Water security

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Water sustainability
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What will Modi’s second term mean for the Indian water crisis?

India faces a major water crisis; it is already water scarce and will become even more so without major intervention. The crisis is largely due to years of mismanagement, fragmented governance frameworks and contradictory policy.
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Reducing inequalities through universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene

This short briefing paper highlights the deep connections between inequalities and access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
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The national river interlinking scheme: a solution to India’s water challenges?

This paper outlines how India has other options available to it that would improve its water security.
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Beneath the surface: the state of the world’s water 2019

This report reveals the countries where the most people live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning customer demands jeopardise water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is...
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Clear as mud? Water is under pressure

Competition for water in some catchments and uncertainty about society’s preferences about how water should be used creates conflicts and impedes resolution. What can economics tell us about how communities value water? What can economists do to help and inform those who have to make...
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Water resources in Pakistan: scarce, polluted and poorly governed

This report outlines how Pakistan continues to experience acute water scarcity, largely driven by drought and intensive agriculture. The author argues that there are few effective channels to mitigate the water crisis and Pakistani governance is lacking.
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Deluge and drought: Australia's water security in a changing climate

This report argues that significant impacts on and risks to Australia's water security are already evident, and these risks will continue to escalate unless deep and rapid reductions in global greenhouse gas pollution can be achieved.
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Fresh water literacies: transdisciplinary learning for place and eco justice

The aim of the Fresh Water Literacies Project was to build on primary aged students' understanding of the importance and finite availability of natural resources.
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Indonesian food and water security: ongoing inaction could lead to a future crisis

This research paper argues that while laws and regulations are in place to manage Indonesian water resources, they are poorly implemented at the bureaucratic level and are often underfunded, which has made it difficult to reduce pressures on water security.
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International conflict triggers and potential conflict points resulting from food and water insecurity

This paper summarises the conclusions reached during a series of workshops conducted by FDI over the last 18 months, including the recent workshops on conflict points held in March 2012.
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Iran: a regime that arrests its experts is not serious about solving its water crisis

This paper argues that arresting experts attempting to resolve a water crisis threatening the survival of the Iranian people is demonstrable of the fact that the regime in Tehran is not interested in such endeavours.
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Research and development in the global desalination industry

Desalination is an increasingly common method of improving water security in arid and semi-arid regions. According to the International Desalination Association, the 19,000 desalination plants that now operate globally each day produce 88.6 gigalitres of water. The water from those facilities supports 300 million people.
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How climate change affects food and water security in Indonesia

Floods, droughts and more frequent extreme weather patterns are the main climate change effects Indonesia faces, and it stands to have a severe effect on food and water security for the country.
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Crisis in the Horn of Africa: are we seeing the normalisation of food and water insecurity?

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network believes that roughly 70 million people will require food aid across 45 countries in 2017. There are four countries (Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen) that house 5,000,001-10,000,000 people that need emergency food assistance while also facing the added...
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Melanesia: climate change, and food and water security

Melanesia currently experiences many food and water security challenges that will be further exacerbated by the effects of climate change and evolving regional demographics. Australia remains the most influential actor in the region and contributes millions of dollars towards foreign aid, development and humanitarian assistance.
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Channel country at the crossroads: the risks of unconventional gas mining for land, water and life

The expansion of the unconventional oil and gas industry into the Channel Country is a relatively new development. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the proliferation of new oil and gas fields in the region will detract from its natural values. The proposed exploitation of...
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Climate change adaptation guidelines

Adaptation to the extreme climate and weather events experienced in Australia and New Zealand has already cost the urban water industry millions of dollars. To address the changing climate effectively, it is essential that the water industry build climate resilience into their long term planning...
Policy

Water security

Let's not beat around the bush on this one. When it comes to water, South Australia is incredibly vulnerable. I make no apology for holding up the Rudd Government's $42billion stimulus package for 24 hours in order to negotiate a better outcome on water --...
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Water security in urban India: water supply and human health

Urban India faces considerable water security challenges that have the potential to worsen in the coming decades as the level of urbanisation continues to increase.
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Australia’s water security part 1: water resources

This paper provides an overview of water availability in Australia, the major sources of water, and the spatial and time challenges limiting access to water resources.