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A World Without Water (film)

Posted By kevinthemann in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

A World Without Water The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision's film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatisation of water supplies. -

Drought means less California rice, but good prices for rice that was grown

Posted By teddyRIO in Planning and Management

Nothing about this year's rice growing season has been business-as-usual. Some growers received no water. Prices look good for the rice that was grown! -

Californian farmers sue state over drought water decisions

Posted By teddyRIO in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

State leaders illegally denied deliveries to west San Joaquin Valley landowners with senior water rights, a lawsuit says. -

India's Water Crisis (BBC Video)

Posted By kevinthemann in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

India receives adequate rainfall for its billion-plus population, but the country is facing a crisis as water is diverted from poor rural areas to fill water tanks and swimming pools in richer cities like Delhi. -

Water as a tool for peace for Israel, Palestine and Jordan

Posted By goopsgoops in Planning and Management

Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), asserts that trans-boundary water cooperation directly correlates with regional stability and peace. The inverse also holds true: failure to collaborate when managing shared water resources raises the risk of war.

According to SFG, of the 148 countries sharing water resources, 37 (many Middle Eastern) do not engage in active water cooperation and any two or more of those 37 face a risk of future war. In addition to exposing populations to water shortages, this also increases the likelihood that key water bodies will experience serious ecological decline due to mismanagement or exploitation. -

Water resources management in a homogenizing world: Averting the Growth and Underinvestment trajectory

Posted By Kaveh in Hydrology , Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

Biotic homogenization, a de facto symptom of a global biodiversity crisis, underscores the urgency of reforming water resources management to focus on the health and viability of ecosystems. Global population and economic growth, coupled with inadequate investment in maintenance of ecological systems, threaten to degrade environmental integrity and ecosystem services that support the global socioeconomic system, indicative of a system governed by the Growth and Underinvestment (G&U) archetype. Water resources management is linked to biotic homogenization and degradation of system integrity through alteration of water systems, ecosystem dynamics, and composition of the biota. Consistent with the G&U archetype, water resources planning primarily treats ecological considerations as exogenous constraints rather than integral, dynamic, and responsive parts of the system. It is essential that the ecological considerations be made objectives of water resources development plans to facilitate the analysis of feedbacks and potential trade-offs between socioeconomic gains and ecological losses. We call for expediting a shift to ecosystem-based management of water resources, which requires a better understanding of the dynamics and links between water resources management actions, ecological side-effects, and associated long-term ramifications for sustainability. To address existing knowledge gaps, models that include dynamics and estimated thresholds for regime shifts or ecosystem degradation need to be developed. Policy levers for implementation of ecosystem-based water resources management include shifting away from growth-oriented supply management, better demand management, increased public awareness, and institutional reform that promotes adaptive and transdisciplinary management approaches. -

China's Grand Water Plan

Posted By misspersian in Planning and Management

The recent and ongoing development efforts reveal China’s unquenchable thirst. Its industry alone requires 139 cubic meters of water per year, and it wastes ten times the world average. Water Resources Group, an international think tank, predicts that by 2030, this demand will climb to over 300 billion cubic meters, exceeding availability by 200 billion cubic meters. Such a perspective explains China’s aggressive and systematic effort to secure all available water resources. -

Political Dimensions of Iran’s Water Crisis

Posted By misspersian in Planning and Management

This is a political crisis, not only because Iran’s shrinking water resources have given rise to protests, but also because Iran’s nationalistic pursuit of development has itself been a primary driver of the water crisis.

Iran’s post-revolutionary economic development policies have been formed in international isolation, removed from the global market, knowledge pool, and technological advances. Iran’s revolutionary mantle of ‘Neither West nor East’ has led successive governments to frame economic policies in the context of independence from global political and economic ideologies. At the same time, Iran has been subject to a hostile international environment, culminating in the post-2006 economic sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and gas sector. Since 2007, Iran has sought to grow other sectors of the economy – notable mining, iron ore extraction and steel – both as a matter of economic urgency and as a security strategy, a means of lessening the strategic impact of the sanctions. -

Blue Gold : World Water Wars (video)

Posted By Ryan13 in Planning and Management

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive? -