters) - Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan have the least secure water supplies, according to a ranking on Tuesday that says....
  • ANAR: Romania has relatively poor resources of water, crisis out of the question
    [released on: 22/03/2011]
    �Although at global level there is talk of a possible water crisis in 2025, although Romania has 40 billion cubic meters of usable water out of a theoretical resource of 134.6 billion cubic meters of water, Romania being considered a country with relatively poor resources of water, a �water crisis�....
  • World Water Day: EU launches EUR40 million for developing countries
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    [ Maandag 21 maart 2011 | European Union ] To mark World Water Day on 22 March, whose focus is "Water for Cities - Responding to the Urban Challenge", the EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announces the launch of a pooling mechanism in the
  • World Water Day: Commission launches €40 million to improve access to water in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    IP/11/338 Brussels, 21 March 2011 To mark World Water Day on 22 March, whose focus is "Water for Cities – Responding to the Urban Challenge", the EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announces the launch of a pooling mechanism in the framework ...
  • World Water Day 2011: Malteser International helps improve water quality in Haiti
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    21 Mar 2011 15:35 Source: member // Malteser International Cologne/Port-au-Prince In Haiti, a country where cholera threatens hundreds of thousands, there’s a special reason to celebrate World Water Day this year: “Haiti’s water quality has, by and large, increased”, reports Jelena Kaifenheim,....
  • Environment: Water scarcity and droughts a growing challenge to Memb..
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    [ Maandag 21 maart 2011 | European Union ] The European Commission today published a report on Member States' progress in addressing water scarcity and droughts
  • U.N. Water Conference Focuses on Cities
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    As a U.N. conference on water opens in South Africa today, the country's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has repeated warnings that the country faces a water supply crisis. Experts attending the three-day conference will consider the challenges posed by growing demands, migration and....
  • Environment: Water scarcity and droughts a growing challenge to Member States
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    IP/11/335 Brussels, 21 March 2011 The European Commission today published a report on Member States' progress in addressing water scarcity and droughts. The balance between water demand and availability has reached a critical level in many areas of Europe, ...
  • Speech by the Dutch Director-general of Energy, Telecom and Markets,..
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    [ Maandag 21 maart 2011 | Rijksoverheid ] Gas is as old as the earth itself, yet it never ceases to amaze us
  • Jordan announces readiness to host the sixth IWA Specialist Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Water
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) held on Monday, 21st March, a press conference at its premises to announce the upcoming launch of the sixth IWA Specialist Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Water (Efficient 2011).
  • Gazans struggle for access to clean water
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    Footage available from the ICRC Video Newsroom. Every day, thousands of litres of untreated wastewater are dumped into the Wadi Gaza River. The polluted water snakes through urban areas on its way to the sea, jeopardizing the health of the many families living on its banks, contaminating the coastline and endangering biodiversity.
  • World Water Day, Millenáris Budapest, 22 March
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    "Consultation and thematic programmes for all age groups. Presentations, installations, games focusing on various issues such as city water supply, environment friendly water use and the future of European waters.
  • World Water Day 2011: Malteser International: Improved water quality in Haiti
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    This result has been confirmed by the Haitian water authority, which has conducted weekly analyses of water samples since January. Clean drinking water and sanitary facilities are the most important weapons in the fight against cholera.
  • World Premier: RYB Launches ELIOT(R), the First Wireless Detection and Communication System for Piping Networks and Underground Assets
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    PARIS March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RYB, the French leader in utility networks and piping unveils the first technology solution that enables detection and communication for underground assets, at the Gastech conference in Amsterdam March 21 - 24, 2011 ).
  • Charity walk held to raise awareness for clean water
    [released on: 21/03/2011]
    LONDON, March 21 (APP): A leading British charity which supports Palestinians in need, teamed up with a coalition of charities to organise a 20-mile walk on World Water Day at the weekend and raised money for urgently-needed funds for its Clean Water Project.
