World Water Day Celebrations

"Water and Jobs" was the theme of World Water Day and the 2016 World Development Report (Click for 1-min video summary).  Though the report mentions "ethic" only once (as "work ethic"), managing water with the aim of generating jobs is all about ethics that place a strong value on employment. Other Water Day events:
Standing, and Dying, for Water...
Honduran Indigenous leader, Berta Cáceres was assassinated on 3 March for her activism against the construction of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam in the Gualcarque River, a sacred site for the Lenca people.  Ms. Caceres received the Goldman Prize in 2015 and her acceptance speech conveys her dedication to her people and their rivers:  "The Gualcarque River has called upon us, as have other gravely threatened rivers.  We must answer their call."  See also this video report produced by Democracy Now.

Human Right to Safe Water
The toxic water in Flint, Michigan is a violation of human rights, says a group of UN Special Rapporteurs, who urged the US Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as other agreements.

To Read

Toward a New Water Ethic by David Groenfeldt, published in the current issue of the Leopold Outlook, is adapted from his 2013 book, Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis.

Towards Water Sustainability: A Blueprint for Philanthropy, a report commissioned by eight US foundations suggests new funding priorities.  [from Aquadoc blog]

Gender and water use: Looking beyond pure data, is a blogpost by Aart Kelkar Khambete
reporting on a recent article by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Counting (Gendered) Water Use At Home: Feminist Approaches In Practice. [from India Water Portal]

Reinventing Multifunctionality: Combining Goals, Sharing Means, Linking Interests, a report commissioned by the Dutch Government, explores cross-sectoral synergies from sector-specific (e.g., water) projects.

Transboundary Water Cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals by Francesco Sindico, is a UNESCO-IHP "Advocacy Paper" suggesting the need for indicators of transboundary water cooperation.

How and what should we teach novice geoscientists about geoethics? a talk by Vincent Cronin to the West Texas Geological Society, 8 October 2015.

Agri-Water Sustainability in India, Proceedings of a workshop held in May 2015 by the 2030 Water Resources Group and Hindustan Unilever Foundation.

Coping with water scarcity in India SABMiller-India partnered with local stakeholders in Alwar to implement a basin-wide groundwater management initiative.

La Gouvernance de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement appliquée aux projets humanitaires et de développement by Alix Lerebours, is a practical manual (in French) about governance for WASH projects, commissioned by Action Against Hunger.

Water is part of the solution for climate change, a new report from Ramsar. 

OECD report on Water Governance in Cities analyzes key factors affecting urban water governance.  To download the full report: (Username:  gov-oecd2016 - Password: oecd2016-ilibrary).

(Re)Framing Uncertainties to Improve Transboundary Water Cooperation in Israel and Palestine by Rens de Man a report from The Hague Institute for Global Justice, suggests that cooperation on water issues by the Israelis and Palestinians offers an opportunity to build trust in a shared geography.

Dispatches from the policy frontline, a report by Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and Xyntéo, identifies eight 'design principles' to support innovative policies across the food-water-energy-climate 'stress nexus.'

Slow Money and the State of the Soil, a report by Woody Tasch (Slow Money Institute) describes how to invest in local soil management and reduce water use. [from Green Money Journal].

Exploring the concept of water tenure, FAO Report by S. Hodgson.  Is water tenure a relevant concept or is water simply too different from other natural resources?

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Upcoming Event

Grow to Zero, a conference organized by The Gold Standard, an NGO specializing in environmental offsets, will be held in Zurich, April 14-15 to discuss Gold Standard 3.0
which includes a Water Benefit Standard

Recent Event

The Waters Connect Us - A Gathering on March 11-13 at the Gila River Community, Arizona, protested plans for new uranium and other mines that threaten Native communities in the Southwestern US.  See this report from Indian Country Today.

Featured Podcasts

Flint's water crisis , podcast from World Ocean Observatory.

We Need a Moral Operating System, a TED talk by Damon Horowitz.  This 2011 talk nicely lays out the rationale for incorporating ethics into our lives.

Featured Water Heritage

Water Mills in Himachel Pradesh, India have been used to grind wheat since the 7th century, but are now disappearing.

Featured website

Circle of Blue has a new website highlighting latest water features in an easy-to-find format.

Featured Tech

DIY Solar Pumps are being tested in Africa, designed by PumpMakers , an Austrian company.  They can pump water from a depth of up to 100 meters, using solar power. 

Featured Partnership

WASH Agenda for Change.  Four leading international water, sanitation and hygiene organisations: IRC, WaterAid, Aguaconsult, and Water For People, are working together to address the water SDG.   The Agenda for Change document outlines their set of shared principles to achieve universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

Featured Controversy

Chevron vs. Ecuador
In Ecuador’s Amazonian region, Texaco-Chevron's  oil extraction methods ruined 450,000 hectares of land between the 1960s and the 1980s, with toxic water dumped in rivers and wetlands.  In 2011, an Ecuadorian court fined the company USD 9.5 Billion but Chevron has refused to pay.  Humberto Lucitante, a member of the Union of Peoples Affected, makes an appeal for help in this video.


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