Monthly Archives: October 2011

Water: Conserving Our Most Precious Resource Las Vegas, Nevada USA

18 Oct, 2011 - By

Stella Thomas Speaker and Rapporteur in Water Forum: Conserving our Most Precious Resource – Las Vegas, Nevada While there was enough fresh water in the world overall, its distribution did not match that of the global population. Climate change, continuing population growth, urbanisation and altered dietary habits were all exacerbating existing problems of fresh water […]

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Smarter Irrigation Returns Water to Arizona’s Verde River

18 Oct, 2011 - By

What do you get when 21st century “smart” technology hooks up with a 19th century irrigation ditch? The short answer: more water-wise farming and a healthier river. That’s the story of this innovative project on the Verde River in central Arizona, where forward-thinking farmers joined up with the Nature Conservancy and installed a solar-powered “smart” gate and water-level sensor […]

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Australia’s Grand Water Experiment – Take Two

18 Oct, 2011 - By

Australia’s iconic Murray River, beloved for the red gum forests that line its banks and the prized Murray cod that ply its waters, is suffering big time from the high demands placed upon its finite flows and the decade of dryness that presaged the climate disruption to come. Today, Australia’s Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released its […]

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Lessons From the Field—Rainwater Harvesting in India

18 Oct, 2011 - By

How will vast regions of India, where highly unreliable rainfall makes the difference between famine and sustenance, cope with climate change? Over 85 percent of the cultivated area in this country is either directly dependent on rain or depends on rain to recharge its groundwater. Seasonal rain provides water for irrigation, drinking, and household needs. […]

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OECD – Making Water Reform Happen – Paris, France

15 Oct, 2011 - By

Stella Thomas, Managing Director, Global Water Fund speaks on Water Reform in Paris at OECD. Well-managed water systems are a fundamental policy goal for all countries and can be an important driver for green growth. Yet significant gaps persist between aspirations to ensure access to sufficient and sustainable quantities of good quality water and the […]

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