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Archive for July, 2018

As Afghanistan’s Water Crisis Escalates, More Effective Water Governance Could Bolster Regional Stability

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, an article on Afghanistan’s water crisis and possibility of hydro-diplomacy to help: “Kabul be zar basha be barf ne!” This ancient proverb—“May Kabul be without gold rather than snow”—refers to snowmelt from the Hindu Kush Mountains, a primary source of Afghanistan’s water supply. To recover from years of […]

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Kenya Digs Deep to Research Underground Water Reserves

Courtesy of Future Directions International, an article on Kenya’s efforts to tap into groundwater to address their water scarcity situation: Background Kenya experiences a large degree of water insecurity. The Kenyan Government currently maintains a water-rationing policy in the capital, Nairobi, and is expected to do so until 2026. Nairobi’s main dam, the Ndakaini dam, supplies […]

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Pakistan: Confronting Gwadar’s Water Crisis

Via Future Directions International, a look at the city of Gwadar’s water crisis: The city of Gwadar, located in the south-western Balochistan region of Pakistan, is currently suffering a water crisis that will inevitably be exacerbated by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The CPEC is an artery of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with Gwadar […]

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Malaysia Picks A Water Fight with Singapore

Via Asia Times, a report on recent Malaysian comments that say a decades-old, fixed rate supply contract is ‘too costly’ and ‘ridiculous’ while the rich city-state maintains that a deal is a deal: In resource-scarce Singapore, water is sacrosanct. Water security has long been a perennial concern for the otherwise rich city-state, which for decades […]

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A Water Apartheid

Via The Washington Post, an OpEd on Cape Town and the peril / promise of urban life in an era of climate change: A person can survive only about three to five days without access to water. What about a city? This is not a hypothetical question: The thirsty city threatens to be the most […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Thirsty Arguments for Water Woes

Via Transcend Media, a report on India’s water crisis: India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now. Over 600 million Indians rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. The country breaks […]

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