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IGRAC Report Calls for Economic Valuation of Aquifer Benefits[viewed]

The International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) released a report linking the economics of groundwater to management and policy decisions. The report focuses on transboundary aquifers and their valuation.

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IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs[viewed]

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) announced the launch of a project, ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners." The project issued a commentary on 12 December on the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030.'

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Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy[viewed]

The Third Arab Water Forum closed with a reminder to all participants that “regional realities” and innovative solutions must be part of the regional input to addressing global water challenges, in a call made by Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, at the forum in Cairo, Egypt.

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GWF Study in Chile Links Negotiation Process to Water Rights Prices[viewed]

In an effort to better understand water rights prices, the Global Water Forum featured an article from Chile exploring the influence of market and non-market drivers of price.

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UNESCO-IHE Wins Africa Leadership Award for eSOS Smart Toilet[viewed]

The Africa Leadership Awards awarded the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) the Africa Water Leadership Award 2014 in the category ‘Most Innovative New Technology of the Year' for its emergency Sanitation Operation System (eSOS) Smart Toilet at a ceremony in Mauritius.

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Global Water Forum Recommends Better Indicators on Wastewater Treatment[viewed]

In an effort to explain the disparity between the apparent achievement of global goals on water and on-the-ground realities, the Global Water Forum examined a Yale University report on new indicators for wastewater treatment. The new indicator framework seeks to address the lack of reliable data on water conditions, water quality and the links to human health.

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Syr Darya Basin Focus of Push for Transboundary Cooperation[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) convened an assessment workshop for the Syr Darya Basin covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The assessment is part of the ‘nexus approach' designed to link water, food security, and energy.

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African Water Facility Celebrates 10 Years with €1.2 billion[viewed]

On the occasion of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the African Water Facility (AWF) €1.2 billion was pledged by donors for follow-up water management projects. The funding is expected to support climate-smart water projects, improved sanitation, and resilience building in the face of climate change.

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Human Rights Council Appoints 2nd Special Rapporteur on Human Right to Water and Sanitation[viewed]

The UN Human Rights Council appointed Léo Heller as the second Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation in November 2014. Heller replaces Catarina de Albuquerque, who served from 2008-2014.

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UNEP Report Series Link Mangroves, Carbon and Finance[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a set of reports highlighting the extraordinary value of mangroves, including as carbon stores. The reports also note that mangroves, which are disappearing faster than terrestrial forests, are not yet fully benefiting from carbon financing.

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