Growing water scarcity and degradation pose rapidly growing challenges to global food security and human well-being. Unless important policy reforms are undertaken today, water scarcity and pollution will adversely affect most, if not all, livelihoods in the coming decades.
Myanmar Times: One of the world’s greatest rivers is under threat from unregulated activities in riparian countries. These acts disrupt the river’s flow and break down its food chains, experts cautioned. Livelihoods of more than 70 million people living along the Mekong River could be affected.
MADHURPATTI, India, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When heavy rains swept through this village in northern Bihar in August and September, so much floodwater covered farmers' fields that it was difficult to tell one plot of land from another.
"After the flood, when we went out to see the land there was nothing there," said Babu Ram Rai, one Madhurpatti farmer.
By Linh Tong. The latest Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy took place from October 25-27 in Yangon, Myanmar. This forum is the biggest annual affair aiming to raise awareness and share research-based knowledge about sustainable development in the Greater Mekong region among NGOs, policymakers, private entities, and development agencies.
How many different ways can you measure a river? By its length and how many countries it passes through? The volume of water flowing along its course? The number of species it supports? Marc Goichot of WWF reports on the Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy.
Development decisions are often framed and made with limited engagement with local communities. A new book examines collective action and shows how it can provide us with a better definition of development that ensures its benefits and risks are shared more fairly.
WLE, in partnership with the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, ZEF Center for Development Research, and the Global Landscape Forum, is co-hosting a course during the GLF in Bonn from December 11-22 on what it means to take a landscape approach, both in terms of a biophysical entity, but also from an economic and governance perspective.
From the IFPRI Blog, Ruth Meinzen-Dick explores the potential of experimental games to help communities better manage their jointly used resources, like groundwater for better irrigation practices. Written on the occasion of World Water Week in Stockholm.