  • Tap water now clear of aluminium
    [released on: 19/03/2011]
    Water supplies in parts of greater Glasgow and Stirling are given the all clear after an alert over high aluminium levels.
  • KION Group and Voltas Limited join forces in India
    [released on: 19/03/2011]
    KION GROUP GmbH / KION Group and Voltas Limited join forces in India Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. * Joint venture for material handling equipment established ...
  • What a turn off! Earth Hour 2011
    [released on: 19/03/2011]
    Earth Hour is a worldwide campaign that aims to educate the community about the threats of climate change, informing individuals and businesses about the difference they can make by reducing their emissions at home and in the workplace. Earth Hour is a positive message of hope and action, emphasising what people can do when they act together.
  • Panic buying after water supply alert
    [released on: 19/03/2011]
    RESIDENTS were panic-buying bottled water in supermarkets on the outskirts of Glasgow yesterday after a health scare over the mains supply to 12,000 homes.
  • Contaminated tap water supplied to thousands of families
    [released on: 19/03/2011]
    UP to 12,000 households and businesses in parts of Scotland have been warned not to drink or cook with tap water after "higher than expected" levels of aluminium were
  • A Moment of Silence for Dying Millions on World Water Day
    [released on: 19/03/2011]
    When the international community commemorates World Water Day next week, perhaps it should ponder the words of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who once remarked he does not expect people world over to stop what they are doing and observe a moment of silence, come Mar. 22.
  • Today's urban Europe deserves the right facilities to clean up waste
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    [ Vrijdag 18 maart 2011 | European Union ] First let me thank you for inviting the European Commission to participate in the inauguration of this new wastewater treatment plant
  • Algeria Agribusiness Report Q2 2011 - new market report published
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    (PR-inside.com) Algeria Agribusiness Report Q2 2011 - Despite recent civil unrest in Algeria and neighbouring countries, we expect 2011 to be another highly productive year for Algerias agricultural sector. Although falling far short of the bumper 2010 grain harvest, sufficient rainfall levels....
  • Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment Today's urban Europe deserves the right facilities to clean up waste water Inauguration of a waste water treatment facility in Brumagne Namur, Belgium, 18 March 2011
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    SPEECH/11/196 Monsieur le Ministre Président of the Wallonia Region, Monsieur le Ministre de l'Environnement of the Wallonia Region, Monsieur le Président of the European Investment Bank, Ladies and Gentlemen, First let me thank you for inviting the European ...
  • Nigeria: Forests key to high quality water supply - FAO
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    Lagos, Nigeria - Members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, comprising international organisations involved in forests, have called on countries to pay more attention to forest protection and management for the provision of clean water. 'Forests are part of the natural infrastructure of....
  • Forests are key for high quality water supply / Better forest management needed to maximize water-related benefits from forests
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    Forests are key for high quality water supply / Better forest management needed to maximize water-related benefits from forests ROME, Italy, March 18, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world’s population may experience [.
  • UNECE seminar on international water cooperation in Tajikistan
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    A two-day national seminar on international water cooperation was organized on 14-15 March in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss the role of international law, including the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), in....
  • الغابات مورد رئيسيّ لإمدادات مياه الشرب الممتازة
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    بحلول عام 2025 ثمة 1.8 ملليار شخص سوف يعيشون في مناطق الندرة المطلقة للمياه وقد يواجه ثلثا سكان العالم ضغوطاً مائية. الغابات أسر وخزن ماءا واستطاع لعب دور مهمّ في تزويد الماء الصالح للشرب للملايين من الناس في مدن العالم الهائلة، فاو قال قبل يوم ماء عالم الأمم المتّحدة الذي سيكون مشهور في 22 مارس/آذار 2011.
  • Forests are key for high quality water supply
    [released on: 18/03/2011]
    The global water situation is so precarious that by 2025, two-thirds of the world's population may experience regular water shortages. Forests capture and store water and play an important role in providing drinking water for millions of people. International agencies involved in forest protection....