Recent Features

November 2003

How much water does it take to make beer? HR Wallingford, with funding from the British Government (DFID), publishes a Handbook for the Assessment of Catchment Water Demand and Use

October 2003

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has introduced a new publication series.The Water Policy Briefing series presents new perspectives and solutions to water problems in developing countries.

June 2003

Faith, development and poverty - Reflections - Article 1 Exploring the meaning of things and the role of faith and faith communities in development.

May 2003

Water Resources Management web based information An index with 30 different themes and 247 references - this will grow in time - Making it easier to find information on the Web

Kyoto Ministerial Statement Anything new in here?

Feb - March 2003

Confusing Cause and Effect - Poverty, Development & the Environment The threat to the environment in the North is excess and in the South is poverty, therefore the solutions are different - development is the only chance to restore the balance in the South.

The Abuja Ministerial Declaration on Water A Milestone or Just Another Statement? (Review pdf document - 40KB)

South Africa produces a draft national policy paper on Water Services(Review pdf document - 741KB)

Nov - Dec 2002

Rand Water in South Africa and the Fluoridation question
Rand Water's concerns are convincing and make the most common-sense case yet for not fluoridating drinking water.

August 2002

* Southern African Drought Crisis 2002 - Details and links as Southern Africa again faces crisis.
The BDP Water and Sanitiation Cluster - A feature on the Cluster, its activities and outputs.
International Discourse on the Nile - An independant initiative run by a Steering Committee drawn from NGOs, academics, journalists and other civil society representatives from the ten Nile Basin countries and the international development scene.

May 2002

African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW) inaugurated in Abuja, Nigeria on 30 April 2002 - all the documents.
Feature on the Yangtze River, China
America's largest weed - water guzzling Eucalyptus trees which are invasive alien plants.
Inter-American Development Bank Seminar: "Strategic Issues in Water Use and Management in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Action Agenda", Fortaleza, Brazil - 7 March 2002.

March 2002

Water in Animism - Examining the relationship between animism and water around the world, with dozens of examples of how water features in the belief systems of indigenous peoples around the world - fascinating and well worth the read...

January 2002

Putting Fluoride in Water Supplies The debate goes on regarding the fluoridation of public water supplies. This brief article providesthe basic background to the debate and provides a variety of links to those who are both ardently for and against.

December 2001

Water for Basic Needs Commissioned by the World Health Organisation as input to 1st World Water Development Report
Bonn Freshwater Conference, 3-7 December 2001 Documents, comments and a few photos from the conference

November 2001

New feature - Ecological Sanitation - a way of looking at life rather than just dealing with waste.
The Aral Sea - the disaster continues.
Information accumulates in the Education in Water section - Add your institution.

October 2001

Education in Water - a database of organisations offering education and training in the water sector - Add your institution.
International Water Companies
- How owns what? Where are they working? What are the pros and cons?
Public Private Partnerships
- The PPP issue revisited.
The Rhine

September 2001

Aquatic Ecosystems- A new feature on the inter-relationship between
* Groundwater
and aquatic ecosystems.
Monthly Drought Update
(Information provided by EARS - Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing).  See the Drought Page 
A collection of World Health Organisation sites related to infectious diseases. See the Links Page

July 2001

Water in Religion - Water has powerful symbolism and great significance in world religionswhich effects how water is viewed and used throughout the world. Aquatic Ecosystems - A new feature on Water for Ecosystems - How much? How's it determined? How can it be monitored?

June 2001

Aquatic Ecosystems - an entirely new section on The Water Page which will have a feature a month.
The River Ganges
Invasive alien plants and ecosystems

May 2001

Arsenic in Drinking Water
The Mekong River Basin



Past Features

Sustainability of South Africa's "water miracle" questioned
African Eye News Service May 9, 1999 By Peter Wellman

International Committee of the Red Cross has produced a number of documents as part of a forum series including: a forum.

Diminishing standards: How much water do people need? by Les Roberts

Water hyacinth is seen as a destructive menace, but a new book describes how it can be controlled and utilised with positive results for the environment and local communities. A Practical Handbook of Uses for Water Hyacinth from Across the World

Intention to establish an environmental sanitation clearing house web site Participate in the setting up of this initiative

A Knowledge Program on Water Policy for African Journalists See the Report

Blue Gold An interesting Special Report on the privatization and globalization of water issued by the International Forum on Globalization Ten Principles

The River Keepers' Handbook A well reasoned call for alternative approaches to river basin management in Southern Africa produced by the International Rivers Network See an extract

Ministerial Declaration of The Hague on Water Security in the 21st Century Open Document Agreed to on Wednesday 22 March, 2000, In The Hague, The Netherlands

"Towards sustainable water resources management - A Strategic Approach". The European Commission publishes comprehensive Guidelines for water resources development co-operation in English, French and Portuguese.

