Water & Energy: Combine them both…and it will push growth!

The Swiss- based company Trunz Water Systems developed an entrepreneurial-driven business model, a so-called NEXUS Center Concept, that delivers safe drinking water and electricity at affordable prices to low-income rural consumers in developing and emerging countries. Idea The idea is to install a network of “off-grid” water and energy hubs,...

Ministerial Gathering at the AIDF Water Security Summit

The Aid International & Development Forum (AIDF) recently hosted Asia-Pacific’s first major water security summit at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on the 23rd and 24th of April. The AIDF Water Security Summit aimed to discuss the important issues of water management.   The summit attracted close to 250 attendees...

Integrated Flood Management (IFM): a new approach to flood management

The traditional approach to floods focused on reactive practices to reduce exposure to flooding and susceptibility to flood damage, mainly through structural measures separating the river from its floodplain. In the course of time, these ad-hoc interventions proved to be only partially effective, shifting rather than mitigating flood risk. The...

FACING DROUGHTS - The Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP)

The IPCC finds with high confidence an increased risk of drought-related water and food shortage in Asia[1]. The Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) aims to address this trend by seeking to build climate resilience, reduce economic and social losses, and alleviate poverty in drought-affected regions around the world. It promotes...

IPPC Report - The world is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report yesterday that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to...

NURTURING PARTNERSHIPS

The report has been produced based on contributions from world-leading experts including FAO, ADB, UNESCAP, WFP, GAIN, IRRI and others.   In recent decades the Asia Pacific region has achieved remarkable results in economic growth and in reducing poverty and hunger but it has come at a cost to the...

Catalyzing Water for Sustainable Development and Growth

We are delighted to republish the “Catalyzing Water for Sustainable Development and Growth” report from United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UN OSD) and United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).   PREFACE   The international community has...

#CRISISMAPPING FOR RECOVERY: CRISIS CLEAN UP - A COLLABORATION TOOL

A truism in emergency management is that after a disaster thousands of people want to volunteer–the more high profile the event the more show up, sometimes creating a second disaster. Having a system to organize these altruistic individuals is critical. As one researcher states: “…the effectiveness of volunteerism depends highly...

DIGITAL HUMANITARIANS: FROM HAITI EARTHQUAKE TO TYPHOON YOLANDA

We’ve been able to process and make sense of a quarter of a million tweets in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. Using both AIDR (still under development) and Twitris, we were able to collect these tweets in real-time and use automated algorithms to filter for both relevancy and uniqueness. The...

Water: At the center of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The nexus of water, energy and food issues is at the heart of many global problems that have proved difficult to solve. Collective action around water can play an important role in identifying solutions that combat climate change.   As one of the givers of life itself, and a resource...

Strengthening Urban Water Systems in Developing Countries

As future water supplies become increasingly threatened by climate change – characterised by increased flooding in some areas and drought in others – it will be even more critical for cities in developing countries to manage water efficiently and safely. In this article the author describes the work of the...

REDUCING FOOD WASTE TO HELP TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

It is a sobering fact of modern life that while in some countries food is scarce, others collectively waste food with a total value of about US$1 trillion (€ 735 billion). There is a clear opportunity to redress the balance. The benefits of food waste prevention programmes are more than...

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