From Thomson Reuters, by Matthew McCartney, Chris Dickens, Luna Bharati and Alan Nicol. We need natural infrastructure - like forests, swamps, aquifers and grasslands - to overcome droughts and floods that have a high economic cost.
By April Thompson. The Symposium on Irrigation in African Smallholder Farming Systems, sponsored by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI), focused on increasing agricultural productivity with the help of irrigation and fertilizer so that Africa can meet its own growing food demand rather than rely on imports. The conference highlighted that irrigation can help communities adapt to climate change and other variability they are already experiencing, while also helping them face future uncertainty by building assets, all while acknowledging that the private sector is critical to irrigation scaling, and so are the public sector and development partners.
The wetlands of western Sri Lanka have been violated since the time of Vijaya Bahu VI (Vira Alakeswara) instrumental in the establishment of the Kingdom of Kotte in the marshes of Kalu and Kelani, during the late 1300s.
Farming in western Kenya is challenging. Although farmers can cycle two full crops in a single year, poor soils and expensive traditional fertilizers keep yields low. But results of a study offer farmers hope in the form of phosphate rock.
The Government of India announced a new multi-billion dollar scheme to solarize farm irrigation on a national scale. This is due to the success of the first ever solar pump irrigator's cooperative established in Gujarat, based on research done by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), WLE and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), with support from the Tata Trust.
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Focus on Wetland Ecosystems A nature’s gift which does a great balancing act Celebrating World Wetlands Day- 2018
Daily Mirror - Sri Lankan Press: Flood retention, nurturing rice paddies and waste water purification are among the major services provided by wetlands to humans and the environment. We can’t value the role played by wetlands to control floods.
The Island - Sri Lankan News: The historical process through which Sri Lanka’s capital city got its natural urban wetlands. Predictably the same process continued over the centuries has now become the story of how Sri Lanka’s capital city is losing its natural urban wetlands.
Sri Lanka Daily News. Colombo is drying up—literally. Since the 1980s, the city has lost almost 60 percent of its wetland area. Today, on World Wetlands Day, it’s more crucial than ever to consider why all of this matters—and why the fight to save Colombo’s remaining wetlands is one that should involve each and every one of us.
Roar Media. The importance of Colombo’s wetlands—and indeed wetlands in all major cities, globally—cannot be overstated. They are a vital cog in the health and wellbeing of the city’s ecosystem. They are a natural defence against flooding, provide a no-cost sewage network, and grant fertility to the farms and paddy fields that feed the population.
By Ignacio Ortinez of estudioOCA and Matthew McCartney and Priyanie Amerasinghe of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Urban floods cost billions of dollars per year and seem to be happening with increased frequency. "Sponge cities," which harness the absorbent power of wetlands can combat flooding and improve urban life.