Environment

Limited Water Resources Might Drive the World into Conflicts - Zeitoun

IPS, 23 March 2007.

According Mark Zeitoun, a researcher with the London Water Research Group, the world might soon experience waters conflicts as people compete over limited resources of water for survival.

Zeitoun, who argues that there are no examples of states engaging in violent conflict strictly over water resources, says that water is often an element in violent conflicts, and there are conflicts that fall short of war.

Environment Group Criticises DEAT Over Laws

The Star, 22 March 2007. 

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is questioning the commitment of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) to implement its own environmental laws.

The EWT, which is also critical of various other departments for their reluctance to consult with them, has expressed its dissatisfaction over the approval of De Hoop Dam scheme in the Steelpoort River in Limpopo because of its ecological impact.

Association for Water and Rural Development

Seeking Water Security for Sustainable Livelihoods

There is nothing like a severe drought to concentrate people minds on water! The very bad drought of 1992 gave birth to the setting up of national and regional drought fora, to new forms of funding directly to CBOs, and to an initiative that grew into what is today the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD).

Opinion Piece: Africa and Climate Change

Eldis, 12 March 2007.

’Africa and Climate Change’, is a two-page opinion piece that calls on governments and donors to strengthen local institutions, and allow for innovative ways of dealing with difficult times.

Produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the piece argues that even though Africa’s contribution to climate change has been minor, it is exceptionally vulnerable to adverse changes in the environment. It also provides possible precautions that can be taken to minimise the risks.

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