water policy Archives

  • Drinking water: A human right only if everybody can afford it

    Sustainable Development 13-02-2014

    The European Citizens' Initiative 'Right2Water' is the first to be debated a public hearing in the European Parliament. But the debate risks taking a wrong direction by focusing on political considerations only, writes Jean-Thomas Lesueur.

  • Exporting water through food

    Agrifood 14-12-2012

    Food production is water intensive. This ‘virtual water’ both represents a challenge and an opportunity, since it can be exported worldwide, writes Lars Hvidtfeldt.

  • The water crisis is now

    Special Report | Sustainable Development 23-05-2012

    By 2025 half the world’s population will not have enough water to meet its needs, warns Rashad Kaldany, urging governments and the private sector to work on solutions, which he says, do exist.

  • World water markets: High investment requirements mixed with institutional risks

    Sustainable Development 06-07-2010

    Over the next few decades, investment in water infrastructure as a whole will have to increase to satisfy growing demand – something that will require rapid, determined action by governments and financial cooperation with the private sector, write Eric Heymann of Deutsche Bank Research, Deirdre Lizio of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Markus Siehlow of the Dresden University of Technology in a June report.

  • Union for the Mediterranean has to get serious

    Med & South 23-04-2010

    "The EU needs to fundamentally modify its approach to its Mediterranean partners," writes Eberhard Rhein, a lecturer at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta, in an April post for Blogactiv.

  • Securing water resources

    Sustainable Development 13-03-2009

    Protecting water resources should rank among the top priorities of a global deal to mitigate climate change as it will "secure the basis for food, energy, health and economic development, thereby ensuring a nation's ability to thrive," write Dr. Mark Smith, head of the Water Programme IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Dr. Ger Bergkamp, director general of the World Water Council, in a March paper.

  • Climate change: The latest global developments

    Development Policy 10-06-2008

    An unprecedented rise in global temperatures due to man-made climate change is releasing unnatural levels of CO2 into the earth's atmosphere, according to Léa Malebranche of Total Energies. Her spring 2008 paper argues that it is time for governments to initiate changes in human behaviour to stop this trend.

  • Managing water for ecosystems

    Climate change 01-08-2007

    The aim of integrated water resources management is to balance and meet all the different demands for water in the best way possible, writes Liz Kalaugher, editor of Environmental Research Web, in a July 12 article.

  • The power of the oceans

    Energy 01-02-2007

    This article, published by Leonardo Energy, examines the potential contribution that the power of the oceans can add to the energy mix in the next 20 years.


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