Water Filter Candles Made of both earthenware and concrete. "We hope that over time these will prove to be sustainable options in helping people in low income areas of the world to get safe drinking water."

The Human Right to Water Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and SecurityRetrieve Document (pdf).

Visit the UNICEF Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Site.

Mozambique The domino effect, a downstream perspective in water management in Southern Africa. See the full article (pdf).

In all the hype of the build up to the World Water Forum in The Hague, Professor Albert Write reflects a somber picture of the state of African water. See 14 March 2000 Reuters article.

Implementing the South African National Water Act - 1 The Development of a charge system for discharging waste into water resources - Putting teeth into the Polluter Pays principle!

Implementing the South African National Water Act - 2 Resource Directed Measures for Protection of Water Resources - Determining the "Reserve" - Its one thing to develop new legislation and policy - its another thing to implement it!

EHP "Webliography" on Decentralisation Visit an EHP site providing a number of documents of the subject of Decentralisation.

The need for a vision for the 21st Century: The process of establishing a vision continues - visit the World Water Vision page

New Pacific Institute page on Climate Change launched Link

Southern African hearings for Communities Affected by Large Dams Executive Summary & Declaration: "Voice of Affected Communities"

Mpumalanga Statement Financing of water services - Output of the 4th Country Level Collaboration Workshop in East and Southern Africa (ESA)

VISION 21-Water for the People Thematic papers from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council http://www.wsscc.org/vision21/docs/index.html

Donor involvement in the water sector in the SADC Region Prepared by: Dr. Elizabeth Soderstrom, USAID/RCSA, A donor-by-donor listing including addresses and contacts - very useful

South Africa’s policy transition to sustainability: environmental and water law. An article by Ralph Hamann.

The International Water Law Project website has recently been created to provide information and links on international water law and policy and related topics.

The Ministry of Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman opens a web page.

Sustainability of South Africa's 'water miracle' questioned African Eye News Service By Peter Wellman Two articles indicating problems

Review recent publications by Miguel Solanes Water Law and the Dublin Principles, produced in association with the GWP; Water Markets and Groundwater, produced for a Seminar at the World Bank

Africa Water Resources Management Policy Conference Nairobi, Kenya - May 26 - 28 May 1999 Participants move towards the establishment of an African Water Resources. Forum for the exchange of knowledge among African professionals and practitioners. Final conference statement (pdf).

1996 - 1998

A special section about the recent Community Water Supply and Sanitation Conference has been posted on the UNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Program website.

GESI, the Global Environmental Sanitation Initiative, a global activity of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Berlin Recommendations on Transboundary Water Management - Berlin, 27-30 September 1998 - See the Documents Page

Private Sector Participation in low cost water well drilling in Africa: A Research Project of Cranfield University Check it out

New items added to the ELDIS Directory of Information Sources on Development of the Environment. Check it out!!

PRESS RELEASE - November Consultation on water and sanitation called by African professionals

Did you think that development funds have been whistled into the wind over the past 30 years?? - Read this and think again.

South Africa edges closer to finalising its new National Water legislation. See DOCUMENTS

Global Environmental Sanitation Initiative(GESI) See Preliminary proposals for information exchange and dissemination

Linking water scarcity and social resource scarcity to arrive at new indicators and concepts - a "must see". Introduction


South Africa's National Water Bill published (21 January 1998). Go to the DOCUMENTS page.

Mekong River agreement between Cambodia, Lao People's Republic, Thailand and Viet Nam.Go to the DOCUMENTS page.

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council Press release on a global sanitation campaign. (3 Dec 97)

"Assessment of Integrated Water Resources Management Activities in the Southern Africa Region" - A Preliminary Inventory is published by the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development, Zimbabwe (3 Dec 97)

Draft ZIMBABWE Water Legislation Published

Have a look at the home page of the Southern African Development Community - the SADC page .

Review the SADC Protocol on Shared Watercourse Systems, and other documents on the DOCUMENTS page.

Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses adopted by the UN General Assembly May 1997 - Full text

Some countries voted against or abstained from voting for the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 May 1997- see who and why.

National Sanitation Policy available from South Africa. - Full text

Report from the Africa Working Group of the Collaborative Council on Water Supply and Sanitation - the Africa Sector Review Report - Full text